Southern Oregon sprinter Rakayla Tyler has been selected the Cascade Collegiate Conference women's track and field Athlete of the Year in a vote by the league's coaches, the CCC office announced Friday.
Tyler, a sophomore from Henderson, Nev., last week at the NAIA Outdoor Championships became an All-American with her 4x100-meter relay teammates in a sixth-place finish, and also took 14th overall in the 100-meter dash.
She grabbed the attention of the CCC at the conference championship meet in Ashland, where she had a hand in 46 points to help the Raiders to their first top-two finish since 2005. She set a new meet record in the 100 (11.87 seconds), won the 200, placed third in the 400 as a wild card, helped SOU's 4x100 team to another meet record (47.07) and its 4x400 team to another victory.
Tyler is the fourth Raider to attain the honor, joining the company of Cindy Keene (1996), Tiwana Merritt (2001-02) and Amelia Maguin (2015).
On SOU's all-time lists, she took the top spot in the 100 (11.87) and tied Maguin for the top spot in the 200 (24.60).