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SOU men 6th, women 11th in cross country rakings

After putting two races in the books, the Southern Oregon University men’s cross country team went to No. 6 and the Raider women to No. 11 in Thursday’s edition of the NAIA Top 25 coaches’ polls.

Head coach Grier Gatlin announced this week the addition of one race to the regular-season schedule for both teams: The Lewis & Clark Invitational on Oct. 19 at McIver Park in Estacada. That and the William Jessup Warrior Invitational on Oct. 26 are all that remain before the Raiders head into the postseason.

The rankings marked a four-spot drop for the Raider men and a five-spot drop for the Raider women. The Cascade Conference is represented by two other teams on the men’s side: No. 2 College of Idaho and No. 18 Eastern Oregon. On the women’s side, No. 3 College of Idaho and No. 9 Oregon Tech lead the way.

The SOU men have now appeared in 102 consecutive polls, the longest active streak in the NAIA.

College Volleyball

RAIDERS RANKED 10TH IN LATEST POLL: The Southern Oregon University volleyball team checked in at No. 10 in this week’s NAIA Top 25 poll as it prepares to hit the halfway point of the Cascade Conference schedule.

At 15-3 overall and 6-2 in the CCC, the Raiders dropped five spots after splitting their last two weekends - defeating College of Idaho and Northwest Christian, and falling against Corban and Eastern Oregon.

Corban (8-0), the only unbeaten team in CCC play at 8-0, is up four spots to No. 7. Second-place Eastern Oregon (17-1, 7-1) is up three to No. 5, and College of Idaho (10-5, 5-3) dropped three to No. 23.

Corban will have to play road matches at C of I, EOU and SOU in the second half.

The Raiders will end the first half in Washington, playing Friday at Evergreen (7-11, 5-4) and Saturday at Northwest (7-8, 5-4). Both matches start at 7 p.m.