College Corner: Richards named Pac-12 Player of the Week

For the first time in his college career, University of Washington senior forward Brent Richards was named the Pacific-12 Conference men’s soccer Player of the Week.

The Camas High School graduate scored the winning goal in overtime Sunday, to lead the Huskies to a 1-0 victory over Loyola-Chicago in the championship round of the Nike Invitational in Portland, Ore. He was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Richards has three goals in the first three games of the season for the Huskies (2-0-1), who are ranked No. 23 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

In 2010, Richards earned All-Far West Region and First-Team All-Pac-10 honors. He led the Huskies in scoring the past three years, and his 24 career goals put him within striking of the school’s all-time leaders.

For more information, go to www.gohuskies.com/sports/m-soccer/wash-m-soccer-body.html.

Northwest college runners clash

Emily Thomas of Camas and Washougal’s Dylan Croeni posted strong times in Clash of the Inland Northwest Cross County Invitational Saturday, at Mead High School.

Thomas snatched seventh place to help the Gonzaga women finish third as a team. She completed the 4,200-meter course in 14 minutes, 37.6 seconds.

In his first race for Washington State University, Croeni took 27th on the 6,200-meter course in 19:31.3. The Cougar men and women both captured team championships.

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