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SOU’s Daniel runs fastest 400 in NAIA this spring


EUGENE — Southern Oregon’s Arianna Daniel turned in the NAIA’s fastest women’s 400-meter time in 2021 and men’s pole-vaulter Adam O’Brien became the latest Raider to hit a national qualifying mark Friday at Lane’s Titan Invitational.

Daniel, the seven-time All-American from Elk Grove, Calif., won the 400 in 55.62 seconds, easily replacing her previous season best of 56.39 and personal outdoor best of 55.90.

She also replaced Aquinas (Mich.)’s Jakarri Alvin, who boasts a time of 55.64, at No. 1 on the national performance list.

O’Brien met the NAIA ‘B’ standard in the pole vault and topped a 12-person field by clearing 15 feet, 6 ¼ inches. He needed 15-5 to become a provisional qualifier for the NAIA Championships and now ranks eighth nationally.

Trevor Holt, already a national automatic qualifier, registered another win in the hammer with a throw of 171-3, while teammate Wayne Garcia placed second of 17 at 160-3.

SOU’s distance runners competed in the 1,500 — which Maya Smith won on the women’s side in 4:56.10, just in front of teammates Haylee Brodahl (4:56.48) in second place and Sydnee Kizziar (5:03.21) in fourth.

For the men, Zeke Stelzer was runner-up of 28 in 4:03.98, Jensen Salvatori placed fourth in 4:04.69, and Isaac Fernandez was fifth in 4:06.02.

Julia Delucchi had a strong all-around day that included a 100-meter hurdles win in 15.17 seconds and a second-place showing in the long jump with a best of 17-1 ½. Camdyn Bruner placed third of 11 at 16-10 ½.

KiAshe Hobby was SOU’s top women’s finisher in the hammer (3rd, 159-1), shot put (3rd, 36-11 ½) and discus (132-11). Her hammer mark eclipsed the NAIA ‘B’ standard, though she already owns an ‘A.’

The Raiders will compete at the meet again today, when their representation will include both men’s and women’s 4x100 and 4x400 relays.