College news, 11-19

The fall college sports season continues to wind down, here’s yesterday’s action involving Valley college athletes.

Strong finish for North Bend product in national championship women’s cross country race
It was a great finish to a solid season for Southern Oregon sophomore women’s cross country runner Alex Rudd. Rudd, a 2010 Mount Si High School graduate from North Bend, finished in 57th place out of 323 runners at yesterday’s NAIA national championship women’s cross country race down at Fort Vancouver. Rudd clocked 18:58 to earn her placing. It was not enough, though, for All-American status; Rudd had to finish in the top 30 overall for that, and there was some thought that she might have a good shot at that. Even though she did not finish that high, she still finished among the top 25% of the competitors, so a strong showing for sure for the ex-Wildcat cross country star.

A special moment for Cedarcrest grad on basketball floor

It was a great night for Pacific Lutheran men’s basketball freshman Andrew Alness, from Duvall. The 2011 Cedarcrest HS grad, who was instrumental in helping Cedarcrest make state last season for only the second time in school history (and the first as CHS), scored his first college points last night as PLU routed Portland Bible, 77-46. Alness hit a three with under a minute left in the first half (as it turned out his only points of the game) to mark the special accomplishment. Alness played only seven minutes, but those seven minutes were likely quite the special ones for this ex-Red Wolve star with that excellent accomplishment.

WSU volleyball falls at Utah
The Cougars fell in four, 25-18, 25-17, 23-25, 25-15. Zoe Gogan saw her most action in a match as a collegian, playing three sets, but the 2011 Mount Si grad, and WSU freshman, from Fall City, did not record any stats in her time on the floor.

Two NCAA FCS teams with Valley players await playoff fate
The NCAA will announce the playoff field for the Football Championship Subdivision this morning, and two teams who feature ex-Mount Si’ers will be waiting by the phone for news. Illinois State looks to be in the discussion with a 7-4 record; ISU fell in their final regular season game yesterday in double overtime to Northern Iowa, 23-20. Freshman Joe Farmer, from North Bend and a 2011 Mount Si grad, did not play in the contest for Illinois State.

The other team awaiting word is Eastern Washington, who earned the opportunity to wait for news this morning with a 45-14 rout of Idaho State yesterday to finish with a 6-5 record, good enough to earn a spot, but whether they get one remains to be seen. It is expected that Montana and Montana State will earn berths out of the Big Sky, but Portland State also finished ahead of the Eagles in the conference standings and they appear to be on the bubble. As for Eastern’s local player, senior Charles Moetului had one solo tackle in what may have been his final college game.

Today’s announcement will come at around 9:00 this morning.

Rest of the scores:

Washington State football falls to Utah 30-27 (OT) (WSU: Zach Brevick, So, Fall City, Mount Si HS, did not play)
Idaho football falls to Utah State 49-42 (2OT) (IDA: Jared Klingenberg, Fr, Duvall, Cedarcrest HS, did not play)

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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