SOU wins 12 events at Raider Invite
ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon men’s and women’s track and field teams won 12 disciplines Saturday as field events and sprints took center stage on Day 2 of the Raider Invitational at Raider Stadium.
Sophomore sprinter Arianna Daniel accounted for two of those victories in the 200 (24.72 seconds) and 400 (57.09) meters, hitting an NAIA ‘A’ standard in the former by three-hundredths of a second a week after she did the same in the latter.
She also teamed with Savannah Greenwade, Margot Hamman and Lindsey Bonney to clock an ‘A’ time of 47.40 in the 4x100 relay, moving to No. 8 on the NAIA list and improving the second-fastest time in SOU history.
Two other Raiders picked up two field wins apiece on the day: Lauren McGowne in the women’s high jump and long jump, and Justin Turner in the men’s high jump and pole vault.
McGowne captured the No. 1 spot on the Cascade Conference performance list with a personal best of 5 feet, 3 inches in the high jump and strengthened her lead in the long jump with a season best of 17-9.
Turner notched season bests in both events, going 6-4 in the high jump and 14-7 in the pole vault.
Elsewhere, Zach Beltz replaced his old NAIA ‘A’ mark in the long jump by going 23-10, fifth best in the NAIA. Kevin Tunnell won the shot put by throwing 48-8 and was second in the discus at 140-9.
In the men’s races, freshman Will Gross recorded a personal best of 50.03 to win the 400. Eli Chapman was the 100 runner-up in 10.83 and third in the 200 in 22.08, and Kevin Poteracke placed second in the 800 in 1:57.32.
The men’s 4x100 team of Chapman, Jeremiah Emershy, Aidan Tank and Vega won in 41.63.
In the women’s sprints, Hamman won with a PR of 12.30, which ranks second in the CCC. Greenwade clocked season-bests in the 200 (25.26) and 400 (57.91) to move to Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, on those conference performance lists.
MULTI-EVENTS: At Ashland, Southern Oregon redshirt sophomore Loghan Sprauer finished off a wire-to-wire victory Friday in the Cascade Conference Multi-Event Championships, becoming SOU’s first heptathlon champion since 2001.
In the decathlon, Oregon Tech All-American Seth Gretz, a former Rogue River standout won his third straight championship.
Sprauer had a 165-point lead over Corban’s Lindsay Asplund through four of seven disciplines after Thursday’s action, and it was down to three going into the final event, the 800 meters. Sprauer won in 2:24.62, edging runner-up Asplund by two seconds, and clinched the overall win with 4,391 points to Asplund’s 4,362.
Sprauer’s score is the third-best in the NAIA this season and gave her the No. 4 spot in the school-record book.
Sprauer started the day with a personal best in the long jump of 16-1. Her other PR during the meet was a 200 of 25.44 seconds.
Gretz won three of the opening five events on Day 1 Thursday, then won the 110 hurdles in 15.09 to start Day 2.
He finished with 6,895 points. Michael Schmidt of Corban was second with 6,608.
SOU All-American junior Joseph Dotson was fifth with 6,095. He was doomed by a no-height in the pole vault that dropped him from second place to seventh with two events to go.
Dotson scored 3,426 points on Thursday for the highest first-day total in his career.
SOU 1-10, CARROLL 0-2: At Ashland, Gabby Sandoval’s fourth shutout of the season, a two-hitter, enabled No. 9 SOU to win the Cascade Conference opener at University Field. The five-inning second game was nonleague.
SOU (38-11, 19-5 CCC) and No. 13 Corban are tied for first place (SOU owns the tiebreaker) going into their final series of the regular season next week.
In Game 1, SOU got an unearned across in the first inning against Saints starter Allison Williams, and Sandoval made it stand. Kelsey Randall led off with a single, stole second base and moved to third on a misplayed grounder. She scored on a Rebecca Velasquez groundout with one out.
Sandoval (18-5) struck out three without issuing a walk.
In the first game, Harlee Donovan ended it with a two-run homer in the fifth.