Idaho colleges roundup: College of Idaho softball opens nationals with a win


Nickayla Skinner (Mountain Home High) tossed a one-hitter, leading the College of Idaho to a 2-0 victory over St. Gregory's in Game 1 of the NAIA Championship opening round in Irvine, Calif. The Coyotes (35-21), who won their 10th game in a row, face national No. 1 Concordia on Tuesday morning for a spot in the bracket championship game. Skinner allowed two base-runners and struck out seven. Rachel Strong reached base three times with a pair of walks and a single, with Katie Rowe (Lake City High) and McKensie Stanton (Borah High) recording the other hits for the C of I. There are four teams in the Irvine bracket, with the survivor advancing to the 10-team final in Columbus, Ga., on May 24-30.

IDAHO TRACK AND FIELD: Seven Vandals won events at the WAC Championships in Arlington, Texas, over the weekend. The winners were Moscow High's Jeremy Klas (men's pole vault, 17-7), Lakeland High's Kristine Leonard (women's discus, 162-8), Eagle High's Kyle Rothwell (men's hammer, 198-9), Timberline High's Lauren Schaffer (women's 800, 2:07.33), Liga Velvere (women's 400, 58.89), Hannah Kiser (women's 5,000, 17:01.08, and 10,000, 35:20.35) and Barry Britt (men's 5,000, 14:44.77, and 10,000, 31:32.77). Kiser was named WAC Track Performer of the Year. Texas State won the men's team title with 149 points, followed by Utah State (143), Texas Arlington (136) and Idaho (125). Texas State won the women's crown with 179 points, while Texas Arlington (140) finished second and Idaho (116) third.

IDAHO STATE TRACK AND FIELD: The Bengals produced two champions at the Big Sky meet in Forest Grove, Ore. - women's 400 hurdler Hayli Worthington of Minico High (1:01.19) and men's pole vaulter Michael Arnold (17-9). Sacramento State won the women's title; Idaho State was seventh. Northern Arizona claimed the men's crown; Idaho State was eighth.

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