SHS alumni nabs fourth All-American nod


March 6, 2019 — Siuslaw High School alumni Joseph Dotson was in 11th place coming into the final day of last week’s NAIA Indoor Championships, where the Southern Oregon University senior went on to claim his fourth All-American honor after posting personal records in the 60-meter hurdles (8.78 seconds) and pole vault (14 feet, 9.25 inches), launching him into a 6th-place finish overall in the heptathlon.

Dotson also had a PR in the 1,000-meter run, placing second in 2:43.99.

The previous day, Dotson PRd in the 60-meter dash (7.47), long jump (20-8.25) and high jump after clearing 5-11.25. Dotson also threw 37-3.5 in the shot put.

In the final scoring, Dotson accounted for 4,967 points — more than 300 points above his previous best scoring totals.

Dodson had been seeded 14th out of 16 coming into the meet, managing a major upset thanks to his multiple PRs.

While at Siuslaw, Dotson was a three-year track and football letterman and was the 4A state champion in the 300-meter hurdles as a senior and earned honors as first team all-league in the 400 meters his junior year.

Last season, Dotson became the first male athlete to ever compete in the NAIA multi-events meet since SOU began competing in 2012.

Dotson is majoring in biology.

His results at last week’s meet were:

Day 1:

  • 60-meter dash (7.47); long jump (6.31m); shot put (11.37m); high jump (1.81m)

Day 2:

  • 60-meter hurdles (8.78); pole vault (4.50m); 100-meter run (2:43.99).

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