Hixon, No. 1 SOU men rule preview meet
SALEM — The hunt for Southern Oregon's eighth straight Cascade Conference men's cross country title got off to a promising start Friday at Corban University, where the top-four placers represented SOU at the CCC Preview Meet.
Even without the services of NAIA 5,000-meter champion Dylan Alexander, the top-ranked Raiders dominated the six-team 8K with winner Jared Hixon (26:12.8), runner-up Ray Schireman (26:29.5), Connor Cushman (26:33.2) and Zach Boyd-Helm (26:41.5) leading the way.
SOU had six runners in the top-10 and nine in the top-17 for an easy team win. SOU's top-seven runners all finished within 68 seconds of each other.
The Raiders totaled 18 points to second-place Northwest Christian's 53 on the same course that will host the CCC Championships on Nov. 7. Tenth-ranked College of Idaho and 15th-ranked Oregon Tech were notably absent.
The 17th ranked Raider women, meanwhile, placed second behind their top runner, Jessa Perkinson, who placed third.
Northwest Christian, ranked No. 2 in the NAIA, had five of the top six placers, and NCU's Sierra Brown and Alyssa Harmon paced the 5,000-meter race by finishing one-two in 18:09.1 and 18:09.9. But Perkinson wasn't far back in 18:25.5, and the Raiders ended up with four of the top 12 finishers.
Rebecca Lupescu was ninth (19:23.3), Kayle Blackmore 10th (19:44.4), Braana Weber 12th (19:57.7) and Aspen Abbott 17th (20:23.5).
SOU 3, MULTNOMAH 0: At Ashland, eighth-ranked Southern Oregon cruised to the sweep, 25-14, 25-15, 25-9, at Riehm Arena.
Tyana Andrews put down 12 kills on 19 attacks and had six digs for SOU, which established a season-best attacking average (.356) for the second straight match while improving to 12-0 overall and 5-0 in the Cascade Conference. SOU will go to 13 straight at 5 p.m. Saturday against Warner Pacific.
The first-ever meeting between Multnomah — a first-year member of the NAIA and CCC — and the Raiders lasted 56 minutes. The Lions fell to 1-5 overall and 0-5 in the CCC.
Every Raider with multiple kills besides Andrews attacked at an average of .500 or better: Corynn Kopra (seven kills, eight digs), Niki Small (six kills, four blocks), Courtney Macklin (three kills), Lauren McGowne (three kills, seven digs) and Laura Morse (three kills).
McGowne ran the show with 30 assists, while Ashlyn Flynn held down the back row with 12 digs.
SOU 5, WALLA WALLA 1: At Ashland, Southern Oregon scored twice in the first half, twice early in the second and one more before the buzzer in the first men's soccer game ever played at Raider Stadium.
Johnny Workman (sixth minute), Brendan Allen (22nd), Dakota Marquez (46th), Dakota Scott (51st) and Seigo Hall (90th) scored for the Raiders in their first-ever Cascade Conference victory. Ahmon Afenegus had two assists, while Scott, Marquez and Luis Ayala had one apiece.
The Raiders moved to 6-2 overall and 1-2 in conference.
SOU hosts Multnomah tonight at 7:30.