Southern Oregon University's Connor Cushman and Jessa Perkinson were voted the Cascade Conference runners of the week Monday following their impressive outings Saturday at the Lewis & Clark Invite in Estacada.
Perkinson, the women's runner of the week, blazed through the 6K course in 21:11.8 to beat out the runner-up in the 128-person field by a full 21 seconds. She won the Invite for the third year in a row, and in doing so helped the sixth-ranked Raiders to fifth of 12 in the team point standings despite being without the services of their No. 2 runner.
Cushman, the men's runner of the week, placed third of 128 overall at McIver Park, running the 8,000-meter course in 25 minutes 1 seconds. Paced by him, all five of the top-ranked Raiders' scorers placed in the top-11 and gave them a team win with 30 points to second-place Carleton (Minn.)'s 38.
Cushman won at Lewis & Clark in 2016, though his mark this time around was improved by 27 seconds. The All-American from West Linn has led the Raiders in two of their three races this season.
SOU races start at the William Jessup Warrior Invite in Rocklin, Calif., in its last tune-up before the CCC Championships.
The top 14 teams stayed in place in Monday's NAIA Top 25 coaches' poll, meaning Southern Oregon University will return to Raider Stadium as the No. 7-ranked team in country.
The Raiders (6-0 overall, 6-0 Frontier) host The College of Idaho (3-4, 3-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday in a Homecoming affair, attempting to start 7-0 for the first time since 1946. They most recently ran off a seven-game winning streak in 2015.
The latest poll marks the first in which the Raiders haven't moved up. After landing at No. 25 in the preseason, they'd ascended one spot in each of the previous three polls.
SOU remains in first place after pulling off Saturday's 31-27 comeback at Eastern Oregon — one game up on Montana Tech, which was a 23-10 winner at Carroll.
C of I will be the Raiders' sixth straight unranked opponent. Over the last three seasons, they've won all six of their games at Raider Stadium against such teams by an average of 30.5 points.