Raider men runners again claim invite
ESTACADA — The eighth-ranked Southern Oregon men’s cross country team won the Lewis & Clark Invitational for the fifth year in a row, and the 11th-ranked Raider women beat out everyone except the Oregon State Running Club Saturday at McIver Park.
Following a three-week layoff for both teams, senior All-American Brandon Kelsey paced a men’s effort in which the Raiders’ five scorers were separated by 42 seconds.
Kelsey placed fourth of 125 total runners with a time of 25:04.6 on the 8,000-meter course, marking his second straight top-four finish at the 12-team meet.
Sixth-place Kevin VanDyke (25:16.0), seventh-place Alex Harbert-Castro (25:16.9), 14th-place Deklan Humble (25:43.5) and 17th-place Gabe Loader (25:46.6) accounted for the rest of SOU’s points.
In the women’s race, Raider sophomore Sydnee Kizziar completed the 6K in 22:43.9 to place fourth of 136 and lead all SOU runners.
SOU scored 81 to the OSU Running Club’s 60. Behind Kizziar, Shayla Potratz placed eight (22:48.7), Ariana Toland was 19th (23:30.0) in her season debut, Kira Morrow was 21st (23:31.2) and Madison Willhoft 37th (23:56.9).
SOU 5, NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN 1: At Springfield, Southern Oregon turned a halftime tie into the easy Cascade Conference win.
Senior Kelly Gieber and freshman Adrian Villegas logged one goal and one assist apiece as the Raiders (8-5-1 overall, 6-2-1 CC) maintained their third-place standing while running their unbeaten streak to four games.
They won their fourth straight over the Beacons (2-9, 2-8), who got an equalizer from Jovany Sanchez one minute before halftime after Gieber assisted Noah Addie to get the Raiders started in the 15th minute.
After recording his fifth assist of the season, Gieber got his first goal unassisted to put SOU up for good in the 52nd.
The Raiders padded the lead shortly after, when Villegas set up Alan Gaytan’s sixth goal in as many games in the 62nd minute and, 30 seconds later, Sam Walker assisted Villegas.
Villegas has nine goals and seven assists this season.
Walker picked up a second assist, the fifth of his freshman campaign, in the 73rd when Izaiha Bruce finished his first goal of the season.
SOU 4, NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN 0: At Springfield, freshmen Madison Childers and Baylee Touey each recorded a goal and an assist as Southern Oregon improved to 6-5-2 overall and 3-3-2 in the Cascade Conference.
The teams were scoreless through one half despite SOU’s 13-1 advantage in shots. Beacons keeper Katie Hastings made nine consecutive saves before the Raiders began pouring it on, starting with Michala Denn’s goal assisted by Misty Martinez in the 56th minute.
In the 70th minute, Touey assisted Childers’ third goal of the season. In the 78th, Phoebe Bunn set up Touey’s team-leading seventh. And 14 seconds later, Sarah Mauk finished a pass from Childers for her first collegiate points.
ROGUE CC 2, CLACKAMAS 2: Rogue Community College rallied in the home match to secure the Northwest Athletic Conference tie.
The Ospreys (5-6-4, 5-2-3 NWAC) made it difficult on themselves against Clackamas (1-7-4, 1-5-4) when they let in two goals in the first eight minutes to go behind 2-0.
In the 40th minute a foul in the box set up RCC’s Maddie Pineda, who made the penalty kick.
The Ospreys stayed on attack in the second half but didn’t score until the 70th minute, when Pineda made another PK.
SOU 3, MULTNOMAH 0: At Portland, 10th-ranked Southern Oregon hit the 20-win mark for the fifth time this decade with a 25-10, 25-16, 25-23 Cascade Conference win.
The Raiders (20-3 overall, 11-2 CCC) have now swept nine opponents in conference play and won seven of their last eight matches.
Along with seventh-ranked Corban, they’re one win behind first-place Eastern Oregon.
ROGUE CC 3, CLARK 1: At Portland, Rogue Community College rebounded in the Northwest Athletic Conference match, 25-19, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20, after only its second loss the night before.
The Ospreys (20-2, 9-1 NWAC) started strong in the first two sets before Clark (11-17, 2-9) won the third.
RCC was led by Grace Landis with 21 kills and 11 digs, Noelani Beard with 14 kills and Olivia Wallace with 40 assists and 17 digs.