Weekend wrap-up in sports 10/30/17

//Weekend wrap-up in sports 10/30/17

Men’s Golf team won the Highline College Invitational and Kobie Lockwood won the individual championship. The Lady Lakers placed a close fourth and Abby Dixon won the individual championship. The highlight thought was Katie Bogert, who had a hole in one. This tournament concludes the golf teams fall season. They will resume play in early April back in Washington.

On Saturday, October 28th, the Laker Cross Country team joined students from 6 other colleges to contest the Southern Region Championships at newly re-established Umpqua Community College in Roseburg while the remaining 5 NWAC college teams held meets elsewhere. The Laker Women ran to 4th of 7 teams and the Laker Men took 5th. Find complete results her: http://www.nwacsports.org/crosscountry/mens_results.php.

The morning was cool and misty in the hills above the Umpqua river. The course menaced the runners. The women made 2 loops of the vineyard hills and the men 3. Each loop held hundreds of meters of sharp, elevation change. Steep uphills on brief asphalt led to long downhills on newly placed, and very spongey, shredded bark trails. Imagine circling a soccer or football field 2 times and then racing up and down a 3 story building over and over. This course was far and away the most difficult in more than a decade of racing. The Lakers dreaded it during warmups, cursed it during the race, and will remember the day for a long while.

All individual times were slowed by the conditions. Here, place was all that mattered as it should be in a Cross Country meet. Brittany Kreutzer led the Lakers with Samantha Shook following. Lou Mei Gutsch finished third followed by Jennifer Lopez and Destiny Martinez. On the men’s side, Braden Walters put a 10 second gap on Lamont Klepper with both having about 2 minutes on Devan Stancil. Harold Naneng edged Ryan Cecil for Southwestern’s 5. Notably, Matthew Kashiwamura earned his first college 8K mark.

Being only an hour away from Eugene, the Lakers finished the day traveling to Pre’s Rock to celebrate giving their best rather than sacrificing the gift.

The Laker volleyball team completed their road season this weekend with road matches with Clackamas CC and Chemeketa CC on Friday and Saturday. The Ladies fell both day 0-3, but will return home this weekend to face Lane CC and Linn Benton CC.