Riehm, Yates highlight SOU's 17th Hall of Fame class

Three former coaches and two former student-athletes will be inducted into the Southern Oregon University Sports Hall of Fame next fall.

Former wrestling coach Bob Riehm, former multi-sport coach and administrator Dr. Sally Jones, former track and field and cross country coach and athletic director Monty Cartwright, former football standout Griff Yates and former track and field star Theresa Walton will make up the 17th SOU hall of fame class.

The induction ceremony will be held homecoming weekend, Oct. 29-30.

Riehm served as the head wrestling coach at SOU from 1969-94 and turned the program into one of the nation's best. Under Riehm's watch the Raiders claimed the school's first three team national championships (1978, 1983 and 1994) and went 270-71-2 in dual meets.

Riehm, who never endured a losing season in his 25 years at the helm, still holds the program's record for wins, and most of those teams were at their best late in the season — 12 of his teams won NAIA regional championships and 18 of his teams finished in the top eight at nationals.

Jones did a little bit of everything at SOU between '74 and '98. During that stretch, she coached several sports and held administrative positions and gained a reputation for supporting and improving the opportunities for the school's female student-athletes.

In her first 15 years at the school Jones was either head coach or assistant coach in volleyball, tennis, field hockey, basketball, cross country and track and field. She also returned to coach the SOU women's tennis team for in a two-year stint that ended in '98. Jones also served as the women's athletic director from '75 to '80 and as associate athletic director from from '80 to 89'.

Cartwright served for 14 years as the head track and field coach until stepping down after the '98 season, and was the athletics director from '95 to '01. He also served as the head country coach for a stretch during that time.

As the track and field coach, Cartwright led seven NAIA national champions and 43 All-Americans. The success was equally as great at the regional level. Cartwright's teams won five regional titles and 79 individual crowns. The Raiders also had a pair of team championships at the conference level and 25 individual champions.

During Cartwright's tenure as AD the Raiders had one of the most prolonged eras of success for Raider athletics, capturing the '01 NAIA national wrestling championship, advancing to the '97 Final Four in women's basketball, advancing to the quarterfinals in football twice and winning eight conference championships.

Yates had one of the most impressive careers in program history between '96 and '99. He earned All-American honors in each of his last three years, was named the Columbia Football Association player of the tear and earned All-CFA honors in 97' and '98. He also earned All-NAIA Independent honors in '99.

Yates re-wrote the school's record book by finishing with 4,559 rushing yards, shattering the previous record by more than 2,000 yards. Yates still holds school records for rushing yards in a season (1,713), rushing yards in a game (348), rushing average in a season (7.9), touchdowns in a game (5) and points in a game (30), and ranks second in career rushing attempts (687), rushing attempts in a game (43), career rushing yards (4,559), career rushing touchdowns (57), season rushing touchdowns (20), career rushing average (6.6), career touchdowns (70) and career points (360).

Walton turned in one of the most impressive four-year runs in school history between '91 and '94. She won the NAIA national championship in the marathon as a senior in and was runner-up in the event as a junior, but her most impressive feat may have come during her senior season at the district championships. Though training for the NAIA national championships in the marathon, Walton in a two-day span won district titles in the 10,000, the 5,000 and the 1,500 and also finished second in the 3,000.

Walton is the school record-holder for the 10,000 (37:00.97) and marathon (2:58:32) and ranks on the school's top five list for the 1,500 (4:53.30), 3,000 (10:20.21) and 5,000 (18:05.66). She was also a three-time Academic All-American.

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