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COC notebook: Low repeats in state 800

Canyons sophomore is a tenth of a second shy of SCV record; six athletes are All-Americans

Posted: May 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 21, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

College of the Canyons is starting to put a stranglehold on the 800-meter race in California.

For the third straight season, COC has a California Community College Athletic Association state champion in that event.
The Cougars are proving state-worthy in other events, too.

Led by Chris Low’s second consecutive state title in the 800, six COC athletes earned All-American honors with top-four finishes at the CCCAA State Championships on Saturday at Cerritos College.

The men’s golf team, meanwhile, finished as the state runner-up on Monday after losing to College of the Desert in a card-off.

Track and field

Low’s winning time of 1 minute, 49.16 seconds bested the field at Cerritos College of the second straight season, and the Canyon High graduate’s time is only a tenth of a second off the Santa Clarita Valley record of 1:49.06, set by Hart High graduate Chuck Kirkby in 1955 when he competed for Mt. San Antonio College.

Over the past 12 months, Low has lowered his time by almost three seconds. He won the 2011 state title in 1:52.11, and he’s since earned a scholarship to Long Beach State.

Former COC standout Corey Honeycutt won the women’s 800 in 2010, making this the third straight year a COC athlete has won a state title in the race.

There were plenty of other results the Cougars could be proud of. Jacqueline Keeley finished third in the 400 hurdles in 1:02.44, while Amber Wright finished fourth in the 400 in 55.30 seconds.

Together, they also joined Al’lajae Jasmine and Laurie Henigan to finish fourth in the 4x100 relay in 47.34 seconds.

For the men’s team, Joe Babrick threw the javelin 56.75 meters to finish fourth as well. Low, Keeley, Wright, Jasmine, Henigan and Babrick were each named All-Americans for their efforts.

Keeley’s banner weekend extended to the heptathlon, in which she finished fifth with 4,463 points. The heptathlon included the javelin, 200, 100 hurdles, shot put, 800, high jump and long jump, and Keeley’s top finish was second in the 800 in 2:23.86.

Henigan also finished seventh in the 100 hurdles in 14.88 seconds, while Daniel Whitham was sixth in the javelin with a mark of 55.03 meters.

Colton Berkery placed sixth in the pole vault by clearing 4.40 meters, while Alexandra Ecsedy finished 11th in the javelin at 29.92 meters.

As a team, the COC men finished 12th with 19.2 points, and Riverside won the state title with 122 points. The COC women, meanwhile, finished 16th with 22 points, and Laney won the championship with 78.
   
Men’s golf

If a putt by Aaron West had dropped on hole No. 18 on Monday at Santa Maria Country Club, COC would have been state champion once again.

But the putt didn’t drop. Shortly after, COC’s spirits did.

Canyons lost the state title on a card-off when College of the Desert’s sixth golfer shot a better second round than COC’s.
The Cougars came that close to what would have been their first state title since 2008 and their sixth overall.

COC shot a two-round score of 729, the same as Desert, at Monday’s state championship. Derek Larson shot a total score of 142 to pace the Cougars, with a 70 in the first round and a 72 in the second round.

Riley Hayfield’s 69 led COC in the first round before he carded a 75 in the second. Luke Kristo shot a 146 (72-74), Travis Bregman shot a 147 (71-76), West shot a 150 (74-76) and Tyler Schwanz shot a 154 (78-76).

Desert’s sixth golfer, Allan Nousianen, shot a 75 in the second round to break the tie. Santa Rosa finished third as a team with a score of 736, while Chabot was fourth at 749.

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