Wahine's Kaffka 6th in WAC heptathlon
Sophomore Nicole Kaffka scored the University of Hawai'i's first Western Athletic Conference Championships points ever yesterday when she finished sixth, out of nine, in the heptathlon.
Kaffka scored three points for the Wahine, at Fresno, Calif. Her teammates join her in the competition today and tomorrow.
UH is in its first year back after a 15-year absence from the sport. Kaffka is the first Wahine to compete in the heptathlon, and accumulated 4,281 points with three personal bests in the seven events. The winner was Keitha Mosely of Rice, with 4,862.
Yesterday, Kaffka long jumped 17 feet, 2´ inches, threw the javelin 83-6 and ran the 800 meters in 2:33.55 the third-best time of the day. Wednesday's hurdle time, and her efforts in the javelin and 800, were all personal bests.
Komine strikes out 12 in win: Kalani High graduate Shane Komine tied his season-high by striking out a Big 12 Tournament record 12 batters as Nebraska beat Oklahoma State 7-1 yesterday in the league's tournament.
Komine (12-1) gave up six hits and the one run in eight innings.
Komine did not allow a Cowboy runner to reach third base after the second inning. No Cowboy reached second base between the third and seventh innings, and just five advanced into scoring position during the game.
The Cornhuskers, the tournament's top seed, improved to 43-14 and will face the winner of today's Oklahoma State-Iowa State game tomorrow.
Carlyle, Seki 5 back: University of Hawai'i sophomore Scott Carlyle and former Hawai'i high school state champion Jim Seki, playing for Stanford, both shot even-par 72 yesterday in the first round of the NCAA West Regional. They are tied for 24th, five shots off the lead .
The 54-hole tournament is being played at Trysting Tree Golf Club, in Corvallis, Ore.
UCLA's John Merrick shot 67 and is in first place. Arizona State's Jin Park and Stanford's Philip Rose share second at 69.
ASU leads the team competition at 5-under 283, with Stanford a shot back and Wake Forest (288) third. UCLA is tied for fourth, at 289. Carlyle is competing as an individual.
UCLA's Parker McLachlin, another former Hawai'i high school champion, shot 75 and is tied for 74th. McLachlin came to the regional after advancing to the second phase of U.S. Open qualifying. He will compete in the 36-hole final phase on June 4.
Rainbows honored: Five members of the University of Hawai'i coed and Wahine sailing team were named to the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association team last week.
The skippers honored in the coed division were seniors Josh Henrich and Brent Harrill. For the women's division, freshman Jennifer Warnock, sophomore Sarah Hitchcock and senior Molly O'Bryan were selected. O'Bryan was also noted as an outstanding skipper.
Next up for both teams is the Intercollegiate Sailing Association of North America National Championships at Boston. The Wahine will compete May 29-31, while the coed team competes June 3-5.