Knapp makes history at nationals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Senior Grace Knapp of WOU competed against the top runners in all of Division II Saturday, holding her own coming in 59th in the 6,000-meter race that took place at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacremento. Her finish is the highest for a women’s runner at WOU in program history at nationals.

“I’m really happy with how the race turned out! Although it would have been nice to end my cross country career with a personal record, I’m mainly just grateful for the opportunity to race with the best. There was some steep competition, and it’s so amazing to feel like I belong with that group,” Knapp said.

Knapp ran to a time of 21:15.9 to come in 59th out of 260 runners. She made her move steadily throughout the race, jumping up 95 spots through the first mile and then jumped into the top-100 after the first 2.3k. Sitting in 76th with just under 2k left, Knapp made another strong push getting to 66th at 5.1k before jumping the final seven spots to come in 59th.

“I’m really thankful for all the people who believed in my throughout the season and wished me luck before the race. It took so much weight off my race knowing I had people who support me and want to watch me succeed. I am so blessed to have such a great support system. Some of my teammates drove all the way to the meet to surprise me, and it was such a blessing to have them cheering me on during the race. I’m excited to shift gears and focus on indoor track now,” Knapp added.

Knapp and the rest of her WOU track teammates will now turn their attention to the indoor season that will open on Dec. 6-7 at the Candy Cane Invite on the campus of Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.

Ty Currie nominated for Harlon Hill Trophy

LITTLE ROCK — Western Oregon University senior quarterback Ty Currie has been nominated as one of the 36 candidates for the 2019 Harlon Hill Trophy for the Division II College Football Player of the Year.

“Ty put together a season to remember and being nominated for this award is certainly worthy with all the recognition and accolades he led us to this season,” head coach Arne Ferguson said.

The sports information directors at the 167 NCAA Division II football-playing institutions nominate and vote on the award. The 36 initial candidates will be placed on regional ballots and the top two players from each of the four NCAA regions will advance to the national ballot when regional voting concludes on Monday, Dec. 2.

Currie was named the GNAC Offensive Player of the Year and to the first team after putting together an all-around spectacular senior campaign. The Yreka, Calif., ranks in the top-50 nationally in passing efficiency (26th), passing touchdowns with 20 (37th), passing yards (31st), passing yards per game with 217.9 (44th), passing yards per completion (fifth), points responsible for with 190 (16th), points responsible for per game with 17.3 (22nd), rushing touchdowns with 11 (33rd), total offense with 292.9 (12th) and yards per pass attempt (eighth). He was named GNAC Player of the Week three times and also to the GNAC Academic Team.

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