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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 11:31 pm | Updated: 11:52 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS—Trevor Dunbar was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American in cross country for the University of Portland. The former Kodiak High School star later transferred down state to the University of Oregon, and on Saturday, he was a force in his first entry in the Pacific-12 Conference Championships.

The senior was the fastest runner for Oregon, placing third in the men’s 8-kilometer race to lead the Ducks to third place in the team standings at the meet in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Dunbar and Ducks junior teammate Parker Stinson each posted times of 23 minutes, 28 seconds on the trails at the Robinson Ranch Golf Course, but Dunbar was credited with third place among 79 finishers.

Sophomore and West Valley grad Molly Callahan placed 87th for the runner-up Arizona women’s team. Callahan, racing among 105 entries, covered the 6K course in 22 minutes, 46 seconds.

• The Region VI Swimming and Diving Championships took place Thursday through Saturday at Hamme Pool.

A few alumni of the meet were in action for their collegiate programs during the weekend.

• Hutchison graduate Greg Evershed was busy for the Wright State University (Ohio) men’s swimming team in Wisconsin, competing in five events against Wisconsin-Green Bay and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The Raiders sophomore swam in three races in Friday’s 158-140 loss at Green Bay. Evershed placed fifth in the 200-yard butterfly in 2 minutes, 3.47 seconds and eighth in the 200 individual medley in 2:08.85. He was the third leg of the fifth-place 200 medley relay (1:49.02).

Evershed was part of two medley relays at Saturday’s 155-85 loss in Milwaukee. He swam the second leg of the second-place 200 medley squad (1:26.89) and was the third leg of the fifth-place group in the 400 medley (3:44.10).

• Junior and West Valley grad Annie Goering helped gather points for the Illinois women in a 153-147 win over Michigan State in a Big Ten Conference dual meet Friday in Champaign, Ill. Goering swam the fourth leg of the fourth-place 200 freestyle relay (1:39.05).

• Sacred Heart University (Conn.) junior and Monroe Catholic alumnae Lizzy Bennett was part of two relays and competed in the women’s 200 IM at Saturday’s Iona Invitational in New Rochelle, N.Y. She swam the first leg of the Pioneers’ third-place 400 freestyle relay (3:58.11) and was the third leg of their third-place 400 medley relay (4:15.58). Bennett placed sixth in the 200 IM in 2:20.91.

• Lathrop grad and University of Texas junior Keegan Severns competed in the men’s 200 breaststroke in a tri-meet against Indiana and Michigan on Friday in Austin, Texas, and a nonscoring meet Saturday against the visiting Big Ten schools.

He finished 11th Friday in 2:09.52, as Texas won 185-115 against Indiana and lost 194-106 to Michigan. In Saturday’s non-scoring competition, he placed sixth in 2:14.4.

• West Valley alumnus and Colorado Mesa sophomore Austin Fitzgerald swam the second leg of the fourth-place men’s 200 medley relay (1:43.17) during Saturday’s 131-112 loss to Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo.

Colorado Mesa also includes fellow West Valley grad and sophomore diver Savannah Craft.

• The Peninsula College men’s soccer team, which includes two players from the Interior among the three Alaskans on its roster, was ranked 10th in Tuesday’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I Junior College Poll.

It’s the first national ranking for the Pirates men’s program, which includes defenders Alan Millington, a freshman from West Valley, and Parker Vacura, a sophomore from Tri-Valley, and freshman forward Sebastian Ruesch from Chugiak.

The Peninsula’s women team, which includes seven players from Wasilla, Anchorage and Juneau, moved up to 11th after being ranked 13th last week.

• Host Denver defeated Michigan Tech 5-2 Saturday in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game that featured two Alaskans in the net. Freshman and North Pole graduate Pheonix Copley registered 23 saves for Michigan Tech and Adam Murray, a senior from Anchorage, had 36 for Denver.

Copley also had 11 saves Friday in a 5-1 loss in the series opener.

Contact staff writer Danny Martin at *459-7586.

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