College Roundup: Hamre Part of a Record Day for SMU
There’s plenty of local athletes competing in sports at four-year colleges. Here’s a quick look at how a few of them are faring as the winter ends and spring sports begin.
Editor’s note: Know a local athlete standing out at a four-year school? Email editor Aaron VanTuyl (email@example.com) and let us know.
Track & Field
Grace Hamre, a freshman from Napavine, was part of a record-breaking St. Martin’s University relay team on Saturday at University of Puget Sound’s JD Shotwell Invitational. Hamre ran a leg of the 4×100 relay team, which finished third in 49.42 seconds but in doing so broke the Saints’ program record. Hamre was also a part of SMU’s 4×400 relay team, which finished first in 3:59.26, and on the individual stage won the 200 meters in a personal-best 25.47 seconds.
Aaron Pullin, a sophomore from Centralia, and Forrest Wallace, a sophomore from Toledo, both stood out for Eastern Washington University on Saturday at the Al Manual meet in Missoula, Montana. Pullin finished sixth in the 200 meters (23.77), took eighth in the long jump (20 feet, ¼ inch) and took eighth in the high jump (5-10 ¾), while Wallace was fourth in the high jump (6-2 ¾) and 12th in the 400 hurdles (1:00.95).
Regyn Gaffney, a sophomore from Adna, won the 100 meters on Saturday for Washington State University at the UCLA Bruins Legends Invitational at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles. Gaffney won the event with a personal-best time of 11.60 seconds, which is the third-fastest mark in Cougar program history. Teammate Alissa Brooks-Johnson, a senior from Pe Ell, took fifth in the 400 hurdles (1:01.75), sixth in the javelin (125-0 ¾), and 13th in the 100 hurdles (14.44).
Mack Gaul, a junior out of Toledo, worked five innings for Central Washington in an eventual 9-7 win over Montana State-Billings on Friday in Ellensburg. Gaul, a left-handed pitcher, gave up six hits and four earned runs with six strikeouts and one walk for the 17-12 Wildcats, who play a four-game series at Concordia in Portland this weekend. Gaul, on the season, leads the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with 47 strikeouts in 47 innings, with a 5-1 record (tied for the best mark in the league with teammate Jake Levin) and a 2.68 ERA (fourth in the league).
Keylen Steen, a junior from W.F. West, scored a run for the University of Tennessee-Martin on Saturday in an 11-3 loss to Eastern Kentucky. Steen, a catcher, is hitting .233 for the 9-15 Skyhawks, and has started 17 games with a .978 fielding percentage.
Dustin Wilson, a junior from Rochester, worked 2 ⅓ innings on the mound for Eastern Illinois on Friday in a 5-3 loss to Tennessee Tech. Wilson allowed one run with no hits and a strikeout, and on the season has 16 strikeouts in 25 ⅓ innings of work over nine appearances.
Ali Graham, a sophomore from W.F. West, went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI for Oregon Institute of Technology during a 13-5 win over Northwest Christian on Saturday in Eugene. Graham, on the season, is hitting .356 with six home runs and 23 RBIs for the 21-7 Owls, and has a 6-0 record and 2.87 ERA in 53 ⅔ innings in the circle.
Marissa Reynolds, a senior outfielder from W.F. West, went 2 for 3 with a double, a triple and an RBI for Princeton University in a 9-1 Ivy League win over Yale on Sunday. Reynolds leads the 11-11 Tigers with a .489 batting average, with a team-high four home runs and 13 RBIs with a 1.022 slugging percentage.
Mattie Boucher, a senior pitcher from W.F. West, threw a five-inning shutout for Concordia University on Sunday in an 11-0 win over Holy Names, allowing just four hits without a walk. Boucher has thrown a team-high 102 ⅓ innings for the 13-22 Cavaliers, with 56 strikeouts, a 6-12 record and a 5.47 ERA.
Jessica McKay, a freshman from W.F. West, went 1 for 2 with an RBI for Boise State University in a 7-3 loss to Utah State on Saturday in Boise. McKay, who played left field and second base Saturday, is hitting .286 for the 22-11 Broncos, and has six RBIs in 21 games.