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SOU concludes first day at multi-event

KLAMATH FALLS — Midway through the Cascade Collegiate Conference Multi-Event Championships, a trio of Southern Oregon athletes remain in contention for top finishes.

Brandon Ritchie ranks second in the men's decathlon, with 3,295 total points after five events. Ritchie placed first in the 100 with a time of 11.36 and second in both the 400 (50.66) and the long jump (6.24 meters). He also finished third in the shot put (11.01 meters) and seventh in the high jump (1.7 meters). College of Idaho's Austin Basterrechea leads the overall rankings with 3,750 points, while Ryan Rosenau of Eastern Oregon ranks third (3,142).

The Raiders have a pair of athletes competing in the women's heptathlon, with Amelia Maguin ranking third and Nicole Leaf ranking fifth after the first four events. Maguin placed second in both the 200 (26.04) and the 100-meter hurdles (16.01), while finishing fourth in the high jump (1.43 meters) and seventh in the shot put (6.72). Her 2,368 total points rank behind C of I's Jasmine Sibert (2,588) and Oregon Tech's Katey Choukalos (2,488). Leaf placed third in the 200 (27.26) and the shot put (9.18), while ranking fifth in the high jump (1.37) and 100-meter hurdles (17.54). She finished the day with 2,184 total points.

All three Raiders will conclude their competition with the final events of the meet today.

TEAM OF FIRSTS — The film Team of Firsts, which documents the 2012 Southern Oregon football season and premiered in February at the Ashland Street Cinemas is now available in its entirety on YouTube.

The documentary was produced by the company "Dose of Dopeness," headed by SOU student assistant football coach Matt Adkins and followed the SOU football team from the opening of practice through the NAIA National Quarterfinals. The Raiders finished 2012 with a Frontier Conference Championship, a trip the NAIA National Quarterfinals and a No. 5 ranking in the final NAIA Top 25 poll.

"What makes Team of Firsts so special to me is that it shows that small-college football is just as important as big-college because of the values it teaches," Adkins said. "The making of this film exemplifies this, as it was made entirely by players and coaches from the team."

The Dose of Dopeness staff includes SOU football players Chris Kammel, Colin Amsler, Zach Urrutia, Mike Bibbee, Grant Torgerson, Zac Ward and Nick Kurland.

"Team of Firsts gives you an inside look at a small-college program, and the passion of the coaches and players," SOU head coach Craig Howard said. "It was put together with nearly no funds, but like everything we do it was done with the goal of doing it better than it's even been done before."