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Raiders have big first day at CC meet

HERMISTON — The Southern Oregon University men wore out the awards podium and the women rewrote two school records Friday on the first of two days of the Cascade Conference Track & Field Championships at Hermiston High.

Vying to get back on top after their streak of three straight team victories was snapped by Eastern Oregon last year in Ashland, the Raider men claimed five titles through the first 11 disciplines — already more than they won at the entire 2015 meet (four).

Winners were Zach Beltz (long jump), Rohan Cain (high jump), Jared Hixon (1,500 meters), Tylor King (shot put) and the 4x100-meter relay team (school and meet records). With 10 events to go, College of Idaho leads with 104 points, and SOU is second with 100.

For the women, sophomore Jessa Perkinson continued her assault on the school-record books with her third of the season to place second in the 1,500 meters, and the Raider 4x100 team of Tierra Barrett, Rakayla Tyler, Loghan Sprauer and Margot Hamman placed second with a Raider record of its own. The Raiders are in fifth place with 37 points, while three-time defending champ College of Idaho has a commanding lead with 108.

Beltz gave the Raiders their first long jump title in 13 years with his top mark of 24 feet 1¼ inches, the second-best in SOU history.

Cain's mark of 6-2¾ gave the Raiders their first high jump title in nine years. King won by over 5 feet at 53-4½ for SOU's first shot put title in five years.

Kevin Tunnell also scored with fourth place (46-6 3/4), while in the hammer throw, Brian Sievers was fourth (149-6) and Tunnell eighth (130-10).

The 4x100 win was SOU's sixth in seven years and good for another school record. Julius Shellmire, Zac Hannan, Hayden Saparto and Cameron Bremner clocked 41.31 seconds — topping the old record of 41.58 and the previous meet record of 41.43.

In the 1,500, Hixon clocked 3:53.76 to clear second place by a couple seconds.

For the women, Perkinson set the 1,500 record with a time of 4:33.42.

The women's 4x100 team's record was 48.02, good for second.