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College Update: Strasser Helps CWU to 10-Game Winning Streak

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 us (chroniclesports360@gmail.com) and let us know.

Softball
• Lexie Strasser, a freshman from Chehalis, started in the circle for Central Washington University and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning during a 5-3 win over Western Oregon on Wednesday. Strasser gave up just one hit, without a walk, in the complete-game win, which was CWU’s 10th straight victory. The freshman, who earned a Great Northwest Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week nod on Monday, has worked 65 ⅔ innings this season with 31 strikeouts and 16 walks and a 7-3 record for the 14-4 Wildcats.

• Jordan Crawford, a freshman from Chehalis, went 1 for 3 with a home run for Davis & Elkins College (West Virginia) in a loss to Glenville State last Thursday. Crawford, an outfielder, has started all 14 games for the 5-9 Senators, who play in the NCAA Div. II Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

• Ali Graham, a junior from Chehalis, went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a double for Oregon Tech in a 4-1 win over the University of British Columbia on Sunday. Graham also got the save for the Hustlin’ Owls (19-5), and improved her batting average to .450 with 20 RBIs.

• Jessica McKay, a Boise State University out of Chehalis, went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer on Sunday in a win over Utah State. McKay, a sophomore outfielder, is hitting .355 and has started all 26 games for the 18-8 Broncos, with four home runs (tied for first on the team) and 20 RBIs (second on the team).

Baseball
• Ty Housden, a junior from Centralia who played two years at Tacoma Community College, went 4 for 4 with two RBIs last Friday for Campbellsville University in a win over Kentucky Christian. Housden, an outfielder, is hitting .384 for the 16-8 Tigers, an NAIA school in Kentucky.

Track & Field
• Forrest Wallace, a junior from Toledo, was fourth in the high jump last Saturday for Eastern Washington University in the high jump, at 5 foot, 11 ½ inches, at the Buc Scoring Meet in Spokane. Wallace also finished seventh in the 400-meter hurdles (1:02.76).

• Josh Schulz, a sophomore from Pe Ell, took sixth in the 200 meters (22.97 seconds) last Saturday for St. Martin’s University at the Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open in Portland.

• The Washington State University women’s 4×100 meter relay team finished fifth on Saturday at the University of Southern California’s Trojan Invitational. The Cougar team, which crossed the line in 46.47 seconds, featured Alissa Brooks-Johnson (a redshirt senior from Doty) and Regyn Gaffney (a junior from Adna). Brooks-Johnson also ran a leg on the third-place 4×400 team, which finished in 3:43.96, better than the relay team’s best time of 2017, and finished eighth in the javelin, while Gaffney was also fourth in the 100 (12.09 seconds).

Brooks-Johnson 11th in Pentathlon
Washington State’s Alissa Brooks-Johnson finished the indoor track season earlier this month, finishing 11th in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, with 4,060 points on March 9.
Brooks-Johnson opened the NCAA meet with a 60m hurdles time of 8.63 seconds; ended the high jump clearing 5 feet, 6½ inches; and had a season-best toss of 40-0 ½ in the shot put. She long-jumped 18-8½, and finished the 800 in 2:22.07.
Taliyah Brooks, a senior at Arkansas, won the pentathlon with a score of 4,572 points.
“I thought Alissa competed very well. She set-up herself very well with her first four events, WSU coach Wayne Phipps said. “Placing 11th in her first time ever at the indoor championships was a great finish, although a little short of her goal of being a first team All-American, and provides a strong foundation for a great outdoor season.”

NWAC Notes
Wyatt Stanley, a freshman from Napavine, is tied for the NWAC baseball lead in earned-run average. Stanley, in four games pitching for Edmonds Community College, has yet to give up an earned run, with 21 strikeouts, 12 walks and and eight hits, with a 2-0 record. … Sam Fagerness, a freshman from Napavine, is hitting .433 for Big Bend Community College, with 11 RBIs and a home run in 11 games. … Sharon Hazen, a sophomore from Morton, is hitting .591 with four homers and eight RBIs in eight games for Pierce College’s softball squad. … Cheyenne Gilbertson, a sophomore from Adna, is hitting .500 for Lower Columbia College with 11 RBIs and a home run. Shanay Dotson, also a sophomore from Adna, is hitting .300 for the Red Devils, while Morton-White Pass product Christine Robbins has pitched 36 innings with a 3.11 ERA and 28 strikeouts for LCC.

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