Southern Oregon End Regular Season on Strong Note, Post-Season Next
In what was the final meet for the Southern Oregon University Track and Field team before the Cascade Conference Championships, the Raiders put on yet another solid performance this past weekend.
On Friday, Southern Oregon’s Tara Kremply was the star performer of the day as she earned a NAIA “A” qualifying mark for the 3,000 steeplechase.
Kremply managed to knock off 15 seconds from her previous time and finished the event at the Pacific University Twilight Meet at third with a time of 11:14.31.
Besides Krempley, Seth Lindquist also recorded an NAIA qualifying mark recorded a “B” in the triple jump while finishing second at the meet with a 46-05.50 jump.
Lindquist’s jump set a new meet record.
Other Raiders to perform well on the first day were Courtenay Williams who came in at eighth in the hammer event finishing with a throw of 148-06.
Also impressive for the Raiders in the Hammer was Max Perry who came in second for the men by recording a throw of 175-02.
On Saturday, Southern Oregon’s athletes showed no signs of slowing down as they continued to post solid numbers.
Dennis Olstedt managed to improve on an already NAIA “A” mark after winning the 400 hurdles.
Olstedt posted a personal best time of 53.66 in the event while teammate Erik Evasovic finished at fifth in the same event with a time of 56.76.
Evasovic also competed in the 110 hurdles in which he finished ninth at 15.60.
Another Raider to earn an “A” mark for the day was Anya Martinez who finished in fourth place for the 5,000 meters, posting a time of 17:42.82.
For the men, David Laney was back in action after an injury to post a “B” mark in the 5,000. Laney placed second in the race recording a time of 14:49.22.
Several other Raiders also walked away from the meet with “B” marks including the men’s 4×100 relay team consisting of Alex Waroff, Brandon Ritchie, Olstedt and Jonz Olander. All men earned a “B” mark thanks to a time of 3:16.60.
Coming close to landing a NAIA “B” mark was Mikayla Garrad who managed to finish third in the 400 with a time of 57.78 but only just missed the cut off for a “B”. Garrard also was competing in the 200 which saw her finish fourth.
Other Raiders who competed on Saturday were Lindquist who placed second in the long jump as well as fourth for the high jump. Teammate Ritchie also competed in the long jump ending up at fifth.
Perry also competed on the day in the shot put and discus finishing third and fifth respectively.
Wendell Sells was also in action for the Raiders coming in at fifth in the 200 and seventh in the 100.
Williams came off her Hammer throw on Friday to compete in the shot put finishing ninth while Holly Haga ended the day in seventh for the discus and 10th for shot put.
The Raiders will compete next in the Cascade Conference Championships before heading on the National stage at the end of the month.