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Annual running event tomorrow

The Viking Vengeance Run/Walk is scheduled for this Thursday.

The seventh annual event, a fundraiser for the Forest Grove cross-country program, includes a 5-kilometer run/walk and a 10K run. Proceeds toward the event help the Vikings travel to invitational meets, purchase gear and equipment, and secure travel for off-campus practices.

The 10K run will start at 6:30 p.m., and the 5K run/walk will begin at 6:45. The start/finish area for both races is at the Forest Grove School District office, located at 18th Avenue and Main Street. The courses go through the Old Town area of Forest Grove and along the B Street nature trail.

Registration and packet pick-up will take place from 5:15 to 6 p.m. tomorrow, followed by a short (.14-mile) Future Cross Country Runner Kids Race for children 8 and younger at 6:15. Registration for the 5K/10K is $30 for participants age 14 and older and $20 for participants 13 and younger. There is no fee for the kids race.

Go to https://sites.google.com/site/forestgrovexc/ and click on the Viking Vengeance photo or tab for more information, including links to course maps, online registration and paper registration forms.

For more information, contact Adrian Shipley at adrian831shipley@gmail.com.

Roberts certified as nation’s top base stealer

After setting the Pacific single-season record during her incredible 2014 season, Pacific softball player Rachel Roberts has been certified as the top base stealer in the nation.

Roberts, the 2014 Northwest Conference Player of the Year and Pacific’s first-ever Division III softball All-American, finished the season as the NCAA Division III statistical champion for stolen bases per game. The sophomore from Oregon City will receive a plaque from the NCAA marking the accomplishment later this year.

Roberts set the Pacific single-season record with 46 stolen bases this year, and her 1.21 stolen bases per game finished well ahead of the second-place mark of 1.13 by Kayla Malkos of Virginia Wesleyan. Malkos led Division III in total steals with 52, but played in eight more games than Roberts.

Additionally, Roberts stole more bases per game than anyone in the NCAA. Division I leader Olivia Watkins of Western Kentucky stole 0.95 bases per game while Division II leader Kassidy Tally of Delta State stole 1.19 bases per game. Only Iva Estrada of Talladega (Ala.) stole more bases per game than Roberts — the NAIA leader stole 1.27 bases per game, swiping 56 in 44 games.

Roberts helped lead Pacific to a second place finish in the NWC and a berth in the NWC Tournament championship game. She was named the NWC Player of the Year, selected to the NFCA All-West Region Team and as a NFCA Division III Second Team All-American after leading the league with .468 batting average and a Pacific single-season record 58 hits. She finished second in the NWC with a .521 on-base percentage and also ranked in the NCAA Division III statistical top-100 in both batting average and sacrifice flies.

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