SACRAMENTO — In their first multi-event appearances of the outdoor season, Southern Oregon University’s Joseph Dotson and Loghan Sprauer topped the fields at the American River College Combined Events meet, which began Tuesday and concluded Wednesday at ARC Track
Dotson won the men’s decathlon with 6,251 points and Sprauer won the women’s heptathlon with 4,363 points, both logging provisional-qualifying scores for the NAIA Championships and jumping to No. 4 on their respective national lists.
Dotson, last year’s national runner-up in the decathlon, comfortably surpassed the NAIA ‘B’ standard of 5,600 and had the meet’s top scores in the discus (118 feet 5 inches), pole vault (13-11 1/4), shot put (35-11 1/4) and the 400-meter race (50.92), posting a new personal best in the latter discipline.
Sprauer — a redshirt sophomore who competed in the pentathlon during indoor season but had never completed a heptathlon — needed 3,900 points for a ‘B’ and became the fourth-highest scoring individual in SOU history in her first attempt. She was the meet’s top scorer in five of seven disciplines: the 200 (25.97), 800 (2:23.92), 100 hurdles (15.67), high jump (5-2 1/2) and long jump (16-0 1/4).
Dotson and Sprauer are both slated to appear in the Cascade Conference Multi-Event Championships, which will be hosted by SOU on April 19-20.
The Raiders will have representation this Friday at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, which starts with the 10,000-meter race at 8 a.m.