Track and field post “A’s” in Salem

Raiders have six athletes come away with NAIA qualifying times

Courtesy of Sports Information Desk

Ryan Sorenson

Ryan Sorenson of the Southern Oregon Track and Field team. Sorenson finished third in the men's 10,000m event. Photo courtesy of Sports Info Desk

The Southern Oregon track and field team came away with six NAIA “A” qualifying marks at Friday and Saturday’s Willamette Invitational.

The Raiders had three “A” qualifying marks in the men’s 10,000. Ryan Sorenson, Zach Elliott and Ryan Ghelfi all finished with times under 31:03.63 to secure a trip to the Nationals. Sorenson finished third in a time of 30:40.45, followed by Elliott in fifth at 30:50.64 and Ghelfi in eighth at 31:03.63.

Sorenson’s time is the second fastest in school history and Elliott’s time is the third fastest.

In the women’s 10,000, Summer Cano and Seena Frantz both punched their ticket for the National Championships with “A” qualifying marks. Cano and Frantz both finished fourth with identical marks of 37:23.13. The times are the third fastest times in program history.

Anya Martinez and Laurie Stoutenburgh both finished with “B” standard times. Martinez finished sixth in 37:43.87 and Stoutenburgh finished ninth in 37:56.94. Alex Rudd just missed on the “B” standard with a 10th place finish in a time of 38:13.16.

Kelly Clark also earned an “A” standard mark. Clark finished second in the race walk in 24:50.7.

In the men’s 5,000, James Johnstone and Dennis McCaffrey both finished with “B” standard times. Johnstone finished ninth in 14:47.54 and McCaffrey finished 11th in 14:48.40.

Seth Lindquist won the long jump with a jump of 21-09 and also the triple jump with a leap of 44-11.75.

In the men’s 400 hurdles, Dennis Olstedt finished second in 55.48 and Sullivan Stevens finished fourth in 55.84.

Mikayla Garrard finished second in the 400 with a time of 58.44 and Holly Haga finished fifth in the discus with a throw of 131-09.

 

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