Like father, like daughter.
That’s the way it is for Amanda Wright, who has followed in her father’s footsteps at Western Oregon University.
She recently broke a school record in track at the Monmouth, Ore., school, just like her dad, Kevin Wright, did 23 years ago.
At the UW Invitational indoor meet a couple of weeks ago, Amanda, a Capital graduate and a junior at Western, ran 5,000 meters in 18 minutes, 13.3 seconds, placing 10th and setting a school record in the process.
Western Oregon coach Mike Johnson isn’t surprised by her record-breaking run.
“It was a foregone conclusion,” Johnson said. “She’s been running well.”
He just didn’t expect it to happen this early.
“She’s still training,” Johnson said. “With some freshness, she’ll go 20 seconds faster.”
Wright, who was a Western Cascade Conference MVP at Capital, came into the season ranked in WOU’s all-time top-10 list. She’s fifth in the 10,000 at 39:07 and sixth in the 3,000 with a mark of 10:48.
She was seventh all-time in the 5,000 before the season started, at 19:16.0, more than a minute slower than her time at the UW Invite. She’ll be running the event again this weekend at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s indoor championship in Nampa, Idaho.
“Her strength is her track knowledge,” Johnson said. “She knows what she has to do. She’s got some track background.”
Besides her dad, her mom, Danelle, also ran track at Western Oregon. Kevin Wright also coached his daughter at Capital in cross country and track.
There’s an interesting twist to Kevin Wright’s school record in the 10,000, set in 1989 with a time of 31:29.2. It has since been broken four times – most recently by Chris Reed, who just happens to be Amanda Wright’s boyfriend. Reed ran a 29:52.3.
Johnson said Amanda is learning to push herself more in practice and in meets.
“She’s coming along,” Johnson said. “She’s shown a dedication to doing more and to doing better-quality training. A certain amount of success is dependent on your own initiative.”
After losing six straight, three in overtime, it’s almost- must-win time for the Saint Martin’s men’s basketball team if it wants to make the GNAC playoffs.
With four games left, the Saints won almost-must-win No. 1 on Saturday, beating Western Oregon, 89-68.
“These guys haven’t given up,” Saints coach Keith Cooper said.
Cooper says no one has resorted to finger pointing or playing the blame game, but instead players have stuck together.
Blake Poole scored 23 points and had 14 rebounds in the win against the Wolves. That gave him his 15th double-double this season and 50th for his career.
This weekend, the Saints play two conference games at home – 7 p.m. Thursday against Alaska Anchorage, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Alaska Fairbanks.
At 12-12 overall and 5-9 in conference, the Saints are in a tie for seventh place with Fairbanks.
SMU will have to slow down Parrish West to beat Alaska Fairbanks. He scored 70 points in two games last week – 36 in a 95-82 win against Simon Fraser and 34 in a 96-83 loss to Western Washington. He’s averaging 29.1 points, tops in the country.
Aaron Foy, who was on The Evergreen State’s men’s basketball team in its debut season 13 years ago, will be at the Geoducks’ final home game Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against Eastern Oregon as part of a bone marrow drive.
Foy is battling Myelodysplastic syndromes, a group of blood-related maladies found in the bone marrow.
Evergreen is teaming up with the Puget Sound Blood Center to run a mobile bone marrow drive.
Gail Wood: 360-754-5443 email@example.com