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SOU heptathletes stand 1-2

LA GRANDE-- Southern Oregon heptathletes Laura Lincoln and Kena Page are in first and second places, respectively, after the first day of the Cascade Collegiate Conference Multi-Event Championships.

Through four events at Eastern Oregon's Community Stadium, Lincoln has 2,400 points, while Page has 2,321.

Holly Conrad of Western Oregon is third with 2,297 points, while Trina Ogburn of Oregon Tech is right behind with 2,294 in the field of 12.

Lincoln, a junior from Lyons, started the day by knocking out a 16-second win in the 100-meter hurdles. She tied five other jumpers for second in the high jump (4-9 1/2), was third in the shot put (30-11 3/4) and was fourth in the 200 (28.19).

Laura had heptathlon PRs in all four events, SOU coach Dale Fisher said. She was close to 2 feet better in the shot put.

Page, a sophomore from Cave Junction, was eighth in the hurdles (17.65), tied for second in the high jump (4-9 1/2), second in the shot put (32-1 1/2) and finished the afternoon with a 27.11 first-place performance in the 200 that vaulted her into second.

Kena has had a real mental block with hurdles, and that's the first event and it sets the tone, Fisher said. She PRd by two seconds into a strong head wind.

Western Oregon's Charlene Postlewait topped the high jump competition at 5-1 1/2, while Conrad was No. — in the shot put at 38-9.

The final three events -- long jump, javelin and 800 -- are scheduled today. Page was seventh in the NAIA national long jump last year.

The 800 is not the strongest event for either, Fisher said. We're hoping for 4,000 points, which is the automatic-qualifying mark for nationals.

If the SOU duo stayed 1-2 it would be worth 18 points for the Raiders at next month's conference meet.

Southern Oregon had no entrants in the decathlon, also on the Eastern Oregon campus.

Western Oregon's Jim Stever, the former Days Creek standout, took the first-day lead with 3,265 points.