COLLEGE ROUNDUP: O’Brien, relay shine for Raiders
LA GRANDE — The Southern Oregon men’s track and field team added two more event titles Saturday at the Cascade Conference Championships presented by U.S. Bank, getting a relay win and a career-best effort from pole-vaulter Adam O’Brien.
In the final race of the meet at Banner Bank Track, the Raiders won the 4x400 meters for the first time since 2017 with Shane McLaughlin, Joseph Dotson, Will Gross and Bryce Goggin turning in a time of 3 minutes 19.35 seconds to beat runner-up Bushnell by 2.5 seconds. It pushed their final point total to 171, which left them in third place behind co-champions College of Idaho and Eastern Oregon, who scored 203 apiece.
In the pole vault, O’Brien, a sophomore, cleared 16 feet, ¾ inches to erase his previous best of 15-7 and edge teammate Garrett Bryan for the win. Bryan also earned All-CCC status in second place by clearing 15-9. Both are now automatic qualifiers for the NAIA Outdoor Championships, and O’Brien’s mark is the fourth-best in SOU history and No. 8 on the national performance list.
SOU had four more all-CCC efforts on the day: two from sprinter Chris Rosero, who placed third in the 100 and 200, one from Kevin VanDyke, who followed Friday’s steeplechase win with a runner-up showing in the 5K, and another from Justin Hall, who placed third in the triple jump.
BONNEY, DANIEL SHINE: At La Grande, Southern Oregon’s domination of the women’s sprints continued at the Cascade Conference Track and Field Championships.
Lindsey Bonney won the 100 title, and Arianna Daniel broke her own 200 school record as the Raiders landed at No. 3 in the final team standings with 125 points at Banner Bank Track. College of Idaho took the team trophy for the seventh time in eight years with 244 points, and Eastern Oregon was second with 199.5.
Bonney, Daniel and Eastern Oregon’s Jasmine Devers entered the 100 final with matching season bests of 12.05 seconds.
Bonney, a junior from Grants Pass, broke away from the pack with a time of 11.90, the second-fastest in Raider history and the 16th-fastest in the NAIA this season. She met the automatic-qualifying standard for the national meet, while Devers was second in 12.05 and Daniel third in 12.07.
In the 200, Daniel matched the previous meet record of 24.32 seconds and left behind her old top SOU mark of 24.51, but Devers blazed to a CCC record in 24.18.
CHEMEKETA 1, ROGUE CC 0: At Salem, Chemeketa found the net in the first 10 minutes and made the goal stand up against the Ospreys.
Rogue Community College (2-2) are in second place in the Northwest Athletic Conference South Region. The Ospreys finish the season Wednesday at Lane in Eugene.