Avila Makes Most of Second Chance

ASHLAND, Ore. — “When the race ended I looked over and the crowd was going crazy,” said Eric Avila. “I kind of pointed at them to say thank you. They completely lifted me and then a couple of seconds later people started telling me, ‘Do you know what you ran?’” What Avila ran was the fastest … Continue reading »

Track Pits NAIA Stars Against NCAA

ASHLAND, Ore. — For almost every sport, scheduling is pretty simple. If you’re an NAIA football player, you’re almost exclusively playing against other NAIA schools. The same goes for basketball, baseball, pretty much every sport except for track and field. In track, the top athletes frequently get the chance to compete against NCAA Division One … Continue reading »

Amateur Athlete: Stephanie Techler

ASHLAND, Ore. — There’s a group of outcasts in track and field. The runners run, the throwers throw and the jumpers jump. The pole vaulters are a different breed; they run, plant, bend and vault. “It is excluded from the other track disciplines,” said SOU junior Stephanie Techler, “but I think it’s just so cool … Continue reading »