Five earn induction to D2 track hall of fame

Five student-athletes who left indelible marks on Division II Track and Field were inducted into the USTFCCCA Division II Track and Field Athlete Hall of Fame May 21st at Cal Poly Pomona during the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Four of the five made their marks while competing at California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) institutions.

Between the five athletes, the accolades stand second to none.  Combined they have won 16 national championships and earned 44 All-American honors.  Nicole Duncan, formerly of Cal State Los Angeles, is the most decorated of the group as an 11-time national champion and 18-time All-American.  The four other athletes to be enshrined are Geoffrey Bradshaw (Cal State Stanislaus), Tabreshia Lawrence (Cal Poly Pomona), Tommy “Tiny” Lister (Cal State Los Angeles), and Elena Swan (University of South Dakota).

The Division II Track and Field Athlete Hall of Fame inductees are selected by the Division II Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame Committee.  Since 1996, a total of 61 student-athletes have been honored by the Division II Track and Field Athlete Hall of Fame.

The 2008 USTFCCCA Division II Track and Field Athlete Hall of Fame Inductees:

Geoffrey Bradshaw, Cal State Stanislaus

During his tenure as a Warrior, Bradshaw was a two-time All-American and an 11-time All-CCAA Conference performer.  He was the 1994 Division II National Champion in the decathlon, helping the Warriors to their best team finish at the national championships.  That same year, he set a new Division II decathlon record in the javelin, tossing the spear 198’11″.  Bradshaw still holds the school record in the javelin and is currently in the NCAA Division II top ten in the event.  Bradshaw is currently the head coach of Cal State Stanislaus.

Nicole Duncan, Cal State Los Angeles

For three years, Duncan starred at Cal State L.A. becoming only the fourth athlete, regardless of gender, to win the NCAA Championship in the 100-meters, 200-meters and the long jump in the same year (2002).  Her feat also tied her for the most individual titles by a women’s athlete in Division II.  Duncan left Cal State L.A. as the most decorated athlete in school history as she finished her career with 11 national titles (eight in Division II, three in NAIA) and 18 All-American awards (14 in Division II and four in NAIA).  In 2002 Duncan was named the NCAA Division II Collegiate Women of the Year and was presented with the prestigious Honda Award at the national convention in Dallas, Texas.

Tabreshia Lawrence, Cal Poly Pomona

A Rialto, California native, Lawrence was an eight-time All-American for Cal Poly Pomona.  She was the 1998 National Champion in the 400-meter hurdles, running 58.95s, which is still the school record in that event.  She was named the 1998 California Collegiate Athletic Association track and field tri-athlete of the year and 1997 CCAA track and field co-athlete of the year.

Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Cal State Los Angeles

Known more for his successes off the track than on, Cal State L.A.’s Tommy Lister has been a beacon of light for the Golden Eagles program well after he left his impression on the squad over 20 years ago.  In 1982 Lister won the NCAA National Championship in the shot put becoming the first student-athlete in the program’s history to record a throw over the sixty-foot barrier.  His record toss of 61’8″ stood for 15 years.  Lister improved his personal best in 1983 to 64’3″ with the Converse Track Club but gave up track and field to pursue a career in professional football.  When that didn’t pan out, Lister tried his hand in acting, a career change that has served him well.  Lister became well-known in the entertainment world starring in over 90 films over a 20-year span.  Lister was also once known as “Zeus”, a professional wrestler whose rival was in the ring Hulk Hogan.  Tommy Lister and his wife Felicia minister across the country, reaching out to trouble youth and sharing his story in churches and in schools.

Elena Swan, University of South Dakota

Swan was a 15-time All-American for South Dakota, winning the 1998 National Championships in both the long jump and triple jump.  That year she scored 22 of 43 points to help lead South Dakota to a runner-up finish at the 1998 indoor national championship.  She won 13 individual North Central Conference titles and holds four South Dakota school records.  She was named the 1997 Regional Athlete of the Year.  An educator for many years, Swan currently works as an Educational Consultant for San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.

Bulldogs’ Gabriel earns preseason honor

Defensive tackle Gavril Gabriel of the University of Redlands landed
on the Consensus Draft Services Division III Preseason All-American
second team.

Gabriel, who will be a junior in the fall, helped the Bulldogs win
their 28th Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
(SCIAC) Championship and advance to the NCAA playoffs for the fifth
time in school history last season.

He led the Bulldogs with 15 tackles for a loss of 69 yards, including
nine sacks for a loss of 58 yards. Overall, Gabriel tallied 52
tackles to rank third on the team while recording eight quarterback
hurries. Earlier this year, he earned first team All-SCIAC accolades
and second team honors.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps linebacker Ashton Clarke earned honorable
mention. He was the leading tackler in the SCIAC last season.


