By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Stockdale distance star Blake Haney takes part in the first big cross country race of his senior season today, at the Cross Country Classic and Woodbridge Invitational in Costa Mesa.
Haney, who's ranked the No. 1 runner in the in the nation in Flo Track's Saucony Elite 50, will take on a slew of challengers in the boys sweepstakes race, including the No. 2 runner on the list, Joe Hardy of Seattle (Wash.) Prep, and No. 8 Estevan De La Rosa of Arcadia. De La Rosa is considered Haney's top challenger for the CIF state championship.
The sweepstakes race concludes a full weekend of racing, with the boys scheduled to start at 9:54 p.m.
Haney, who won the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters at last year's CIF State Track and Field Championships, placed fifth in the World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine, this summer. The finish was the highest by a non-African runner.
He has run just one competitive cross country race, a 12:10 effort to win the 4-kilometer Greg DeNike Big Ditch Classic on Sept. 7 in Arroyo Grande. Most high school races, including today's, are 5 kilometers.
BC volleyball wins pair
SAN DIEGO -- Bakersfield College stunned No. 8-ranked El Camino 21-25, 25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 15-7 to complete a 2-0 day Friday at the San Diego Mesa Tournament.
The Renegades (4-2) beat Victor Valley earlier, 25-20, 25-21, 25-14.
Edithza Urias had 20 kills, Jessie Trail added 19 kills and 22 digs and Maddie DeMarco had 32 digs vs. El Camino. Urias had 14 kills and Trail had 11 kills vs. Victor Valley.
BC faces Grossmont, the state's top-ranked team, today in the Mesa tournament.
BC women's soccer tournament opener
VISALIA -- The Renegades cruised to a 3-0 victory over Allan Hancock in the first game of the College of the Sequoias Tournament.
Halle Meadows gave BC 3-2) a 1-0 lead, scoring off a crossing pass from Michelle Jimenez midway through the first half.
Monica Diaz added to the lead when she scored from about 40 yards out in the 70th minute.
Jessica Murillo capped the scoring on an assist from Michelle Carbajal about 10 minutes later.
Freshmen goalie Tina LaFore recorded her first shutout for the Renegades, who play Sequoias today at noon.
The Jockey Club, celebrating its 50th year, will be recognizing several local athletes at its regular meeting, Monday at Hodel's Restaurant, Highway 99 and Olive Drive, at 11:45 a.m. The public is invited.
The athletes are -- Girls water polo: Sara Klang (Garces); volleyball: Emily Lopez and Breana Runnels (Independence), Abby Campbell and Cassidy George (Centennial), Isabella Bourma (Bakersfield Christian) and Kelsey Henderson (South); Football: Gunner Wren (South), Sheldon Croney (Garces), Jasmit Thind and Colton Foster (Frontier), Jo Jo Hurtado and P J Brown (Liberty), and Asauni Rufus and Joshua Nunez (Bakersfield).