CSM Baseball Finding Ways to Win

Swimmer Miya Oto shines in the pool, track and field team produce good marks.


The College of San Mateo baseball team has put together a nice winning streak, earning its third straight victory with a 2-0 victory over Feather River on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (5-7 overall) host City College of San Francisco at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Kailen Robinson collected two hits and drove in a run and Jeff Van Moser added three hits and scored a run.

Andrew Herrera threw a four-hitter over eight innings, walking one and striking out six. Alex Palsha pitched the ninth to get the save.

Ryan O’Malley set the stage for the first run after getting hit by a pitch in the second. He stole second and third and scored when Robinson beat out an infield single.

Van Moser opened the third with a single, advanced to third on errors and scored on a balk.

Herrera and Palsha took care of the rest.


CSM’s Miya Oto won two events at the Panther Invitational in Las Positas on Saturday.

Oto continued her winning ways in the free, placing first in the 200.free (1:56.13) and in the 100 free (54.11). 

"With fourteen different teams and the majority outside our conference, the team was excited to race,” CSM coach Randy wright said. “Anytime you can race Santa Rosa and Diablo Valley in swimming you have to be excited."

Last week, at the Coast Conference Kickoff, Oto raced to victory in the 500 free. 

"Miya was able to post a great time last week in the 500,” Wright said. “Early in the season we decided to race the 200 and 100 today, we wanted the fastest field possible.  Miya was up to the challenge.  Miya was able to separate herself from the field and post great times."

Oto also started the 200 free relay in a time of 25.18, the fastest women's 50 free time of the day.

Derek Koo finished second in the 100 breast 1:02.39, fourth in the 200 breast (2:18.28) and thi

rd in the 200 IM (2:05.14).  Alvaro Andaluz and Jason Wong finished in the top five in two events, as well with the return of sophomore Kellsey Mercado, who placed in the top five in two events.

Oto will swim the mile in the Bulldog Invitational at CSM on Friday at noon.

"We might as well try them all,” Wright said. “She has been dominant in every distance of the freestyle so far."

Track and field

College of San Mateo posted several high-ranking marks while hosting Friday’s CSM Mini Meet, which featured several of the state’s top teams.

CSM swept all four men’s throws, with Anthony Capitulo taking the javelin at 198 feet, 10 inches, the No. 2 mark in the state this season – and No. 2 on the all-time CSM list. He finished ahead of teammates Scott Chisea (173-11) and Collin Luu (148-2).

State shot put leader Evan McDaniel won the shot put at 53-0, a foot off his pacesetting mark of 54-10 ¼ but more than ten feet better than runner-up Daniel Lehner of American River (42-7 ½). McDaniel also won the hammer throw with a season best 142-4, and the discus throw at 151-8, where he is second in the state (152-2). Luu placed second at 140-8, although a bit short of his No. 5 state-ranking 145-0.

 CSM freshman Kevin Kutchera (Granada) made his debut in the 110 meter 42-inch college high hurdles with an impressive victory in 15.71 seconds, bucking a strong 3 meters per second headwind. “That was good for him, the first time over 42’s,” said CSM head coach Joe Mangan.  
Roman Skovronski, the NorCal leader in the 400 meter hurdles, tried other events this week. He won a section of the 200 meters in 23.28 and placed sixth in the 800 meters in 1:59.84. Gabriel Ortiz was another 200 meter section winner for the Bulldogs, in 22.89.
On the women’s side, CSM freshman sprinter Breanna Navarre moved up to the 400 meters this week after posting a pair of community college state-ranking times in the 100 (No. 4) and 200 (No. 3) last week. She placed second in the 400 in 58.38, No. 4 on the all-time CSM list. It is the No. 3 time in California this season, behind event winner Malikah Wilson’s state-leading 57.87 for Laney.

In the field, freshman Moreen Pahulu was a double winner in the hammer throw, 112-11, and javelin throw, 118-3 – the latter ranking No. 2 in Northern California and No. 6 in the state. She also placed second in the discus throw, 108-11, and third in the shot put, 31-2.

“This was a good meet for us,” said Mangan, who also pointed to the performances of Capitulo, Skovronski , Navarre , and Pahulu.

Teams participating in the high caliber meet included defending state women’s champion Laney of the Coast Conference and 2011 state men’s champion American River (also the current cross country champions) from the Big Eight Conference. 

Notre Dame grad named All-Conference

Notre Dame High grad Jenna Marinaro was named to the second team all-Cal Pac Conference. Marinaro is a starting guard for the Cal Pac champion Menlo College women's basketball team.

She's one of five Lady Oaks selected for all-conference honors. Marinaro started 27 of Menlo's 28 games this season and carries an 8.4 scoring average.

Menlo (25-3) plays in the Cal Pac tournament championship Tuesday against William Jessup at Menlo at 7:30 p.m. The winner earns an automatic bid into the national tournament.

College of San Mateo Schedule

Baseball: vs. CC San Francisco, 2 p.m.
Softball: vs. Mission, 3 p.m.


Baseball: at De Anza, 2 p.m.
Softball: vs. Yuba (DH), noon


Baseball: vs. West Valley, 2 p.m.
Swimming: Bulldog Invitational at CSM, noon


Softball: vs. Feather River (DH), noon
Track and field: at Beaver Relays, American River, 9 a.m.


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