Fresno wins JC All-Sports cup

Fresno City College topped all other junior college athletic programs and has been named winner of the National Alliance of Two-Year Colleges Athletic Administrator’s Cup for the 2007-2008 school year.

Fresno totaled 164 points as the top four schools were within seven points. It was followed by Cerritos (160), Sierra (159) and Mt. SAC (157).

Riverside Community College was sixth (139.5).

Other local schools finished in the middle portion of the 103 school rankings.

Chaffey was 41st with 40 points, getting all its points in the pool. The Panthers got 15.5 points in women’s water polo, 14.5 in men’s swimming and 10 in women’s swimming.

San Bernardino Valley College was 47th (28.5), with 20 coming for its state championship in men’s cross country and the other 8.5 coming in women’s soccer which finished as the Foothill Conference runner-up.

Rialto native stars on the track at Cal State L.A.

Cal State L.A.’s men’s track and field team got an outstanding day from its sprinters and enjoyed a number of All-America performances Saturday at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Mt. San Antonio College.


Rialto native Damein White finished second in the 200 meters and sixth in the 100 and the 4×100 relay team finished third in the country to lead the Golden Eagles to 29 points and a team finish of seventh in the country. Cal State L.A. had the best men’s team finish in the California Collegiate Athletic Association and the West Region.

Lamar Taylor also picked up an All-America award in the 200 with an eighth-place finish. Desi Burt picked up two All-America honors on Friday after finishing third in the decathlon and fourth in the high jump.

White, who entered the meet with the No. 1 time in the country in the 200, was just edged out by St. Augustine’s Dennis Boone, who won the event in 20.65. White was a close second in 20.71. Taylor also picked up a point for the Golden Eagles by finishing eighth in 21.37.

Earlier, White, a junior from Long Beach City College, finished sixth in a tightly-packed 100 meters. He recorded a season’s best of 10.40. Boone won that event also in 10.21. Kawayne Fisher of Lincoln was second in 10.26, Brad Mueller of Slippery Rock was third in 10.29, Rodney Coley of Albany State was fourth in 10.34 and Kimour Bruce of Lincoln was sixth in 10.36.

The Golden Eagles’ 4×100 relay team completed its spectacular run by finishing third in 40.00, earning All-America honors. The team of Francis Nunez, White, Taylor and Brandon Crawford entered the championships with a season’s best of 40.63 and improved to 40.11 in the prelims on Thursday. Lincoln won the national title with a time of 39.65, while Albany State was second in 39.98.

Burt also competed in the javelin on Saturday and finished 16th with a mark of 172-6

SBVC athletes place at state

The men’s and women’s track team finished well at the California Finals at Cerritos Community College ending another remarkable season.

Freshman Carlos Perez (Barstow H.S.) finished 4th in the 1500 meters, with a time of 3:57.95.

Sophomore Matt Prentice (Lake Arrowhead Rim of the World) finished 5th in the 10,000 meters, with a time of 33:25.95.

Sophomore Antoine Gibbs (Great Basin, Utah) finished 7th in the decathlon, with a point total of 5519.

The men’s team finished 21st in total points with 11.

And the only woman to qualify for the Southern California Finals and the state finals from San Bernardino, Freshman Michelle Burley (Rialto Eisenhower), finished 9th in the 400 meters, with a time of 1:00.14.

Redlands track coach lauded

First year University of Redlands coach Mike Schmidt has been named
the U.S. Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association West
Region Women’s Coach of the Year.

In his first year at the University of Redlands, Schmidt led the
women’s team to its first SCIAC title since 1978 as the Bulldogs
edged rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 131-129. I

n addition, senior Natalie Calderon unanimously was named the SCIAC Track & Field
Athlete of the Year after winning five individual and one relay
during the conference championship meet. She later captured NCAA
Championships in the long jump and triple jump at the national meet
in Wisconsin.

Schmidt also produced a solid second-place finish in the men’s
conference standings. Graduate student Fritz Nugent won a national
title in the long jump.

Schmidt joined the Redlands staff in the fall from Oneonta State in
New York, where he worked with the track and cross country programs.
During his four-year tenure there he had nine athletes turn in a
total of 17 All-American performances, with three conference team
championships, 49 individual titles and 14 relay championships.

Prior to Oneonta, Schmidt worked with the pole-vaulters and throwers
at Frostburg State University in Maryland.

La Verne baseball player honored

University of La Verne baseball standout Scott Marcus has been named 2008 Second Team All-America by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

A senior from San Dimas, Marcus was selected to the Second Team as a designated hitter.

