Forward Jada Blackwell lead the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos (5-2, 3-0) to victory over the UC San Diego Tritons, 82-71, in CCAA play.
Blackwell scored a game-high 29 points for the Broncos and collected 11 rebounds for a double-double in the victory.
Broncos center Mary Williams also put together a double-double performance, scoring 12 points and collecting 10 rebounds of her own against the Tritons (3-5, 1-2).
The Broncos (5-2, 3-0) will not play again until Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. on the road against the Tritons in La Jolla at the RIMAC Arena.
Junior Samantha Swanson of Cal Poly Pomona is this week’s CCAA Women’s Track Athlete of the Week for April 8-14.
Swanson put together a strong showing in the hammer throw Saturday at the Pomona Pitzer Invitational in Claremont.
She recorded a second-place distance of 164-0 to match the “B” provisional qualifying standard while improving on the program’s all-time second-best mark she set earlier this season. Swanson also took fourth in the discus Saturday, posting a 139-6 mark.
Among CCAA athletes, she ranks within the top 10 for three different events this season. Swanson owns the top hammer throw mark at 164-0, the second-best discus distance at 144-7 and the eighth-best shot mark of 36-9.5.
Swanson and the Broncos will return to action later this week with six student-athletes competing at the Mt. SAC Relays and the rest of the team heading to the Bryan Clay Invitational Friday at Azusa Pacific.
CCAA Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week
Feb. 18 – 24: Jessica Miklaski (UC San Diego); Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Robin Hannah (Chico State); Mar. 4 – 10: Aimee Rodgers (Chico State); Mar. 11 – 17: Tiana Wills (San Francisco State); Mar. 18 – 24: Kasey Barnett (Chico State); Mar. 25 – 31: Angela Garcia (Cal Poly Pomona)’ Apr. 1 – 7: Samantha Gutierrez (Cal State L.A.); Apr. 8 – 14: Samantha Swanson (Cal Poly Pomona)
CCAA Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week
Feb. 18 – 24: Zach Nagengast (UC San Diego); Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: J P Smith (Chico State); Mar. 4 – 10: Nash Howe (UC San Diego); Mar. 11 – 17: Connor Birtwhistle (Cal Poly Pomona); Mar. 18 – 24: Dawson Vorderbruegge (Cal State Stanislaus); Mar. 25 – 31: Isaac Chavez (Chico State); Apr. 1 –7: Dameion Berry-Smith (Cal State L.A.); Apr. 8 – 14: Daniel Parker (Chico State)
Cal Poly Pomona senior left-hander Ryan Dunn has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Pitcher of the Week for the week for April 8-14.
The Chino Hills High School product tossed seven scoreless innings Saturday, leading the Broncos to a 1-0 win over first-place Chico State to snap the Wildcats’ 15-game win streak. The Wildcats are ranked third nationally at the Division II level.
After allowing four runs in the first week of the season, Dunn (4-1) has given up just four scores since then. His earned run average has dipped to 1.50, ranking fifth among CCAA pitchers. Dunn finished with six strikeouts Saturday, the second-highest total for him in 2013.
Rawlings/CCAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 1 – 3: Ryan Goodbrand (UC San Diego); Feb. 4 – 10: Troy Neiman (Chico State); Feb. 11 – 17: Ryan Goodbrand (UC San Diego); Feb. 18 – 24: Sean Becker (Cal State East Bay); Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Jordan Sechler (Cal State L.A.); Mar. 4 – 10: Sean Becker (Cal State East Bay); Mar. 11 – 17: Andrew Graham (Cal State Stanislaus); Mar. 18 – 24: Harmen Sidhu (Sonoma State); Mar. 25 – 31: David Armas (Cal State L.A.); Apr. 1 – 7: Ruben Rios (Cal State San Bernardino); Apr. 8 – 14: Ryan Dunn (Cal Poly Pomona).