Two school records highlight SOU's start

The opening day of the NAIA Track and Field National Championships resulted in a pair of All-Americans and a pair of school records for the Southern Oregon track and field squad Thursday.

Junior Max Perry and sophomore Seena Frantz got the Raiders started off on the right foot by both claiming All-American honors and setting school records in the process.

Perry earned the school's first All-American honor of the day in the hammer.

The junior threw a personal best 190-7 to finish fourth in the event. The throw also easily broke the previous school record of 184-8, set by Shawn Davis in 1998. Lindenwood's Bruno Boccalotta won the hammer with a throw of 199-8. Perry's All-American honor is the first for a thrower from SOU since 2006 and the first in the hammer since 2002.

Frantz earned her first All-American honor and also set a school record by finishing sixth in the 10,000 in 36:35.65. The time bests SOU Hall of Famer Theresa Walton's previous record time of 37:00.97, set in 1994. Frantz is the first female All-American for the Raiders since 2008 and the first track event All-American since 2003.

Senior Alex Waroff had a big day in the first day of the decathlon. Waroff, an All-American in the event last year, won the 400 with a time of 50.29. Waroff also finished fourth in the 100 (11.60) and long jump (21-7.25), 12th in the shot put (35-10) and 14th in the high jump (5-6). Overall, Waroff sits in ninth place with 3,318 points. Eastern Oregon's Robbie Haynie leads with 3,637 points.

In Thursday's hurdle prelims, all three SOU athletes advanced to today's semifinals. In the 110 hurdles, freshman Sullivan Stevens finished 11th in the prelims with a time of 14.79. In the men's 400 hurdles, senior Dennis Olstedt finished 15th in the prelims (53.99).

In the men's 3,000 steeplechase, James Johnstone was the only one of four Raiders in the event to advance to Saturday's finals. Johnstone finished fourth in the prelims (9:15.26). Dennis McCaffrey finished 16th (9:33.31), Josh Seitz was 18th (9:39.28) and Colin McRoberts finished 25th (9:51.71).

In the women's 3,000 steeplechase, senior Tara Krempley missed out on her chance to advance to the finals. Krempley finished 19th (11:29.21).

In the finals of the men's 10,000, junior Ryan Ghelfi finished 20th in 31:21.07 and junior Ryan Sorenson was 35th (31:51.17).

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