Khallifah Rosser of Cal State Los Angeles has already won a national championship, tied a long-running school record and won an elite race at the legendary Mt. San Antonio College Relays in 2016.
Now he is in Oregon ready to take his shot at the grandest goal of all: a spot on the United States Olympic Team.
Rosser, also a product of Summit High School and Chaffey College, will compete in the first round of the 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials today at 6:53 p.m., hoping to advance to the semifinals on Friday wit the final slated for Sunday.
He has the seventh-fastest qualifying time entering the Trials and needs to finish among the top three to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.
“I feel good; I’m real confident that I can reach my goal, but right now I am focusing everything on the first day and doing what I need to do to make it out of the first round,” Rosser said. “If I execute the plan like I should, I should do well.”
Rosser’s qualifying mark of 49.04 came in winning an NCAA Division II championship in May.
He is also buoyed by a break-through performance at the Mt. SAC Relays in April when he achieved a then-personal best mark of 49.27, while beating an elite field that included Olympic Trial participants like Jeshua Anderson, C.J. Allen and Michael Tinsley. “
Sophomore JaCardo Hawkins of San Bernardino Valley College has signed with Tennessee Tech University.
Hawkins, a 6-foot-8 forward, was a first-team All Foothill Conference selection, averaging 13.2 points per game and shooting 65.4 percent from the field. He ranked third in the state with 254 rebounds and 42 blocks.
His best game of the season came against Glendale when he scored 24 points, with 11 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals.
Hawkins helped the Wolverines to a 28-3 overall record and a 9-1 conference record.
Tennessee Tech University is located in Cookeville, Tenn., 80 miles east of Nashville and 45 miles south of the Kentucky-Tennessee border. It competes in Ohio Valley Conference (OVC).
University of Redlands head softball coach Danielle Spaulding has resigned.
The Etiwanda High School graduate had been in the program for four years, the last three as head coach. She has accepted a position at pitching coach at Long Beach State.
“I just want to thank the Bulldog family for everything these past four years. I have grown as a person and as a coach and wouldn’t be where I am, if I wasn’t given an opportunity,” Spaulding said in a prepared statement.
Spaulding, who played college softball at North Carolina, originally joined the Bulldog coaching staff as a graduate assistant coach prior to the 2012-13 academic year.
Upon the departure of long-time head coach Laurie Nevarez, she then served as our “interim” head coach during the 2013-14 academic year and directed the Bulldogs to a 31-15 overall record, a 23-5 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) mark, and the program’s 10th-consecutive conference championship.
Later that summer the interim label was removed.
In addition to the leadership provided for the softball program, Spaulding served as the advisor to the Redlands Student-Athlete Advisory Council. She has worked with the student-athletes to create leadership opportunities for them and improve the overall quality of events like the annual Golden Bone awards.