TURLOCK — Dawson Vorderbruege raised his hands high as he crossed the finish line to win the 1,500 meters Saturday at the California Collegiate Athletic Association Track and Field Championships.
The popular Cal State Stanislaus fifth-year senior drew cheers from the home crowd and teammates as he won with a time of 3 minutes, 58.16 seconds, more than three seconds ahead of runner-up Jantzen Oshier of Humboldt State.
Vorderbruegge, an All-American, highlighted the performance by the home team.
Moments after Vorderbruegge's victory, Terrance Ellis raced to a win in the 800. Ellis, a CCAA runner-up a year ago, was timed in 1:52.48 and topped Daniel Parker of Chico State by two seconds.
Stanislaus dominated the 800, as Pitman High graduate Aman Hundal won the women's 800 in 2:16.37. The sophomore edged UC San Diego's Lorato Andersen and Chico State's Ayla Granados.
The Warriors also featured sophomore Channing Wilson, who tossed the javelin 142 feet, 10 inches, tying her career best, for the win.
Stanislaus finished with a runner-up effort in the 4x400 relay, as Jordan Elzie, Rory Rodriguez, Jeremy Roberts and Ellis were clocked in 3:14.07 not far behind Cal State L.A. Also earning seconds were Roberts in the 400 and Caleb Monticalvo in the pole vault.
The women's 4x400 relay team Kyanna Thomas, Hundal, Chavariana Ryan and Misha Strong were overtaken in the final 50 meters by Cal State Dominguez Hills. Andrea Severson placed second in the 400.
PIRATES ADVANCE The best of the Modesto Junior College track team, including three hammer throwers and three discus throwers, easily advanced through the Northern California Trials at American River.
Leading the way was the 4x100 relay team Matthew East, Eric Adorno, DeShawn Craig and Akim Muhammad who are seeded fourth after their 41.2. Muhammad is seeded third in the 400.
Tyler Lamott (hammer throw), Markus Sanders (discus) and Aldo Guzman (shot put) will anchor MJC's talented field athletes during the NorCal Finals next Saturday at ARC.
CLOSE MISS MJC's Kaylee Sedler, competing in the 10,000 the day's only NorCal final placed fifth (40:09.49) and missed a state qualifying time by only two seconds.
The MJC women, the Big 8 Conference champions, were paced by trials heat winners Becky Hobby in the 1,500 (4:57.18) and Sarah Mayfield in the 800 (2:19.57). The day's top marks were recorded by the Pirates' Kianna Weinzheimer in the javelin (129-3) and Cara McClain in the hammer (175-6).
WARRIORS DROP PAIR Stanislaus dropped both ends of a CCAA doubleheader at Cal State San Bernardino 13-4 and 3-2. The Warriors (10-39, 5-34), who've absorbed the most single-season losses in the program's history, will finish the season today with a single game at San Bernardino.