Five to be inducted into 2010 SOU Hall

ASHLAND — Three former coaches and two former student-athletes are set to be inducted into the Southern Oregon University Sports Hall of Fame next fall.

Wrestling coach Bob Riehm, multi-sport coach and administrator Dr. Sally Jones, track and field and cross country coach and athletic director Monty Cartwright, football standout Griff Yates and track and field star Theresa Walton have been chosen as the 17th edition of the SOU Sports Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place as part of Homecoming weekend Oct. 29-30.

Riehm served as the head wrestling coach at SOU from 1969-94 and turned the program into one of the best in the nation.

The Raiders claimed the school's first three-team NAIA National Championships in 1978, 1983 and 1994. During his 25-year run as head coach, the Raiders went 270-71-2 in dual meets and Riehm still holds the program's record for wins. Riehm also never endured a losing season as a head coach. Twelve of Riehm's teams won NAIA Regional Championships and 18 of his teams finished in the top eight at the NAIA National Championships. The 1982-83 team became the program's first undefeated team by going 12-0-1 and defeated NCAA Division I Oregon State for the first time in program history. During his tenure, Riehm coached 13 NAIA national champions, led 100 NAIA All-Americans and earned National Coach of the Year honors twice.

Jones served SOU in numerous capacities from 1974-98. During that stretch, Jones coached numerous women's sports and held administrative positions and was known for her unwavering dedication to supporting and improving the opportunities for the school's female student-athletes.

From 1974-89, Jones was either head coach or assistant coach in volleyball, tennis, field hockey, basketball, cross country and track and field. Jones also returned to coach the SOU women's tennis team from 1996-98. Jones served as the women's athletic director from 1975-80 and as associate athletic director from 1980-89. Jones also served as the health and physical education chair from 1989-92. Jones will also be honored next April by her alma mater, the University of Oregon, as one of the women pioneers in sports for the Ducks.

Cartwright served as the head track and field coach at SOU from 1985-98 and as the athletic director from 1995-2001. He also served as the head cross country coach for a stretch during that time. In track and field, Cartwright coached seven NAIA national champions and 43 NAIA All-Americans. The success was equally as great at the regional level.

Cartwright's teams won five regional championships and 79 individual crowns. The Raiders also had a pair of team championships at the conference level and 25 individual champions. During his tenure as athletic director, the Raiders had one of the most prolonged eras of success for Raider athletics, capturing the 2001 NAIA National Wrestling Championship, advancing to the 1997 Final Four in women's basketball, advancing to the NAIA quarterfinals in football twice and winning eight conference championships. Cartwright also spent 22 years as a professor in the health and physical education department.

Yates broke onto the Raider football scene and put together one of the most impressive careers in program history during his time from 1996-99.

Yates earned NAIA All-American honors in 1997, 1998 and 1999. He also earned Columbia Football Association Player of the Year honors and All-CFA honors in 1997 and 1998. In 1999, Yates earned All-NAIA Independent honors.

After the final game of his senior season, Yates had re-written the school's recordbook with 15 school records. Yates finished his career with 4,559 rushing yards, breaking the previous record by more than 2,000 yards. As of induction, Yates held the school record for rushing yards in a season (1,713), rushing yards in a game (348), yards-per-carry in a season (7.9), touchdowns in a game (5) and points in a game (30). He also ranks second in career rushing attempts (687), rushing attempts in a game (43), career rushing yards (4,559), career rushing touchdowns (57), season rushing touchdowns (20), career rushing average (6.6), career touchdowns (70) and career points (360).

Walton turned in one of the most impressive distance careers in SOU history. Running for the Raiders in track and field and cross country from 1991-94, Walton won the NAIA national championship in the marathon as a senior in 1994 and was runner-up in the event as a junior in 1993.

Walton's most impressive feat may have came during her senior season at the NAIA District Championships. Even though she was training for the NAIA National Championships in the marathon, Walton went out and over two days won the District Championship in the 10,000, the 5,000 and the 1,500 and also finished second in the 3,000. As of induction, Walton was the school-record holder for the 10,000 (37:00.97) and marathon (2:58:32) and ranks on the school's top-five list for the 1,500 (4:53.30), 3,000 (10:20.21) and 5,000 (18:05.66). Walton was also a three-time Academic All-American.

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