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Abbott qualifies for NAIA national meet

Here is a breakdown on some Carson Valley athletes who have graduated from high school and now compete in college:


ASPEN ABBOTT, Southern Oregon University (Ashland, Ore.), 2013 Douglas graduate: The freshman ran on the Southern Oregon 4×400 relay team that clocked a 3:58.40 Feb. 15 at the University of Washington’s Husky Indoor Classic in Seattle — an automatic qualifying time for the NAIA national indoor track and field championships. Abbott combined with Amelia Maguin, a junior from Fernley, as well as fellow freshmen Tierra Barrett and Rachele Bedsole to qualify for the national meet on March 6-8 in Geneva, Ohio.

“They’re all extremely fast and I think they have a chance to do really well,” Southern Oregon coach Grier Gatlin told after the meet. “We’ll see how they react to such a big-time collegiate meet, though. It’s going to be a different experience for the freshmen.”

Of interest, coach Gatlin graduated in 1996 from Southern Oregon, where he was a teammate of Theresa Walton, a Douglas High graduate. Walton won the 1994 NAIA national championship in the marathon for Southern Oregon, and was inducted into the university’s track and field hall of fame in 2010. Walton is now an associate professor at Kent State University.


DILLON SPATES — Waldorf College (Iowa), 2011 Douglas graduate: The junior 141-pounder won by a 10-0 major decision over Brandon Brown of York College Feb. 12 in Waldorf’s 37-6 dual meet victory.

Editor’s note: If a student-athlete has been left out, please send an email to Dave Price at