Redlands athlete earns All-American honors

Maddie Smith

Senior Maddie Smith of the University of Redlands earned All-American honors with an eighth place finish in the high jump at the 2015 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.

While making her first-ever appearance at the indoor championships, Smith cleared a height of 5′ 5″, which landed her fifth among a group of eight competitors with the same mark.  In order to break the tie where possible, the number of missed attempts is evaluated, allowing Smith to make her way onto the podium in eighth place.

Smith has advanced to three national championship meets in her career thus far, but garners her first All-American accolade in her inaugural indoor performance.  She is also the first student-athlete from Redlands to compete at the indoor nationals.

Gladys Njoku of Stevens Institute took home the High Jump title with a height of 5′ 7 ¾”.



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Cal Poly Pomona baseball players sweep weekly CCAA honors

Chris Powell

The Cal Poly Pomona baseball team raked in the honors this week as senior right-hander Chris Powell was named CCAA Pitcher of the week while senior infielder Nick Cooksey took home Player of the Week honors.

Powell, an Upland High School graduate, earned the win in the second game of the Broncos doubleheader at Cal State Monterey Bay. He went six and two-third scoreless innings and gave up just three hits while striking out 10.

On the season he boasts a 3-0 record and an ERA of 0.32.
Powell is the second Cal Poly Pomona player to earn weekly honors. J.J. Franklin took home the award for his showing in games Feb. 2-8.

Cooksey, a graduate of Glendora High School, went 9-for-16 in the four-game series against the Otters. He recorded hits in all four games and had multiple hits in three of those.

He his hitting .343 four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 13 RBI on the season.

The Broncos (14-4, 6-2) open a four-game set at Sonoma State (10-10, 5-7) on Friday.

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Pomona-Pitzer athlete honored by SCIAC

Sophomore goalkeeper Ahsha Earwood of Pomona-Pitzer is this week’s SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week (all sports).

She helped the Sagehens to a 4-0 finish at the Convergence Tournament, two of those wins coming in overtime. She allowed only five goals per game over the four matches, including nine saves in an 11-3 win over Fresno Pacific and 11 in a 9-8 overtime win over No. 19 UC San Diego on Friday, then 11 more in a 7-5 overtime win over George Washington and 13 in a 10-4 win over CSU Monterey Bay on Saturday. 

Earwood did not allow a goal in either overtime (12 total minutes), and broke up a pass to an open player in front of the net on the final possession of the game by UC San Diego. That save helped the Sagehens hold on for their first-ever win over the Tritons, who were 12-0 in the series all-time, including a win in an NCAA Play-In match last year, and a second round NCAA Tournament game in 2013.  


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