SOU's Jensen fourth in javelin at nationals

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Southern Oregon University junior Stephanie Jensen placed fourth and gained All-American status in the javelin Thursday at the NAIA Track and Field Championships at Southern Illinois University.

Jensen, a former North Medford High standout, recorded a personal-best throw of 138 feet, 1 inch. Her previous best was 133-9.

"You have to throw it just right," said Raider coach Mike Jones of the 41/2-foot improvement. "She came through when she needed to. It was pretty exciting to watch."

Jensen had a mark of 129-11 in the preliminaries, putting her in seventh place entering the finals.

In the pole vault, Jamie Wells, a freshman from Eagle Point, placed seventh for SOU with a PR of 11-3 3/4. She cleared the height on her second attempt, barely missing out on a tie for sixth place and All-American recognition because of misses.

In the men's 10,000-meter final, SOU freshman David Laney finished 17th with a time of 32 minutes, 13.16 seconds.

In heat races, the Raiders' Jeremiah Lewman and Kevin Jeffers failed to advance. Lewman, a senior, notched a PR in the 400 hurdles in 54.64. He was sixth in his heat and 21st overall.

Jeffers, a senior, covered the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:56.27. An All-American last year, he was 15th in his heat.

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