R.A. Long alumnus Dustin Nading is a national champion.
A junior at Western Oregon University, Nading completed the mile in 4 minutes, 13.3 seconds to capture the NCAA Division II title at the Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at the Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kan.
Boxed in after starting out of lane one for most of the race, Nading sat in fourth place at each of the check points before making a late burst to win by just .36 seconds over Fort Hays State’s Brett Meyer (4:13.66).
Nading also took part in the Wolves’ distance medley relay team, which won the title in the event on Friday. The team, composed of Nading, Aaron Whitaker, AJ Holmberg and David Ribich, finished the event in a time of 9:41.40 to best Colorado State University-Pueblo’s time if 9:41.84.
It’s the second consecutive year the Wolves won the event, which features a 1,200-meter leg, a 400-meter leg, an 800-meter leg and a 1,600-meter leg.
Lower Columbia 5, Lane 0: Yancy Bird and Spencer Burdick combined to toss a perfect game against the Titans in a nonleague game on Saturday at David Story Field. Bird tossed seven perfect innings, striking out four and facing the minimum 21 batters. Spencer Burdick took over and tossed the final two perfect facing six batters.
Offensively, Ricky Muzzy went 2-5 with an RBI and Kyle Sandstrom, Zach Threlfall and Drew Barlow each picked up an RBI.
Lower Columbia 3, Lane 2: Despite collecting just two hits, the Red Devils took advantage of five walks and an error to top the Titans in the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday. LCC improved to 5-2 with the sweep.
Chandler Michalek went 1-3 with an RBI and Blayza Arcano was 0-2 with an RBI. Trevor Paro added LCC’s other hit.
Zac Horne struck out five and allowed four hits in four innings, Derek Downey got the win by tossing two innings of one-run ball and DeShawn Johnson got the save with a scoreless seventh.
Lower Columbia 9, Edmonds 8: Sarah Potwin hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the sixth inning and Nizhoni Wheeler, fresh off yesterday’s defeat in the NWAC women’s basketball tournament, earned the win with three innings of relief on Saturday in Lacey. LCC is 8-4 now.
Sophia Zbaeren and Arielle Burnett hit RBI singles in the third inning to give LCC an 8-5 lead. The Devils also led 5-0 after Shanay Dotson, also on the women’s hoops team, hit a two-run double in the second.
Potwin also led things off with a two-run homer to get things started in the second inning.
Highline 4, Lower Columbia 3: The Thunderbirds took a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning and the Red Devils couldn’t scratch one across in the inter-regional game in Lacey. Christine Robbins threw well in the circle for LCC and added an RBI double in the third inning. Cheyenne Gilbertson also had an RBI double.
Woodland 6, La Center 5: The Beavers opened the season with a walk-off victory, as nine-hole hitter Brady Burns singled home Travis Pitner, who went 1-2 with an RBI, in the bottom of the seventh of the nonleague game in Woodland.
Wyatt Autrey went 2-4 with an RBI and Wyatt Wooden had three walks and an RBI for Woodland, which fell behind 4-0 before capitalizing on five Wildcat errors.
Ryan Cooney got the start, finishing with five strikeouts in four innings, allowing four earned runs. James Porter, Shaun Sadlier and Wooden all got time on the bump as well.
R.A. Long 4, Wahkiakum 2: Parker Reeves hit a two-run home run, the Lumberjacks used five different pitchers and R.A. Long held off Wahkiakum in the season opener for both teams.
“The kids have been biting at the bit,” RAL coach Mark Hulings said. “Just getting on the field early on in the season, which didn’t happen last year, got the kids excited.”
Conner Wallace went 2-4, Jacob Childers was 2-3 with a double and Tyler Reece was 2-2. Alex Brady pitched a scoreless two innings, striking out a pair, and Wallace, Wyatt Kieth, Elias Farland, Jaidon Williamson and Kevin Barnett got time on the hill.
Wahkiakum was led by Luke Brown’s 2-3 day. Brown and Terris Record had doubles and Zach Brown added a triple. James Anderson, Terris Record and Zach Brown each got two innings on the mound.
Fort Vancouver 10, Ilwaco 1: The Fishermen committed six errors and allowed 10 hits in the season-opening loss at the Max Beatty Tournament. Brandon McMullen went 2-3 with a double and Trenton Cox added a double. Landin Frank, Dylan Simonson and Nate Hopkins spent time on the mound.
Port Angeles 2, United 0: Toledo/Winlock’s United soccer program fell 2-0 in its season opener on the road. The Roughridgers scored in the first 10 minutes of each half to record the final tally.