There will be a significant Snohomish County presence at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships’ West Preliminary Round, which takes place Wednesday through Saturday in Sacramento, California.
The headliners are Taylor Roe and Jayden White, who are looking to return to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Roe, a Lake Stevens High School graduate who’s now a senior at Oklahoma State, is competing in the women’s 5,000 meters, an event in which she placed third at nationals last year. Roe placed third in the event at the Big 12 Championships earlier this month in a time of 16 minutes, 12.09 seconds.
White, an Everett High School grad who’s now a junior at Washington, is competing in the men’s hammer throw. White finished ninth at nationals in the hammer last year, and was fourth at this year’s Pac-12 Championships with a throw of 222 feet, 6 inches.
Other locals who will be competing in the West Preliminary Round include Kamiak High School graduate and Gonzaga fifth-year Cullen McEachern, who’s competing in the men’s steeplechase; Lynnwood High School graduate and Oregon senior Malia Pivec, who’s competing in the women’s steeplechase; Glacier Peak High School graduate and Washington State senior Elena Willems, who’s competing in the women’s 800; Kamiak High School graduate and Gonzaga senior Alicia Anderson, who’s competing in the women’s 1,500; and Woodway native, King’s High School graduate and Washington sophomore Naomi Smith, who’s competing in the women’s 10,000.
Entrants who place in the top 12 at regionals advance to the NCAA Championships on June 7-10 in Austin, Texas.
Reynolds, Mahler off to softball super regionals
A pair of Snohomish County natives are on the cusp of the Women’s College World Series as their teams are playing in NCAA Super Regionals this weekend.
Snohomish High School graduate Sami Reynolds, a fifth-year outfielder at Washington, was at the heart of one of the great comebacks as the seventh-seeded Huskies rallied from six runs down in the seventh inning to defeat McNeese State 7-6 in the deciding game at their regional. Reynolds hit the bases-clearing double that tied the score at 6-6 and later scored the go-ahead run. She and the Huskies host unseeded Louisiana at super regionals.
Sami Reynolds got that DAWG in her 😤
TIE GAME IN THE TOP OF THE 7TH
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Monroe High School graduate River Mahler and the ninth-seeded Stanford Cardinal travel to face eighth-seeded Duke in Durham, North Carolina. Mahler, a first-year second baseman, started all three games as Stanford went 3-0 at its regional.
The super regionals are best-of-three series. Winners claim one of the eight berths to the Women’s College World Series, which takes place June 1-9 in Oklahoma City.
Booth named all-conference in baseball
Jackson High School graduate Carter Booth, now a junior outfielder on the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team, was named to the All-Cascade Conference team.
Booth is batting .329 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI in 48 games for the Warriors, who are 33-16 and earned a berth in the NAIA World Series, which runs Friday through June 2 in Lewiston, Idaho.
Booth was also awarded a Cascade Conference Gold Glove. He has yet to make an error this season.
EdC baseball advances, EvCC softball takes fifth
The Edmonds College baseball team is headed to the Northwest Athletic Conference Baseball Championship after winning its super regional.
Edmonds (34-16), the No. 2 seed from the North Region, won both its games against West No. 3 Clark to claim the super regional. The Tritons face West No. 1 Lower Columbia in the opening round of the NWAC Championship at 7:35 p.m. Friday in Longview. Everett (26-28), the North No. 4, took South No. 2 Lane to three games in its super regional before being eliminated.
Meanwhile, the Everett softball team went 3-2 to finish tied for fifth at the NWAC Softball Championship last week in Portland, Oregon. The 10th-seeded Trojans (27-12) lost their opener to Columbia Basin, but then won loser-out games against Centralia, Treasure Valley and Wenatchee Valley before being eliminated by North Idaho. Eleventh-seeded Edmonds (20-20) lost both its games at the tournament.
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