RAIDER ROUNDUP: Dotson in lead at multi-event meet
ASHLAND — Southern Oregon senior Joseph Dotson’s hunt for his first Cascade Conference decathlon title got off to a promising start Thursday on Day 1 of the CCC multi-event championships at Raider Stadium.
Dotson — a five-time NAIA All-American and six-time All-CCC performer — has a 55-point cushion in first place with 3,481 through five of 10 disciplines. His teammate, freshman Solomon Tinnon, is also in solid position with 3,269 points in fourth place out of 14 competitors.
Through four of seven disciplines in the heptathlon, junior Julia Delucchi leads SOU in third place among a 15-person field with 2,643 points, putting her 268 points off the place of first-place Valerie Schmidt of Corban. Raider freshman Camdyn Bruner is in seventh place with 2,477 points, and sophomore Jenna Hodges is in 13th with 2,274.
The top three finishers in the decathlon and heptathlon will be considered all-CCC, and the top-eight will accumulate points that go toward their teams’ totals at the CCC championships May 14-15 in La Grande.
Dotson, who has been a multi-event runner-up twice at the NAIA championships, is seeking to become SOU’s first CCC decathlon champion since Ross Kennedy won it 24 years ago.
He’s traditionally stronger on Day 2, but posted the meet’s top marks in the 100 meters (11.32), the 400 (50.73) and the long jump (22-1½). His 100 and long jump efforts were personal bests.
Tinnon is just 133 points out of all-CCC position. He posted the meet’s top shot-put mark (41-9¼) and was third in the 100 (11.45), his highest-scoring event.
Delucchi turned in personal bests in the 100 hurdles (15.13), high jump (4-9¾) and shot put (30-8½), and her 200 time (26.64) was the third best in the field behind Schmidt’s (26.04) and Bruner’s (26.24).
HUMBOLDT STATE 73, SOU 65: At Ashland, AJ Sims heated up down the stretch to record 21 points and eight rebounds and lead Humboldt State (Calif.) Wednesday.
Sims shot 8 of 14 from the field for the Lumberjacks. With his team leading 57-53 at the seven-minute mark in the second half, he ran up a personal 9-0 run with 3-pointers on three straight possessions.
HSU, of the NCAA Division II’s California Collegiate Athletic Association, bumped its record to 4-5. The Raiders dropped to 3-4.
Josh Meyer led the Raiders with 15 points and seven rebounds, shooting 5 of 9 to help SOU get to 46 percent from the field as a team. Tez Allen had 11 points, five assists, five rebounds and four steals; Jake Virga registered 11 points and four assists; and Mason Whittaker added eight points, six assists and six rebounds.
The Raiders were doomed by 16 turnovers. They also collected 11 fewer offensive rebounds than the Lumberjacks (16-5).
SOU will next host back-to-back Cascade Conference games against Warner Pacific, tipping off at 6 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Saturday.