Hawaii Grown: College Athletics
3 from Pacific get season-best times
Three Hawaii runners at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., turned in their best times of the season in the Northwest Conference cross country championships last Saturday at Tacoma, Wash.
In the men's 8,000-meter race, freshmen Casey Nishimura (Mid-Pacific '06) was timed in 27 minutes, 43.46 seconds and Mikala Souza (Kamehameha '06) covered the distance in 29:36.27. Nishimura finished 55th and Souza 61st.
Caitlyn Tateishi (Waiakea '04) finished the women's 6,000-meter race in 24:05.91, good for 47th place. The time was a 32-second improvement over the junior's previous season best.
Two other Boxers from Hawaii competed. Sophomore Sean Leon-Guerrero (Kaiser '04 ) was 60th in the men's race with a time of 29:26.91. Jumy Tang (McKinley '06) was 83rd in the women's race with a time of 30:14.58.
» Senior Juliann Jordan (Punahou) finished in 23rd place in 25:03.2 in the 6,000-meter Patriot League cross country championships last Saturday on a muddy course buffeted by 25-mph winds. She helped Navy place second in the event.
» Andrea Leitner (Kohala '03) was timed in 19:23.6 in the Western Athletic Conference's 5K cross country championships at Fresno, Calif., last Saturday. The senior at New Mexico State finished in 36th place.
» Nicole Anderson (Iolani '05) finished 80th out of 125 runners at the New England Small College Athletic Conference cross country championships Saturday at Waterford, Conn. The sophomore at Amherst ran the 6K race in 26:05.
Apana helps ETSU to undefeated mark
Kaena Apana, a junior, had 12 digs Sunday as the East Tennessee State Lady Bucs defeated Mercer 30-19, 30-20, 30-26 to finish the Atlantic Sun Conference season undefeated at 9-0.
Apana, a Nanakuli graduate who transferred to ETSU this year from Taft College, leads the Lady Bucs (22-5 overall) with 529 digs, an average of 5.57 per game that is second best in the league.
The week before, Apana was named the ASC Player of the Week after setting a conference record for digs in a three-game match with 31 against Lipscomb on Oct. 21 and getting 29 vs. preseason league favorite Belmont.
DeVey nets SCU's game winner
Keith DeVey (St. Anthony '02) scored the game-winning goal Sunday as Santa Clara defeated Loyola Marymount 2-0 to clinch the Broncos' ninth West Coast Conference men's soccer title and earn the league's automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
It was DeVey's second game winner this year and his 19th career goal, elevating him into ninth place on the SCU career list.
» Tye Perdido (Seabury Hall '06) scored 56 seconds into the second OT period to give Gonzaga a 2-1 victory over San Francisco on Sunday. It was his third goal in the last five matches for the Bulldogs (7-8-2, 4-5-1).
» Amy Lawson (Iolani '05) scored the insurance goal in the 85th minute as the Westmont Warriors beat Holy Names 2-0 in the NAIA Region I playoffs Tuesday. Westmont, the only team to beat Azusa Pacific this season, plays the Cougars on Friday in a semifinal round match.
The Cougars stopped Menlo 4-0 on Tuesday. Jolie Nitta (Mililani '02) assisted on APU's second goal.
Elizabeth Kalama (Kamehameha '03), a senior defender, played the full 90 minutes for Point Loma Nazarene in the Sea Lions' first-round 1-0 win over California Baptist.