Cal State’s Laura Aceves wins CCAA cross country title

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All season long, Laura Aceves has been the story for the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes cross country team. And on Saturday morning, she showed once again why she is a record-setting runner.

The senior from El Monte tore through the Guasti Regional Park course in record-setting time at the CCAA Championship. She ran the course in 21 minutes, 3.3 seconds, nearly 14 seconds better than runner-up Karlie Garcia of Chico State.

The 13.7-second difference is nearly the equivalent of a 100-yard difference — the distance of a football field.

Not only did Aceves win the event, she shattered the school record time in the 6,000 by 39.9 seconds and broke her personal-best 6K time by 71 seconds.

For her efforts, she was named the CCAA Runner of the Year — a first in school history.

The Coyotes finished sixth in the event with 145 points. Michelle Pineda Palacios was 32nd (22:52.1), followed by Delaney Ellsworth (41st, 23:03.9), Rachel Gee (50th, 23:26.5), Cynthia Rivera (55th, 23:36.3), Jessica Steinhoff (63rd, 23:49.5), Laura Romero (64th, 23:50.0), Phillie Bacon (70th, 24:07.4), Alyssa Casillas (89th, 24:58.4) and Karina Budovec (96th, 25:30.4).

Chico State won the event with 20 points, followed by Cal Poly Pomona (76), Stanislaus State (116), UC San Diego (124) and Humboldt State (145).

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Cal State San Bernardino baseball program lands Glendora pitcher

Glendora High School baseball standout Hayden Pearce has committed to NCAA Division II Cal State San Bernardino.

Hayden Pearce

Pearce, a pitcher, liked the direction the Coyotes program is headed under David Martinez, who is entering his second year.

“He’s a pitching guy so he can connect with us on a whole different level,” Pearce said. “I feel like I can go there and have an impact right away.”

Pearce was also considering some Division I schools – Nevada-Reno, Utah Valley and Lone Beach State as well Division II schools Azusa Pacific and Cal Poly Pomona.

He plans to major in kinesiolgy and business administration.

“They’re building a new campus on stadium that should be ready by the time I get there and it will be fun to be part of the first team to play there.” he said.

The Coyotes were 22-29 overall and 17-20 in CCAA play a year ago. But that was a huge improvement over the 10-39 (8-32) of the previous year.

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San Bernardino Valley College to host alumni women’s basketball game

San Bernardino Valley College is having an alumni women’s basketball game at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 in the school’s brand new athlete venue.

The event will be a fund-raiser for this year’s team which will proved the opposition.

The cost for admission is $7 at the door or $5 with advanced ticket.

Interested alumni should notify new coach Christina Torres by Oct. 12. She can be reached at ctorres@valleycollege.edu or (909) 384-8239

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