The Santa Clara men's golf team recorded its best finish at the West Coast Conference championships in 16 years, placing second at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.

Favorite BYU overtook Saint Mary's in the final round to claim the title with a 10-over-par 874 total. Santa Clara was at 878, one shot better than USF and four shots ahead of Saint Mary's. It was the Broncos' best finish at the event since winning the title in 1998.

"We rallied on the back nine to make it exciting," Broncos coach Rob Miller of the final round. "We got it (the deficit) down to a couple of strokes at the end, but BYU had a couple of birdies from their top players to pull ahead. It was the dagger."

Freshman Evan McLeod and sophomore Gio Gandionco were the top individual finishers for the Broncos, tying for 13th place with two other golfers at 4-over 220. Teammate Scott Lowe was one shot behind.

Pacific's Byron Meth was medalist, finishing at 208 to win by seven shots.

  • The Santa Clara women placed fourth among five teams at the WCC championships in Bremerton, Wash. The Broncos' Monique Riley (75 for 11-over 227) placed ninth, and teammate Annie Freman (77-228) tied for 10th.

    Soccer

    Earthquakes starting defender Brandon Barklage is questionable for Saturday's game at Colorado after suffering a thigh contusion last weekend, coach Mark Watson said.

    The latest injury to the back line leaves Watson with a decision on how to line up against the second-place Rapids. The coach declined Wednesday to say what he will do.

    "Brandon's still really sore," Watson said of the player brought in to replace departed right back Steven Beitashour.

    Barklage, 27, suffered a thigh contusion early in the second half Sunday against Columbus. It was his third leg injury with the Quakes this year.

    San Jose Giants

    Four San Jose pitchers combined to strike out 19 Inland Empire batters in the Giants' 4-3 victory over the 66ers at Municipal Stadium. Joan Gregorio (2-0) allowed two runs over 51/3 innings and had a career-high 11 strikeouts. Brian Ragira hit a two-run homer in the Giants' three-run first inning.

    Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.