Raiders' Converse shines on first day of multi meet

ASHLAND — Southern Oregon senior Rosie Converse jumped out to an early lead and held onto it during the first day of the SOU Spring Break Multis at Raider Stadium Monday.

Converse finished the opening day of the heptathlon with 2,353 points, besting Concordia's Dominique Jacoy (2,306) and Southwestern Oregon Community College's Kelsea Johnson (2,072) and Maria Ciccarelli (1,656).

In the men's decathlon, College of the Siskiyous Stephen Dickinson leads with 3,373 points, while SOU's Alex Waroff is just off the pace with 3,282 points and SWOCC's Justin Smith is third with 2,879 points.

Converse's day was highlighted by a victory in the high jump with a season-best jump of 5-01/4. Converse also finished second in the shot put (31-91/2) and 100 hurdles (16.90) and third in the 200 (28.65).

Waroff claimed a pair of victories in the decathlon. The senior won the 400 (52.10) and the long jump (21-31/4). He also finished second in the 100 hurdles (11.77) and the high jump (5-103/4 ).

Today's final action begins at 10 a.m.

Lewis-Clark State College junior point guard Kenna Reiter has been named a NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete.

To be eligible, players must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 and be a junior academically.

The 5-foot-8 Reiter, who is from Central Point, earned all-Frontier Conference academic honors last season. She has made the president's list or dean's list four straight semesters. She is majoring in biology with a pre-med emphasis.

She helped the Warriors to a 29-6 mark and their third straight Frontier Conference Tournament title. Reiter started all 35 games and was second-team all-conference, averaging 7.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. She led the Warriors with 126 assists and 74 steals.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Oregon State left-handed pitcher Tanner Robles has been named the Pac-10 Conference pitcher of the week.

Robles was dominant in the Beavers' 12-2 victory over Maine Saturday in the second game of the doubleheader. He scattered two hits and a run, which was unearned, in eight innings. He struck out a career-best 12.

Robles improved to 4-1 with the win, and he dropped his ERA to 1.72, lowest among OSU's pitchers with 10 or more innings. It also ranks him fourth in the Pac-10, and his 34 strikeouts on the year are good for ninth.

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