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COC notebook: On the track and grass

School records fall in track and field, men’s golf

Posted: April 16, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 16, 2012 1:55 a.m.

It was a record-breaking week for College of the Canyons sports in more ways than one.

Yes, the men’s golf team broke a school record for best team score at a Western State Conference match earlier in the week.

But on Saturday, another school mark was set by four members of the women’s track and field team, who traveled to Walnut to compete at the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational.

A few other athletes came close to breaking records as the team gears up for the upcoming conference championships.

On the diamond this week, the softball team took another step forward in its quest for a conference title and baseball saw mixed results in a relatively quiet week.

Track and field

In an event that included community college teams from all over California, COC performed well with the few athletes it had competing at the Mt. SAC Invitational on Saturday in Walnut.

The biggest result of the day came in the women’s 4x400-meter relay, where the COC team broke a school record with a second-place time of 3 minutes, 55.66 seconds.

It was a time clocked by Madeline Hardesty, Jacqueline Keeley, Al’lajae Jasmine and Amber Wright.

“It was a great competitive meet as we get ready to fine tune and sharpen as we go into championships,” said COC track and field head coach Lindie Kane.

The WSC Prelims begin on Friday in Santa Barbara.

Wright also ran the 400, where she finished third with a time of 56.76.

On the men’s side, Daniel Whitham won the shot put with a personal-best toss of 15.13 meters while Chris Low set a personal mark in the 1,500 run with a time of 3:55.16, which earned him second place.

Also eclipsing a lifetime best for COC was Joe Babrick, who threw a third-place javelin mark of 54.78 meters.

Earlier in the week, Keeley set a record for points scored in a heptathlon on Tuesday in the Southern California Heptathlon/Decathlon Championships in Cerritos.

She scored 4.236 points for sixth place.

“With the greater competition as we get into championships, when you’re competing at a higher level, I would hope that we’d break a few more records,” Kane said. “We’re close to several of them.”

Men’s Golf

For the second straight week and for the fourth time overall this season, COC won a WSC match, this time winning with style.

In the No. 6 conference match hosted by Citrus College at San Dimas Canyon Golf Course on Wednesday, COC shots an overall team score of 345, which was 15-under par and a new school record.

The previous record was set last year at the same course, when the Cougars posted a 10-under 350.

Tyler Schwanz shot a 5-under 67 for the day’s best individual score to lead the Cougars.

Overall, COC had three of the top four individual scorers in the match, with Luke Kristo and Derek Larson each carding 68s to finish tied for second.

Riley Hayfield shot a 70 for sixth place and Travis Bergman came in at 72 for ninth place.

The Cougars improved to 34-2 in conference with the seventh WSC match coming up Monday at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale.


A strong home stand continued for the Cougars, who won all three games played this week, including a key one over conference second-place Citrus.

On Tuesday, COC dispatched Santa Monica twice in a row in a doubleheader, winning 13-0 and 19-0.

Starting pitcher Alicia Paiz threw a complete-game one-hitter while striking out six in the first game. She was helped by a home run and four RBIs from Ruby Herrera.

In the second game, Kimmie Lockhart struck out 11 batters and gave up just a hit in the circle while also hitting a triple at the plate. Herrera also added a home run, a triple and four RBIs in the game.

Lockhart continued her big week with a two-RBI single in a 4-1 win over Citrus on Thursday, scoring COC’s first two runs of the game.

Nikki Haslock also had a home run later in the game.

The Cougars are now 31-2-1 overall, 13-2 in conference and they are tied for third in the latest state community college softball rankings.

An eight-game home stand wraps up for COC on Tuesday in a doubleheader against Los Angeles Valley College.


The away teams won both games this week as COC split a two-game series against Pierce College.

Canyons lost 2-0 on Tuesday at COC and followed that with a 5-4 win in extra innings at Woodland Hills on Thursday.

COC scored three runs in the 11th inning to turn a 2-2 tie into a 5-2 advantage.

Though Pierce threatened in the bottom half of the inning, Icezack Flemming came to record the final out and pick up the save for the Cougars.

In Tuesday’s game, the Cougars couldn’t find an answer to Pierce starting pitcher Ryan Blakely, who allowed just four hits and no runs in eight innings of work.

Pierce scored a run in the first and third innings off COC starter John Salas.

A Saturday game at Citrus College was rescheduled for today at 2:30 p.m. due to sloppy field conditions.

COC goes into the game with a 15-14-1 overall record and a 7-8 mark in WSC play.



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