Hommes claims bronze in GNAC heptathlon


Seattle Pacific freshman Maddie Hommes (Lynden) placed third in the women's heptathlon at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Multi-Event Championships on April 29, in Ellensburg.

Hommes, who has already posted a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Division II National Championships, scored 4,391 points in the two-day, seven-event competition, finishing behind Alaska Anchorage's Karolin Anders (4,997 points) and Central Washington's Tayler Fettig (4,604).

Hommes had the best javelin throw in the competition with her throw of 112 feet, 41/2 inches. She then used a personal-best time of 2 minutes, 20.26 seconds to place second in the 800 meters.

Hommes was ninth in the long jump (14-103/4), tied for fifth in the 100 hurdles (16.24 seconds), fourth in the high jump (5-1), sixth in the shot put (29-01/2) and fifth in the 200 meters (26.44 seconds).

Hommes also took the bronze medal at the GNAC pentathlon during the winter indoor season.


Wyoming freshman Ryan Wallen (Blaine) tied for 18th at the Mountain West Men's Golf Championships on April 27, shooting a final round 1-under 70.

His strong finish helped the Cowboys finish eighth in the three-day, 55-man, 11-team field.

Wallen became the first Wyoming golfer to finish in the top 20 at the MW Championships since Clinton Boutelle was 15th in 2012, and he became the first freshman to lead the Cowboys at the conference match since Gabe Maler in 2008.


Dayton outfielder Jeff Gelalich (Bellingham Bells) picked up a pair of hits, scored a run and picked up an RBI in a six-run first inning that helped lift the Dragons to an 8-4 Class A Midwest League victory over Lansing on April 28.

He later had another hit to finish 3 for 5 with two RBI in the game.

Gelalich, who is in his third summer in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system out of UCLA, is hitting .206 (20 for 97) with one homer, 18 runs scored, 10 RBI and five stolen bases in 25 games this year.

To let us know about the success of a former Whatcom County athlete, email david.rasbach@bellinghamherald.com or call 360-715-2286.

Reach DAVID RASBACH at david.rasbach@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2271.

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