CSM Track and Field Opens With Successful Meet

Lady Bulldogs sweep a doubleheader.


Information provided by Fred Baer, CSM Sports Information Director

Evan McDaniel posted a pair of early season state throwing bests as College of San Mateo opened its 2013 track and field season Friday hosting the Coast Conference Preview meet.

Javelin thrower Anthony Capitulo also unleashed the longest mark of the new season, 187 feet, as CSM won all four men’s throwing events. Freshman Scott Chisea (out of St. Francis)had the state’s No. 2 javelin throw, 172-4.

On the track, returning National Junior 400 meter hurdles finalist Roman Skovronski ran a state-leading time of 54.49 seconds.  

It is only the third week of statewide competition so far but CSM coach Joe Mangan was  pleased with the early marks on a calm 75 degree afternoon at CSM’s spectacular College Heights stadium -- which will be the site of the California Community College Athletic Association Championships, May 17-18.

“We had a very nice first meet,” Mangan said. “I was particularly happy with the marks by McDaniel, Capitulo, and Skovronski – and several of our freshmen.”

McDaniel’s state-leading marks came in the shot put, 54-10 ¼ (the first thrower to go over 50-feet so far), and in the discus throw, 152-2. CSM freshman Collin Luu (Lincoln, San Francisco) was the runner-up at 145-5 to rank No. 2 in the state. McDaniel pulled off a triple with his NorCal-leading hammer throw of 138-2.    
San Mateo also unveiled new women’s stars on the track and in the field:
CSM freshman sprinter Breanna Navarre (out of South San Francisco high) posted the top 200 time in the state when she won the first section in 25.84, but wound-up No. 3 in the rankings after the other sections were completed. Atiya Harvey of City College of San Francisco won the next section in a pace-setting  25.02.

Navarre ran personal best times in both sprints, including 12.53 in the 100 meters – which also ranks third in the state (with Harvey at the top in 12.22).
Moreen Pahulu made an impressive debut, winning the javelin throw (110-5), placing third in the shot put (31-8 ½), and fourth in the discus throw (97-0) and hammer throw (109-5).
Other notable marks:
--San Mateo ran 3:22.85 in the 1,600 relay, second fastest community college time of the year, but CCSF lowered its own state-leading mark to 3:19.62 to holdoff the Bulldogs. CSM’s splits were Zach Cantu (51.9), Skovronski (48.6), Ryan Battle (50.9), and Kevin Kuchera (51.5).
--Kuchera (Granada High, Livermore) made his debut in the 400 meter hurdles, winning his heat in 56.46, No. 6 in the state.
--Former PAL 200 meter champion Gabe Ortiz (Sequoia) debuted for CSM with a win in his 400 meter section in 50.04, No. 4 in the state.

Aracely Osuna hit a home run and drove in three runs as the College of San Mateo swept a nonconference doubleheader from visiting College of the Siskiyous, 8-0 and 3-0, Friday. Jamie Navarro drove in two runs.

CSM pitcher Michele Pilster, who allowed two hits and struck out 11 over five innings, is 9-0 while Jenn Davidson, who threw a three-hitter over five innings and helper her own cause with two hits, improved to 2-0. Pilster picked up the save with two scoreless innings of relief.

Next games Saturday: Redwoods at CSM, 10 a.m. ; American River at CSM, 2 p.m.

Women’s basketball

College of San Mateo saw a 13-point second half lead evaporate when state scoring leader Carlie Bonderer of visiting Las Positas College went on a 24-point period barrage to lead her team to a 55-46 Coast North Conference victory.

CSM (7-18, 2-8 Coast North) had led, 22-17, at the break and scored the first eight points of the second half, led by Amanda Lee, for a 30-17 advantage when the Hawks began their comeback.

Las Positas didn’t take the lead for good until a putback by Cezz Arabia made it 42-40 with 5:45 left to break the final deadlock. That started a 15-3 run that iced it.

San Mateo had held Bonderer to a single field goal for nearly 17 minutes to start the game and just nine first half points. But the towering center, who scored 50 points in a game last week and also averages more than 11 rebounds a game, could not be stopped down the stretch. She finished with 33 points, well above her 24-point state-pacing average.

Lee led the Bulldogs with 13 points and Kate Larson added 11, both of whom fouled out.

The Bulldogs were whistled for 26 fouls vs. just 14 for the visitors. Three other CSM players finished with four fouls apiece.

CSM will close out its home season on Wednesday, hosting conference leader Foothill at 5:30 p.m.


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