Raiders triumph in nine events at CC meet
GRESHAM — A handful of Southern Oregon University athletes took advantage of their last chance to qualify for the Cascade Conference Track and Field Championships on Saturday at the Mt. Hood Track Festival.
SOU took home wins in nine different events, but Kayle Blackmore, running the 1,500 meters, was the only Raider to hit a national qualifying mark. A time of 4 minutes, 42.00 seconds gave her third place and an NAIA 'B' standard, and was over five seconds better than her previous best.
Aspen Abbott took over the No. 2 spot on the CCC's 800 list with a winning time of 2:16.96, less than a second off a provisional-qualifying standard. Cora Gallop and Natalie Berania also qualified for the conference meet in the run: Gallop's 2:19.39 was good for second place and No. 7 on the CCC list, and Berania placed fourth in 2:21.47.
Gallop, a freshman, claimed a win in the triple jump, upping her CCC-best mark to 36 feet, 6 3/4 inches. Hannah Lambert joined her with a successful day in the field, winning the shot put (38-2 1/4) and placing second in the discus (122-5) and hammer (128-4) throws.
In the sprints, Loghan Sprauer was second in the 200 (26.10) and third in the 100 (12.60), making her fifth in the 200 and sixth in the 100 on the conference lists. Tierra Barrett took third in the 200 with a personal-best time of 12.65.
For the men, Hayden Saparto won the 100 (10.98) and the 200 (22.98) and his 100 time vaulted him to No. 8 in the CCC.
Four Raiders clocked last-chance conference qualifying times in the 1,500: third-place Ryan Alexander (3:58.73), sixth-place Kevin Poteracke (3:59.75), eighth-place Matt Williams (4:00.07) and 11th-place Noah Oberitter (4:02.23). Williams also placed third in the 800 (1:58.80) to pace SOU, Christian VanSise was third in the 400 (51.20) and Ben Stevens took the 5K field (16:08.60).
OREGON 4, WASHINGTON STATE 0: At Eugene, Cole Irvin threw a shutout and struck out a career-high 13 as Oregon evened the series at a game apiece in front of a season-high 3,541 fans at PK Park.
Irvin (4-4) was in control from the beginning, striking out the first two men he faced and five of the first seven. He didn’t allow Washington State (14-24, 7-13 Pac-12) to get a man past first base until a one-out double in the seventh inning, and did not walk a batter.
The junior left-hander allowed just six hits and came one strikeout short of the single-game program record. Irvin’s shutout was the third of his career and the fifth complete of his career.
Oregon (19-17, 8-9 Pac-12) took an early 1-0 lead in the second. Steven Packard led off with a bunt single before Tim Susnara followed with a bunt hit of his own that was thrown away down the right-field line, allowing Packard to come around to score.
STANFORD 6, OREGON STATE 0: At Corvallis, 10th-ranked Oregon State dropped a 6-0 decision to Stanford at Goss Stadium.
Nick Madrigal, Logan Ice and Billy King all doubled for the Beavers, who finished with seven hits. But that was all the offense Oregon State (27-12 overall, 9-8 Pac-12 Conference) was able to muster.
Stanford (20-17, 8-9) starter Chris Castellanos stymied the Beavers through 6 1/3 innings. The lefty scattered six hits to go along with two walks and three strikeouts before being replaced in the seventh. He picked up the win to improve to 5-2.
Luke Heimlich started for the Beavers and pitched 6 1/3 innings. The lefty allowed six runs and nine hits and was saddled with the loss to drop to 5-2 on the year.