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Three Raiders earn conference honors

ASHLAND — Southern Oregon University track and field stars Lindsey Bonney and KiAshe Hobby and softball ace Gabby Sandoval have been tabbed Cascade Conference athletes of the week, the league office announced Monday.

At SOU Meet 3 last weekend at Raider Stadium, Bonney won the 100- and 200-meter races and anchored SOU’s 4x100 team to the fifth-best time in the NAIA this season, 46.98 seconds.

Her 100 time of 12.10 seconds was the third-fastest in SOU history, the fastest in the CCC this season and good for an NAIA ‘B’ mark. She already had a ‘B’ in the 200 — running that in 24.79, No. 4 on SOU’s all-time list, two weeks ago — and was sharp in that race again, topping the field in 25.13.

Hobby won the discus, hammer and shot put. Her throw of 169 feet, 9 inches in the hammer broke her own school record by 4-7 and made her an automatic qualifier for the NAIA championships, landing her at No. 9 on the national performance list.

The sophomore from Sacramento, California — who is the CCC’s defending hammer champ — also established a PR in the discus of 133-1.

In the Raider softball team’s four-game sweep at Eastern Oregon, Sandoval pitched 12 more innings without allowing an earned run.

She spun a four-hit shutout in Game 1, her eighth of the season, and allowed one hit and an unearned run in a five-inning affair in Game 3. She struck out 12 with two walks on the weekend, improved to 18-0, and dropped her ERA to 1.11.

SOU’s track and field team will travel to Eugene to compete at Lane’s Titan Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Meanwhile, the top-ranked Raider softball team (34-2, 17-1 CCC) will be home to face first-place and 23rd-ranked College of Idaho.