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Perkinson, Randall earn more Cascade Conference weekly awards

ASHLAND — Jessa Perkinson and Kelsey Randall, Southern Oregon University’s oft-celebrated seniors, were recognized again Monday in receiving Cascade Conference Athlete of the Week accolades.

Perkinson picked the CCC’s women’s outdoor track award and Randall the softball position player award. During their careers, Perkinson has earned the athlete-of-the-week designation 10 times and Randall six times.

On Saturday at Sacramento State’s Hornet Invite, Perkinson ran the 1,500 meters in 4 minutes 31.7 seconds, giving her this season’s top NAIA time in the event by a margin of 12 seconds. She finished fourth of 69 overall and qualified automatically for the NAIA Championships, nearly breaking her own school record of 4:30.11 despite running alone for much of the race.

In SOU’s four-game sweep of Northwest (Wash.) on Friday and Saturday, Randall went 7-for-10 with a home run and a double, reached base 11 times, scored seven runs and drove in four. Her homer, in the third game of the series to right field, was the first she’s ever put over the fence at University Field, and in the final game she became the first player in team history to score 200 career runs. She currently leads the NAIA in both runs scored (38) and stolen bases (35).

PREP GOLF

Senior Ginny Cotton shot a team-low score of 101 as the Ashland girls golf team competed at Grants Pass Country Club on Monday afternoon.

Sophia Rooney shot a score of 120, while Luna Alvarez had a 137.

However, due to only three golfers competing instead of the usual four, Ashland was credited with an incomplete score.

St. Mary’s shot a round-low team score of 343.