SACRAMENTO — Make it two straight Big 8 Conference championships for the Modesto Junior College women's track team.
The Pirates, anchored by talented distance runners led by freshman Becky Hobby, took a 19-point lead into the final event, the 4-by-400-meter relay, for the title Friday at Hughes Stadium.
"This team is such a special group," MJC coach Mary Shea said via email. "They overachieved at this meet. So many surprises."
Hobby won the 1,500 (4 minutes, 53 seconds) and the 5,000 (19:35) and placed second in the 10,000 (41:40) and 800 (2:20.16) to earn co-athlete-of-the-meet honors. Jessica Betancourt won the steeple chase (11:57.82).
Other winners included Sarah Mayfield in the 400 (57.45), Morgan McFaddin in the 800 (2:19.82) and Cara McClain in the hammer (178-0).
MEN 3RD The Pirates finished third in the Big 8 behind victorious American River, though the Pirates' Markus Sanders was named the field events MVP for winning the discus and placing second in the hammer.
Teammate Tyler Lamott, ranked first in the state in the hammer, won with a throw of 188 feet. Also victorious was high jumper Manuel Hernandez (6-6), followed by MJC teammate Tyler Davis (6-4).
CSUS BEATEN Cal State Monterey Bay torched Cal State Stanislaus pitchers for a home run and six doubles and beat the Warriors 6-1 in Seaside. Stanislaus' only run was singled home by Clint Brill.
The Warriors will return home to honor six seniors during today's Senior Day doubleheader starting at 11 a.m.
CSUS SWEPT Stanislaus (16-34, 9-25) dropped both ends of a California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader 3-0 and 5-4 at Cal State Dominguez Hills (32-19, 19-15).