WOU ROUNDUP: WOU to host NCAA Division II West Regional in 2019

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon will host the NCAA Division II West Regional in cross-country in 2019 and 2021.

The races will be held at the Ash Creek Preserve.

“We are thrilled to be awarded the 2019 and 2021 West Regional Cross-Country Championships,” WOU Director of Compliance Randi Lydum said. “We have an amazing course and look forward to bringing the best runners in the west region to Monmouth for these events.”

WOU also hosted the 2015 west regional.

The NCAA received more than 3,000 bid submissions vying to host predetermined rounds for 84 of the NCAA’s 90 championships. A total of 613 sites were awarded for this cycle.

“Over the past several years, Ash Creek Preserve has brought thousands of cross-country athletes and their supporters, who would have otherwise not had the opportunity to visit our beautiful campus,” Western Oregon cross-country coach Mike Johnson said. “The participants range from middle school to professional athletes. The unique characteristics of our course allow us to host races that meet the needs of all levels of the cross-country population.”

SOFTBALL SPLITS SIX GAMES: Western Oregon’s softball team split six games over the weekend.

The Wolves lost to Western Washington 13-1 before winning 6-1 on Friday, and lost 6-5 and won 1-0 on Saturday. WOU lost to Simon Fraser 4-0 before defeating the Clan 8-7 on Sunday.

Pitcher Haley Fabian threw a complete game in the second game on Friday, throwing six strikeouts over seven innings while allowing only three hits.

The Wolves saw three players hit home runs during its victory over Simon Fraser. Cheyanne Rimer, Jenna Kelly and Mercedes Green each hit one as WOU built up an 8-0 lead before holding on for the one-run victory.

Western Oregon entered the week with a 24-19 record overall and an 11-11 mark in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play, good for fifth place. The Wolves close out the regular season at Saint Martin’s Wednesday (today) before hosting Saint Martin’s for a doubleheader Saturday at 11 a.m. and Central Washington Sunday at noon. The top four teams in the conference advance to the softball championships.

BASEBALL WINS TWO AGAINST CONCORDIA: Western Oregon’s baseball team earned a split against Concordia. The Wolves lost to Concordia 9-2 and 5-3 on Friday before winning 5-1 and 6-0 on Saturday.

WOU’s pitchers combined to throw 10 strikeouts during the first game on Saturday and pitcher Trey Smith earned a complete game victory in the second contest. Nyles Nygaard recorded three hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs.

The Wolves entered the week in first place in the GNAC. WOU played Saint Martin’s Tuesday after press time. The Wolves play at Central Washington for a pair of doubleheaders Friday and Saturday at noon.

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