RAIDER ROUNDUP: Weber, Beltz spark SOU
ASHLAND — Bree Weber’s 1,500-meter victory and Zach Beltz’s NAIA Championships automatic-qualifying mark in the triple jump highlighted Southern Oregon’s efforts on Day 1 of the Raider Invitational on Friday at Raider Stadium.
Weber qualified for the Cascade Conference championships and won her 13-person race in 4 minutes 50.84 seconds, while Jamie Chelberg came in second in 4:57.08.
Beltz - already the NAIA leader in the long jump - shot to No. 2 on the national performance list in the triple with a best of 49 feet 7 inches. It landed him in second place but was a personal best by 21 inches and the second-best mark in Raider history.
The Raider men also crowded the distance races. After freshman AJ Sandvig was the runner-up in the 1,500 in 4:05.54, SOU claimed the two-through-five spots in a 26-person 5K with Noah Oberriter (15:05.32), Ben Harter (15:10.94), Kevin VanDyke (15:25.00) and Nicholas Whitaker (15:25.77). Oberriter and Harter qualified for the CCC Championships with their times, and Ryan Alexander checked in with a seventh-place finish in 15:28.14.
In the women’s 5K, Jenna Storms (18:37.26) and Shayla Potratz (18:45.74) became CCC qualifiers in second and fourth place.
Joanna Galli took fifth in the pole vault (10-6), Taylor Knauss sixth in the triple jump (33-3 ) and Sarah Johnston sixth in the discus (116-2).
Saturday’s action starts at 10 a.m. with the field events. The running events begin at noon with the 4x100 relay.s
SOU MEN’S RESULTS
2. AJ Sandvig, 4:05.54
4. Seth Campbell, 4:09.63
2. Noah Oberriter, 15:05.32*
3. Ben Harter, 15:10.94*
4. Kevin VanDyke, 15:25.00
5. Nicholas Whitaker, 15:25.77
7. Ryan Alexander, 15:28.14
12. Deklan Humble, 15:36.76
13. Gabe Loader, 15:41.87
16. Brandon Kelsey, 15:59.54
17. Isaac Fernandez, 16:00.05
19. Tyler Miller, 16:05.64
20. Ben Stevens, 16:08.15
21. Alex Harbert, 16:09.77
24. James Upchurch, 16:51.17
Triple Jump (15)
2. Zach Beltz, 15.13m (49-7 )%
9. Clemente Villarreal, 12.89m (42-3 )*
11. Justin Hall, 12.81m (42-0 )*
SOU WOMEN’S RESULTS
1. Bree Weber, 4:50.84*
2. Jamie Chelberg, 4:57.08
5. Ciara Jones, 5:02.45
6. MJ Hamilton, 5:16.00
2. Jenna Storms, 18:37.26*
4. Shayla Potratz, 18:45.74*
9. Sydnee Kizziar, 19:16.13
14. Emily Negus, 20:33.26
Triple Jump (11)
6. Taylor Knauss, 10.15m (33-3 )*
9. Sydney Stuart, 9.91m (32-6 )*
6. Sarah Johnston, 35.41m (116-2)*
7. KiAshe Hobby, 35.23m (115-7)*
21. Isabelle DiMattio, 26.54m (87-1)
Pole Vault (12)
5. Joanna Galli, 3.20m (10-6)*
8. Keyanie Guyette, 2.90m (9-6 )*
RAIDERS SWEEP: At Bellevue, Wash., fourth-ranked Southern Oregon’s school-record Cascade Conference winning streak hit 18 games Friday with a doubleheader sweep of Northwest (Wash.), 6-1 and 8-3 at Bellevue College.
Yet another gem from pitcher Gabby Sandoval and production from up and down the lineup - including a four-hit twin bill for No. 9 hitter Avery Morehead-Hutsell - made for a low-stress afternoon for the Raiders (35-4 overall, 19-1 CCC), who maintained a two-game lead in first place ahead of Oregon Tech.
Sandoval blew through the opener by not allowing an earned run in a complete game for the 13th time this season. In a four-hitter, she tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and walked three, going to 23-2 overall and 17-0 in conference play.
Lauren Quirke went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Morehead-Hutsell went 3-for-4 with a triple. After Allie Stines opened the game with a single, she scored when the Eagles threw away a bunt and Quirke followed up with a run-scoring single. Hannah Wessel’s RBI single in the third made it 3-0, and Hannah Shimek and Quirke sliced back-to-back RBI doubles in the fourth.
Stines was on base three times with a pair of walks and she and Shimek scored two runs each. Tiana Brown added two hits, an RBI and a run, and Wessel went 2-for-3.
In Game 2, the Raiders went up in the second inning with Paige Leeper’s solo home run, her second of the season. They tacked on three runs in the third and four in the fourth in support of Quirke (5-1), who struck out four and gave up three runs in six innings. Morgan Jones pitched a scoreless seventh.
Shimek totaled three RBI, hitting a run-scoring groundout in the third and a two-run single in the fourth. Olivia Mackey went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI and Morehead-Hutsell scored twice.
The Eagles dropped to 10-24 and 5-15 in the CCC.
The teams will play two more Saturday starting at noon.