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Maguin breaks SOU record in 400 hurdles

Sets new school mark at Relays
 Posted: 2:00 AM April 19, 2014

EUGENE — The Southern Oregon University women's 400-meter hurdles record fell for the second time in as many years Friday at Hayward Field, and once again Amelia Maguin was the responsible party.

Maguin clocked 1:00.31 for a runner-up finish at the Oregon Relays and an improvement on her automatic qualifying mark for the NAIA Track and Field Championships. It replaced the time she got to top the Raider record books last season (1:00.49), which had bested Jill Carrier's 15-year-old mark.

Maguin was just .14 seconds behind winner Natalie Morerod of Witchita State. She has the third-best time in the NAIA this season.

Rebecca Lupescu ran the second-fastest 5,000-meter race in Raider history while placing third in 17:37.15, making her an automatic qualifier in a second event to go with the 10K. The time was 40 seconds faster than the one she posted four weeks ago at Sacramento State and is No. 15 in the NAIA this season.

"Amelia imrpoving her 'A' time against a good field was fun to watch," Raiders coach Grier Gatlin said. "It was also great for Rebecca to get the 'A' in the 5,000 so she now has two races she can choose from at Nationals."

Jonz Olander's first crack this season at the 200-meter dash resulted in a tie for his personal best, 21.73, which is also second in school history. He placed fourth but missed an NAIA 'B' standard mark by just eight-hundredths of a second.

Jared Hixon cleared a 'B' mark in the men's 5K, placing seventh in 14:50.86, and Cary Dunagan's 3,000-meter steeplechase time of 9:30.87 missed the 'B' by just two seconds.

Markus Sanders hit an 'A' mark for the second time in the hammer. It was two feet shorter (179-06) than the one he established two weeks ago at Linfield but sixth in SOU history.

Each of the other three Raiders in action had marks worthy of being Cascade Conference Championship qualifiers: Eric Ghelfi in the 5K (15:16.28), Trevor Lynn in the men's steeplechase (9:44.10) and Jessie Rozario in the women's steeplechase (11:38.41).

The Raiders have five entries in the meet Saturday, including Eric Avila in his first attempt at the 1,500-meter race since recording the NAIA's best time last season, and Olander's defense of the 400-meter title he claimed at the Oregon Relays last year.

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