Southern Oregon University’s women’s 4x100 relay team set a meet record and Matt East had a big day for the SOU men in the first day of the Cascade Conference Championships, Friday at Raider Stadium.
College of Idaho (97.5) and Southern Oregon (88) are in a tight race for the men’s team title through 11 events, while C of I is running away from the field on the women’s side with 146 points to second-place SOU’s 72.
SOU’s women’s 4x100 relay team of Rakayla Tyler, Arianna Daniel, Margot Hamman and Savannah Greenwade easily claimed the CCC title and set a meet record when Greenwade, one of two freshmen on the unit (Daniel’s the other), crossed the finish line in 47.07 seconds.
That was one of four victories on the day for the Raider women, as Lauren McGowne prevailed in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 2 ½ inches, Jessa Perkinson won the 1,500 in 4:39.14 and Daniel won the 400 in 58.26. Another Raider, Kayle Blackmore, finished second in the 1,500 in 4:40.85, and Tyler placed third in the 400 in 59.60.
East led the SOU men by helping the 4x100 relay team claim the conference title and nearly break the meet record in 41.33, and winning the 400 in 49.64, just ahead of teammate Cedric Quartey (49.87).
Also for the SOU men, Zach Beltz took home the hammer title with a throw of 24-2 ¼.
The meet concludes today beginning at 10 a.m.
At Roseburg, Ashland High's Rox Rogers advanced to the semifinals of the singles tournament and the Grizzlies' doubles team of Owen DiRienzo and Nur Shelton moved on to the semifinals of the doubles bracket on the first day of the two-day Midwestern League District Championships, Friday at Roseburg Country Club.
By advancing to the semifinals, Rogers, DiRienzo and Shelton have already qualified for the Class 5A state meet. The tournament will wrap up today at the Eugene Swim and Tennis Center.
Rogers, the No. 1 seed, had no trouble clinching a trip to state, rolling to back-to-back dominant victories without giving up a game, including a 6-0, 6-0 win over Churchill's Massimo Brigola in the quarterfinals.
Rogers will face third-seeded Evan Villano of Marist on the semifinals.
Top-seeded DiRienzo and Shelton bullied their way through the first day as well, trouncing their first opponent 6-2, 6-0, before beating a team from Ridgeview in straight sets in the quarterfinals.
DiRienzo and Shelton will face the No. 3 seeded team from Ridgeview in the semis.