WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Track and field squad sets five school marks at meet

SEATTLE — Western Oregon’s track and field team set five school records at the University of Washington Invitational on Saturday.

Junior David Ribich broke his own school mark in the men’s 1,600-meter run, finishing fifth overall with a time of 4 minutes, 2.30 seconds. The time was also a new Great Northwest Athletic Conference record.

The women’s 4-by-400 relay team of Megan Rose, Grayson Burke, Suzanne Van De Grift and Olivia Woods set a school mark, finishing in 3:56.73.

The men’s distance medley relay team of Ribich, Dustin Nading, AJ Holmberg and Josh Dempsey set new school and conference records with a time of 9:45.45.

Kennedy Rufener set a new WOU record in the women’s 5,000 in 17:24.07.

The final school record was set by the women’s distance medley relay team of Van De Grift, Rose, Woods and Nicole Maurmann with a time of 12:05.24.

Van De Grift set a personal record in the 800. Her time of 2:14.10 is the third-best in school history.

AJ Holmberg finished the men’s 400 in 49.28 seconds, setting a new personal best by 0.15 seconds, ranking as the fourth fastest time in program history.

WOU’s track and field team will return to Seattle Feb. 10-11 for the Husky Classic.

MEN’S BASKETBALL TOPS CRUSADERS, WILDCATS: Western Oregon’s men’s basketball team defeated Northwest Nazarene 69-67 on Thursday and Central Washington 85-68 on Saturday. Junior Ali Faruq-Bey was the hero against Northwest Nazarene, scoring with three seconds left in the game to allow the Wolves to edge past the Crusaders.

WOU led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but trailed by as many as eight in the second after a 17-2 run by Northwest Nazarene.

Faruq-Bey scored 23 points, grabbed five rebounds and had two steals.

Tanner Omlid added 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists, six steals and three blocked shots.

Faruq-Bey also led the Wolves against Central Washington, scoring 21 points. J.J. Chirnside recorded 13 points and eight rebounds.

Western Oregon hosts Saint Martin’s Thursday at 7 p.m. and Seattle Pacific Saturday at 5 p.m. Saturday’s game will be aired on Root Sports.

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