Thanks to a huge day and three individual championships, the Southern Oregon men lead the team race after the second day of the Cascade Conference Track and Field Championships at Mt. Hood Community College.

Thanks to a huge day and three individual championships, the Southern Oregon men lead the team race after the second day of the Cascade Conference Track and Field Championships at Mt. Hood Community College.

The Raiders have 109 points, while defending champion Concordia sits in second place with 98 points. In the women's race, Southern Oregon sits in fourth place with 50 points.

Junior Josh Seitz claimed SOU's first conference championship of the meet by taking first in the men's 3,000 steeplechase. Seitz broke the conference championship record in the event with a time of 9:14.67. Eastern Oregon's Cam Starner set the conference record in 2009 with a time of 9:17.28.

SOU's James Johnstone was just edged by Seitz at the line to finish second with a time of 9:14.69. Colin McRoberts finished fifth with a time of 9:25.73 as the Raiders scored 22 points in the event.

For the second straight year, the SOU men claimed the title in the 4x100 relay. The Raiders turned in a season-best time of 41.73 to improve their already NAIA "B" standard time. The time is the third fastest in school history.

Senior Wendell Sells, after helping the relay team win gold, scored his first career individual conference title with a victory in the 100. Sells won with a time of 10.98.

The Raiders also scored big points in both hurdle events Friday.

In the men's 110 hurdles, the Raiders finished second, fourth and fifth for 17 team points. Freshman Sullivan Stevens, in his first race in weeks due to injury, finished second in a time of 14.98. Senior Dennis Olstedt finished fourth (15.28) and sophomore Erik Evasovic was fifth (15.40).

The Raiders also had three placers in the men's long jump. Seth Lindquist finished third with a jump of 22-7.75, Alex Waroff finished sixth (21-9) and Brandon Ritchie finished eighth (21-4.75).

The SOU men also had a strong showing in the 400, as freshman Jonz Olander finished second with a time of 48.60 that broke the meet record and was a personal best by almost a second. Olstedt earned his second all-conference honor of the day with a fourth-place finish in 49.59.

In the men's hammer, junior Max Perry continued his impressive campaign with a career-best throw. Perry finished second with a throw of 181-1. The throw improves his NAIA "A" qualifying mark and ranks third all-time in school history. Sophomore Tyler Tompkins finished sixth with a throw of 148-9.

The Raiders also got a big performance from freshman Josh Wilson in the decathlon. Wilson used a third-place effort in the 1,500 (4:37.09) to move from sixth to fifth place overall and score four team points for the Raiders. Wilson finished the decathlon with 5,543 points.

The SOU women were paced by a pair of second-place finishes.

Sophomore Kari Hidle, who entered the championships ranked fifth in the long jump, turned in a personal best performance with a leap of 17-3.50 to finish second by over five inches.

Also placing second was senior Amy Nelson, who secured her spot with a time of 15.43 in the 100 hurdles.

In the women's 400, freshman Mikayla Garrard finished fourth to earn all-conference honors with a time of 57.85.

In the women's 3,000 steeplechase, senior Tara Krempley earned all-conference honors with a fourth-place finish in 11:36.61. Kelly Clark (12:32.45) was eighth and Jazmin Suarez (12:37.25) finished ninth.

Also for the SOU women, Courtenay Williams finished seventh in the hammer (132-6) and the women's 4x100 relay team finished seventh (50.77).