By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
LANCASTER -- Bakersfield College qualified several athletes for this week's Southern California Finals, overcoming extremely windy conditions in the prelims Saturday at Antelope Valley College.
For the men's squad, Davis Loustalot (1:57.47 in the 800), high jumpers Bevan Wemhoff (6 feet, 6 inches) and Evan Eggenberg (6-5), and the 4x400 relay team of Deion Louden, Sterling Fuggett, Walter Hunt and Michael Norwood (41.83) qualified for the finals, which will also be run at Antelope Valley College this weekend.
Tejera Dial qualified in three events to highlight the women's competition.
Dial finished second in the 800 (2:21.20) and was fourth in the triple jump (37-6 1/2). She also teamed with Natalie O'Dwyer, Liz Sanchez and Jade Gridiron to help the 4x400 relay team finish second (3:58.27).
O'Dwyer finished third in the 400 (56.94) and ran with Reshanna Watson, Gridiron and Nicole Lewis on the fourth-place 4x100 relay team (48.48).
Alicia Torres qualified in the shot put (40-8) and discus (111-10).
Three Roadrunners place in top 3 at conference championships
HUMBLE, Texas -- Three Roadrunners earned top-three finishes on the final day of the Great West Conference Track and Field Championships.
Freshman Jamara Scott (Golden Valley) placed second in the triple jump at 36 feet, 93/4 inches. Gabe Hollard placed third in the discus with a mark of 144 feet. Alyssa Page placed third in the 400 meters at 57.26 seconds. Late Saturday, Derek Stotler placed third in the steeplechase at 9:54.01.
Overall, the Roadrunner women placed fourth out of six teams with 50 points. The men placed fifth out of six teams with 72 points. It marked CSUB's final meet in the Great West Conference, as both teams will move into the Western Athletic Conference next season.
Blaze drops fourth in row
MODESTO -- After twice rallying back to tie the game, the Bakersfield Blaze couldn't overcome a three-run Modesto eighth inning as the Nuts went on to win 6-3 at John Thurman Field.
Bakersfield (8-22) has lost four games in a row, including the last three to Modesto (12-18). The series concludes tonight at 7:05 p.m. On Tuesday, the Blaze opens a seven-game homestand against San Jose and Modesto.
With the game tied 3-3 in the eighth, Tyler Massey hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Niko Gallego. Trevor Story then hit a two-run single to add insurance.
Bakersfield continued a trend of poor starts, allowing its opponent to score a run in the first inning for the sixth time in as many road games. The Nuts added a second run in the second inning before Dominic D'Anna tied the game with a two-run double in the third inning.
Recruiting Realities founder to speak at Bakersfield High
Recruiting Realities founder and president Jack Renkens will hold a one-hour presentation about "the realities of college recruiting." The event is Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Bakersfield High. The cost is $10 per family. For more information, visit www.recruitingrealities.com.