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Alums winding up seasons on college fields, tracks


May 9, 2017

- Emily Marchbanks (Class of 2014), a junior pitcher at Newberry College, finished 12-10 in her first year of NCAA Division II softball, has started 24 games for the Wolves, who finished 14-6 in the South Atlantic Conference, 33-16 overall.

Marchbanks started 24 games for Newberry, located in Newberry, S.C., which finished with the most conference wins in program history and its best finish since 2010.

Marchbanks finished with 81 strikeouts in 135 innings pitched, with a 3.04 ERA.

The Wolves fell to Coker 9-7 in eight innings Saturday afternoon at Byerly Park in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship game. Newberry finished third after being picked to finish seventh in the SAC.

- Freshman Josie Knight (2016) finished her outdoor track season for Linfield College at the Northwest Conference Championships held April 21 at Whitworth College’s Pine Bowl in Spokane, Wash.

Knight threw the shot 12 meters (39 feet, 4½ inches) to place eighth. She set a PR for the shot on March 25 at the Willamette Invitational, throwing 25.21 (39-11). Knight also threw the discus for the Wildcats, posting a PR of 26.21 meters (a fraction of an inch short of 86 feet) at the Pacific Preview on March 11, and threw the hammer 22.63 meters (74-3) in her first try at that event.

- Senior Annie Whitfield (2012) of the University of Oregon posted a PR in the javelin of 148-5 to place fourth at the Oregon Twilight Meet Friday, May 5. It was Whitefield’s second meet of the year.

- Also competing in that meet was redshirt freshman Jakob Hiett (2015), who was eighth in the 3000 steeplechase for the University of Portland, running 9:36.87 in his second outing of the year. Hiett ran 9:32.53 in his first attempt at the distance on April 29.

- Junior Katie Virtue and the Oregon Institute of Technology softball team lost to Corban Monday, May 8, in the Cascade Collegiate Conference Softball Tournament in Salem.

The defeat for Oregon Tech eliminated the Owls from the CCC Tournament.

OIT will find out Wednesday, May 10, whether they are one of 40 qualifiers for the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round which runs May 15 – 17 and features 10 four-team, double-elimination tournaments throughout the country.

Virtue, an outfielder, has hit .347 in a team-high 167 plate appearances for the Owls, who are 34-15.

Virtue, who is majoring in radiologic science, was named to all-Cascade Collegiate Conference academic honors .


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