COC Men’s Golf Qualifies for State Championship TourneyThe Cougars will tee off in the CCCAA State Championship tournament for a sixth straight season after finishing third at the Southern California Championships held at El Camino Country Club on Monday. The Cougars carded a five-man team score of 765 (392/373) over 36 holes of play to finish behind second place Cypress College at 758 (380/378) and event champion Riverside City College at 750 (380/370). Ventura College came in at 774 (389/385) to claim the final qualifying spot for the state championship tournament. Representing the northern region at the state finals will be Reedley College, Chabot College, Folsom Lake College and Modesto Junior College. Ben Campbell (79/72) and Ricky Hoefert (79/72) shot identical rounds to tie for a team-best score of 151. Travis Fay (80/74) had his first round scratched but still ended up with the second lowest total on the day for COC at 154. Jaeyeol Kim (79/76) and Alexander Laendin (76/79) both ended at 155. Daniel Taplin (79/80) ended his day at 159, but had has second round scratched. Canyons has now made 22 trips to the state finals dating back to the 1988 season, having claimed seven state titles along the way (1993, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2015). The 2017 CCCAA State Championships will begin at 7 a.m. Monday at Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande.
COC Sees Three Swim at State ChampionshipsCOC sent three student-athletes to compete at the 2017 edition of the CCCAA Swimming & Diving State Championships, held May 4-6 at East Los Angeles College. COC freshman Jessie Kim capped his season with a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke event, clocking a time of 52.79. That mark represented the top finish of the weekend for the Cougars, and also bested Kim’s previous school record of 53.07, set at the Western State Conference (WSC) Finals on April 22. COC sophomore Jennifer Yamauchi, who put her name in the COC record books earlier this season as the program’s first individual conference champion, swam to an 11th place finish in the 100-yard backstroke at a time of 1:01.43. That pace was only slightly slower than Yamauchi’s school record time of 1:01.11 set at the WSC Finals meet. Yamauchi also placed 16th in the state in the 200-yard backstroke with her mark of 2:18.19. COC sophomore William Karren also competed at the state championship meet, placing 14th in the 100-yard butterfly at 53.42 and 17th in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:02.84.
COC Track & Field Preps for SoCal ChampionshipsCOC track & field will compete in a combined 17 events at this weekend’s CCCAA Southern California Regional Championships hosted by Cerritos College on Saturday. Canyons put together a successful qualifying run at the SoCal Prelims, claiming 17 spots on the women’s side and seven for the men’s team. A combined 16 athletes from both teams will compete for the Cougars. COC sophomore Jasmine Hall will have a busy day after qualifying to compete in the high jump (1.60m), long jump (5.28m), javelin (36.10m) and 100h (14.76). Hall will also run as a member of the 4x100m relay team (50.98) alongside teammates Ariana Cooper, Tayler Stiverson and Keyana Session. Last month, Hall finished second in the Southern California Heptathlon to secure a spot at the state championship meet. COC sophomore Weston Lomardo was the only male athlete to qualify in more than one event. He will compete in the pole vault (4.35m) and high jump (1.85m). The CCCAA SoCal Championships will get underway at 9 a.m. on Saturday.