Sophomore Genevieve Ling shot a final-round 83 and finished in a tie for 79th at 20-over-par 236 at the NCAA East Regional Championships on Saturday. “This week was an awesome experience and I learned a lot from it,” Ling said. “I learned that regionals and nationals are something within reach, and that there really is no difference between our team and the teams here. It’s just learning to put it all together. I know the small tweaks that I need to make to keep improving, and I am grateful to have been given this opportunity.” Ling, the first Bronco to make regionals since Acey Erlandson in 2000, was 19 strokes shy of earning an individual berth to the NCAA Championships.
BSU SOFTBALL: The Broncos (12-42, 4-20 Mountain West) finished their season with a 3-2 loss to Utah State in eight innings at Dona Larsen Park. Seniors Lindsey Nicholson and Hailey Torrez each had an RBI for Boise State, which ended the season on a six-game losing streak.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO TRACK & FIELD: The Coyotes’ women scored 180 points and won the Cascade Conference Championships in Ashland, Ore., for the third straight year. Pat McCurry was named Coach of the Year, and heptathlon champion Tiana Thomas (Middleton High) was co-Field Athlete of the Year after placing in the high and long jumps, as well as the 100- and 400-meter hurdles and 100-meter dash. Nichole DeGrange (Mountain View High) helped seal the victory by winning the 100 (12.34 seconds) and 200 (25.08), and anchoring the conference-record-setting 4x400 relay (3:49.95) with Hannah Lentz, Brittany Beame (Middleton High) and Thomas. Amy Pfaff (2:12.72) added an 800 win. The C of I men finished sixth, led by pole vault champion Tyler Bolin (15 feet, 5 inches).
NORTHWEST NAZARENE TRACK & FIELD: The Crusaders’ men tied for fifth at the GNAC Championships in Monmouth, Ore., and the women tied for sixth. Payton Lewis (Nampa Christian High) won the men’s pole vault (16-4.75), and Caitlin Curtis took the women’s hammer throw (169-3.25).
IDAHO WOMEN’S TENNIS: The Vandals (15-9) lost to No. 6 UCLA 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Los Angeles.