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SOU women take second in track meet

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon captured its fourth straight title in both men's and women's track Saturday at the Cascade Collegiate Conference championships.

The Southern Oregon women finished second with a 174.5 points, 15.5 points behind Western, while the SOU men finished in fourth with a 59 points.

It was a great performance on the women's side, SOU coach Dale Fisher said. They gave everything they had with outstanding performances across the board. There were a lot of (personal records) despite the wind and pouring-down rain.

Allison Garich captured first place in the 1,500 meters with a 4:56.38 and finished fourth in the 800 in 2:23.99. Nicole Robertson won the discus with a toss of 138-8 and was second in the shot put at 41-3.

Janae Helgerson was second in the javelin at 132-8.

Rebekah Julian finished with a first and a second in her events. Julian posted a winning time of 19:08.25 in the 5,000 and a 10:58.99 in the 3,000.

Nicole Irons was a repeat winner in the pole vault with a 9-10, while Erica Harris, who leads the conference and region and ranks nationally in the 200 and 400, captured the 400 in 58.4 seconds. Harris also had a fourth-place showing in the 200 with a 26.36 time.

Kena Page tallied third-place marks in both the high jump (4-9) and the long jump (15-8) and finished the triple jump with a second-place 33-9 mark. Tiwana Merritt defended her title in the 200 meters with a 25.48 and placed sixth in the long jump (14-7).

Laura Lincoln, who has the top conference times in the hurdles, was second in the long jump (16-1) and won both the 100-meter hurdles (15.26) and the 400 hurdles (1:06.73).

On the men's side, NAIA 400-meter qualifier Mat Davis won the 400 in a meet-record 49.26 seconds. He was third in the 200 in 22.41.

Bob Metcalf placed third in the hammer throw at 160-11, while Nels Hage's 151-10 throw in the discus gave him second.

Judson Ristau finished second in the pole vault (15-1), while Amos Sime placed fifth in the 800 with a 1:57.52.