The Cuesta College men’s cross country team finished fourth at the SoCal Championships with 177 points on Friday afternoon in Van Nuys as Connor Fisher led the Cougars, finishing second overall on the 4-mile course in 20 minutes, 4 seconds, just two seconds behind winner Lucio Ramirez of Orange Coast.
Cuesta’s other scorers included Roberto Bazan and Alex Hascall with identical times of 20:54, finishing 26th and 27th, respectively, Christopher Conrad at 21:40, and Lawrence Stokes at 21:44.
Fisher is Cuesta’s highest placer at the SoCal meet since Sergio Reyes finished second there in 1999, and this was the Cougars’ best team finish in school history. Their previous best was ninth in 2010.
Cuesta also had two women race. Nicole Peterson finished 135th, covering the 5K course in 22:14, with Jossi Beutler close behind at 138th and 22:23. The winning time was 17:31. The Cuesta men qualify for the state meet in Fresno on Nov. 22 at Woodward Park.
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All-Big West selections
Cal Poly’s Wade Hamilton earned Big West Goalkeeper of the Year, and Chase Minter was selected as conference Midfielder of the Year in voting by the conference’s coaches.
Hamilton led the conference in saves, and was second in saves per match and shutouts.
Minter led the Mustangs in scoring and became Cal Poly’s first Big West Midfielder of the Year selection. His 15 assists place him second in program history. Cal Poly finished the year 8-7-4, its fourth winning season in five years.
UC Santa Barbara had a trio of winners, with Nick DePuy earning Offensive Player of the Year, Kevin Garcia-Lopez earning Defensive Player of the Year and Axel Mendez taking Freshman of the Year. Michael Linenberger garnered Coach of the Year honors.
The Mustangs had seven selections overall, with Matt LaGrassa joining Minter and Hamilton on the first team. Second team honorees included defender Kip Colvey and winger Justin Dhillon.
Freshman Kaba Alkebulan earned an honorable mention recognition and was named to the all- freshman team along with teammate Joseph Bolous. Also earning an honorable mention was senior Steve Palacios.
Cuesta 87, Fullerton 61
Rafael Casanova had 23 points, and Tayler Thompson added 18 points and nine rebounds as Cuesta opened its season with a victory over Fullerton at the 46th-annual Rabobank Tournament.
The Cougars shot 60 percent from the field, largely because of ball movement and led by 24 at the half. Cuesta recorded 22 assists to Fullerton’s six.
Cuesta moves on to the semifinals against West Hills at 7 p.m. today.
Fast start for Schlemer
Former Cal Poly star Molly Schlemer is a Rookie of the Year candidate in the Damien League Bundesliga in Germany.
Schlemer, who plays for the ChemCats Chemnitz, leads the league in field goal percentage through three games, is second in scoring (15.3 points per game), and first in rebounding (8.3) for Chemnitz.
Schlemer is fifth on Cal Poly’s career scoring and rebounding lists.
UC Irvine 3, Cal Poly 1
Freshman Raeann Greisen finished with a team high 17 kills, but the Mustangs fell to UC Irvine 26-24, 21-25, 25-20, 25-15.
Junior libero Nicole Kessler had 16 digs, and freshman Taylor Nelson registered 33 assists. Cal Poly (8-13, 3-8 Big West Conference) committed 29 errors, suffering its third successive home loss.
Jessica Chellsen of Westminster College, a San Luis Obispo High graduate who helped the volleyball team win back-to-back PAC 7 titles in 2010 and 2011, was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 4 team Thursday.
The Capital One Academic All-District Women’s Volleyball teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Chellsen becomes the first Westminster player named Academic All-District. She is a neuroscience major with a 4.0 grade-point average and is second on the team with 211 kills and a .200 hitting average.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Brady Shutt took fifth place for Cal Poly in the men’s 1-meter competition, with a score of 223.15 points on the opening day of the event at USC’s Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
Lauren Pierce finished 20th in the women’s 3-meter for the Mustangs, eight spots back from advancing to her finals by scoring 223.70.