Women’s Tennis Wins Final Home MatchCOC played the final home match of its inaugural season on Thursday, earning a decisive 7-2 conference victory over Victor Valley College to end a five-match skid and conclude the regular season on a high note. Thursday’s match had originally been scheduled for March 22 but was postponed due to inclement weather. That turned out to be a bit of good fortune for Canyons, as the Cougars will now be riding a victory into this weekend’s conference championships. COC won three of four singles matches and split its two doubles matchups. Victor Valley forfeited a total of two singles and one doubles match for a final 7-2 score. Leilani Figalan and Brienna Best both blanked their opponents, while Jenny Cranert was nearly perfect with set scores of 6-0 & 6-2. Sheena Pahoyo-Hernandez and Ruth Kedrowski added an 8-1 doubles victory. Canyons (4-12) will continue its inaugural season by competing in the two-day WSC Championships Friday and Saturday at Ventura College.
Two Cougars Finish Top-10 at SoCal Heptathlon ChampionshipCOC freshmen Takaira Beard and Megan Carbajal finished eighth and 10th, respectively, at the two-day Southern California Heptathlon Championship hosted by Cerritos College earlier this week. Beard, who attended Valencia High School, was the top finisher for Canyons after accumulating 3,451 event points. Her performance was highlighted by a first-place finish in the high jump with a leap of 1.61m. She also placed seventh in the shot put (8.21m), fifth in the 200m (27.12), tied for fourth in the long jump (4.88m), eighth in the javelin (25.02m) and fourth in the 800m (2:31.08), but suffered a disqualification in the 100h. Those numbers earned the Cougars a point in the women’s team scores at the upcoming California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) SoCal Championships on May 12 and will keep Beard in contention for a trip to the State Championships May 18-19 in Bakersfield. The top six competitors from both the North and South regions earn a qualifying bid to the state meet. However, in the absence of six automatic qualifiers from the North, Beard could still snag one of the final qualifying spots. Carbajal, who also attended Valencia, ended day one in ninth place before eventually finishing the event in the No. 10 spot with 3,241 points. She placed seventh in the 100h (17.63), eighth in the high jump (1.40m), 10th in the shot put (7.87m), 12th in the 200m (29.06), seventh in the long jump (4.71m), 11th in the javelin (19.30m), and ninth in the 800m (2:46.32).
Canyons Golf Cruises to 14-stroke Conference VictoryCOC won its seventh conference event of the season on Monday, this time carding a season-low, five-man score of 366 at Santa Maria Country Club to take WSC No. 9 on Monday. Freshman Jones Comerford led the field with a three-under-par score of 69 to earn medalist honors for the third time in four weeks. Comerford, who hails from Australia, also took top honors at last week’s WSC tourney at Spring Valley Lakes Country Club in Victorville. “Jones arrived at COC with a highly touted resume of top-flight tournaments and very low scores,” said COC head coach Gary Peterson. “Now that he has settled in, those scores are only going to go lower with many great rounds to come.” Michael Lindgren finished tied for second with his even par round of 72 to help put Canyons in control. Corey Haase (74), Clayton Kucera (75) and Jack Roycroft (76) finished just a few strokes off that pace to finalize the Cougars’ scores. Those marks helped COC to a 14-stroke win over event host Allan Hancock College (380). Glendale College (386) finished in third followed by Santa Barbara City College (396) and Ventura College (397) in the top five. For more information about the Cougars’ 17 intercollegiate sports programs visit www.COCathletics.com.