Keith Osowski has solidified himself as one of the top runners for the Black Hills University men’s cross country team this season.

For the third time this season, the former Kodiak standout was the second Yellow Jacket to appear in the scoresheet, this time at the 12-team Roadrunner Invite on Friday in Denver, Colorado. 

Osowski, a redshirt freshman, scored a solid 20th-place finish out of 160 runners, recording an 8-kilometer time of 26 minutes, 3.5 seconds. 

Senior teammate Joshua Davis placed 14th (25:45.7) to lead Black Hills to a third-place finish with 59 points, 12 markers behind champion University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.  

“We ran very competitively against teams ranked in both the region and country,” head coach Scott Walkinshaw said on the school’s athletic website. “The tight spread amongst the top five today was very encouraging to see.”    

Black Hills’ Jonah and Jordan Theisen, of Kenai, finished 21st and 27th, respectfully.

Black Hills will compete in its biggest meet of the season this Friday, the Division II West Region Preview in Billings, Montana. 

• Kodiak’s Levi Thomet, a sophomore at the University of Oregon, will be in action this Saturday at the Pre-Nationals Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin. 

After injuries kept him from running last season, Thomet has regained his high school All-American form by recording a pair of top 12 finishes in the first two races of the season. 

Volleyball

Kalameli Matautia was busy last week, playing three matches — all wins for Webber International University.

In victories over Warner University (3-1), Johnson and Wales University (3-0) and St. Thomas University, Matautia, a junior transfer, combined for nine kills on 40 attacks, while adding two blocks and six digs. 

“It was a great week for Warrior volleyball,” coach Lindsey Martin said on the school’s athletic website. “We played three tough matches on the road and found a way to win against some very talented teams.”

In the win against St. Thomas, Matautia didn’t record a kill, which ended her streak of 14 straight matches with at least one kill. She has 66 on the season, which is sixth-best on the team. 

Webber — located in Florida — improved to 16-3 overall, 9-0 in The Sun Conference.

• Sophomore Ryana Recustodio posted solid statistics for Big Bend Community College in a pair of Northwest Athletic Conference last week. 

She went for five kills (25 attacks), 11 digs and one block in beating Wenatchee Valley (3-1) and recorded two kills (20 attacks) and eight digs in a loss to Blue Mountain (3-0).  

Recustodio is second on the team with 53 kills and third on the team with 58 digs. 

Big Bend is 6-19 overall, 3-5 in the NWAC.  

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