Local Khaliffah Rosser brings home D2 national title in hurdles

Junior Khaliffah Rosser of Cal State Los Angeles is a national champion.

Rosser, a product of Summit High School and Chaffey College, took first place in the 400 hurdles at the NCAA Division II National meet on Saturday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Rosser, the West Region Track Athlete of the Year, registered a personal best time of 49.04, which ties the Cal State LA record set by Sam Turner in 1978. Rosser’s previous best was a 49.27 clocking that he achieved while winning the elite race at the Mt. SAC Relays in April.

The race had a familiar look to it as Rosser, running in lane No. 4, took quick command. He made up the stagger on the top competitors almost from the start and never wavered before finishing with a comfortable winning margin. Shawn Rose of St. Augustine’s, who had the nation’s No. 2 time entering the race, was second in 49.93.

Rosser won the first national championship in men’s track and field for Cal State LA since Josh Como and Giorgio Bryant won national titles in the triple jump and long jump in 2011. The intermediate hurdles title is the first for Cal State LA since Gordon Bugg in 1985.

The title was the 29th championship in men’s track and field history for Cal State LA

khallifah at nationals

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Cal Poly Pomona’s Michael Koval earns All-American honors

Michael Koval

Junior righthander Michael Koval of Cal Poly Pomona has been named All-American, marking the third straight year that a CPP player has earned the accolade. It also makes six honorees in the six years of head coach Randy Betten‘s tenure.

Koval is the 29th All-American in the history of the Broncos’ baseball program.

He leads the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) in earned run average (1.91) and ranks second in wins with nine. He has allowed just five extra base hits, all of which were doubles. Through 2016, Koval owns a 9-3 record in 89.1 innings pitched. He has struck out 65 hitters.

In early May, Koval was selected as the CCAA Pitcher of the Year. Last week in the opening game of the West Regional, Koval tossed 7.1 shutout innings as the Broncos went on to defeat Chico State 11-1 in that game.

Koval’s honor comes from the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (CCA) and the entire All-America team is featured hereGet Acrobat Reader.¬†The CCA encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important¬†elements of higher education.

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Chaffey baseball standout Kevin Riley signs with CS Northridge

Chaffey College third baseman Kevin Riley (#15), a Los Osos High School alumnus was recently named Foothill Conference MVP and has committed to play baseball at Cal State Northridge, Thursday, May 19, 2016. (Photo by John Valenzuela/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Sophomore third baseman Kevin Riley of Los Osos has signed with Cal State Northridge.

Riley, a graduate of Los Osos High School, was the Foothill Conference Most Valuable Player, leading the Panthers to the conference championship and the Southern Sectional final.

Riley hit .392 with 20 doubles, 3 triples, 8 home runs, 56 RBI and 48 runs scored in 43 games. He boasted an on-base percentage of .467 and a slugging percentage of .676.

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