Locals compete at USA Track Championships

Several athletes with local ties will be competing at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships which start today in Eugene, Ore.

Perhaps the best chance at a win will come from Corey White in the javelin. White hails from San Jose but competed in track and football at the University of Redlands for two years before transferring to USC.

Rialto High School product Damien White will run the 200 meters. He was academically ineligible last year at Cal State Los Angeles but will run representing a track club.

UC Riverside will have two entrants with Rancho Cucamonga native Brenda Martinez competing in the 800 meters and Big Bear’s Chad Hall competing in the 1,500 meters. Martinez finished second in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Division I nationals a couple weeks ago but is running the 800 because she has a better chance of making the US team in that event.

Will Leer, a couple years removed from a Division III national title at Pomona-Pitzer, now runs professionally and will also run the 1,500.

We’ll keep track of their progress this week!

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La Verne names volleyball coach

The University of La Verne is no longer without a women’s volleyball coach as former Olympic assistant coach Marlon Sano has been chosen to direct the Leopards program.

He becomes only the third head coach at the school since 1974, following Jim Paschal (1974-1997) and Don Flora (1998-2008). The program has produced three national championships, 22 SCIAC titles and 26 All-Americans.

Flora resigned earlier this spring to take an assistant position at Division I New Mexico State.

“This has been a program that has been great for an awful long time,” Sano said. “I’m just hoping to keep building on what has been done here and maybe raise the bar even higher.”

Sano was an assistant for the 1984 U.S. Olympic silver medal-winning volleyball team and is currently a co-director and head coach for the USA High Performance Development camp series. That series develops and implements the techniques and tactics taught to coaches and players in conjunction with the USA National team.

He inherits a La Verne squad that went 27-3 and reached the NCAA Division III Championship match in 2008. The Leopards graduated just two players.

Sano’s collegiate resume includes a recent stint as an assistant coach at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He was also an assisant at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo from 1995-2005 and most recently served as lead assistant at Cal State Los Angeles. He also was the head coach at Utah State (1991-94), an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton (1989-91) and a head coach at Southern California College (now Vanguard University) from 1988-89.

Sano also has extensive junior club coaching experience and is the founder and co-director for the Ocean’s Elite Juniors Volleyball Club.

Sano said he has spent much of the last week contacting the returning players, incoming recruits and support staff. Both of Flora’s assistants left for other jobs so he is looking for help as well.

“It has been a weird year and there are some good coaches still out there,” he said. “I didn’t want to put the cart before the horse so that’s what I am looking into now.”

Sano earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communications and his teaching credential from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

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Two locals compete at California State Amateur

Two players with local ties are competing in the 98th California State Amateur Golf Championships this week at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City.

Cal State San Bernardino graduate Micah Burke survived the Round of 32 match play on Wednesday, beating Al Geiberger Jr., 3 and 1. Burke, who led the Coyotes to a national runner-up finish in the spring, qualified for match play in 12th out of a field that started with 156 golfers.

Next up he faces defending champion Nick Delio of Valencia, who competes collegiately at Cal State Northridge.

San Bernardino native Scott Clayton, a graduate of Arroyo Valley High School and current standout at UC Riverside, lost to Steve Woods of Cupertino 1-up, the difference being Woods’ birdie on the 16th hole.

Clayton has had an outstanding season, highlighted by a win at the San Bernardino County Amateur last month.



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