Keith Osowski, a state champion runner for Kodiak, made his collegiate debut on Friday.
Osowski, a freshman at Black Hills State University, ran unattached and finished 13th at the Gage McSpadden Memorial Invitational in Spearfish, South Dakota.
The 2017 Kodiak High School graduate covered the 6-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 50.01 seconds.
Osowski dazzled on the course and on the track during his time in Kodiak. In track, he was three individual state titles, three relay titles and two team titles. He also won a team cross country title.
Levi Fried, who joined Osowski on Kodiak’s 2014 state-winning cross country team, is a junior at Black Hills. He finished eighth in the same race — fifth for Black Hills — with a time of 19:27.64.
Fried started his season with a 15th-place finish at the South Dakota Mines Hardrocker Classic on Sept. 2 in South Dakota. He clocked an 8K time of 28:04.62.
Zoe Bigley, a 2016 KHS graduate and sophomore at Black Hills, has finished seventh for the Yellow Jackets in both races this season.
She was 26th at the Hardrocker Classic with a 5K time of 23:17.76 and 15th at the Memorial Invitational with a 4K mark of 18:07.01.
Raen Barcelon kicked off her sophomore season at North Central University in Minnesota with a 93 rd-place finish at the Crown College Early Bird Invite on Sept. 1.
She was her team’s second finisher, covering the course in 26:42.
Kordell Pillans and the Mesa Community College Thunderbirds remained perfect on the young football season.
Mesa, ranked sixth in the National Junior College Athletic Association, held off the Eastern Arizona Gila Monsters 26-21 in a Western States Football League showdown Saturday in Thatcher, Arizona.
Mesa led 20-7 at halftime, but needed a fourth-quarter touchdown to overtake surging Eastern Arizona.
Pillans, at 6-foot-6, 316 pounds, starts on the offensive line for Mesa. This is his second season at the community college, and he said he plans on playing at the NCAA Division I level next season and is drawing interest from teams from the Pac-12, Mountain West and Big 12.
This Saturday, Mesa hosts Snow College.
Ryana Recustodio has cracked the starting lineup in her freshman season at Big Bend Community College in Washington.
In a pair of matches last week — losses to Grays Harbor Community College and Linn-Benton — the 2017 Kodiak High School graduate combined for seven kills on 25 attacks. The outside hitter also tallied one service ace, four digs and two block assists, as Big Bend fell to 0-9 to start the season.
Kalameli Matautia, a sophomore outside at Columbia Basin College in Washington, knocked down five kills in 19 attempts in a loss to Clark Community College last week.
Matautia added five digs and one block assists. Columbia Basin (8-4) went 2-2 at a tournament at Clark last week, but stats were not available for those matches.
Providence Christian College and the Riina sisters — Izzy and Mica — went 3-1 at the Life Pacific College Classic over the weekend in California.
Izzy, a junior, and Mica, a sophomore, are defensive specialists for Providence (4-7).
Esme Lopez — Kodiak High’s first collegiate soccer player — took the pitch for the first time for Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida.
In the season opener on Sept. 4, Trinity lost 5-1 to NAIA Evangel University out of Missouri.
Lopez, a 5-2 midfielder, is a 2017 KHS graduate.