SOU track adds six; AHS cheerleaders win big

SOU head track and field and cross country coach Brent Ericksen's busy recruiting season wrapped up this week this the addition of six junior college transfers.

Seth Lindquist (Jumps/Lane CC), Kwame Agyemang (Sprints/Deanza JC), Wendell Sells (Sprints/Hartnell JC), Kenny Guereque (Sprints/Hartnell JC), Ruben Martinez (Distance/Rio Hondo JC) and Amy Nelson (Hurdles/Lane CC) will all compete for the Raiders during 2009-10.

This past recruiting season resulted in 25 additions to the men's team and 13 to the women's roster.

Agyemang, Sells and Guereque will give the Raiders some much needed depth in the sprints. Agyeman has career-bests of 10.90 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 22.12 in the 200. Sells ran 11.14 in the 100 and 22.38 in the 200, while Guereque's best times are 11.26 and 22.63.

"All three have the potential to make a tremendous impact at the conference level and can help both of our relay teams," Ericksen said.

Lindquist should immediately turn some heads in the jumps.

Lindquist's best in the triple jump is 47.5 and that mark alone would rank third in SOU school history.

"The addition of Seth really strengthens our jumps," Ericksen said.

"He was one of the most talented junior college jumpers in the Nation and has the unique ability to do all four jumps. He is already a national level performer in the triple jump and isn't that far off in some of the other events."

Martinez and Nelson will compete on both the track and field and cross country teams.

Martinez placed sixth in the California Junior College State Championships in cross country and also placed in the 5,000 and 10,000 during the track season.

Nelson battled injuries last year at Lane and has a ton of potential if healthy.

Prep Cheerleading

The Ashland High varsity cheerleading team raked in seven awards at the National Cheerleaders Association camp, held July 13-16 at Southern Oregon University.

The Grizzlies earned the Herkie Leadership award, the NCA Camp Spirit award, the Safe Stunting award and four Spirit Stick awards, handed out every day to the team that showed the most spirit that day.

The team also received a bid to the National Cheerleaders Association Nationals meet and was awarded Superior ribbons for its performance.

Two Grizzlies earned individual recognition as well. Derrien Burns was nominated for outstanding leadership and Olivia Bacon was nominated for outstanding jumps and was chosen for the All American Team.

The Grizzlies are coached by Amber McCord and Monika Ramirez.

Pop Warner

Sign ups for Ashland Pop Warner, a youth football league, will be held 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Ashland High School practice field.

For more information contact Greg White at 482-1921.

Nordic Walking

A four-part Nordic walking class for beginners will be held every Wednesday between Aug. 19 and Sept. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will meet at the entrance to Lithia Park prior to the first class.

Registration costs $52. To sign up, call Ashland Parks at 488-5340.

Sports editor Joe Zavala can be reached at 482-3456 x 224 or

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