CSM Spring Sports Hilites - February 23 2020


Article Source:  Fred Baer

COLLEGE OF SAN MATEO SPORTS NEWS               February 23, 2020              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Fred Baer      baerf@smccd.edu
 
SPRING SPORTS HILITES:
Softball:
 DONOVAN HITS 3 HRS TO LEAD STATE AS TOP-RANKED CSM SMACKS TRIO OF SB FOES

State leader Riley Donovan smashed home runs in each of three games as College of San Mateo swept weekend softball games on the road.
 
Playing at Reedley College, CSM defeated College of the Canyons, 6-4, and host Reedley, 15-1f. The next day the state top-ranked Bulldogs (18-2) took care of host College of the Sequoias, 7-3.

 
Donovan became the first California Community College player to reach double digits with ten homers. She had seven RBIs to lead Northern California with 32, one off the state lead.

 
Kealani Cardona got the win in the first game with three innings of 2-hit relief to improve her season record to 7-1 (tied for the fourth in the state in victories). She also hit a triple and had three RBIs.
Titah Faaita took victories in the next two games and helped her own cause by hitting home runs in each and totaling seven RBIs. She is now 10-1, leading Northern California in wins (one shy of the state lead).

 
Leadoff hitter Shea Moreno had three hits and stole a pair of bases to extend her state theft lead to 25.


Track & Field:
 LAUGHLIN EXTENDS NORCAL JAVELIN LEAD WITH WIN AT DE ANZA; LIAO IN TIGHT 200 DUEL

College of San Mateo’s Liam Laughlin extended his Northern California lead in the men’s javelin throw to 175 feet with an impressive win at Saturday’s Jim Linthicum Invitational at De Anza College. He added 11 feet to his previous mark in the previous week’s season opener

 
Defending CCCAA state sprint champion Sophie Liao was edged in her first 200 meter race of the season by just .05  in a stretch duel with Ruby Ann Gregory of American River. Gregory ran 25.03 seconds and Liao 25.08. Those are the top two times in the state this season.

 
San Mateo’s Sarelis Villalobos-Marti won her section of the women’s 800 meters in 2:33.83, which ranks No. 4 in Northern California this season.

 
CSM coach Kajari Burns was unconcerned with Liao’s sprint performance, considering she has only been in full training since late-January and has done little speed work. Liao did run a state-leading 400 meter time of 59.70 in the Bulldogs opener the previous week. She and Villalobos-Marti keyed the San Mateo 4 x 400 meter relay Saturday, which ran 4:14.12 for fourth place.

 

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