Red Lion: Historic Effort Earns Christie Athlete of Week Prize
Rimar Christie (right) set a GNAC record in the 100 meters and just missed records in the 200 and 4x100 relay.
Rimar Christie (right) set a GNAC record in the 100 meters and just missed records in the 200 and 4x100 relay.

Monday, April 29, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. - Sprinter Rimar Christie of Northwest Nazarene set a GNAC record in the 100 meters and just missed records in the 200 and 4x100 relay in the Boise State Bronco Invitational Saturday to earn Red Lion Track and Field Athlete of the Week honors.

He was one of seven athletes to earn GNAC Red Lion honors for the Week of April 22-28.

MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD: Track – Rimar Christie, Northwest Nazarene (So., St. Michael, Barbados) had perhaps the best single-meet sprint performancce in GNAC history at the Boise State Bronco Invitational Saturday setting a GNAC record in the 100 (10.38) and running the second fastest 200 (21.17) in GNAC history.  His 100 time ranks seventh nationally and his 200 time ranks 12th.  He won both events and also led the Crusaders to a second-place finish in the 4x100 relay in a time of 41.25, the second fastest in GNAC history.  Honorable Mention - Ryan Hansen, Western Oregon.

WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD: Field – Jade Richardson, Simon Fraser (Jr., Nanimo, BC) had a provisional national qualifying and school record mark of 159-8 (48.68 meters) in winning the discus at the Western Washington Twilight meet Friday.  Her mark currently ranks eighth nationally among NCAA Division II athletes and is second on the GNAC all-time Top 10 performance list.  Honorable Mention - Becca Hazel, Western Oregon.

SOFTBALL: Player – Sam Munger, Saint Martin’s (SS-P, So., Everett, WA – Cascade) had nine hits in 14 at bats, including a pair of doubles and a home run, to lead the Saints to four wins and their first regular-season GNAC softball championship.  Munger, who has hit safely in 18 consecutive games, also scored six runs and drove in eight, six of them in Sunday’s sweep of Central Washington. Her hitting streak matches the third longest in GNAC history. In the circle, she earned three wins improving her season record to 20-6 and becoming the first 20-game winner in school history.  Munger allowed just 12 hits and six earned runs in 16 2/3 innings, while fanning nine. Pitcher – Jourdan Williams, Western Oregon (P-IF, 5-8, So., McMinnville, OR) allowed just eight hits in 14 innings in defeating Northwest Nazarene 5-0 and Central Washington 4-1.  Williams walked four and fanned eight in the two complete-game victories.  At the plate, she had three hits in 11 at bats including a home run.  She also had four RBI.  Honorable Mention - Amanda Evola, Western Oregon; Kaitlyn Cameron, Simon Fraser; Cara Lukawesky, Simon Fraser; Emily Osborn, Montana State Billings; Kendra Day, Northwest Nazarene; Kristen Allen, Western Washington; Andrea Hamada, Central Washington.

BASEBALL: Player – Colby Robison, Montana State Billings (SS, 6-1, 195, Sr., Rexburg, ID – C. of Southern Idaho) and Kyle Sani, Central Washington (C, 6-1, 240, Sr., Kennewick, WA – Southridge & WWCC) ... Robison  hit four home runs and drove in 16 runs to lead the Yellowjackets to a 3-1 series win against Central Washington, securing a post-season playoff berth for the Yellowjackets. Robison had five hits, including two home runs and tied a GNAC single-game record with nine RBI in a 20-8 win over Central Washington Friday.  He followed that up with two more home runs and seven RBI in a 15-4 win Saturday.  He finished the series with nine hits in 16 at bats, scoring seven runs.  Defensively, he handled 21 chances at shortstop (5 putouts, 16 assists) without committing an error.  On the season, Robison leads the GNAC with 50 RBI and has eight home runs.  Sani hit five home runs to tie the GNAC single-season record for home runs of 17.  He had a total of eight hits in 15 at bats, scored seven runs and drove in 11.  Three of his home runs came in Friday’s 17-7 victory.  That matched the GNAC single-game record for a conference game.  Shane Schoenberg of Saint Martin’s also hit three in a conference contest against CWU on Mar. 1, 2008.   Pitcher – Zach Nuno, Western Oregon (6-2, 175, Sr., Laguno Beach, CA – Saddleback) allowed three hits in six innings, fanning 10 in a 18-0 shutout of Saint Martin’s.  Honorable Mention - Mario Sanelli, Saint Martin's; Brendan Jeffers, Saint Martin's.