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Symmonds Wins Indoor National Title at 800 Meters

Nick Symmonds won the U.S. national indoor title in the 800-meter run for the second time.Former Willamette runner Nick Symmonds '06 (Boise, ID/Bishop Kelly HS) took first place in the men's 800-meter run at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday, Feb. 28. Symmonds, competing for the Oregon Track Club Elite, won the race in 1:48.10.

It was Symmonds' second U.S. national indoor title in the 800. He will represent the United States at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Doha, Qatar, March 12-14.

Since graduating from Willamette, Symmonds has been involved in national and international track and field events. He competed for the U.S. in the 800-meter run at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He reached the semifinals after winning his preliminary heat.

Symmonds won the 800 at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2008 to advance to Beijing and also has two second place finishes in the 800 at the U.S. Track and Field Outdoor Championships. He reached the finals of the World Championships in 2009.

At a student-athlete at Willamette, Symmonds won seven NCAA Division III National Championships, four in the 800-meter run and three in the 1,500-meter run. Symmonds majored in Chemistry (Biochemistry track) at Willamette.

Men's and Women's Tennis Impressive in Northwest Conference

The men's tennis squad stayed unbeaten in Northwest Conference play this season by defeating Lewis & Clark College, 8-1, on Sunday, Feb. 28 at the L&C Tennis Dome. The men are 5-0 in the NWC, narrowly in front of two other undefeated teams, Linfield College (4-0) and Whitman College (3-0). Lewis & Clark fell to 0-7 in the conference.

Willamette, ranked #14 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association fall rankings for the NCAA Division III West Region, improved its overall record to 5-2. WU's losses were to NCAA Division I opponents Portland State University and Seattle University.

The women's team captured a crucial 5-4 victory over Lewis & Clark, also on Feb. 28. The Bearcats trailed 2-1 after doubles play, but took four of six singles matches to defeat the Pioneers. The team moved to 6-1 overall, 6-1 in the Northwest Conference. Lewis & Clark, which had not lost a match before facing Willamette, dropped to 4-1 overall, 4-1 in the NWC.