Cougars Settle for Second as Comerford Fires 69COC freshman Jones Comerford shot a 3-under par round of 69 to tie for medalist honors, but the Cougars were forced to settle for second place at Western State Conference (WSC) No. 6 at Antelope Valley Country Club on Monday. Comerford’s round of 69 was a season-best for the freshman and the top score for the Cougars so far this season. He tied with Zack Steinberger of Santa Barbara City College and Joey Herrera of Ventura College. SBCC won the event with a five-man score of 369. Canyons was next at 376 followed by Ventura College (381), Allan Hancock (383) and Bakersfield (389) in the top five. Monday’s second-place result snapped COC’s conference win streak at four. The Cougars had won the previous four events by an average of 11 strokes. Clemente Yanes finished with a round of 74 followed by Michael Lindgren at 76 and Justin Buenaventura with a 77. Corey Haase and Clayton Kucera finished with identical rounds of 80, with one of those scores dropped from the final five-man tally. Canyons will get back on the course at WSC No. 7 hosted by Glendale College at Oakmont Country Club on Monday.
Cougar Relay Teams Sprint to VictoryThe COC men’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams sprinted to a pair of impressive victories last Saturday while competing at the Occidental College Distance Carnival, standing out in a field that included athletes from several four-year schools. In the 4x100m event it was the combination of Leo Lambert III, Slade Cavallaro, Blake Beeler and Calel Christian clocking a time of 42.43 seconds to top a field of six schools that included four-year programs CSU, San Marcos and CSU Bakersfield. Later, it was Christian, Beeler, Lambert and Cavallaro with a time of 3:19.57 to win the 4x400m event, besting a field that included CSU, Bakersfield, Whittier College and Biola University. Lambert added to his day with a ninth-place finish in the 100 at a time of 11.07. Cavallaro took ninth in the 400 at a pace of 50.59 seconds. Also earning a top-10 finish for the Cougars was Marcel Sylvester with a leap of 1.83 meters in the high jump. Canyons will next compete at the annual Bakersfield College Relays on Saturday. For more information about the Cougars’ 17 intercollegiate sports programs visit www.COCathletics.com.