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Men's and women's golf take team titles at Willamette Invitational

Willamette Invitational
Illahe Hills Country Club
Salem, Ore.
March 2-3, 2013 Taneesh Kaur Sra finished in fifth place at the Willamette Invitational with a 36-hole score of 163, including a 79 in the second round.

Taneesh Kaur Sra finished in fifth place at the Willamette Invitational with a 36-hole score of 163, including a 79 in the second round.

Led by a strong finish from Taneesh Kaur Sra (Fr., Fremont, CA/Mission San Jose HS), the Willamette women's golf team won the team title at the Willamette Invitational, as the two-day event concluded on Sunday, March 3 at Illahe Hills Country Club.

Oregon State University golfers achieved the top four individual positions on the leaderboard, but the Beavers were not entered as a team.

Chelsey Lind of OSU won the individual championship after carding the low round of the tournament with a 74 in the second round. Lind, who was tied for the lead after the first day with an 80, finished with a 36-hole total of 154 to win by four strokes.

Rachael Fischer and Melissa Gibbons, also from Oregon State, tied for second place at 158. Fischer shot 81-77, while Gibbons recorded 80-78. Lauren Fischer of OSU was fourth at 161 (83-78).

Sra of Willamette was fifth overall with a score of 163. She shot a 79 in the second round after earning an 84 in the first round.

The Willamette men, led by exceptional play from Ryan Kukula (So., Ocean Park, WA/Ilwaco HS) and Jeffrey Lewis (So., Eugene, OR/Sheldon HS) on the second day of the tournament, rallied past Linfield College to claim the team championship as well.

Willamette trailed by six strokes after the first day on Saturday, but beat the Wildcats by nine strokes over the final 18 holes. The Bearcats shot 322 in the opening round and 312 on Sunday to finish at 634 for the tournament. Linfield, which carded a team score of 316 on the first day, shot 321 in the second round to conclude the weekend at 637.

Pacific University, which shot 332-318 for a total score of 650, took third place.

Scott Kim of Oregon State University earned medalist honors, as he achieved an overall score of 1-under-par 143. He shot a 71 in the first round to take the lead into Sunday's action. He added an even-par 72 on the second day. OSU did not field a complete team.

Pair of WU athletes earn track student-athlete of the week awards

Erynn Rebol (Sr., Cottonwood, CA/Red Bluff Union HS) of Willamette University has been chosen as the Northwest Conference Women's Track Student-Athlete of the Week for her efforts at the Willamette Opener on Saturday, March 2. Rebol won the 800-meter run for a great start to the season at the Charles Bowles Track.

Rebol achieved a winning time of 2:17.00 as she established a new personal-best in the event. She won by 6.08 seconds over Katie McKay of Whitworth University, who finished second in 2:23.08. Stevie Gildehaus (Sr., Spokane Valley, WA/University HS) of Willamette was third in 2:23.26. Rebol's time ranks first in the NWC this season.

On the men's side, sprinter Dylan Jones (Fr., Santa Maria, CA/Ernest Righetti HS) has been selected as the Northwest Conference Men's Track Student-Athlete of the Week following his performances in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash at the Willamette Opener on Saturday, March 2.

Jones registered a time of 11.17 seconds in the 100-meter dash. He finished in third place behind an unattached competitor and an NCAA Division I athlete. He trailed the winner, Gary Sims, by just 0.06.

In the 200-meter dash, Jones took fourth place in 22.76 seconds, as he trailed only two club team runners and an NCAA Division II athlete. Sergio Jones of Beastfitnation won the 200 in 22.40 seconds.

Both times recorded by Jones over the weekend lead the Northwest Conference this season. Willamette and all NWC members compete in NCAA Division III.

Willamette's track and field teams will participate in the Lane Preview this weekend. Lane Community College will host the two-day meet in Eugene, Ore.

Action begins with the throwing events on Friday, March 8, starting at 2 p.m. (PST). On Saturday, March 9, the other field events will start at 10:45 a.m. and the running events will begin at 11 a.m.