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COC notebook: Track teams repeat in WSC

Men, women win at Bakersfield meet; softball squad sweeps

Posted: April 2, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 2, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The College of the Canyons men’s and women’s track and field teams both won the Western State Conference North Meet on March 9 at Ventura.

On Friday in Bakersfield, they showed that was no fluke.

Both COC squads emerged victorious at the WSC Inland Meet, with several standout performances from local products.

Also this past week, the COC softball team returned home after more than a month on the road and swept a doubleheader against L.A. Mission, and then went 3-0-1 at the Ventura College Spring Games over the weekend.

The men’s golf team finished second at the fourth WSC match on Monday, while the baseball team rebounded from two losses during the week to beat Glendale on Saturday.

Track and field

The COC men scored 166 points at the WSC Inland Meet, besting second-place West Los Angeles’ total of 121 1/3 points.

The women, meanwhile, scored 145.5 points to beat runner-up Bakersfield by 45 points.

Canyon High graduate Chris Low and Saugus High graduate Daniel Whitham had strong days to pace the men’s team. Low won the 400-meter race in 47.93 seconds, and he also won the 800 in 1 minute, 56.41 seconds.

He later teamed with Corey Gill, Armando Macias and Nick Brooks to win the 4x400 relay in 3:18.18.

Whitham, meanwhile, anchored the field efforts by winning the shot put with a mark of 14.23 meters and finishing in the top three in three other events. He was second in the shot put at 43.21 meters, second in the javelin at 54.25 meters and third in the hammer throw at 39.10 meters.

Macias also won the 400 hurdles in 56.09 seconds, while Colton Berkery won the pole vault by clearing 4.40 meters and Deshawn Green won the long jump by leaping 6.40 meters.

Anthony Cresswell and Cody Cox tied for second in the high jump by clearing 1.88 meters, and Cresswell also finished second in the pole vault at 4.25 meters while Cox was second in the long jump at 6.32 meters.

Saugus High graduate Alex Ecsedy won three different events to pace the COC women. She finished first in the shot put at 11.31 meters, the discus at 33.62 meters and the javelin at 30.96 meters, and she also finished third in the hammer throw at 39.15 meters.

Jacqueline Keeley won the 400 hurdles in 1:05.48, and she also finished second in the javelin with a mark of 29.77 meters. Laurie Henigan was victorious in the 100 hurdles in 14.95 seconds.

Amber Wright wound up second in two different events, including the 100 in 12.63 seconds and the 400 in 56.41 seconds. Maddie Hardesty was second in the 400 hurdles in 1:07.28 and Rahnesha Williams finished second in the shot put at 10.45 meters.

The Cougars now have the week off before the Southern California Heptathlon/Decathlon, which will take place at Cerritos College from April 10-11. The following weekend will be the annual Mt. San Antonio College Invitational.
Individually, Low was accepted to run in the Stanford Invitational the weekend of April 6-7.


Despite having dropped to No. 10 in the latest California Community College Athletic Association state poll, the Cougars are still off to a great start in the Western State Conference, Blue Division.

Canyons beat L.A. Mission 11-2 and 5-1 in the home doubleheader on Tuesday, the team’s first home action since a victory over Antelope Valley on Feb. 21.

Starting pitcher Alicia Paiz keyed the first win, pitching five innings and striking out four batters while allowing just one run to improve to 13-1 in the circle.

Paiz received plenty of support, with Ruby Herrera and Amy Droege each finishing with three RBIs and a home run. Adriana Correra added a home run and two RBIs.

In the second game, starting pitcher Kimmie Lockhart shut down L.A. Mission, striking out six batters and giving up one run on four hits. Shay Romero supported her by going 3-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs, and Nikki Haslock had two singles.

At the Ventura College Spring Games, COC went 3-0-1 and beat Antelope Valley 13-4 and Santa Ana 9-6 on Sunday.

Against Antelope Valley, Paiz won again in the circle, while Herrera went 2-for-4 with a double and Jenny Wunderlich wound up 2-for-2 with a double. Droege finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and Heidi Hinklin went 2-for-2 with a double.

Lockhart picked up the pitching win over Santa Ana, and Correra went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple. Romero also hit a triple and Droege added an RBI.

The Cougars are now 26-2-1 overall and 7-2 in conference play. They will host Glendale for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Men’s golf

Despite co-medalist honors from Luke Kristo, COC finished second behind Glendale at the fourth WSC match of the season, which doubled as the Glendora Invitational.

The Cougars shot a team score of 369, paced by Kristo’s low round of 67. Glendale shot a 360, Santa Barbara shot a 370 and College of the Desert, which isn’t a member of the WSC, shot a 372.

Derek Larson shot a 73 for COC, while Tyler Schwanz added a 75 and Travis Bregman and Riley Hayfield both shot 77s.

Kristo tied for medalist honors with Allan Hancock’s Austin Kaiser. Hancock finished sixth with a score of 379.

COC is now 22-2 in the WSC and will take part in the fifth conference match today at Saticoy Country Club in Ventura.


The Cougars lost to Bakersfield 14-0 on Tuesday and Glendale 1-0 on Thursday, but they beat Glendale on Saturday 7-5.

The Vaqueros currently sit atop the Western State Conference, South Division.

In the victory, COC scored six runs in the second inning to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 6-1 advantage. The Vaqueros scored three times in the fourth and once more in the sixth to cut the lead to 6-5, but Drew Sandler’s solo home run gave Canyons the breathing room it needed.

Sandler also had an RBI single as part of the five-run second inning, while Christian Ornelas and Chad DeLaGuerra both had RBI doubles. Two of the runs scored on an error after a base hit by Michael Browne.

In the loss to Bakersfield, Alberto Flores struggled over 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven earned runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts. The Cougars managed just three hits, with one apiece from Sandler, Connor Garelick and James Bonds.

Canyons is now 13-11-1 overall and 6-7 in conference play. This week, Canyons will take part in a spring tournament in Santa Maria that runs Tuesday through Thursday.



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