Casey Stevick has always had a knack for coming up with a big performance at the right moment.
The Olympia High School graduate and senior at Azusa Pacific did it again as he placed second at the NAIA Indoor Nationals in the heptathlon, setting a school record with 5,385 points.
Stevick, who won the national championship last year with 5,111 points, had four career bests and another season best in this year’s meet.
“He’s a great competitor,” Azusa Pacific coach Kevin Reid said. “His best marks are at the big meets.”
On the second day of the two-day meet at Geneva, Ohio, Stevick briefly moved into first place ahead of Eastern Oregon’s Robbie Haynie when he placed second in the 60-meter hurdles with a lifetime best 8.29 seconds.
“Casey is certainly a big-meet guy,” Reid said. “He’s got a great perspective. He wants it as much as the other guy. But he realizes it’s a means to an end. He’s getting through school.”
Stevick was seventh in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 47.8 seconds; sixth in the 60 meters at 7.22 seconds; third in the long jump at 22 feet, 7 inches; first in the shot put at 45-01/2; sixth in the high jump at 6-2; second in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.29 seconds; and fifth in the pole vault at 13-111/4.
Haynie won with 5,473 points.
This spring in outdoor track, Stevick will compete in the decathlon, in which he will add the discus and javelin, two strong events for him.
Reid said Stevick has the potential to make the Olympic trials in the decathlon. But Stevick is looking at attending medical school next year and hopes to follow in the footsteps of his dad, Drew Stevick, a surgeon.
In the same NAIA national meet at Geneva, Jacob Goodin, another Olympia graduate and a senior at Westmont, ran a strong third leg in the distance medley relay to help Westmont place fourth.
DEBOER THE ANSWER
Thomas DeBoer was the solution to Saint Martin’s pitching woes.
The junior pitcher, a Capital graduate, threw a four-hit, seven-inning shutout against Northwest Nazarene to help lift the Saints to a 3-0 win.
He struck out three and walked two, earning him the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s pitcher of the week honors.
“Tommy pitched very well,” Saints coach Ken Garland said. “He worked ahead of hitters and had a great tempo.”
DeBoer is now 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA. Prior to DeBoer’s shutout, the Saints had given up 21 runs over two games.
Saint Martin’s has won four of its past six games and is 5-10 after losing starting the season 0-6.
Saint Martin’s plays at Seattle University today, then faces Montana State Billings in doubleheaders starting at 1 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.
Matt Myers hasn’t lost his knack for scoring baskets.
As a 6-foot-5 guard at Briercrest College in Canada, Myers, who averaged in double figures at Northwest Christian High School in Lacey, averaged 16.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season.
He was named to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference’s All-South Division second team.
Myers played two seasons at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C., before transferring to Briercrest.
Cara Olden had the knack for blocking shots in volleyball and doing well in the classroom at Portland State University.
As a result, Olden, a Tumwater graduate, was recently named to the Big Sky All-Academic volleyball team. She was one of six players at PSU to make the team.
Olden started 18 matches for Portland State and averaged 0.86 blocks per set, which was second on the team.
Portland State won the Big Sky regular-season championship and the Big Sky tournament, then lost to Hawaii in the first round of the NCAA Division I tournament.
SAINTS TAKE SEVENTH
Jennifer Kent shot rounds of 9-over-par 81 and 14-over 86 to place 17th at the Pioneer Shootout at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo, Calif., helping the Saint Martin’s women’s golf team place seventh in its first tournament of the spring.