Kraske speeds in 400

Omak hurdler sets stadium record

Rachael Kraske of Omak appears to be on course to reach the national track and field champ-ionship later this summer after setting a stadium record in the 400-meter hurdles Saturday in Forest Grove, Ore.

Kraske, who competes for George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., won the hurdles in one minute, 1.83 seconds, breaking the Pacific University stadium record of 1:01.88 set in 2009.

Her time improved her to top standing in the conference and third-place standing on the all-time Bruin list and moved into second in the nation. Her time was .08 second faster than her previous best, 1:01.96 that qualified her for nationals last year.

Kraske also won the 100-meters (12.38; PR), improving her conference-leading time and fifth-place standing at George Fox while moving into 21st in D-III.

In the 200 meter dash, she placed second with a 25.82, but already leads the NWC and is seventh nationally with a previous 25.60.

The American Bulldog, Okanogan’s Lee Morrison, lost to Marat Gafurove of Russia in a feather-weight (145 pounds) championship mixed martial arts fight April 4 in Orenburg, Russia.

Morrison (13-4-0) lost a five-round decision to Gafurove (9-0-0) in a M-1 Global Championship main event of a mixed martial arts battle.

Morrison has won four of his bouts by knockout and four by submission.

Gafurove of Dagestan, Russia, defended his title for the second time. He’s had one knockout and five submissions.

He is a jiu-jitsu specialist, who originally captured the crown in 2013.

After a couple of years trying to make a step up to the next level, 2013 was finally the year that featherweight Lee “American Bulldog” Morrison made that transition.

“It went really well with two wins over two great opponents,” said Morrison in an M-1 online article. “One was Julian Erosa in CageSport and the other was Mikail Malyutin over in M-1 Global for my debut. Both are big wins and I’m glad to have them behind me and my confidence high for the next one.”

Matt Koenigs, the director of athletics and head coach for cross country/track and field at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, sent an email Monday about his move there.

Plus, Trinity was accepted Sunday for membership to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

“It’s an exciting time for us at Trinity,” said Koenigs. “We draw quite a few student-athletes from your area.”

Koenigs has coached for the past eight years at Everett Community College, where he built a nationally recognized distance running program. The men's and women's cross country teams there have combined for five NWAACC championships since 2009.

“We have a lot of aid to give and I know that it would help us to connect with undecided kids in your area,” Koenigs said.

Past student-athletes recruited by Koenigs include Caleb Haney, Zack Speiker and Catie Arrigoni of Oroville.

An article about the school’s joining NAIA is at

If you are in high school and know how to fish for bass, you should consider the Washington high school bass team state championship May 17 on Lake Chelan.

There is no entry fee, although students must possess a $25 Student Angler Federation membership.

The championship is open to all high school students, said Washington State Youth Director David Bruggman (206-919-4933).

You must be in high school and not registered for college, he said. And you must be from Washington state.

I told Bruggman there were some excellent bass anglers in the county, many in high school, who if they see this story surely would enter the nearby championship.

You can learn more at under the youth heading/high school page.

Check-in is May 16, which includes a boat inspection and meeting to go over rules. Launch times will be announced at the meeting, 6-7:30 p.m.

There is a free kids fishing clinic Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Big R, 1227 Koala Ave., Omak.

The clinic is open to the first 150 children ages 4 to 10.

There is a limit of one fish while they last.

Fish are provided by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Oxygen and aerator are provided by Oxarc Supply.

Hoofin’ and Woofin’ returns April 26 with a mile and 5K races for runners and their dogs in Riverside.

The races start at 10 a.m. in town.

All proceeds to benefit Keystone Animal Rescue, the area’s only canine shelter.

There is a cost to enter.

Prizes will be awarded for cutest dog in the race, overall mile winner, overall 5K winner and overall age groups male/female.

Entry forms are available from Racie McKee at 509-826-7680 or Haley McKee at 509-429-6685.

The Omak Battleground 3-on-3 tournament is planned for June 13-4 on the streets in Omak.

Sponsorships are being sold for the tournament, which will include 10 brackets in age division ranging from sixth grade through adult, Jeremiah Riggle said.

He expects many top teams from the Pacific Northwest, with more than 100 players descending on Omak.

There is a 12-team cap per bracket.

Registration deadline is June 7 and can be done at

There will be an Omak Battleground Invitational 5-on-5 on Sept. 13-14 in Omak.

You can watch for information at Facebook at Omak Battleground.

Al Camp is the sports editor for The Chronicle. Email him at


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