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COC track and field: Cougar wins state title

Golden Valley grad Honeycutt takes the 800-meter race

Posted: May 22, 2010 10:51 p.m.
Updated: May 23, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Since assuming the head coaching duties for the College of the Canyons track and field team in 1995, Lindie Kane has only seen her athletes come close to a state championship.

Saturday, that all changed.

Golden Valley graduate and COC sophomore Corey Honeycutt overcame cold and windy conditions at Antelope Valley College to take first place in the 800-meter run at the California Community College Athletic Association Track and Field State Championships.

Leading the entire race, Honeycutt outsprinted Danielle Low of Los Angeles Trade Tech over the last 100 meters to finish with a time of 2 minutes, 15.93 seconds and earn All-American honors.

The top four finishers at the state meet are named All-Americans.

"Last year, I did horrible and ran a 2:22 or
something," Honeycutt said. "I did so bad and felt so bad, so this season I decided to try a lot harder and train harder. I decided to train from fall until now to get some redemption."

Last weekend at the Southern California Track and Field Championships, the sophomore put in a time of 2:09.67, which remains the fourth-best time in the nation at the community college level.

In March, racing against competitors from four-year universities at the Big Brown Invitational, Honeycutt placed third in the 800.

"The worth ethic was more intense and she was more focused this year. As a second-year athlete we tend to see that more because they are trying to move on to a four-year university," said Kane, who coached Alfredo Coronado to a second-place finish in the 1,500 at the state championships two years ago. "She did everything we asked of her this year. The commitment was there."

Honeycutt wasn't the only Cougar athlete to compete on Saturday.

Saugus graduate Mario Wright took eighth in the decathlon with 5,664 points, hamstrung by a no-height in the pole vault.

His total of 6,178 at last weekend's Southern California Championships ranked him 10th in the nation.

Meanwhile, recent San Diego Christian College basketball-commit Ashley Mason placed seventh in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 1 inch.

Mason and Honeycutt also won Western State Conference championships in their respective events at on May 8 at the WSC Track and Field Finals at Saddleback College.

Honeycutt finished second in the 1,500 that day with a school record time of 4:44.00 despite opting out of cross country in the fall to focus on sprints with Kane and assistant coach Denean Hill.

"It's all thanks to my coaches, because I couldn't have done it without them," Honeycutt said of her state title.


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