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SOU finishes strong at CCC championships

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Courtesy of Bob Palermini

WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES – 1. British Columbia 189, 2. Eastern Oregon 167.5, 3. College of Idaho 158, 4. Lewis-Clark State 112, 5. Southern Oregon 76, 6. Corban 28, 7. Bushnell 27, 8. Oregon Tech 25.5, 9. Multnomah 13, 10. Northwest 8, 11. Evergreen 7

MEN'S TEAM SCORES – 1. Eastern Oregon 205, 2. Lewis-Clark State 130, 3. British Columbia 102, 4. Multnomah 96, 5. Southern Oregon 86, 6. College of Idaho 77, T7. Oregon Tech 42, T7. Bushnell 42, 9. Corban 24, 10. Evergreen 2

LA GRANDE – The Southern Oregon men's and women's track and field teams added four more All-Cascade Conference efforts Saturday, giving them 10 total for the meet as the CCC Championships presented by U.S. Bank wrapped up at Banner Bank Track.

The Raiders produced three runners-up in women's 5,000-meter runner Alejandra Lopez, men's 400 hurdler Cade O'Connor and men's pole vaulter Keith SorensonCody Le Bel landed in a three-way tie for third in the men's pole vault as the team's final All-CCC honoree, and Malaika Quigley added a massive personal best for fourth place in the women's javelin that made her an automatic qualifier for the NAIA Outdoor Championships.

Eastern Oregon captured its third consecutive men's team title and British Columbia repeated as the women's champion. Both the Raider men and women finished fifth in the standings.

Lopez, an automatic NAIA qualifier in the 10K, entered the 5K as the No. 4 seed and took a slim lead into the final lap, ultimately finishing 2 ½ seconds behind College of Idaho's Kahea Figueira in 17 minutes 59.03 seconds. Haylee Brodahl got two points out of the race by taking seventh in 19:02.03.

O'Connor earned All-CCC status with a season-best time of 55.30 seconds in the 400 hurdles. He hit the finish line four-tenths of a second behind winner Ike Hopper of Lewis-Clark State.

Oregon Tech's Chris Martinez won the men's pole vault at 15 feet 5 inches, and the next five individuals in the standings each cleared 14-9. Sorenson, who matched his PR, only needed one attempt to do so, giving him second place. The next three, including Le Bel, took two tries each and had the same number of misses in the series, leaving their tie in place. Carson Le Bel placed seventh at 14-5 ¼.

Quigley's effort was the most pleasant surprise of the day. She came into the women's javelin as the No. 13 seed and threw 133-10, a staggering 12-foot improvement on her previous best and slightly above the NAIA 'A' standard.

The Raiders also got two PRs in the men's discus – by five feet for fourth-place Matthew O'Henley (144-8) and by six feet for fifth-place Tre Holmes (140-10). O'Henley placed top-five in all three of the throws events he entered, totaling 15 points at the meet. Luke King collected another point in eighth place at 134-8.

The Raiders had four more fourth-place finishers on the day, one spot below the All-CCC line: Isaac Fernandez in the men's 5K (15:29.01), Andrew Mitchell in the men's javelin (171-3), India Ortiz with a PR in the women's 400 hurdles (1:05.46), and the women's 4x400 relay team (3:57.09) of Aayzia DumasSarah MaukAbi Stevens and Ortiz. Sienna Bauer chipped in two points by placing seventh in the women's triple jump (35-6 ½).

SOU has 10 days off before the NAIA Outdoor Championships, which will run May 24-26 in Marian, Indiana. The complete field of qualifiers will be announced next week.


5,000m (18 total entries)

4. Isaac Fernandez, 15:29.01

400m Hurdles (10)

2. Cade O'Connor, 55.30

Pole Vault (15)

2. Keith Sorenson, 4.50m (14-9)

T3. Cody Le Bel, 4.50m (14-9)

7. Carson Le Bel, 4.40m (14-5 ¼)

Discus (16)

4. Matthew O'Henley, 44.10m (144-8)

5. Tre Holmes, 42.93m (140-10)

8. Luke King, 41.06m (134-8)

--. Andrew Mitchell, DNS

Javelin (8)

4. Andrew Mitchell, 52.21m (171-3)


800m (16)

10. Sarah Mauk, 2:21.55

5,000m (10)

2. Alejandra Lopez, 17:59.03

7. Haylee Brodahl, 19:02.03

10. Maya Smith, 19:48.39

400m Hurdles (17)

4. India Ortiz, 1:05.46

9. India Collins, 1:09.37

4x400m Relay (7)

4. SOU (Aayzia DumasSarah MaukAbi StevensIndia Ortiz), 3:57.09

Triple Jump (13)

7. Sienna Bauer, 10.83m (35-6 ½)

9. Jenna Hodges, 10.58m (34-8 ½)

10. Cami Goodwin, 10.02m (32-10 ½)

Pole Vault (9)

--. Gabi Hansen, NH

--. India Ortiz, NH

Discus (21)

12. Andrea Osbon, 34.64m (113-7)

Javelin (20)

4. Malaika Quigley, 40.81m (133-10)

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