ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Bear River alumna Nielsen wins Big West triple jump title
Kendal Nielsen, a 2012 Bear River graduate, was one of three Cal Poly San Luis Obispo athletes to bring home a Big West Conference title after placing first in the triple jump at the Big West Track & Field Championships held in Long Beach.
Nielsen won the women’s triple jump with a career-best mark of 42 feet, 6.25 inches. Her distance blew the competition away as the next closest mark was 41-05. Nielsen ranks No. 3 in school history in the event, according to gopoly.com. She also ran as part of the Cal Poly 4×100 relay team that placed sixth at the Big West meet.
Nielsen is a senior captain on the track team and will now prepare for the NCAA West Regionals.
Alyssa Reina (Bear River ‘12; North Dakota State University) and the Bison (38-13) barreled through the Summit League Tournament, winning all three games to claim the league championship for the third straight season. After beating University of South Dakota (9-8) and University of Nebraska, Omaha (8-7), the Bison crushed Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), 10-1, in the championship game.
Reina, a redshirt junior catcher, went 4-for-10 from the plate with four RBIs, three doubles, two runs scored and four walks in the tourney. For her efforts, Reina was named to the All-Tournament team.
The Bison have now won 14 games in a row and 20 of their last 21 as they head into the NCAA Seattle Regional against Big Ten champion Minnesota (41-12) Friday.
Maddie Phelps (Bear River ‘12 Alabama State University) and the Hornets (24-25, 15-3 Southwestern Athletic Conference) swept through the Southwestern Conference Tournament, beating University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Southern University and Texas Southern University twice to claim the conference championship.
Phelps, a senior pitcher, threw in all four games and earned the win against Texas Southern in the championship game. Phelps also pitched a complete game one hitter against University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in the opening game of the tourney. For the tourney, Phelps threw 20.1 innings, allowed 10 earned runs and struck out 14 batters.
The Hornets will now gear up to face the No. 1 Florida Gators in the Gainesville Regional Friday.
Stephanie Ceo (Bear River ‘12; University of Texas) and the No. 25 ranked Longhorns (37-14) had their only scheduled contest rained out last week and will now prepare for the NCAA Lafayette Regional where they open against Texas A&M (37-18).
Ceo, a senior second baseman, is batting .291 with 10 stolen bases and 12 RBIs this season.
Zach Welz (Bear River ‘11; Inland Empire 66ers) and the 66ers went 2-5 last week earning a win over Bakersfield before being swept by Lake Elsinore and dropping two of three against Rancho Cucamonga.
Welz, an outfielder, played in six of those game and went 5-for-21 with a run scored, an RBI and five walks drawn at the plate. Welz is currently batting .364 with three doubles and two RBIs in 10 games with the 66ers.
The 66ers are an Advanced A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels.
Chris Porter (Nevada Union ‘11; Cal State East Bay) and the Pioneers (33-20) set a new school record for wins in a season and made it to the CCAA championship game last week.
The Pioneers fell to Chico State in the title game, but still earned a berth into the NCAA Division II West Regional starting Thursday.
Porter, a senior catcher, started all five games in the CCAA tournament and went 5-for-19 with three RBIs, four runs scored and a double from the plate.
Dalton Maxwell (Nevada Union ‘15; Menlo College) and the Oaks (35-22) ended their season after going 2-2 in the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament.
Maxwell, a freshmen infielder, started two of the games and went 0-for-4 from the plate.
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