Raiders' Waroff, Clark turn in strong finishes

Alex Waroff and Kelly Clark each turned in top 10 finishes to lead Southern Oregon University during the second day of the NAIA Track and Field National Championships in Marion, Ind., on Friday.

Waroff finished sixth in the decathlon to earn All-American honors. Waroff finished with 6,620 points, while British Columbia's Reid Gustavson won the event with 7,026 points.

Waroff started off the second day of the decathlon on fire. The junior finished 12th in the 110 hurdles with a personal best time of 16.48. Waroff then finished third in the discus with a throw of 128-5 and second in pole vault with a vault of 14-31/4. In the javelin, Waroff finished eighth with a throw of 164 and then wrapped up his day with a sixth place finish in the 1,500 with a time of 4:46.22.

Waroff finished 13th at last year's National Championships.

Clark narrowly missed All-American honors with a seventh place finish in the women's 3,000 racewalk. The junior finished the race in 27:16.88.

Junior Dennis Olstedt finished fifth in his heat of the 400 hurdles semifinals in a time of 54.04, missing out on qualifying for today's finals.

The Championships wrap up today with Seth Lindquist in the triple jump, Ryan Matz in the marathon and Holly Haga in the discus.

NCAA West Regional

DUCKS, BEAVERS ADVANCE COMPETITORS — At Austin, Texas, all five men's and women's 800 meter runners for the University of Oregon advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Track & Field Championships, as did Keshia Baker in the women's 400 meters and Mandy White in the women's 100 meters, plus Jordan Stray in the men's hammer and Jamesha Youngblood in the women's long jump at a steaming Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Jordan Bishop became the first male Oregon State athlete to advance to the championships since 1988 when he qualified in the high jump after clearing a height of 7-01/4 in a jump-off and will compete at Hayward field on June 9-12.

After nearly four hours in extreme heat, Bishop claimed the 12th and final qualifying spot in the high jump at the West Regional in a jump-off with teammate Obum Gwacham.

OSU sophomore Casey Masterson advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1,500 meter run with her personal best time Thursday and will run today. Also running today for the Beavers, will be Abby Chesimet and Sandra Martinez in the quarterfinal run of the 5,000-meters.

Oregon was impressive in rolling through the two 800 quarterfinals.

After freshman Elijah Greer bolted to the lead at the bell lap to win his men's heat in 1:49.51 and automatically advance, Travis Thompson and Andrew Wheating put on a show in heat two.

Thompson took the pace out hard through the first 400 meters as UCLA's Cory Primm and Scott Crawford stayed in touch, while Wheating cruised along in fourth. Wheating then moved hard along the backstretch to get around Thompson and the UCLA runners, as Missouri's Blake Irwin also moved up.

Wheating shifted into overdrive off the final curve and won in a nation-leading 1:46.44. Primm took second in 1:47.51 with Irwin third in 1:47.53 and Thompson fourth in 1:47.60.

The top three from each 800 heat automatically advanced to the NCAA Championships, while the next three fastest times, Thompson's being among them, also moved on.

What the women's 800 meters lacked in drama, the Ducks made up for in domination.

Freshmen Anne Kesselring and Becca Friday cruised to a 1-2 finish in Heat 1 to automatically advance to the semis in Eugene. The two Ducks out-kicked Utah's Lucy Yates around the final turn to pull away. Kesselring, from Nurnberg, Germany, won in 2:06.71, while Friday was second in 2:07.01.

Baker, the three-time Pac-10 400 meter champion, won her heat in an efficient 51.60 at the hottest point of the day.


OREGON STATE 6, ARIZONA 3 — At Corvallis, Adalberto Santos hit two home runs and Greg Peavey threw his seventh quality start of the season as Oregon State opened a three-game series with Arizona with a win.

Santos hit two-run home runs in the third and fifth innings to pace the Beavers to their ninth victory in their past 13 victories. Santos extended his hit streak to 12 games, and he is 23-for-53 (.471) during it, with five home runs, four doubles and 15 runs batted in.

This week alone, in wins over Oregon and the Wildcats, Santos is 6-for-8. He was 3-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored in the third spot of the lineup.

Santos' offensive output helped pace the eight-hit attack for the Beavers, with Dylan Jones and Danny Hayes finishing with two hits apiece. Hayes accounted for Oregon State's two other runs with a two-run double in the first.

That offensive attack backed up a strong outing from Peavey, who went 72/3 innings to improve to 5-3 this season. He scattered seven hits and three runs while striking out three.

CALIFORNIA 4, OREGON 3 — At Eugene, California's Justin Jones gave an incredible effort on the mound, and for the second straight game, No. 21 Oregon left the tying run on base in the bottom of the ninth.

Oregon has now lost two consecutive one-run games, and falls to 37-21 on the season and 12-13 in Pac-10 play.

Cal and Oregon are now tied for fifth in the Pac-10 Conference standings heading into the second game of the series today.

Jones improved to 10-5 on the season, as the freshman lefty tossed seven innings and allowed two runs — only one earned — on six hits, one walk and one error while striking out six.

Oregon sophomore left-hander Tyler Anderson (7-4) was credited with the loss after allowing four runs on six hits and one walk in 61/3 innings on the mound.

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