RCC track stars pick colleges

Riverside men’s track coach Jim McCarron announced today that two members of the District’s State Championship Track and Field Team have signed Division I scholarships.

Dylan Nielson, who ran the lead-off on the state-champion 4×100 relay team and also competed in the high hurdles, signed a full scholarship with Utah State. Meanwhile, teammate Lance Gonzales, who competed in the decathlon, javelin and long jump, has decided to continue his education and athletic career at Cal State Northridge on a full scholarship.

Both of these young men were clutch performers this year,” said McCarron. “They were big factors in the our state championship run, and I know will have an immediate impact at the conference and national level at their universities.”

Gonzales, who finished second in the decathlon and third in the javelin and seventh in the long jump at the state meet, is making a run for the 2012 Olympic Team in London. He concluded his career at Riverside as the record-holder in the decathlon, a student of distinction and a holder of a 3.4 GPA.

“I’m going to Northridge to focus specifically on the decathlon and possibly a shot at making the 2012 Olympic Team,” said Gonzales, who is majoring in Physical Education and plans to become a teacher and a coach.

Nielson, a graduate of Palm Desert High School, said “Utah is a place where I can get that business degree, continue to develop as a hurdler and possibly, too, make the 2012 Olympic Team.”