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COC notebook: Track and field wins in WSC

Men, women both triumph in Ventura; softball goes 3-0

Posted: March 12, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 12, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

The College of the Canyons men’s and women’s track and field teams are both chasing Western State Conference championships this season.

Friday’s WSC North meet in Ventura was a big step.

The men’s team scored 147 points and won the WSC North meet, while the women did the same, scoring 180 points and beating second-place Ventura by 63.5 points.

The softball team, meanwhile, preserved its No. 1 ranking in the state by beating Glendale in its WSC opener and then sweeping a doubleheader against Cerritos on Friday.

As for the baseball team, it dropped two WSC home games during the week but beat Pierce in a wild affair on Saturday.
   
Track and field

Several athletes had big all-around days for the COC women in Ventura, including Amber Wright, Laurie Henigan, Jacqueline Keeley, Christie Edwards and Alex Ecsedy.

Wright was part of five victories for the Cougars. She won the 100-meter dash in 12.54 seconds, the 200 in 25.64 seconds and the 400 in 57.11 seconds, three seconds faster than her teammate and second-place finisher Maddie Hardesty.

Wright was also part of the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. She joined Ariele Reeves, Al’laje Jasmine and Henigan to win the 4x100 in 48.43 seconds, and she joined Reeves, Hardesty and Keeley to win the 4x400 in 4 minutes, 0.58 seconds.

Keeley broke her own school record in the 400 hurdles with a winning time of 1:05.07, while Henigan won the 100 hurdles in 15.18 seconds.

COC’s depth proved critical as well. Ecsedy turned in four impressive performances, finishing second in the hammer throw with a toss of 37.6 meters, third in the javelin at 29.96 meters, and sixth overall in both the shot put (10.64 meters) and the discus (33.35 meters).

Edwards finished second in the long jump with a leap of 4.78 meters, and she won her heat of both the 200 (27.44 seconds) and the 400 (1:02.03).

All together, the COC women dominated the field. The COC men, meanwhile, outscored second-place Bakersfield by 13 points to win their meet.

Chris Low, the defending state champion in the 800, won that event in 1:52.26, and he also joined Armando Macias, Ozzie McCowan and Nick Brooks to win the 4x400 in 3:18.65.

The field events provided a wealth of points for the Cougars, too. Colton Berkery tied for first in the pole vault by clearing 4.35 meters, Deshawn Green won the triple jump at 13.6 meters, Daniel Whitham won the shot put with a toss of 14.15 meters and Joe Babrick won the javelin at 50.76 meters.

Corey Gill won his heat of the 400 in 50.45 seconds, good for second overall, and the 4x400 team of Evan Austin, Kevin Golden, Kenny Russell and Cruz Montes won their heat in 3:27.36 and wound up fourth overall.

Low finished second in the 1,500 with a time of 3:55.50, while Daniel Whitham also had a big day. He finished third in three events, including the discus (38.54 meters), the hammer throw (38.53 meters) and the javelin (45.27 meters).

Jonathan Ross finished second in the 110 hurdles in 15.90 seconds and second in his heat of the 400 hurdles at 1:00.14. The 4x400 team of Green, Macias, Cody Cox and Joe Babrick wound up second in 42.53 seconds.

Next up for College of the Canyons is the Cal Relays, which will take place Thursday and Friday at Cerritos College beginning at 9 a.m.

Softball

Ranked No. 1 in the state by the California Community College Athletic Association Coaches’ Poll, the Cougars beat Glendale 7-6 on the road on Thursday, and they swept Cerritos 4-0 and 12-10 in a doubleheader on the road on Friday.

In the win over Glendale, Canyons scored a run in the top of the seventh and then held Glendale scoreless.

Nikki Haslock went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, and she hit a home run to lead COC. The Cougars won despite managing just four hits, with the other two coming from Andrea Brackpool and Kimmie Lockhart. Ruby Herrera drew two walks and scored two runs, while Jenny Wunderlich also scored twice.

Alicia Paiz pitched a complete game to improve to 9-0 on the season, giving up four earned runs.

This week, the Cougars will travel to face Bakersfield in a WSC doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, and then they will travel to face Santa Monica at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Baseball

COC lost to Bakersfield 18-15 and Glendale 4-3 on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, before rebounding to beat Pierce 24-19 on Saturday.

In the game against Bakersfield, Canyons fell behind 12-2 and couldn’t battle all the way back. Jake Jelmini went 3-for-4 with five RBIs.

Against Glendale, Canyons gave up three runs in the top of the ninth to lose. John Salas went eight strong innings, giving up just three hits on seven hits, but reliever Icezack Flemming took the loss by giving up one run on one hit in just one inning of work.

James Bonds went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Canyons.

This week, COC hosts Citrus at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday before traveling to face L.A. Valley at 2:30 p.m. Thursday and then hosting West L.A. at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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