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COC Insider: Cougars close season with two state titles

Posted: May 19, 2013 7:17 p.m.
Updated: May 19, 2013 7:17 p.m.
COC closes season on a high note. COC closes season on a high note.
COC closes season on a high note.


College of the Canyons athletic teams wrapped up their seasons last week and saved the best for last.

The Cougars brought home two state championships in the span of a week, marking the 21st and 22nd titles for the college.


Track and Field

College of the Canyons track and field members Tim White and Anthony Fowler competed in the California Community College Athletic Association's Track and Field State Championships on Saturday afternoon.

White, a freshman, posted a leap of 51 feet, 3 1/2 inches to win an individual state championship in the triple jump, bringing home the first state title in the program’s history.

The Hart High School alumnus handily beat his competition by more than three inches, as Fresno City College’s Vernon Sampson came in second after turning in a jump of 47-11 3/4.

This marks the fifth individual state title for COC’s men’s track and field program and the third consecutive year that head coach Lindie Kane has cultivated a male state champion. COC’s Chris Low won the state’s top award in the 800-meter run in 2011 and 2012.

Freshman Anthony Fowler also competed in the state meet in the 400-meter dash and finished in eighth place with a time of 48.97 seconds. College of the Sequoias’ Akeem Alexander won the event in a time of 47.00 seconds.


Men’s Golf

College of the Canyons men’s golf sat five strokes out of the lead after the first 18 holes of the California Community College Athletic Association's Men’s Golf State Championship on Monday afternoon, but surged back in the second round to win the state tournament by three strokes, claiming its sixth state championship in the program’s 41st year.

The Cougars turned in a second round of 367, to complete the par-71, 6,357-yard Rancho Canada course with a 13-over-par 723 (356-367).

After finishing 18 holes in third place behind first-place Santa Rosa (351) and second-place Orange Coast (354), the No. 1-ranked COC team propelled itself into first place after turning in the lowest score of the second round.

Orange Coast, the team that beat COC in the Southern California Championship, came in second with a 726 (354-372) and Santa Rosa fell to third place with a 734 (351-383). Chabot College came in fourth place after carding a 738 (359-379).

The state championship victory is COC’s sixth title, all under head coach Gary Peterson.

Canyons last won the state’s top honor in 2008.



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