SOU ROUNDUP: Relay 10th, Dotson looks to make move
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Southern Oregon’s 4x400-meter women’s relay team came in 10th place and Joseph Dotson passed the halfway point of the heptathlon in 13th during Day 1 of the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday at the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.
The relay team — featuring seniors Arianna Daniel, Savannah Greenwade and Loghan Sprauer and sophomore Lindsey Bonney — posted a time of 3 minutes 56.30 seconds in the 23-team prelims.
The Raiders were fifth in their heat, which was won by Southern University at New Orleans with the top qualifying time of 3:47.94.
The last at-large spot for Saturday’s eight-team final went to another team in SOU’s heat, Grace (Ind.), at 3:50.78.
Dotson, attempting to become a five-time NAIA All-American in the multi-events, sat in 13th place of 16 competitors with 2,474 points through four of seven events in the heptathlon.
Dotson’s highest-scoring discipline was the 60-meter dash, in which he established a personal best of 7.39 seconds to pick up 749 points.
Dotson is just 81 points out of eighth place and has historically made his move on Day 2. Last year, he climbed from 11th to sixth in the standings after ending Day 1 with 2,582 points. He still has the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter finale to go.
Dotson will begin at 8 a.m. PST today and Daniel will be in the 400 prelims at 11:05 a.m. At 1 p.m., freshman Sierra Schultz will make her national meet debut in the pole vault.
TALAVERA NINTH SEED: The brackets for the NAIA Men’s Wrestling National Championships were released Thursday, showing Southern Oregon University sophomore JJ Talavera as the No. 9 seed at 157 pounds.
Talavera will be joined by three teammates in the 63rd annual event at Hartman Arena: 133-pound sophomore Justin Coon, 141-pound junior Justin Acuff and 165-pound freshman Noah Talavera. Coon is the only Raider who has previously appeared at the tournament.
Wrestling begins today at 8 a.m. PST inside Hartman Arena, and the second session, starting with the quarterfinals, is set for 4:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the first session will begin with the semifinals at 8 a.m., and the championship finals are scheduled for 4 p.m.