BLAINE, Wash. -- The Cal State Stanislaus Warriors finally are getting comfortable at the NCAA Division II Golf Championships.
Unfortunately for them, the tournament ends today.
The Warriors shot 298 -- their best round as a team of the week -- during Thursday's third round at Loomis Trail in suburban Seattle.
They jumped from 12th to 10th place but remain 28 strokes behind tournament-leading Cal State San Bernardino.
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"I think we're learning how to hit to the fat part of the greens," Stanislaus coach John Cook said. "The course is getting harder and hardly any water was put on the greens. You had to play smart."
The Warriors' Bryan Kiss, a sophomore from San Diego, paced his team with an even-par 71, a major improvement over his second-round 78."It was an easy 71. He hit a lot of fairways and greens and a lot of stress-free pars," Cook said.
Also bouncing back from a 78 was Stanislaus junior Danny Hoff at 73. Hoff is tied for 26th individually, tops on his team and two strokes ahead of Kiss.
J.T. Cockerill and Trevor Blair both had 77 and Teddy Schrier's 81 was tossed.
"I think the team was hoping for more, especially after what they did the last few weeks," Cook said. "Maybe they're finding out they can play with the nation's best players."
The difficulty of Loomis Trail was illustrated by leader Gene Webster of San Bernardino, who has an even par 213 (70-71-72) through 54 holes. The Coyotes jumped from third place into an eight-stroke lead by shooting an 11-over 295. Barry of Miami sits in second place.
Webster, 20th last year, is competing in his third national tournament.
Track and Field
DIVISION II NATIONALS, at San Angelo, Texas -- Stanislaus hurdler Halihl Guy placed ninth in the 400-meter hurdles preliminaries Thursday with a time of 53.21 seconds. He just missed qualifying for Saturday's finals, reserved for the top eight. The championships continue today at the LeGrand Sports Complex with the Warriors' Rosemary Feikert in the pole vault and April Montgomery in the 800 preliminaries.
LOCALS SIGN, at Hayward -- Ripon's Efren Siefuentes and Modesto Christian's Lauren Lucchesi have signed letters of intent to play basketball at Cal State East Bay. Sifuentes, a 5-foot-9 guard, averaged 13 points and 3.9 rebounds per game his senior season. Lucchesi, a 5-11 forward, was an All-District selection after helping the Crusaders to the state Division IV final. She averaged 10 points and eight rebounds per game.
Cal State East Bay moves from NAIA to Division II play this fall. East Bay will compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association with Cal State Stanislaus.
LEMBURG SIBLINGS -- Modesto Christian High graduate Daniel Lemburg signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Division II Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colo. Lemburg helped Modesto Christian make it to the 2008 NorCal title game.
Sister Katie Lemburg earned Heart of American Athletic Conference honorable mention recognition at Graceland University in Lemoni, Iowa. Lemburg led the Yellowjackets with 14.8 points her senior year.