SOU's Ritchie third at CCC multi-event championships
KLAMATH FALLS — Three Southern Oregon track and field athletes picked up the Raiders' first team points for the Cascade Collegiate Conference championships at the CCC multi-event championships hosted by Oregon Tech.
The two-day event concluded Friday afternoon, with SOU's Brandon Ritchie placing third to lead the Raiders in the men's decathlon. Ritchie's 5,952 total points garnered six team points for the Raider men in the conference title race, with the championship meet scheduled for May 10-11 in Gresham.
Ritchie finished 13 points shy of his personal record in the decathlon, set last month at the Pacific Boxer Combined Event meet. He ranks among the NAIA's top 10 in the decathlon. He bookmarked the day with his two best performances, finishing third in the 110-meter hurdles (16.4 seconds) to start the day and placing second in the 1,500 (4:36.68) to end the meet. He placed fifth in the pole vault (3.5 meters) and javelin (41.2) and seventh in the discus (22.88).
"It was really exciting to see how Brandon competed," SOU assistant coach Kyle Hansen said. "Even as he didn't perform at his best in the discus and the pole vault, he didn't hang his head and instead hit personal records in both the javelin and the 1,500."
Amelia Maguin was third and Nicole Leaf fifth in the women's heptathlon to total 10 team points for the Raiders. After totaling 2,368 points through the first four events, Maguin placed second in the long jump (5.4 meters), third in the 800 (2:27.32) and fifth in the javelin (27.93) to reach a final tally of 4,203. That is a new personal record for Maguin and ranks among the top 10 in the NAIA this season.
Leaf tallied 3,490 points after the conclusion of all seven events. She placed fourth in the long jump (4.66 meters) and sixth in both the 800 (2:54.71) and the javelin (27.06). The point total marks a career-best for Leaf.
"I'm very proud of all three of our competitors," Hansen said. "This really sets us up well going into the championship meet. Having 10 points and six points instead of having zero is a huge deal for both our women and men."
At Medford, Ashland placed Mischa Kirby in the semifinals in No. 2 singles and Grant Kahn and Nathaniel Baize in the semifinals of No. 2 doubles at the 12-school North Medford-Ashland Invitational at North Medford High on Friday.
The Grizzlies have two singles players and a doubles team in the consolation semifinals. Gabriel Lamont and Connor Kaegi are still alive in No. 3 and 4 singles respectively along with No. 1 doubles team of Michael Montes and Max Burt.
Roseburg and Sprague have taken the first-day lead in the team standings.
The tournament concludes today at North Medford High.
At Valdosta, Ga., Ashland native Jason Allred missed the cut by one stroke at the $650,000 Web.com Tour's South Georgia Classic Friday.
Allred shot a 2-over par 74 in his second round at the Kinderlous Forest Golf Club for a 36-hole total of 145. Allred was tied for 41st after posting a 1-under 71 in his opening round.
Hudson Swafford leads the tournament with a 8-under 136. Swafford followed an opening round 69 with a 67 on Friday. Swafford holds a one-stroke lead over five other players.
First-round leader Ryan Spears fell back into a six-way tie for seventh at 139 after a 73 in the second round.