The Everett Elite Flag Football 14-under team practices Sunday morning at Harbour Pointe Middle School in Mukilteo, Washington on January 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Community roundup: Local products earn D-1 cross country honors

Plus, Snohomish grad Uderitz has option exercised by Defiance, Everett rowers compete at Head of the Charles and much more.

Several Snohomish County products earned NCAA Division I first-team all-conference honors in cross country thanks to their performances in conference championship meets the past weekend.

Lake Stevens High School graduate Taylor Roe, now a senior on the Oklahoma State University women’s team, placed second at the Big 12 Championship on Friday in Lubbock, Texas. She completed the 6-kilometer race in a time of 20 minutes, 10.8 seconds, which was two seconds behind the winner, West Virginia’s Ceili McCabe. Roe helped the Cowgirls repeat as conference champions and set a new Big 12 record for lowest score with 22 points.

Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate Yukino Parle, now a graduate student on the George Washington University women’s team, placed seventh at the Atlantic 10 Championship on Saturday in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Parle, a transfer from Boise State, completed the 5-kilometer race in a time of 17:12.9, which was the second-fastest 5-kilometer time in school history. She helped the Colonials finish fourth in the team competition.

Jackson High School graduate Joseph Skoog, now a sophomore on the Grand Canyon University men’s team, finished 10th in the Western Athletic Conference Championship held Saturday in Nacogdoches, Texas. Skoog finished the 8-kilometer race in a time of 23 minutes, 43.9 seconds as the Lopes took sixth in the team standings.

Next up on the cross country schedule are the regional meets, which take place on Nov. 11 at various sites, followed by the national championships on Nov. 19 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Uderitz retained by Defiance

Snohomish High School graduate Hal Uderitz, now a central defender for the MLS Next Pro’s Tacoma Defiance, had his contract option exercised for the 2023 season.

Uderitz, playing his first season of professional soccer, appeared in 17 of Tacoma’s 23 games, scoring two goals. He helped the Defiance, who serve as Seattle Sounders FC’s reserve team, reach the league semifinals.

Uderitz was one of just six of the 16 players who were signed directly to the Defiance who were retained for the upcoming season.

Edwards named first-team All-MWC

Jackson High School graduate Jadyn Edwards, now a senior forward on the University of New Mexico women’s soccer team, was named first-team All-Mountain West Conference.

Edwards leads the team and ranks second in the league with eight goals in 18 games, adding four assists. It was the third straight year that Edwards, the Herald’s 2021-22 Woman of the Year in Sports, was named first-team all-conference.

New Mexico earned the No. 2 seed to the MWC tournament and faced third-seeded San Jose State in the semifinals late Wednesday night.

Gabalis earns weekly WAC honor

Archbishop Murphy High School graduate Victor Gabalis, now a freshman quarterback on the Utah Tech University football team, as named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday’s 47-44 victory over Stephen F. Austin.

Gabalis was 23-for-35 for 377 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes. His final TD pass came with 47 seconds remaining as the Trailblazers pulled off the upset against the Lumberjacks, who were ranked No. 19 in FCS.

Gabalis has started three games for the 2-6 Trailblazers this season, going 63-for-136 for 873 yards and seven TDs with nine interceptions.

Collins named preseason All-WAC

Glacier Peak High School graduate Aaliyah Collins, now a sophomore guard on the Grand Canyon University women’s basketball team, was named to the preseason All-Western Athletic Conference first team.

Collins, who transferred to Grand Canyon from Chicago State in May, was a second-team All-WAC selection last season, averaging 14.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.4 steals per game for a Chicago State team that finished 4-23. Grand Canyon reached the WAC tournament championship game each of the past two seasons.

Two locals earn GNAC women’s soccer honors

Snohomish County products Dayana Diaz and Jordan Bartlow were both named Honorable Mention All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference in women’s soccer.

Diaz is a Granite Falls High School graduate who’s now a senior forward for Western Washington University. She has 16 starts for the Vikings, scoring three goals for a Western team that is 12-2-4 heading into the postseason and ranked No. 10 in the United Soccer Coaches’ NCAA Division II national poll.

Bartlow is an Arlington High School graduate who is now a sophomore midfielder for Central Washington University. She made 17 starts for the Wildcats, registering four goals and an assist as Central finished 3-11-4.

EdC, EvCC have placers at cross country regionals

Edmonds College and Everett Community College each had top-five placers in the women’s race at the Northwest Athletic Conference’s Northwest Regional Championship on Saturday in Maple Valley.

Edmonds first year Monserrat Lopez placed third, completing the 5-kilometer race in a time of 21:37.2, while Everett first year Emma Arceo finished fourth in 21:54.5.

Edmonds finished second in the men’s team competition. The Tritons were led by freshman Oliver Occola, who finished eighth while completing the 8-kilometer race in 28:57.6.

ERA Masters take fourth at Head of the Charles

The Everett Rowing Association’s Women’s Master (40-over) 8+ placed fourth in its division at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta on Oct. 21-23 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The team of Jessica Raab, Anda Ruja, Esther Leonardo, Theresa Hausmann, Cheryl Thomson, Tricia Stemler, Olga Kondratets, Kimberly Rice-Narusch and Dustin Mara (cox) finished the 3-mile race in a time of 17:48.334, which was fourth-best among the 15 competitors.

Everett’s Men’s Youth 8+ placed 61st out of 90 and Everett’s Women’s Youth 8+ finished 65th out of 89.

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