SOU pole vaulter Musselman captures national title


Southern Oregon senior Ryan Musselman capped his collegiate career in style Saturday by placing first in the pole vault at the NAIA Track and Field National Championships.

The former Hidden Valley High standout cleared 15 feet, 11 inches to become a two-time All-American for the Raiders. Musselman joined Medford's Stephanie Jensen, who was fourth in the javelin on Thursday, in earning All-American honors for SOU.

Musselman cleared 15-11 on his first attempt, and four others cleared that height on their second attempt. The group moved the bar up to 16-4 3/4, but no one was able to clear it &

making Musselman the champion by virtue of having fewer misses at the preceding height. "He would've liked to have cleared 16-4 3/4, but he'll take it," said SOU coach Mike Jones.

Musselman's top height this season heading into nationals was just over 16 feet, while his top mark last year was 16-6. In other SOU action Saturday, junior distance runner Cameron Kreuz placed ninth in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:56.16.

As a team, the SOU men tied for 26th place with 10 points, while the Raider women scored six points and finished tied for 38th. Azusa Pacific University won the men's crown with 61 points and Wayland Baptist scored 80 points to win the women's title.

Prep Baseball

The Ashland High baseball team will host an OSAA Class 5A state semifinal game against Pendleton today at 4:30 p.m. Admission costs $5 for students and $7 for adults.

The fourth-ranked Grizzlies (26-2) and eighth-ranked Buckaroos (20-7) both are coming off hard-fought quarterfinal wins. Ashland needed a three-run home run by Sam Gaviglio with two outs in the seventh inning to beat North Eugene 5-4, while Pendleton edged Mountain View 8-6.

The winner will face either West Albany or Thurston in the state championship game Saturday at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer.

Today's semifinal game will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on KTMT (580-AM).

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