By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
USC junior Alex Collatz, a Stockdale graduate, won the discus title at the Pac-12 Conference Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Eugene, Ore.
Collatz used a throw of 184 feet, 3 inches on her final attempt to win her first conference title. She broke the three-year reign of Shafter graduate Anna Jelmini of Arizona State; Jelmini finished fifth at 178-6.
Jelmini, who also finished third in the shot put in 52-0.5, is the defending national champion in the discus, while Collatz finished fifth in the nation a year ago. They both advance to the NCAA West Regionals on May 29-31 in Fayetteville, Ark. The NCAA Championships are June 11-14 back in Eugene.
Tehachapi coach home from hospital
Tehachapi baseball coach Chris Olofson was released from the hospital and is resting at home, Tehachapi athletic director Pat Snyder said Monday.
A line-drive foul ball struck Olofson in the head while he was coaching third base during Tehachapi's first-round Central Section Division III playoff game last Tuesday against Highland.
He suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. He spent several nights at Kern Medical Center.
Tehachapi, the No. 5 seed in Division III, beat Highland and then went on the road to defeat No. 4 Fresno-Hoover on Thursday.
The Warriors return for a surprise home semifinal at 4:30 p.m. today against No. 9 seed Visalia-Golden West, which beat No. 1 Ridgeview in the quarterfinals.
Blaze falls to Ports
STOCKTON -- A baserunning error by the Blaze in extra innings opened the door for the Ports to steal a 6-5 win over Bakersfield.
After playing to a 5-5 tie through 10 innings, Bakersfield had runners on second and third with one out in the top of the 11th when Jesse Winker hit a drive to the warning track in right. Juan Silva tagged up late from third and was thrown out to end the inning.
Stockton's first three batters in the bottom of the inning reached, pushing across the winning run.
Beau Amaral finished with two of the Blaze's five hits. Ben Klimesh struck out five in three innings of relief.