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COC notebook: Track teams finish second

Men’s golf plays for WSC title today; softball is top seed

Posted: April 30, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 30, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

The College of the Canyons women’s track and field team wanted to take a big step forward this year, and it did.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to unseat Western State Conference power West Los Angeles. The same thing goes for the men’s team.

Despite victories in six events, both squads finished as runners-up at the WSC Championships on Friday at Moorpark.

The men’s golf team finished second at the final WSC match before the conference championships begin today, while the softball team won its regular season finale and earned the No. 1 overall seed in Southern California.

The baseball team swept it last two games of the regular season, and snuck into the playoffs as a No. 18 seed.

Track and field

A year after finishing sixth in the conference, the COC women finished tied for second with a score of 94, six points behind West L.A.

The women’s team race was extremely close, as L.A. Valley also had 94 points, while Glendale scored 92 points and Ventura had 91.5.

The men’s team, meanwhile, finished second behind West L.A. for the second straight year with 104 points. West L.A. scored 127.

Daniel Whitham and Chris Low both won two conference championships on Friday, while five other athletes won one for Canyons.

Whitham won the discus with a throw of 44.29 meters, and he also won the javelin with a mark of 56.67 meters. He also finished fourth in the shot put at 13.39 meters and fifth in the hammer throw at 42.76 meters.

Low, meanwhile, won the 1,500 in 3 minutes, 49.92 seconds and was part of the winning 4x400 relay team.

Low joined Armando Macias, Nick Brooks and Corey Gill to win in 3:15.87.

On the women’s side, Laurie Henigan won the 100 hurdles in 14.76 seconds and Jacqueline Keeley raced to victory in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:04.61.

Macias, Deshawn Green and Joe Babrick all recorded second-place finishes in individual events. Macias was second in the 400 hurdles in 54.52 seconds, Green was second in the triple jump with a mark of 13.64 meters and Babrick finished second in the javelin at 55.29 meters.

Colton Berkery wound up third in the pole vault by clearing 4.55 meters, while Whitham also finished fourth in the shot put at 13.39 meters and fifth in the hammer throw at 42.76 meters.

Anthony Cresswell wound up tied for fourth in the pole vault at 4.40 meters, Macias ran the 110 hurdles in 15.74 seconds to finish fourth and Cody Cox was part of a three-way tie for fifth in the high jump by clearing 1.85 meters.

As for the women, Henigan also finished second in the 100 in 12.34 seconds, while Maddie Hardesty was second in the 400 hurdles in 1:05.45.

Hardesty also joined Al’lajae Jasmine, Jacqueline Keeley and Amber Wright in finishing second in the 4x400 with a time of 3:54.27, while the 4x100 team of Jasmine, Keeley, Henigan and Wright finished third in 47.98 seconds.

The 4x100 was very close, as L.A. Valley won with a time of 47.47 seconds and West L.A. was second in 47.66 seconds.

Wright also finished third in the 400 with a time of 55.76 seconds and fourth in the 200 in 25.21 seconds, while Nouneh Assadouria wound up third in the long jump with a mark of 4.49 meters.

Alex Ecsedy had a good all-around day, recording top-six finishes in four different events. She was third in the javelin (34.58 meters), fourth in the shot put (11.35 meters), fifth in the discus (35 meters) and sixth in the hammer throw (38.81 meters).

Keeley also finished fourth in the 100 hurdles in 15.44 seconds, while Allison Perry was fifth in the high jump at 1.50 meters and Jillian Hurley was part of a five-way tie for fifth in the pole vault at 2.9 meters.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will now take part in the Southern California Prelims, which will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday in Mission Viejo.

Men’s golf

The COC men improved to 44-4 in WSC play after finishing second at the eighth WSC match on Monday at Santa Maria Country Club.

Tyler Schwanz shot a 71 to lead COC, which was one shot behind the co-medalists, Mathias Dahl and Michael Timpson of Glendale.

Thanks in large part to the twin 70s, Glendale won the event with a score of 365, one stroke ahead of Canyons’ 366. Host Allan Hancock shot a 377 to finish third, while Ventura was fourth at 378, Bakersfield College finished fifth at 379, Citrus finished sixth at 380 and Santa Barbara was seventh at 393.

Luke Kristo and Derek Larson both shot 73s, while Travis Bergman shot a 74 and Riley Hayfield carded a 75.

COC will now take part in the WSC Championships, which will take place today at Olivas Links Golf Course in Ventura.

Softball

The Cougars closed out the regular season with a 9-6 win over El Camino on Monday, and then found out they were the No. 1 overall seed in the California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Regionals.

Canyons will play No. 16 Santa Barbara in a best-of-three series beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, with the second game at 12 p.m. Sunday and a third game, if necessary, at 2 p.m. Sunday.

In the win over El Camino, COC (37-2-1) got a strong start in the circle from Alicia Paiz as she improved to 16-1. Adriana Correa hit a towering home run for her 17th of the season, and she also had a double.

Jenny Wunderlich also hit a home run and had three RBIs, while Amy Droege had three RBIs and two hits. Ruby Herrera added two hits and a double, as did Julie Nixon.

COC won the WSC Blue Division championship this season, its first since 2010.

Baseball

Canyons beat West L.A. 3-1 on the road on Tuesday and 9-2 at home on Friday to finish the regular season at 20-15-1.

The Cougars are now the 18th and final seed in the CCCAA SoCal Regionals, and they will travel to face 15th-seeded Santa Barbara at 2 p.m. Tuesday in a play-in game.

The winner will face second-seeded Rio Hondo, which finished 33-3. COC finished tied for fourth in the WSC South Division with a 12-9 mark.

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