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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 11:59 pm | Updated: 12:06 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS—The Carroll College women’s cross country team, coached by Lathrop High School graduate Matt Morris, placed fifth Saturday in the NAIA Championships in Vancouver, Wash.

The Fighting Saints of Helena, Mont., generated 225 points in the 5-kilometer event at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Eastern Oregon University, coached by Wasilla grad Ben Welch, placed 13th with 321 points.

EOU freshman and Kenny Lake grad Kailey Wilson raced to a time of 20 minutes, 35 seconds for 155th place among 320 finishers.

The University of British Columbia earned the title with 78 points.

The Carroll men, making their nationals debut, took 24th place after recording 533 points for the 8K competition.

Eastern Oregon placed 14th with 369 points, and was led by junior and Ketchikan grad Isaac Updike’s 36th-place of 25:37. Mountaineers sophomore and West Anchorage grad Hans Roelle placed 81st (26:12) among 309 finishers.

The University of St. Francis, of Joliet, Ill., won overall with 138 points.

More than 2,000 miles east, senior and Kodiak grad Trevor Dunbar was the Oregon men’s top finishers in the Ducks’ 20th-place finish (472 points) in the NCAA Division I Championships in Louisville, Ky.

Dunbar covered the 10K course at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in 30 minutes, 4.8 seconds for 41st place among 245 finishers.

Oklahoma State garnered the men’s team title with 72 points and the Oregon women captured their title with 114 points in the 6K event.

• The Peninsula College men’s soccer team, which includes freshman defender and West Valley grad Alan Millington and sophomore defender and Tri-Valley alumnus Parker Vacura, captured the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship on Sunday in Tukwila, Wash.

The Pirates, of Port Angeles, Wash., won 1-0 against Walla Walla for their second title in three seasons, and a Peninsula sweep of this year’s tournament crowns.

The Peninsula women, which features seven Alaskans on its roster, made it a Pirates sweep, won 3-2 in penalty kicks against Spokane Community College to earn their title.

Sophomore midfielder Kendra Miner from Wasilla tied the game 1-1 for Peninsula at the 60th minute.

The other Alaskan Pirates are midfielders Nicole Vanni (freshman, Wasilla) and Jordan Dinneen (sophomore, South Anchorage); defenders Ashlyn Frizzelle (sophomore, Wasilla), Miranda Muotka (freshman, Service) and Aubrey Briscoe (sophomore, Juneau-Douglas); and freshman forward Alexandra Rojas-Ayala (West Anchorage).

• In her last college volleyball match, Southern Utah senior middle blocker and West Valley graduate Cashaana Renfro registered a night-best 10 blocks and contributed nine kills in a five-set victory over North Dakota in Saturday’s Big Sky Conference regular-season finale in Cedar City, Utah. Southern Utah, won 17-25, 29-27, 21-25, 25-21, 25-13.

• Sophomore guard and North Pole graduate Eli Sponseller had a career-high 10 points and contributed four assists for the Coast Guard Academy men’s basketball team in an 88-71 loss to host Mitchell College in Tuesday’s crosstown battle in New London, Conn.

• Alaska Anchorage freshman guard Jenna Buchanan from Galena was the host Seawolves’ second-leading scorer Friday with 17 points in an 85-76 win over Regis University in a nonconference women’s game. Buchanan had six points in Saturday’s 70-67 win over the Rangers of Denver.

Regis senior post player Kara Larson, a Palmer graduate, scored 10 points each night. She grabbed five rebounds Friday and collected seven Saturday.

• Sophomores from Alaska comprised the top three scorers for the Peninsula College (Wash.) women in Saturday’s 57-51 loss to Blue Mountain Community College (Ore.) in the Igloo Classic in Vancouver, Wash. Guard and West Valley grad Jasmine Yarde led Peninsula with 15 points; fellow guard Jesse Ellis, from Skagway, had 12 points to go with a game-high 16 rebounds; and forward and Haines alumnae Abigail Jones chipped in 10 points.

Peninsula has 10 Alaskans among 12 players this season.

Contact staff writer Danny Martin at 459-7586.

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