Olympic College’s Jonathan Ramey claimed the men’s high jump title at Pacific Lutheran University’s Invitational April 10.
Ramey, a freshman, cleared the high bar with a leap of 5 feet, 10.75 inches. Ramey wasn’t the lone top-five placer for Olympic’s men. Teammate Wayne Jamison, a freshman, finished second in the long jump with a distance of 21-6. Freshman Miller Campbell placed third in the hammer finals with a throw of 144-5 and was fifth in the discus with a throw of 121-5.
For the women, freshman Sierra Morin finished fourth in the 400 meters in a time of 1 minute, 7.22 seconds. Isabella Porter, also a freshman, placed third in the 400 hurdles in 1:12.19.
At the April 17th Central Washington Invite, Ryan Clough placed third in the 1,500 meters and Ramey was fifth in the high jump. Jamison placed third in the long jump. Campbell finished sixth in the hammer throw. For the women, Allison Valdez finished in second place in the 5,000 meters in 21:50.57, just behind winner Tailer Cochran of CWU in 21:19.60. Valdez led a contingent of Ranger women in that race, as they went 2-5 and included Emma Daivs, Chana Alonzo-Miguel and Emily Silva. Morin was third in the 400 meters and Porter was third in the 400 hurdles.
Men place third at Highline Invitational
The Ranger men finished in third place at the Highline Invitational in Federal Way last week.
Olympic had a team score of 641, behind winner Bellevue, who shot a score of 595, and Skagit Valley in second, 622. SW Oregon was fourth with a total of 645.
Colin Cavanaugh was the top placer for the Rangers. Cavanaugh, a sophomore, shot a first-round 76 and a 78 in the second round for a two-day total of 154 to put him into eighth place. Teammate Josh Hein tied for 12th (80-81-161), Roger O’Hara was 15th (81-82-163), Landon Betzing tied for 16th (84-80-164), and Jacob Madison tied in 20th place (88-81-169).
Mackenzie Lake, a freshman, finished seventh with a two-day score of 179 (84-95) for the Rangers. Madeline Strivens also competed for OC, finishing with a total score of 221.
OC baseball earns sweep of Skagit Valley
The Rangers baseball team picked up their first win of the shortened-NWAC season with a 4-3 (12 innings) and 5-4 doubleheader sweep against Skagit Valley April 17-18.
In the opener, SV held a 1-0 lead until Olympic went up 2-1 in the top of the third. The Cardinals took the lead back, 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth. Olympic tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the ninth when Roc Ransdell scored on an RBI-fielder’s choice by Kyuta Miyoshi. After two scoreless innings, the Rangers’ went ahead in the top of the 12th. With two outs, Jackson Ramstead singled in Lukas Delisle to give OC a 4-3 lead. OC’s Jake Sulya, who entered in the sixth, sent the Cardinals down in order in the bottom of the 12th to secure the Rangers win.
Olympic came out strong in the second game, holding a 4-0 lead before Skagit earned two runs in back-to-back innings for a 4-4 tie in the top of the seventh. OC added a run in the bottom of the inning in what turned out to be the game winner. Marco Santulli, pinch running for Nathen Mjor after he singled to center field to reach first with no outs, advanced to third on a SV error. Now in scoring position, the Rangers let two chances get away and were down to their final out when Kazu Arashiro singled to right to score Santulli. Skagit Valley stranded three runners in the final two innings but Ranger pitcher Connor Brooks, who earned the win, and Ethan Salscheider, who picked up the save, closed the door on the Cardinals.
Softball: OC began its season April 3 and went 0-4 before its next four doubleheaders were cancelled. The Rangers are slated to face Skagit Valley in a DH beginning at noon Wednesday at home.
ALSO: The Rangers women’s basketball team is 0-4 in an on-again, off-again schedule and with a roster that includes players — Esther Pappuleas, Jasmine Apker-Montoya, Halie Rodriguez, Isis Crew, Grace Harder, Shaunya Kahananui, Kirstin Griffey, and Alexandra Neumann. Sophomore forward Harder leads OC with 14.8 points per game and 13.8 rebounds per game and is shooting 70.6 percent from the free-throw line. Crew, a sophomore guard, is averaging 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Pappuleas also has and average of 14.8 ppg. OC has played four of its scheduled games, three of which were cancelled. Their next game is slated for Wednesday at 5 p.m. at home against Everett.
The men’s team has not played.