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Clayton clocks 3rd-fastest 10K time in SOU women’s history

SAN FRANCISCO — Kayla Clayton became the third individual in Southern Oregon University women’s track and field history to crack 37 minutes in the 10,000 meters and clinched an automatic spot at the NAIA Outdoor Championships on Thursday morning at the Mike Fanelli Track Classic.

Clayton, a sophomore from Salinas, Calif., clocked in at 36 minutes 58.16 seconds — easily meeting the NAIA ‘A’ standard of 37:30 and claiming the No. 2 spot on the national performance list. She was the top NAIA finisher in the 17-person field and placed ninth overall at Cox Stadium.

In the same race, Haylee Brodahl hit the ‘B’ standard by a margin of 26 seconds with a time of 37:47.00, placing 12th overall. She stands at No. 5 on the NAIA performance list.

The only other Raider in action was freshman Garrett Beutel, who met the Cascade Conference Championships qualifying standard in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:52.49. He placed 23rd of 32, and time is the fastest by a CCC runner this season.

SOU will be represented again today at the Fanelli Classic and in Eugene at the Hayward Premiere, which runs through Saturday.