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SOU’s Stevens places third in heptathlon

LA GRANDE — At the most competitive women’s heptathlon in the NAIA, Southern Oregon held its own as all three Raiders present put up national-qualifying scores on Thursday and Friday at the Cascade Conference Multi-Event Championships.

Abi Stevens attained All-CCC status with a third-place finish and 4,673 points — the most for any Raider since 1995 and third-most in SOU history. Jenna Hodges placed sixth at the meet and landed at No. 8 on SOU’s all-time list with 4,171 points, and Baylee Touey was 10th overall despite totaling 4,047 points.

All three Raiders logged season-bests in the seven-discipline effort. They needed 3,900 points to hit the ‘B’ standard for the NAIA Outdoor Championships.

Corban’s Valerie Schmidt defended her title and became the first individual in the NAIA to break 5,000 points this season, hitting 5,086. British Columbia’s Hassy Fashina-Bombata moved up to No. 2 on the national performance list with 4,867 in her runner-up performance.

Between Stevens and Hodges, the Raiders accumulated nine points for the CCC Championships, which continue on May 13-14 at Raider Stadium in Ashland.

Stevens’ scores is the third-best in the NAIA this season; her previous high was 4,601. She moved into All-CCC range by winning the 800-meter finale in 2 minutes, 24.89 seconds. The freshman will also compete for a conference title in the high jump, where she still owns the country’s top mark (5-7.75).

Hodges PR’d by 254 points and Touey by 163.