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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Taft grad Arce-Torres crosses finish line on top in track and in classroom

Taft High grad and Western Oregon University sophomore Gabe Arce-Torres parlayed his freshman season on the track last spring into being honored Tuesday for his academic success by the U.S. Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association.

Five Western Oregon student-athletes earned academic honors from the USTFCCCA at its annual meetings in New Orleans, with both the men’s and women’s track and field teams cited.

The women fielded a 3.37 GPA, while the men’s team posted a 3.12 GPA. In order to be considered for an academic award, teams must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

To earn individual honors, students must have compiled a GPA of 3.25 and have reached provisional or automatic qualifying standards for the NCAA Championships in either the indoor or outdoor seasons.

Gabe Arce-Torres

Arce-Torres, made the list as a freshman majoring in exercise science after setting a season-best in the 400 at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships, where he clocked a time of 48.93.

His top mark in the 200 came in the Linfield Open, where he crossed in 22.88. He added a 1:58.67 in the 800 at the Bryan Clay Invitational, and competed in one cross country event at the Warner Pacific Classic, clocking 28:58.90.

Arce-Torres, 18, became the youngest athlete in Western Oregon school history to compete in the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships when he ran the second leg of the 400-meter distance medley relay last March in Pittsburg, Kansas.

A pulled hamstring suffered late in his final District qualifying run as a high school senior cost Arce-Torres, a prohibitive favorite, a chance at three Class 3A State prep titles.

Arce-TorresTyler Jones, Justin Crosswhite and Curt Knott headlined the four Wolves to be named to the men’s list, while Olivia Woods was named to the women’s team.

Jim Fossum
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Homepage Executive Editor and former longtime Sports Editor of the near-200,000 circulation Las Vegas Review-Journal, Fossum brings 40 years of award-winning experience covering virtually every facet of print and digital journalism to Lincoln City Homepage. The former longtime reporter for the Newport News-Times and Lincoln City News Guard is also Editor-in-Chief and Senior Columnist for SilverandBlackToday.com, which covers the NFL's Oakland (Las Vegas) Raiders.


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