WOU ROUNDUP: Whitaker, Holmberg leads track and field at home meet

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s men’s track and field team placed second at the John Knight Twilight meet on Friday. The women placed fourth.

Aaron Whitaker took first in the men’s 400-meter run with a time of 49.41 seconds; AJ Holmberg took first in the 800 in 1:54.52, just ahead of teammate Dustin Nading, who took second in 1:54.60.

On the women’s side, Olivia Woods took first in the 400 in 57.06, ahead of teammates Megan Rose, who took second in 58.16, and Suzanne Van De Grift, who finished third in 58.32.

Nicole Maurmann won the 1,500 in 4:43.79.

Other top finishes included a second-place showing from Codi Blodgett in the men’s 100 hurdles (11.27) and a third-place result from Alan Ekanger in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase in 9:51.03.

Western Oregon will compete at the Mt. Sac Relays Wednesday (today) and Thursday in Azusa, Calif., before sending athletes to the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., on Friday and Saturday, and the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa on Friday.

SOFTBALL SPLITS NORTHWEST NAZARENE: Western Oregon’s softball team split a pair of doubleheaders with Northwest Nazarene. WOU won 5-1 and 2-1 on Friday before losing 6-4 and 6-3 on Saturday. The games were moved to Nampa, Idaho, due to weather.

Pitcher Haley Fabian threw a complete game in the first game on Friday.

The Wolves took the lead in the first inning when Ryanne Huffman stole second and Kelsie Gardner stole home from third base.

The Wolves broke a 1-1 tie in the second game in the eighth inning off an RBI single from Zoe Clark.

A doubleheader against Saint Martin’s was canceled due to weather.

Western Oregon plays at Concordia for a doubleheader Friday at 2 p.m. and hosts Concordia for a doubleheader Saturday at noon. The Wolves also host Simon Fraser for a doubleheader Monday at 2 p.m.

BASEBALL DEFEATS CONCORDIA: Western Oregon’s baseball team defeated Concordia 6-2 on April 5. Brock Pradere, Connor McCord, Jacob Martinez and Nyles Nygaard each had two hits to lead the Wolves.

Pitcher Elias Bedolla earned the win after throwing five innings with two strikeouts.

WOU’s doubleheaders against Saint Martin’s on Saturday and Sunday were postponed due to weather.

Western Oregon defeated Saint Martin’s 4-3 and 3-2 on Monday.

The Wolves played Saint Martin’s in Newberg on Monday. WOU hits the road to play at Montana State Billings for a pair of doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday before playing at Saint Martin’s on Tuesday

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