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SOU's Dunn, Merritt shine at track meet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Southern Oregon's Nick Dunn and Tiwana Merritt each posted NAIA national qualifying times in winning events Saturday at the Bruce Drummond Invitational track and field meet at Sacramento State University.

Overall team scores weren't tabulated, but dual-meet results were kept.

Dunn, a North Medford High product, helped the Raider men to a 3-2 record, while Merritt spurred the women to a 4-2 mark in the meet that also included Nevada, UC Riverside, Humboldt State, Fresno State and Shasta College.

Dunn covered the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 53.82 seconds.

Merritt won the 400 in 57.34. She also was third in the 200 (25.63).

"It was just a great effort on the part of most of the kids," said SOU coach Mike Jones. "We're where we want to be at this point in the season, as evidenced by the national qualifying marks in this meet and in other meets. It was a good meet for us."

Also for the Raider women, Cass Smith set a school record in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet, 10 inches and tying for third place.

Liana Bernard was third in the 5,000 in 18:27.59, Kena Page was fourth in the long jump at 17-11/4 and Megan Heuberger was fourth in the 400 hurdles in 1:06.05.

SOU also was third in the 4 x 100 (49.35) and 4 x 400 (4:05.26) relays.

Other highlights for the Raider men came from Jeff Bentley in the javelin, Sean Peterson in the 5,000, Cailen McNair in the 400 and the 4 x 400 relay.

Bentley won with a throw of 197-5, and Peterson was second in an unofficial time of 15:10.

McNair, from South Medford High, was fifth in 49.45 and ran the anchor on the relay that clocked 3:19.54. His teammates were Dunn, Ross Dexter and Travis Floeck.

The 4 x 100 relay was fourth in 42.94.

Women's Tennis

SOU DOWNS ALBERTSON- At Lewiston, Idaho, the Raiders slammed Albertson, 7-2, in a regional-preview meet.

SOU (6-1 overall) won five of the six singles matches and two of three in doubles action.

SOU also played Alberta on Saturday, but results were not available.

SOUTHERN OREGON 7, ALBERTSON 2

SINGLES - Catherine Rinaldi, ACI, def. Bridget Wagner, 6-4, 6-2; Kristin Maloney, SOU, def. Ashley Kunz, 6-1, 3-1 (retired); Julie Nelson, SOU, Lauren Writer, 6-3, 6-2; Megan Loeding, SOU, Lacy Van England, 6-3, 6-0; Lindsay Chrisman, SOU, def. Kathy Taylor, 6-3, 6-2; Sabrina Dake, SOU, def. Whitney Gibson, 1-6, 6-4, 11-9.

DOUBLES - Wagner-Chrisman, SOU, def. Rinaldi-Writer, 8-4; Williams-Taylor, ACI, def. Maloney-J. Nelson, 8-5; Dake-Shannon Nelson, SOU, def. Kunz-Gibben, 8-5.