Vikings Sports Briefs

CRX ends season at NCAA West Regionals

Portland State’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams closed out the season on a strong note at the 2003 NCAA West Regionals, held this weekend at Blue Lake Park in Gresham. The men’s team placed 18th out of 26 teams, while the women nabbed 17th place out of 31 teams.

Sophomore Michael Devenport was the Viking to cross the finish line at 31:06, snatching 56th place out of 176 runners in the 8k race. Other top Viking runners included fellow sophomore Blake Flanders, who crossed the line at 93rd with a time of 32:08. Junior Chris Hollis placed 113th, and freshman Brandon Lopez crossed the line in 117th place.

The women’s team saw freshman Bobeya Krishnek take their top spot at 81st place with a time of 22:36. Junior Annie Kawasaki finished in 97th place, clocking out at 22:51. Senior Mandy Peterson placed 98th, finishing one second behind Kawasaki at 22:52.

Top-ranked Stanford took both the men’s and women’s title for the regionals. Both Stanford teams will advance to the NCAA Championships.

Men’s basketball falls short on the court

A great Viking basketball comeback was thwarted when Northwest Nazarene’s Daniel Nyom pulled off a quick shot with two seconds remaining to seal the Vikings’ loss, 75-73, at the Stott Center last Friday.

The Vikings trailed the majority of the game until a 21-7 run with less than six minutes left put them back in contention. Viking guard Will Funn popped in two free throws with 12 seconds left in the game to tie the score, but a tie was not in the cards for the Viks as Noym saved the day for the N.W. Nazarene.

Junior forward Seamus Boxley led the Vikings with 17 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots, but it was not enough to save the Vikings from their own mistakes. PSU has 23 turnovers; 13 in the second half. As a whole the Viks shot only 42 percent, while the Crusaders shot for 52 percent.

The Vikings will ready themselves to face the Washngton Huskies this Friday in Seattle.

Women’s basketball suffers a loss from some old pros

The Vikings women’s basketbal team gave some old pros a run for their money while facing the P&P Lady Express.on Sunday. But a strong second half by the Ladies kept the Viks to a 68-60 loss at the Stott Center.

The Lady Express went into halftime with a score 29-21 in favor of the Viks, but entered the second-half with a amazing 23-10 run that stunned PSU. The Viks came with one point with a little over seven minutes left but in the end never recovered.

Petra Jackson led the Lady Express with 22 points, while Viking senior forward Sarah Hedgepeth led PSU with 14 points in just 24 minutes of play. The Lady Express shot 42.2 percent for the game, while the Viks shot for 35.6 percent.

The Vikings begin regular season play this Friday in Moscow, Idaho, against Idaho.