College Notebook: EWU’s Michael, Wall shine at Big Sky outdoor championships



Eastern Washington’s Brad Michael and Brad Wall finished second and third, respectively, in the 400-meter dash at the Big Sky Conference indoor track and field champiopnships at Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Skyview High School graduate Michael, a freshman, set an EWU school record with his time of 46.97 seconds in the final. Evergreen High School graduate Wall, a senior and three-time defending champion in the event, finished in 47.07 seconds. NAU’s Adel al Nasser won the event in 46.80 seconds.

Michael broke his own EWU school record, which he set in the previous day’s preliminaries.

“Brad Michael is as hard of working and committed athlete to the sport you could imagine,”coach Stan Kerr told “Michael came in and immediately embraced the opportunity to work with Brad Wall and Michael Okoro, two conference champions. He has fun with them and works his tail of to work with them. It has made the whole sprint group better.”

Michael was also third in the 200. He and Wall were half of EWU’s conference championship 1,600 relay.

Henderson big hitter for Southern Utah

Southern Utah’s Kadi Henderson belted a walkoff three-run home run in the eighth inning to give the Thunderbirds a 4-1 victory over North Dakota on Feb. 18 at the University of Arizona’s Hillebrand Invitational.

The Union High School graduate, a sophomore who plays third base, is one of three players to start all 13 games this season for SUU (6-7). She leads the Summit League with four doubles this season, and is second on the team in batting average (.400, 16 for 40), slugging percentage (.575), RBI (10) and total bases (23).

Klaffenbach’s team in D-III nationals

Prairie High School graduate Liz Klaffenbach is averaging 9.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and a team-leading 5.1 blocks a game to help Westminster College of Missouri reach the NCAA Division III women’s basketball national tournament.

The Blue Jays (22-4) will face host DePauw University (26-1) in the opening round Thursday at Greencastle, Ind. Westminster won the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament for the first NCAA-III national tournament bid in program history. Klaffenbach was named to the all-tournament team.

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