CORVALLIS — The top-ranked Southern Oregon men's cross country team placed a close second to University of Victoria at the Oregon State Beaver Classic while the SOU women earned a sixth-place spot Friday evening at Avery Park.
Eric Avila led the Raiders with a second-place finish, crossing the finish line of the 8,000-meter race in 24 minutes, 32 seconds to beat everyone but unattached runner Matthew Clowes (24:22). Tyler VanDyke, an Eagle Point High graduate, placed 11th (25:02), Jared Hixon finished 12th (25:10) and Scott McIntyre took 13th (25:12). An 18th-place finish for Brett Hornig and a 19th-place finish for Nathan Normo gave SOU six of the top 19 finishers.
University of Victoria picked up 34 points to narrowly beat the Raiders (47 points) for the team championship, followed by UO Running Club (76), Lane C.C. (171) and Northwest (187). Victoria also claimed the women's title with 22 points, while the Raiders picked up 162 points to finish behind Portland (61), Portland State (90), Corvallis Running (112) and Oregon State (144). The SOU women finished two spots ahead of Oregon Tech and four places ahead of Warner Pacific — their Cascade Conference rivals.
"It was a good showing for the women's team," SOU head coach Grier Gatlin said. "They beat a pretty solid OIT team. The men were in a tight race the whole time and ran well, they just came up short. It was a good solid tune-up for conference."
Alexandra Rudd led the women's team with a personal record time of 22:49 on the 6k course to finish 21st, followed by teammate Anne Hagy in 22nd at 23:01. Jessie Rozario finished 40th (23:44), with Stephanie Ramirez coming in 48th (23:58) and Luisa Westley placing 58th (24:17).
SOUTHERN OREGON 3, CORBAN 0 — At Salem, Southern Oregon picked up its 20th consecutive win against Corban, sweeping the Warriors 25-23, 26-24, 25-17 in Cascade Collegiate Conference action at the Jeffer Sports Center.
Southern Oregon improved to 15-8 overall and 11-2 in conference play, while Corban fell to 3-17 overall and 1-13 in the CCC. The Raiders return to action this afternoon, when they will travel to Eugene for a 1 p.m. conference matchup with Northwest Christian.
Mona Goudarzian led Southern Oregon with 10 kills, while Haley Kasler added eight and Liz Madden tallied seven. Caryn Westrick finished with a team-high 17 assists and Renee Yomtob posted 13 digs. The Raiders hit only .174 as a team in the match but used eight total blocks to help earn the win. Chandra Teague's 15 kills led both teams, as did Katherine Salness' 29 assists.
The Raiders used an early 6-1 run to take a quick lead in the first set, but Corban slowly worked its way back and tied it up at 13-13 on a block by Jenny Harman. The set remained close the rest of the way, with the Warriors hanging one back at 24-23 before a kill by Madden clinched the victory.