Sports roundup: Spring season coming to a close
by Kayla Sousa
Women’s soccer hosted the University of Washington for an exhibition match at Robert S. Harrington Field on Thursday, May 2. The game was the last match on the home field for the Vikings during the team’s six-game spring exhibition schedule. At halftime, the score was tied up 1-1. The Huskies held their defensive positions and scored another goal in the last half, taking the win over the Vikings with a final score of 2-1. Western will continue on to their last game of the spring series on Tuesday, May 14 against Bellevue College at the Bellevue College soccer and softball complex.
The Women’s rowing team traveled to Seattle to compete in the 33rd annual Windermere Cup in Seattle on Saturday, May 4. The three crews from Western — the Varsity 8+, Varsity 4+ and the second Varsity 8+ — each placed fourth in their races through the Montlake Cut. The four crews were up against other collegiate teams in the levels of Division I, II and III. The Varsity 8+ finished in the Erickson Cascade Cup with a time of 6 minutes 53.053 seconds against the University of Washington’s third Varsity 8+ that won the race in 6:39.835 minutes. The Vikings will race in one more regatta in the regular season against the Stanford Lightweight team and Central Oklahoma on Saturday, May 11 in Redwood City, California. The NCAA Division II Women’s Rowing Championships will take place on May 31 to June 1 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Track & Field
The men’s and women’s track & field teams competed in the Ken Shannon Invitational Track & Field Meet on Saturday, May 4 in Seattle at Husky Stadium. Of the men’s team, first-year Ryan Witters and third-year Cordell Cummings took first place in their events. Witters won the 400-meter with a time of 51.20 seconds and Cummings won with a time of 52.62 seconds in the hurdles. Five javelin throwers from the women’s team placed in the top 10 of 12 competitors. Third-year Raquel Pellecer finished third in the event with a top mark of 43.60-meters/143-0. This meet was the last event in the 2019 regular season for the Vikings. Coming up, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 in Monmouth, Oregon.
Men’s soccer hosted Highline College for the fourth game in the team’s six-game spring exhibition season at Harrington Field on Saturday, May 4. The Vikings scored goal after goal against the Highline Thunderbirds, winning the game with a final score of 11-0. The men’s team is scheduled to play in its next exhibition game on Wednesday, May 8 against Whatcom Community College at the Orca Field. The men’s final home game of the spring series is on Saturday, May 11 against the Sounders U-23.