Southern Oregon adds two more track All-Americans

MARION, Ind. — Seniors Kelly Clark and Alex Waroff both took home All-American honors Friday during Day 2 of the NAIA Track and Field Championships.

As a team, the Raiders have four All-Americans in the two days of competition. The SOU men currently sit in 18th place with nine points, while the SOU women sit in 22nd place with eight points.

Clark became the first SOU athlete on the day to earn All-American honors in the race walk, finishing fourth in 25:20.39. British Columbia's Nicola Evangelista won the event in a record time of 23:18.91.

Waroff earned his second straight All-American honor in the decathlon with a score of 6,568 points, which was good enough for fifth place.

Waroff started off the day with a time of 16.18 in the 110 hurdles, which was good enough for 11th place. Waroff then came back with a third-place finish in the discus with a throw of 119-2 to move up to sixth place in the overall decathlon standings. Next came a seventh place finish in the pole vault (13-07.25), a third-place finish in the javelin (154-7) and a second-place finish in the 1,500 (4:30.47) to wrap up the day.

The Raiders also had two individuals advance to today's finals.

Freshman Summer Cano finished 13th in the women's 5,000 with a time of 17:34.39 to advance to today's finals. Sophomore Seena Frantz, already an All-American in the 10,000, finished one spot away from advancing to the finals in the 5,000 by finishing 17th in a time of 17:46.32. Anya Martinez finished 21st in 17:57.06.

On the men's side, David Laney advanced to the finals in the 5,000 with a 13th place finish and a time of 14:53.76.

Freshman Sullivan Steven's successful season came to an end in the semifinals of the 110 hurdles. Stevens finished 16th with a time of 14.86.

The men's 4x100 relay team also had its season end in the semis, as the squad of Brandon Ritchie, Jonz Olander, Wendell Sells and Stevens finished 15th with a time of 42.25. The foursome also came up short in the 4x400 with a time of 3:17.75, good for 13th overall.

Dennis Olstedt ran a 54.44 in the semis of the 400 hurdles, but just missed out and advancing to the finals and finished 17th. In the women's 400 hurdles, Amy Nelson finished 15th in 1:06.25 and didn't advance.

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