SOU's Cecchini jumps to fourth at NAIA nationals

FRESNO, Calif. &

Daniel Cecchini of Southern Oregon University tied for fourth place in the high jump Friday at the NAIA national track and field championships at Fresno Pacific University.

Cecchini cleared 6 feet, 8 inches, tying him with two others and earning All-American honors. Defending champion Mike Mason of the University of British Columbia won the high jump at 6-113/4.

His placing was the highest for the Raiders through Day 2 of the three-day meet.

Senior sprinter Emily Dunn of SOU, a former North Medford standout, competed in her final race as a Raider and also earned All-American honors.

Dunn, bounced back from a tough 200-meter preliminary on Thursday to place eighth in the 100 finals. After running 12.31 seconds to qualify for the finals, she clocked 12.22 to secure eighth place.

The latter was her lifetime best and is the second fastest time in school history. Winner Laniece Clarke of McKendree clocked 11.82.

Also for SOU, sophomore Cameron Kreuz placed 17th in the 800-meter semifinals but didn't advance to the finals. His time was 1:58.37.

The only other Raider to compete Friday, junior Alicia Jeffers placed 26th in the 5,000 prelims with a time of 19:31.42 and did not advance.

Four Raiders will compete in finals today. They are senior Grant Brannaman in the pole vault, senior Jeff Olsen of Ashland and junior Kevin Jeffers in the 3,000 steeplechase and Trevor Palmer of Crater in the 1,500.

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