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
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.
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
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.