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RAIDER ROUNDUP: SOU's Ramirez fifth at nationals

MARIETTA, Ga. — Sienna Ramirez’s win in her fifth-place match enabled Southern Oregon University to stay at 11th in the teams standings in their fourth trip to the Women’s College Wrestling Association Championships, which concluded on Saturday.

Ramirez, a sophomore 143-pounder, defeated fourth-ranked Anna Luciano of King (Tenn.) by 4-0 decision in her placing match to one-up her sixth place of a year ago.

She was the only Raider left in action after four others were a win shy of securing All-America accolades on Friday. With contributions from nine of their 12 wrestlers, they amassed 49.5 points and finished a half-point ahead of Life (Ga.).

Menlo (Calif.) won the team championship with three titlists and a runner-up.

Ramirez started the day with a 6-6 semifinal decision against third-ranked Felicity Bryant, of Emmanuel (Ga.), that Ramirez lost on criteria. She then lost to 10th-ranked Margaret Douma of Oklahoma City, 4-1.

Ramirez brought her season record to 21-7.

Women’s Basketball

NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN 75, SOU 69: At Eugene, after blowing a 12-point fourth-quarter lead, the Northwest Christian women’s basketball team scored the final eight points.

A quarter of runs started with the Beacons (10-18 overall, 7-12 Cascade Conference) opening the fourth with 10 unanswered points to take a 64-52 lead. The Raiders (16-8, 12-6) had answers: Ariel Augustine scored the last eight points of their ensuing 15-2 spurt, including the side-step 3-pointer that put them ahead with 2:45 to go.

Tied 67-67 after a Beacons free throw, Kalei Iwami put SOU back up two with a pull-up jumper, but NCU’s Morgan McKinney responded with a shot in the lane to knot the score again with two minutes left. The Raiders went on to miss their last four field-goal attempts.

Augustine had 17 points and five rebounds, and Syd Fryer had 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead the Raiders.

Track and Field

THREE HIT MARKS: At Nampa, Idaho, Southern Oregon recorded three new NAIA Indoor qualifying marks and improved on two others in Boise State’s Bronco Challenge.

Arianna Daniel and the Raider women’s 4x400-meter relay team were the latest qualifiers in SOU’s final meet before the NAIA Indoor Championships. Running the 400, Daniel sped to second place in 57.15 seconds that gave her an NAIA ‘A’ mark and the No. 7 time on the national performance list.

She joined Julia Delucchi, Savannah Greenwade and Loghan Sprauer to notch a provisional-qualifying time in the 4x400 and the 18th-best in the NAIA. They finished sixth in 3:59.90.

All-American Zach Beltz Beltz long jumped a personal indoor best of 23-10 to win. He’s No. 5 in the NAIA, and added a ‘B’ mark in the triple jump of 46-3 to place second.

In the 60-meter hurdles, Rhett Gonzalez improved his ‘A’ time with an 8.19 time in the prelims. He’s 11th in the NAIA. He placed second in the finals in 8.24.

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