WOU’s Ribich, Woods earn honors

SEATTLE — Western Oregon’s David Ribich and Olivia Woods were selected as GNAC Athletes of the Week in track.

Ribich was selected as the conference’s Men’s Track Athlete of the Week after he ran a sub-four minute mile at the University of Washington Invitational. Ribich finished third with a time of three minutes, 58.88 seconds, the fourth fastest mark in the event in Division II history.

The GNAC record performance also automatically qualifies Ribich for the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.

In addition to his historic mile, Ribich ran the anchor leg on the Wolves’ distance medley relay, which won with a time of 9:47.56 that automatically qualified the team for the NCAA Championships.

Woods was named the Women’s Track Athlete of the Week as she ran an NCAA Championships provisional qualifying time in the 800 meters at the UW Invitational. Her 11th place time of 2:10.62 was the best by a Division II athlete in the meet, leads the GNAC, and is sixth best in Division II this season.

Dustin Nading (4:04.5, mile) and Suzanne Van De Grift (2:09.10, 800) also posted national qualifying times.

WOU SOFTBALL VOTED TO FINISH THIRD IN POLL: After back-to-back sweeps to finish to the regular season pushed the Wolves to the GNAC Championship finale a year ago, the Western Oregon University softball team was picked third in the league’s 2018 preseason poll.

Western Oregon picked up one first-place vote and 42 points to tie for third place in the poll along with Northwest Nazarene and Saint Martin’s. With 59 points and six first-place votes, Central Washington was selected to win the conference.

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