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ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Nevada Union grads O’Brien, Torkman show well in track and field opener

Melanie O'Brien, a junior at Chico State, finished fourth overall in the heptathlon at the 32nd annual Chico State Multi Classic, posting a personal best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark with 4,506 points.
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Melanie O’Brien (Nevada Union ‘14; Chico State) opened the track and field season with a strong effort at the 32nd annual Chico State Multi Classic over the weekend.

O’Brien, a junior, finished fourth overall in the heptathlon posting a personal best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark with 4,506 points.

O’Brien posted a time of 16 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, scored a mark of 5-feet, 1 ¾-inches in the high jump, made a leap of 16-10 in the long jump, was fourth in the shot out with a heave of 31-8 ¾, notched a time of 26.53 in the 200-meter run, finished the 800 race in a time of 2:28.79 and placed second in the javelin throw with a distance of 107-5.

Fellow Nevada Union graduate Nadia Torkman (2016) also competed in the heptathlon for Chico State, placing sixth overall with a score of 4,053.

Torkman’s 200 time was 26.77 her 800 time was 2:30.61 and her 100 hurdles time was 16.58. Torkman notched a mark of 4-10 ¼ in the high jump and a distance of 16-7 ¾ in the long jump. In shot put, Torkman threw 24-5 ¾. In the javelin throw her mark was 93-9.


Cody Wilcox (Nevada Union ‘11, William Jessup University) and the Warriors were ousted from the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament, falling in the first round to Westmont College, 102-86.

Wilcox, a senior center, scored two points and grabbed three rebounds in the loss.

For the season, Wilcox averaged 4.7 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game.

William Jessup (18-13) is a member of the NAIA and competes in the Golden State Athletic Conference.


Sammy DeHart (Nevada Union ‘15; Chico State) and the Wildcats fell to Cal State East Bay, 68-55, in the first round of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Tournament.

DeHart, a sophomore, scored six points, grabbed two rebounds and had two assists in the game.

For the season, DeHart averaged 5.6 ppg and 4.3 rpg.

Chico State (15-12) is a NCAA Division II team that competes in the CCAA.


Nerissa Eason (Bear River ‘16; Oregon State) and the Beavers won all five of their games at the San Diego Classic, beating Miami University (Ohio), UC Davis, McNeese State, University of Detroit Mercy and UC San Diego.

Eason, a freshmen pitcher, started two games, earning the win against Detroit Mercy and taking a no decision against UC Davis. She didn’t allow an earend run in either start.

For the season, Eason has 6-4 record to go with a 3.77 ERA

Oregon State (13-5) is a Division I school that competes in the Pac-12.


Dalton Maxwell (Nevada Union ‘15; Menlo College) and the Oaks extended their win streak to five games after sweeping a three-game series with Arizona Christian University.

Maxwell, a sophomore infielder, was 6-for-11 from the plate with two doubles, an RBI, two runs scored and three walks.

For the season, Maxwell has a .435 batting average which leads the Golden State Athletic Conference.

Menlo (17-2) is a NAIA school that competes in the GSAC.

Tyler Houlihan (Nevada Union ‘12; University of Texas, Permian Basin) and the Falcons lost a pair of games to Texas A&M, Kingsville last week.

Houlihan, a senior third baseman, went 1-for-6 from the plate in the two games.

For the season, Houlihan has .465 batting average.

University of Texas, Permian Basin (6-6) is a Division II school that competes in the Lone Star Conference.

Hayden Piner (Forest Lake Christian ‘16; William Jessup University) and the Warriors fell to Biola University, 2-1, last week.

Piner, a freshmen pitcher, lost his third straight decision after allowing two runs on two hits in six innings of work. Piner did walk four and struck out six.

Piner is now 1-3 from the mound this season.

William Jessup (3-13) is a NAIA school that competes in the GSAC.

Jakob Freele (Nevada Union ‘14; Northland College) and the Lumberjacks opened the season with a pair of losses to Centenary University.

Freele, a junior outfielder, went 2-for-6 in the two games.

Northland College is a Division III school that competes in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

Weston Gaddis (Nevada Union ‘16; Yuba College) and the 49ers won two out of three games last week, topping Shasta College twice and falling to West Hills College Coalinga.

Gaddis, a freshman shortstop, started all three games and went 3-for-9 from the plate with an RBI and a run scored.

Fellow 2016 Nevada Union graduate and member of the Yuba College baseball team Andrew Schnitzius, a freshmen catcher, played in two of the games and was 0-for-3 from the plate with a run scored.

Garrett O’Callaghan, a 2014 Nevada Union graduate and sophomore pitcher for Yuba College, took the loss against West Hills. In the loss, O’Callaghan allowed two earned runs off seven hits and struck out three.

Yuba College (3-9) plays in the California Community College Athletic Association’s Bay Valley Conference.

Kyle Soria (Forest Lake Christian ‘15; Westmont College) and the Warriors dropped two of three games with San Diego Christian College last week.

Soria, a sophomore catcher, played in all three games and started two. He was 1-for-5 from the plate with three RBIs and a walk.

Westmont (11-4) is a NAIA school that competes in the GSAC.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email wford@theunion.com.

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