After injuries derailed his cross country and track and field seasons last year, Levi Thomet made a successful return to the University of Oregon running squad last Thursday.
The redshirt sophomore finished sixth — fourth for the Ducks — at the Oregon XC Preview with a 7-kilometer time of 22 minutes, 3.3 seconds.
Oregon won the four-team meet with 19 points, ahead of Portland, Lane Community College and Northwest Christian.
Oregon’s varsity runners all ran together in the season opener, until James West and Jackson Mestler broke way late to finish first and second in 21:49.3 and 21:50.3, respectively.
Ben Thomas made his debut as coach for the ducks after long-time boss Andy Powell is now at the University of Washington. Tanner Anderson, Oregon’s top runner from last season, also transferred to the University of Washington. Anderson was co-champion of the Kodiak’s 2017 July Fourth 10K Run and Walk with Thomet, Levi Fried, Michael Parnell and Keith Osowski.
As a freshman in 2016, Thomet finished 22nd at the Pac-12 Championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships, where, battling an illness, would place 241st.
Thomet was an All-American runner for Kodiak, collecting 11 individual state titles in cross country and track and field before graduating in 2015.
After spending a year as a foreign exchange student in Germany as part of the prestigious Congress-Bundestag Youth Scholarship program, he committed to Oregon.
Oregon’s next meet is the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Sept. 21 in Springfield, Oregon.
• North Central University sophomore Raen Barcelon finished 33 rd at the Falcon Invitational over the weekend in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
Barcelon was the Rams top finisher in the 6,000-meter run with a time of 27:14.4.
Early on, sophomore outside hitter Ryana Recustodio is the show for Big Ben Community College.
In three matches this season, the 2017 graduate of KHS, is second on the team in kills (14) and has also contributed 14 digs, two service aces and block assist.
Recustodio recorded a career-high 10 kills in a sweep of Columbia Basin in a Northwest Athletic Conference opener for both teams on Sept. 5.
She finished her freshman campaign with 57 kills and 53 digs.
• Kalameli Matautia combined for four kills in a pair of victories last week for the Webber International University women’s volleyball team.
The 2016 graduate of Kodiak High School had one kill, one block assist and one dig in a 3-1 win over Florida College.
The junior transfer outside hitter followed that with a 3-kill performance in a 3-1 victory over Johnson and Wales University. She added one assist and one dig.
In the two games, Matautia had only three hitting errors on 22 attacks.
Webber, an NAIA power based in Florida, is 7-3, 1-0 in the Sun Conference.
Kordell Pillans suffered his first loss of the season.
The Mesa Community College Thunderbirds fell to Scottsdale Community College 52-35 Saturday in Mesa, Arizona.
With Pillans, a sophomore starting offensive lineman, opening holes up front, Mesa tallied 297 rushing yards. Scottsdale got it done through the air, passing for 512 yards.
Mesa (2-1) has a bye this weekend.
• Black Hills State University redshirt sophomore quarterback Collin Powers completed 4-of-9 passes for 29 yards in a 49-20 loss to Colorado School of Mines Friday in Spearfish, South Dakota.
Powers, a former Kodiak High School student who finished his prep career in Wyoming, also rushed three times for 18 yards.
In two games, Powers, a backup quarterback, has completed 5 of his 11 passes for 37 yards, while rushing for 29 yards on seven attempts.
Black Hills (0-2) plays at Adams State this Saturday.