Ericksen adds 11 to SOU track, XC rosters

The transformation of the Southern Oregon track and field and cross country programs continued this week as head coach Brent Ericksen announced the signing of 11 individuals to compete for the Raiders.

Ashland's Ruben Martinez and Cascade Christian's Jared Nichols headline the group. Others to sign include Mikayla Garrad (Mazama High School), Cody Carter (The Dallas), Kim Zetterland (Amador Valley), Sean Reilly (Sunset), Jen Johnston (West Albany), Summer Cano (Century), Alexandra Rudd (Mt. Si) and Samantha Pummer (Siuslaw).

"I'm excited to be adding these eleven to our team, in what really amounts to our first round of recruiting," Ericksen said. "It's a nice start to our recruiting and I'm excited about adding some more individuals to our team as we continue the building process."

Garrad, Zetterland, Johnston, Cano, Rudd and Pummer will help a growing women's program for the Raiders.

"Our women's team was ranked 25th last year and I think this group of distance can help us reach our goal of finishing in the top 10," Ericksen said. "Pummer is a sensational runner, who placed second in the 4A cross country state championships and Rudd and Cano are highly regarded as well. Garrad will really help us in track and can do multiple sprint and jump events and placed second in the state championships last year in the triple jump."

Martinez, Carter, Nichols, Schwarzer and Reilly join a quickly becoming top level men's program for the Raiders.

"On the men's side, we have added a national level runner who is eligible in the spring in Ruben Martinez," Ericksen said. "Martinez finished sixth in the California junior college championships and has a 5K best of 15:12. Schwarzer and Nichols are two locals that will be great additions as well."

Women's Tennis

LEWIS-CLARK STATE 8, SOUTHERN OREGON 1 — At Lewiston, Idaho, Southern Oregon captured one match and was close in two others against 15th-ranked Lewis-Clark State.

Lewis-Clark State improved to 4-8 on the season. The Raiders dropped to 3-6 and will wrap up the regular season today when they take on Montana State-Billings and College of Idaho.

The Raiders got on the board as Liz Kiger and Emma Wilson scored an 8-1 victory in the No. 3 doubles match

Kiger almost gave the Raiders another victory in the No. 4 singles match. Kiger won the second set 6-1 and LCSC's Elaine Lee had to battle to win 10-6 in the third set.

Freshman Lexi Thomas also put up a fight in the No. 2 singles. Thomas dropped the first set 6-1 and was up 5-3 in the second set before eventually falling 7-5.

SINGLES —Katharina Marcela LC, def Alison Bostrom, 6-1 6-1 2; Ciara Schultz, LC, def Lexi Thomas, 6-1 7-5; Megan Smedley, LC, def Addie Morrow, 6-3 6-0; Elaine Lee, LC, def Liz Kiger, 6-2 1-6 10-6; Barb Sneckner, LC, def Emma Wilson, 6-2 6-2 6; Chelsea Gay, LC, def Katrina Sauer, 6-2 6-1

DOUBLES — Katharina Marsela-Ciara Schultz, LC, def Alison Bostrom-Lexi Thomas, 8-2; Megan Smedley-Chelsea Gay, LC, def Addie Morrow-Katrtina Sauer, 8-0; Liz Kiger-Emma Wilson, SO, def Marina Wold-Samantha Teigen, 8-1

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