Marcus led ULV in homers (14), RBI (68) and slugging percentage (.771) while boasting of a .371 average this season en route to earning Southern California Intercollegiate Atletic Conference (SCIAC) Player of the Year honors. Marcus also earned First Team All-West Region this season.

Marcus was the lone SCIAC representative among the First, Second or Third Team selections. He becomes the first Leopard baseball All-American since pitcher Scott Lindeen was selected ABCA Second Team All-America in 2005.

La Verne earned a trip to the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament this season by winning the SCIAC Championship, its 19th conference baseball title in school history.

Cal Poly Pomona puts on a good show despite the weather

More than 7,000 athletes gathered at Hilmer Lodge Stadium at Mt. SAC on Thursday for day one of the NCAA Division II Track and Field championships. One would have never guessed that the national meet was taking place in Southern California.

You could read the minds of those athletes from places like Abilene Christian, Nebraska-Kearney and North Dakota. THIS is Southern California? It was anything but sunny. Most of the opening day events took place in a steady drizzle and lightning halted the action twice for a total of three hours.

Athletes running the 10,000 meters were running at midnight.

The weather conditions made it hard for athletes to deliver their top performances and there was little or no crowd to speak of, just the diehards that were related to the competitors.

It’s too bad because the Broncos staff worked long and hard to put on the best show possible and it was raining on their parade.

Perhaps the most comical moment came when an idiot from Humboldt State leaped the fence during the rain delay and raced around the track carrying a giant green flag with the a gold letter H. Staff quickly ushered him off the track but he kept running around the perimeter of the fence, finally doing a faceplant rounding the corner.

The second best moment came when the track announcer, who for much of the event gave great informative background on the athletes, introduced an athlete from the Broncos as being from Cal State Pomona.

Five Broncos earn All-conference tennis honors

Tsai leads five Cal Poly Pomona on all-CCAA teams


POMONA – Senior Jenny Tsai capped her four-year career with Cal Poly Pomona in fine fashion by earning first-team all-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors, the conference announced Wednesday.

            Tsai, an Artesia native, played No. 1 singles for the second consecutive season. She finished her four-year career with three all-CCAA honors. She completed her career with 44-39 record in singles play and 45-33 in doubles.

            “Jenny has played standout tennis during her entire career at Cal Poly Pomona,” coach Sandy Kriezel said. “She’s been a leader for us and she has shown a quiet resolve in everything she does. We’re going to miss her next season.”

            The Broncos placed four players on the all-CCAA second team – junior Jessica Winkler (Fullerton), sophomore Mallory Brady (Torrance) and freshmen Jennifer Chow (Diamond Bar) and Kaitlin Wooldridge (Fort Collins, Colo.).

            Winkler played No. 2 singles this past season and played No. 1 doubles (with Tsai) and finished the season at No. 3 doubles with Wooldridge. Winkler and Tsai were 3-4 overall and 4-5 overall with Wooldridge.

            Brady went 11-7 while playing at No. 3 singles. She was the winningest player for the Broncos this season.

            Chow came on strong late in the season. She went 5-4 overall (5-2 at No. 4 singles) and teamed with Tsai at No. 1 doubles (6-6).

            Wooldridge played No. 5 singles and went 6-8 at that spot and 10-10 overall. In addition to her doubles play with Winkler, she and Brady went 4-4 at No. 3 doubles.

            The Broncos finished the season 7-10 overall and earned their 21st trip to the NCAA Division II postseason. That number is the most of any Bronco athletic program in school history.


Coyotes’ Joy earns fourth all-conference honor

Palm Desert High School graduate, was an at-large selection on the nine-member first team picked by the CCAA coaches. She also earned first-team honors in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and was the conference MVP in 2006 and its freshman of the year in 2005.

ALL-CCAA FIRST TEAM – Iona Comsa, Fr., (CSULA); Krishana DeSilva, Sr., (CSULA); Kimmi Dao, Fr., (UCSD); Justine Fonte, Sr., (UCSD); Molly Sullens, Sr. (UCSD); Jennifer Avila, Sr., (CSULA); Jennifer Joy, Sr., (CSUSB); Jenny Tsai, Sr., (Cal Poly Pomona); Natalie Varnay, Fr., (UCSD).

SECOND TEAM – Dalya Perelman, Fr., (UCSD); Mallory Brady, So., (Cal Poly Pomona); Jennifer Chow, Fr., (Cal Poly Pomona); Kaitlin Wooldridge, Fr., (Cal Poly Pomona); Casey O’Connor, So., (Sonoma St.); Jessica Winkler, Jr., (Cal Poly Pomona).