Kyle Garcia


Redshirt senior Caleb Webb had the best finish of the race for Pilots, grabbing 31st and earning All-American recognition. Photo by Justin Casterline and courtesy of Portland Pilot Athletics.

Men's cross country takes 10th, Pataki finishes 57th at nationals

Despite it being a rainy, cold and muddy Saturday in Terra Haute, Indiana, the men’s cross country team finished 10th nationally while redshirt sophomore Anna Pataki finished 57th as the lone individual qualifier for the women’s team at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

The men's cross country team pictured at the 2018 NCAA West Regional. The Pilots defended their title in Colfax, Washington this past weekend. Photo courtesy of Pilot Athletics.

Men's cross country defends title, women finish sixth at regionals

This year’s NCAA Cross Country West Regional in Colfax, Washington, ended with a somewhat familiar feeling for both University of Portland teams. The men’s team took home the team title on Friday while the women’s team took home sixth, just missing out on qualifying for the NCAA Cross Country Championships as a team.

Jeff Baxter enters his second year as head coach of the volleyball team.

Volleyball head coach Jeff Baxter will not return to program

The University of Portland women’s volleyball head coach Jeff Baxter will not return to the program, according to UP Vice President of Athletics Scott Leykam. Baxter will be replaced by interim coaches Megan Burton and Dylan Hamilton for the remainder of the 2019 season.

47 international female sports journalists came by to The Bluff as part of a U.S. Department of State IVLP.

'It's the full story': International women in sports media take on The Bluff

They aren’t just sad they missed out on Rapinoe because Rapinoe is cool. They’re upset because they’re a group of 47 female sports journalists from all around the world, traveling across the United States to network with one another and learn more about how sports work both in the U.S. and in other countries. The University of Portland happened to be one of those stops — another chance for them to learn more about the history of women’s sports in Portland. 

Elite runner Mary Cain during fall 2014, her freshman year at University of Portland. She was running for Nike's controversial Oregon Project at the time,

Mary Cain’s slam on Nike sheds light on her year at University of Portland

As The Beacon reported in a profile of Cain in 2014, “Cain does many of the same things as her classmates, but with the added stress of training as a professional runner for Nike.” Thursday, in a video appearing in the New York Times, Cain revealed how stressful it really was. Salazar and other coaches of the Nike Oregon Project emotionally and physically abused her, she said. They told her to lose weight, weighed her in front of other runners and attempted to put her on birth control and diuretics to regulate her weight, according to Cain.

Kyle Garcia, Sports editor for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: The NBA doesn't have to give in to China

But the NBA’s standing as the most progressive league in sports was tested when Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey sent a tweet supporting the protests in Hong Kong earlier this month. One tweet has caused a major riff between China and the NBA. China suspended preseason NBA broadcasts in the country. Several Chinese sponsors put a stop to their relationship with the NBA. 

Virag Weiler and Anna Pataki both run for UP's cross country and track teams. They met and became friends while running for the same club in Hungary and sometimes competing against each other.

5,600 miles from home: Runners from Hungary finding their ground

It’s just one of the many adjustments that Weiler and Pataki have had to make during their time at the University of Portland. But it’s something they’ve grown to appreciate as the 2019 cross country season starts to ramp up, with both runners expected to be major contributors.

Senior captain Jacquelyn Bass helps prepare a boat before rowing practice.

'This is our family': Pilot rowing team prepares for fall season

It’s no secret that UP rowers wake up early to get out to Vancouver Lake for practice. Most of the team is up by 5:15 a.m. so they can leave for the boathouse by 5:50 a.m. And while the spring season is their most competitive time, the fall season provides the team with an opportunity to work their way back into shape.

Fall Break featured its ups and downs for UP athletics.

Pilot Roundup: How did UP sports do over fall break?

 If you’re like me, you shut yourself off from the outside world while you watched excessive amounts of football and Netflix. If you’re more fun than me (you probably are), then you possibly went out and did something exciting with your week off. Either way, you would be forgiven for not knowing exactly what happened with the University of Portland athletics this past week. In case you weren’t paying attention, here’s what you may have missed over fall break.

In August, construction began on the new Joe Etzel Stadium and Chiles Center Plaza.

What to know about the baseball stadium and Plaza construction

Construction on Joe Etzel Field and the Chiles Center Plaza is now in its final phase of renovations. The changes to the baseball field include grandstands, expanded dugouts and a renovated press box. The Plaza will also be reconfigured to provide better accessibility for fans to move more freely between the baseball field and the Chiles entrance.