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Raider men ranked second nationally in cross country

ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon men's cross country team will start the season ranked second in the NAIA top 25 rankings, while the SOU women are No. 25.

The Raider men finished the 2009 season ranked No. 1 and finished third at the NAIA national championships. The SOU women cracked the rankings at No. 25 to end the season.

SOU has also been picked to win its third straight Cascade Conference crown on the men's side, while the women are picked to finish fourth.

The Raider men return their top 10 runners, including senior David Laney, who finished seventh at the NAIA championships. Five of the top six women return, including All-American Seena Frantz.

SOU opens the season Sept. 18 at the Washington Sundodger Invitational.

Spotters are needed for the Southern Oregon Golf Championships, and there will be a caddie school for the tournament on Saturday at Rogue Valley Country Club.

Spotters will be paid and must be available Tuesday through Sept. 6.

The caddie school is at 9 a.m. Saturday at RVCC. No experience is necessary, but prospective caddies must be at least 10 years old and be able to carry a golf bag. There is no fee for the school.

Tournament caddies will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis, but those who attend the school receive preference when assignments are made.

To sign up or for more information on spotting or caddie school, call the pro shop at 541-772-4050.

Rookie modified driver Justin Estremado celebrated his first A-main victory last Saturday at Southern Oregon Speedway and is hoping for a repeat Saturday.

There are only two races left to decide the track champion, and next week is the "Lon Skinner Memorial King of the Dirt." Drivers from outside tracks are expected to race this week to prepare for the Lon Skinner.

Jon David Duffie, who sat out most of the pro stock season, has won the only two races he's entered this year. He'll try for a third Saturday against points leader Frank Word III, Keith Scott and Word's son, Jake.

Super 4's, street stocks and mini stocks will also run.

Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6.

Adult admission is $10. Tickets for seniors, kids 7-12 and military personnel with ID are $7. Kids 6 and under get in free.

Southern Oregon Speedway is located off Highway 140 at Kershaw Road in White City.