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Maguin voted CCC Athlete of Year

LA GRANDE — Amelia Maguin, who ended her career by cementing a spot as one of the most successful athletes in Southern Oregon University history, was recognized Wednesday morning as the best in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

Maguin was selected as the CCC Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year, the league office announced, based on a vote by the CCC's coaches. She is the third SOU women's athlete to win the award and the first since Tiwana Merritt in 2002.

Maguin, a four-year Raider from Fernley, Nev., won her first NAIA 400-meter hurdles title after coming in runner-up the last two seasons, clocking a time of 58.96 in the finals to break her own school record for the fourth time this season.

She also won three titles at the CCC Championships in the 100 hurdles, 400 hurdles and 400-meter dash, tacking on second-place finishes in the 4x400-meter relay and the 200. She was named the Women's Athlete of the Meet and ended her career with five conference titles.

"She was a national champion, part of three school records this year and won that title at the NAIA meet by two seconds, so obviously she's well-deserving of the award," SOU coach Grier Gatlin said. "Right now, you'd have to say she's arguably the best sprinter in the history of this school."

Maguin had NAIA Championship qualifying marks in the 200 (24.60), 400 (55.60), 100 hurdles (14.46), 400 hurdles (59.07) and 4x800 relay (9:22.16). Her marks in the 200 and both hurdles were school records.

She was also an NAIA All-American at the Indoor Track & Field Championships, placing fifth in the 400.

Concordia's Matthew Clowes was voted the CCC Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Year.