This Week in Cougar Athletics: May 6-12


SAN MARCOS, Calif. – Women’s golf and men’s and women’s track & field will be in action this week for Cal State San Marcos Athletics.

Women’s golf will compete at the NCAA Division II West Regional at the Amarillo Country Club in Amarillo, Texas, from May 6-8.

Looking to send some student-athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships later this month, the men’s and women’s track & field teams will compete in its final scheduled meet of the year when it travels to Los Angeles for the Oxy Invitational at Occidental College on Saturday, May 11.

Monday, May 6 – Wednesday May 8
NCAA D2 West Regional
Amarillo, Texas – Amarillo Country Club (71, 6,436)

1. Jaime Jacob (Encinitas/La Costa Canyon HS)
2. Claire Hogle (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS)
3. Breann Horn (Lakeside/El Capitan HS)
4. Savannah Magallon (San Diego/La Jolla Country Day School)
5. Bergen Benedict (Turlock/Turlock HS)

1. No. 2 Dallas Baptist University
2. No. 3 Cal State San Marcos
3. No. 7 West Texas A&M
4. No. 14 St. Mary’s (Texas)
5. No. 16 Academy of Art
6. No. 18 Oklahoma Christian
7. No. 23 St. Edward’s
8. Sonoma State
9. Texas A&M – Commerce
10. Cal State Monterey Bay
11. Colorado State-Pueblo
12. Simon Fraser

1. Alli Kim, Point Loma
2. Julia Baroth, Colorado-Colorado Springs
3. Shantel Antonio, Concordia Portland
4. Carolin Chang, Cal State East Bay
5. Junie Khaw, Tarleton State
6. Cammie Decker, Concordia Portland

*rankings by

COUGAR UPDATE •The Cougars defended their California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championship title April 16-18 at Morgan Run Club and Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
•Junior Jaime Jacob collected her second consecutive CCAA Championship individual medalist title with a 1-over 214, carding a 69 in the final round.
•Sophomore Claire Hogle also repeated as the CCAA Championship runner-up, finishing two strokes behind Jacob.
•Freshman Breann Horn rounded out the top 3 with a 5-over 218.
•Jacob also repeated as CCAA Golfer of the Year and joined Hogle, Horn and junior Savannah Magallon on the All-CCAA first team.
•Seniors Bergen Benedict and Sarah Garcia collected All-CCAA honorable mention honors.

NCAA WEST REGIONAL •The Cougars placed sixth at the 2018 NCAA D2 West Regional hosted by Fort Lewis at Hillcrest Golf Club in Durango, Colorado May 7-9.
•Jacob was CSUSM’s top Cougars, finishing tied for seventh with an 11-over 227.
•Dallas Baptist, West Texas A&M and then-NCAA D2 member California Baptist represented the west region at the NCAA Championships.
•The top four teams along with the top four individuals not with a team from each super regional will advance to the 2019 NCAA Championships May 14-18 at the PGA National Resort – Championship Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

THE HUTTON FILE •Head coach Greg Hutton has been at the helm of the men’s program since the 2010-11 season and was named the women’s head coach in 2014.
•Under Hutton’s leadership, the women’s team won CSUSM’s first CCAA Championship in school history in 2018.
•Both teams qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships last season.

Saturday, May 11 – 11 a.m.
Oxy Invitational
Los Angeles, Calif. – Jack Kemp Stadium

PREVIOUS WEEK •CSUSM last competed at the CCAA Track & Field Championships in La Jolla this past weekend.
•The Cougar men took fifth place with 90 points – one place and 30 points higher than last season.
•CSUSM’s women took seventh place with 32 points.
•The Cougars had three individual conference champions with Ndoto Strong in the shot put, Vahagn Isayan in the 10,000-meter run and Clarissa Garcia in the 800-meter run. All three earned All-CCAA first team honors.
•Earning silver medals were Joshua Litwiller in the 10,000-meter run and Antonio Riggins in the triple jump. Litwiller and Riggins took All-CCAA second team honors.
•Thomas Fadden broke the men’s hammer throw record at 52.43 meters while Kau’ilani Miki-Han broke the women’s hammer throw record at 47.12 meters
•Kylene Shuler earned the CCAA Women’s Track & Field Championship Scholar Award.

THIS WEEK AT THE OXY INVITATIONAL •The Cougars will make one final push to send some student-athletes to the NCAA Champion.
•On the women’s side, Jax Heckers ranks 18th nationally in the 10,000-meter run at 35:45.67 while Garcia’s time of 2:11.48 ranks 29th.
•Isayan and Litwiller rank 23rd and 26th nationally in the men’s 10,000-meter run with times of 30:09.51 and 30:12.48, respectively.
•Jonathan Burton is currently 26th nationally in the men’s 400-meter hurdles at 52.77.
•Riggins is 20th nationally in the men’s triple jump at 14.97 meters.
•Strong is currently 34th nationally in the men’s shot put at 16.85 meters.

THE OLSON FILE •Head coach Torrey Olson begins his first season at the helm of the men’s and women’s track and field programs after taking over in the summer of 2018.
•Olson came to CSUSM after spending three seasons as the Director of Track & Field and Cross Country at the Academy of Art University where his teams earned 50-plus All-American honors.
•Olson served as the head cross country coach the previous three years at Academy of Art.
•In addition to the Academy of Art, Olson has also worked with the University of San Francisco and Pomona-Pitzer College.
•A graduate of Pomona College in 2009, Olson also holds an MFA from St. Mary’s College (2012).


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