Viking harrier medals at NAIA meet

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Senior Ulysses Orozco of Lake Forest, Calif., earned all-American honors Friday for the Missouri Valley College men's cross country team at the NAIA Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Orozco completed the eight-kilometer race with a time of 24:48, 36 second behind the winning time of Cornerstone (Mich.) junior Colin DeYoung. The Vikings' second entry, junior Demarkous Nunnally of Dallas, covered the course in 25:58 to finish 140th in a field of 330 runners.

Competing for the Valley women was sophomore Kirari Furumoto of Tokyo, whose time of 18:45 over five kilometers was 103rd out of 341 entries. Point Park (Pa.) senior Anna Shields won the race at 17:16.

Oregon Tech won the women's title, 125 to 132 points over Madonna (Mich.). The men's crown went to Oklahoma City by 27 points over Indiana Wesleyan.

Women's Basketball

Junior Kate Ylitalo scored 30 points for unbeaten William Penn during its 72-47 Heart of America Conference women's basketball victory Tuesday at Missouri Valley.

The Lady Vikings trailed by only five points at halftime, but the Statesmen went on a 16-4 third-quarter run behind Ylitalo's seven points. The margin was 17 points going into the final period and the Lady Vikings never got closer.

William Penn (6-0, 3-0 HAAC) shot 10 of 25 from three-point range, Ylitalo making seven treys, and had a plus-10 turnover advantage.

Sophomore Shanelle Tolley topped Valley (2-5, 1-2) with 12 points and seven rebounds. The Lady Vikings play Monday at 12th-ranked MidAmerica Nazarene.

Men's Basketball

The Valley men's basketball team went down to the wire with second-ranked William Penn during Tuesday's Heart of America home tilt, losing 98-96 on senior Marlon Alcindor's last-second shot.

The Vikings took a two-point lead into halftime, but that changed hands 11 times during the second period. Valley was down by five points with a minute remaining, but senior Danilo Ranger sank two free throws and senior Gabe Mackenzie stroked a three-pointer to tie the contest for the 11th time with six seconds to go.

Freshman Q Cager got off a shot for the Statesmen, but it was blocked out of bounds by sophomore Casey Cody-Jackson. After a timeout, Alcindor hit a short jumper at the horn.

William Penn (7-0, 3-0) got 26 points from 6-foot-9 senior Omar Sherman.

Senior Larry Plummer had 21 points and Mackenzie added 12 for the Vikings (3-3, 1-2), who head to No. 19 MidAmerica Nazarene on Monday.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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