SOU men take third at NAIA Championships

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Ryan Sorenson led the way with a 22nd-place finish as the fourth-ranked Southern Oregon men's cross country team couldn't repeat its championship run of 2010 but still placed third at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships Saturday morning at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Oklahoma Christian took the team title with a total of 93 points, with Cal. State San Marcos scoring 188 points to finish second. The Raiders finished with 206 points.

Sorenson earned All-American honors for the second consecutive year for SOU, finishing the 8,000-meter race in 24:42.

Wayland Baptist's Kennedy Kithuka took the individual title with a time of 23:15, finishing the course 44 seconds behind second-place finisher Silas Kisorio from Oklahoma Christian.

In the women's race, Ashland's Seena Frantz finished 37th with a time of 18:39, seven spots away from All-American recognition. Alexandra Rudd finished the 5,000-meter race in 18:58 to place 57th overall.

San Marcos won the team title on the women's side, with Grand View's Obsie Birru winning the individual championship with a time of 17:15. Northwest Christian finished fourth to lead all Cascade Conference schools, with College of Idaho placing seventh and Concordia eighth.

SOU 70, WILLIAM JESSUP 58 — At Klamath Falls, Eric Thompson recorded the game's only double-double to lead Southern Oregon in Day 2 of the Midland Empire Insurance Classic at Danny Miles Court.

Thompson scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Jordan Highland netted 14 points in the win for the Raiders (3-3).

Marcus Crawford scored a team-high 19 points to go with nine rebounds for William Jessup (2-5), which trailed 38-26 at halftime.

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