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Rupp's record brings victory.

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SEATTLE - University of Oregon freshman Galen Rupp broke the school record in the 5,000 meters Friday en route to a first-place finish at the Mountain Pacific Federation indoor track and field championships at the University of Washington.


Rupp took the lead in the race's last mile and finished in 13 minutes, 48.51 seconds, an automatic NCAA indoor meet qualifying mark that put him more than five seconds ahead of Washington's Jeremy Mineau, who was second in 13:54.03.

"This was a big race," said Rupp, who broke the UO mark of 13:49.99 set by Eric Logsdon last year. "I give coach (Vin) Lananna a lot of credit. He told me that I needed to relax and it would come. I stayed back the first half, and my teammate Carlos (Trujillo) did a tremendous job of taking us through the early part at an honest pace.

"Before today, I knew it was starting to come around. We've been doing a lot of strength work lately, so I'm looking forward to running even better at NCAAs and helping the team do well."

UO school records in the pentathlon, women's weight throw and women's distance medley relay also fell Friday.

Freshman Kalindra McFadden set the mark in pentathlon, finishing third with 3,929 points to secure the NCAA provisional qualifying standard. McFadden won the 800 by more than six seconds in 2:15.37 to beat the record of 3,908 set by Abby Andrus in 2004.

Senior Brittany Hinchcliffe and junior Britney Henry share the weight throw mark after tying for third place at 61 feet, 1 1/4 inches. Henry set the record of 61- 3/4 two weeks earlier in Seattle.

In the distance medley relay, the Duck quartet of Dana Buchanan, Irie Searcy, Rebekah Noble and Amber McGown finished in 11:16.05, which is an NCAA provisional time and beat the UO standard of 11:22.81 set last month.

Oregon splits despite

solid offensive day

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Oregon's softball team scored 19 runs Friday but could only manage a split of its games at the Palm Desert Classic.

The 22nd-ranked Ducks (7-6) opened the day with a 13-7 victory over eighth-ranked Texas A&M but then lost 9-6 to 18th-ranked Baylor.

Kayleen Hudson hit a grand slam and drove in five runs for the Ducks in their victory, in which they had seven hits and benefited from six Texas A&M errors.

Breanne Sabol and Joanna Gail drove in two runs apiece for the Ducks, who used a seven-run third inning to take an 11-3 lead.

Sabol and Hudson had two hits apiece for Oregon against Baylor, and Beth Boskovich drove in two runs.

Oregon State wins

two at tournament

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Oregon State stretched its softball winning streak to 10 games with two victories Friday at the Palm Springs Classic.

Cambria Miranda hit two home runs to back the three-hit pitching of Ta'Tyana McElroy in the 11th-ranked Beavers' 3-0 victory against Long Island University.

Miranda and Stefanie Ewing homered for Oregon State (10-2) later in the day in a 5-1 victory over 20th-ranked Louisiana State.

Brianne McGowan scattered seven hits and struck out two for the win against LSU.

UC Davis dumps

Beavers in baseball

DAVIS, Calif. - Tyler LaTorre drove in both runs to lead UC Davis to a 2-1 victory over No. 8 Oregon State at the River City Classic college baseball tournament on Friday.

LaTorre scored Daniel Descalso with a single in the fourth inning, and was the recipient of a bases-loaded walk from OSU starter Jonah Nickerson in the fifth.

Ryan Gipson hit an RBI single for the Beavers (4-4) in the eighth inning.

Three Aggies pitchers scattered nine hits, with Bryan Evans earning the victory with 3 2/3 innings of relief work. Nickerson (1-2) took the loss for OSU.

Gipson, Darwin Barney, Bill Rowe and Shea McFeely had two hits apiece for the Beavers.

Memorial scheduled

for former UO coach

A memorial celebration will be held for former Oregon assistant track coach Dr. Charles Bowles on March 5 at Willamette University in Salem.

Bowles was an assistant under Bill Bowerman at Oregon from 1961-65 before serving as head coach at Willamette from 1965-90.

The memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. at the Cone Field House on the Willamette campus. There is also a memorial fund, with donations going toward honoring Bowles with a statue at the Willamette track and for improvements to the track facilities.

Donations can be made to the Charles Bowles Memorial Fund through Willamette University, 900 State St., Salem, OR, 97301.

Washington earns

second MVP award

ASHLAND - Former Thurston High standout Shea Washington moved into a class by himself on Friday.

The senior forward at Southern Oregon University became the first Cascade Conference player to be twice named most valuable player and was just the second to be named to the all-league first team three times.

He was also named the league's defensive player of the year.

Washington averaged 19.9 points and 8.9 rebounds for the Raiders, who finished 23-8 overall and finished second in the Cascade Conference tournament before being upset by Albertson College in the conference tournament. The Raiders earned an at-large bid to the NAIA Division II tournament in Branson, Mo.

Oregon women drop

first dual of season

Oregon suffered its first women's tennis loss of the season Friday, falling 5-2 to Long Beach State at the UO Student Tennis Center.

Ceci Olivos and Claudia Hirt won their singles matches in straight sets for the Ducks, who dropped to 7-1 while Long Beach State improved to 6-2.

Three Ducks won the first sets of their singles matches for the Ducks, only to lose in three sets.

Dominika Dieskova and Olivos won their doubles match, but Long Beach State won the other two doubles matches to take the point.

Wirth helps OSU

climb in Pac-10 swimming

LONG BEACH, Calif. - South Eugene High School product Erika Wirth was one of four Oregon State swimmers to score in the 100-yard butterfly Friday as the Beavers moved up to seventh place at the Pac-10 Conference Swimming Championships.

Oregon State freshman Saori Haruguchi set a school record while finishing fourth in the 100 butterfly in 53.85 seconds. Kayla Rawlings finished 11th for the Beavers in 55.57, followed by Wirth in 12th in 55.88 and Christina Kinney in 21st in 56.67.

Oregon State's other top-10 finisher was Monika Miroslaw, who was eighth in the 400 individual medley in 4:27.52.

Oregon State second

in gymnastics meet

TEMPE, Ariz. - Oregon State's women's gymnastics team finished second to Arizona State at the four-team UNO's Classic on Friday.

Arizona State scored 196.950 points to Oregon State's 195.550. Boise State was third with 192.275.

Chrissy Lamun posted the Beavers' top finish, placing second in the floor exercise, and was fifth all-around. Eugene's Jami Lanz tied for third place on the balance beam and was sixth all-around.
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Date:Feb 25, 2006
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