Freshman Thaddeus Smith of Cal State Fullerton earned his second Big West Athlete of the Week honor of the season after breaking two school records at the USC Trojan Invitational this past weekend.
The Damien High School graduate set a new school record in the 200m dash with his performance of 20.92, placing him in second place at the USC Trojan Invitational. His time also leads the Big West in the 200m while also ranking fifth in the NCAA.
Smith also ran the third leg in the 4x400m relay that also set a new Titan record, running a 0:46.9 to total the 3:09.67 new school record. The previous school record in the 4x400m relay broke the 14-year old record of 3:10.46 set back in 2002.
This is the second honor that the freshman has earned as he was named the Big West Athlete of the Week in week 1.
Cal State San Bernardino junior right-hander Tyler Wells has been named CCAA Pitcher of the Week.
Wells, a Yucaipa High School graduate, helped the Coyotes to a 4-0 win in Saturday’s series opener against Cal State Stanislaus.
He allowed just one hit, one walk, and struck out seven Warrior batters in his first nine-inning complete game performance of the year. Wells needed just 111 pitches to get the job done and after surrendering a single in the second inning he retired the next 20 batters. The only walk of the game was in the ninth inning.
He is now 2-2 with a 1.28 ERA in eight starts with 56 strikeouts in 49 innings.
It was the second time he has earned the weekly honor.
Junior outfielder Jack Larsen of UC San Diego was the Player of the Week.
Chaffey College sophomore guard Victor Joseph has committed to NCAA Division I Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Joseph also had offers from Montana State, Quinnipiac and University of San Diego, all Division I schools, but opted to stay relatively close to home.
“I liked the coaches and it seemed like the best fit for me,” Joseph said.
The 6-foot standout had an outstanding resume as a student-athlete at Rancho Cucamonga High but the two Division I offers he had his senior year dried up through no fault of his own. So he decided to take the community college route.
It paid off. Joseph was a two-time All-Foothill Conference selection, earning Most Valuable Player honors this season in helping the Panthers to a share of the conference title as well as a berth in the state semifinal game.
Joseph averaged a conference best 21.3 points per game, improving over 16 points his freshman year. He worked hard over the past season in strength and conditioning which resulted in better numbers.
“It was a stressful process at times but I am happy with how things worked out,” he said.
Joseph plans to major in communications.