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SOU's Dotson claims decathlon title

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Joseph Dotson, Southern Oregon University's sophomore All-American decathlete, picked up Friday and Saturday at the American River Invitational where he left off last season at the NAIA Championships and had some worthy company in freshman Dylan Castle.

While those two established provisional qualifying marks for the NAIA Championships in the decathlon, Matt East did the same Saturday in his 100-meter outdoor debut with a time of 10.72 seconds that topped a 61-person field, put him at No. 2 on the Cascade Conference list, No. 3 on the all-time Raider list and No. 14 on the national list.

Dotson, who placed fifth nationally as a freshman last season, registered 6,304 points and Castle had 5,783 — the top two scores in a 12-person field.

Dotson won with personal-best marks in the pole vault (12-7) and the long jump (20-0), and top marks in the long jump, discus (120-10) and javelin (155-10). Castle had the second-best marks in the 100 (11.68), the 110 hurdles (15.52) and the javelin (153-2).

The Raider women had two winners: Aspen Abbott in the 800 (2:17.47) and Lauren McGowne in the long jump (17-11). McGowne's mark was a PR, fifth best on SOU's all-time list and the current top mark in the CCC.


RAIDERS SWEEP: At Ashland, 18th-ranked Southern Oregon completed a four-game sweep of British Columbia in two wins shortened by the mercy rule — 8-0 in five innings and 8-0 in six at University Field.

The first-place Raiders (25-4 overall, 11-1 Cascade Conference) ran their winning streak to 13 games. The last-place Thunderbirds (1-16, 0-9) have lost 15 straight.

Freshman pitchers Gabby Sandoval and Lexie Raasch threw complete games for the Raiders, giving the team three consecutive shutouts for the first time since 2003.

Sandoval (11-3) struck out five with one walk in a two-hitter and only let one Thunderbird get past first base. Raasch (3-0), making her second career start, scattered three singles with two strikeouts and two walks and held UBC hitless over the final four innings.

Kelsey Randall went 6-for-7 on the day to extend her hitting streak to 14 and played error-free defense at shortstop for the 10th and 11th games in a row.