American River College will defend its Northern California men's track and field title Saturday at noon at ARC.
Under coach Rick Anderson, the Beavers have won two NorCal team titles in a row and three of the past four.
ARC advanced a school-record 27 men and women to the NorCal community college championships. The men are led by Jacob Huston, the NorCal leader and third nationally in the 1,500 meters (3 minutes, 53.75 seconds), and Will Reyes, the state leader and fourth nationally in the 10,000 meters (30.46.07).
The ARC men's 400 relay team of Latrelle Swayne, Shawn Simms, Gabe Derilo and Walter Finney is seeded second with a best of 40.53 seconds.
For the women, Hannah Hardy has the second-best long jump in NorCal at 18 feet, 7 inches and the second-best triple jump at 37-9 1/2.
The women's 400 relay team of Hardy, Olivia Brown, Holly Miller and Alexis Browner has a best of 46.18, a school record and the second fastest in the state.
Softball players honored
Former Rio Linda High School softball standout Alex Newman and San Juan graduate Markesha Collins have made the All-Western Athletic Conference first team.
Newman, a senior pitcher at New Mexico State, is 23-12 with a 1.83 ERA, including Thursday's 3-0 complete-game win against Louisiana Tech in the WAC quarterfinals in Ruston, La. Collins, a senior outfielder at San Jose State, is hitting .350 with a team-leading 35 RBIs.
Hailey Breakwell hit a walk-off RBI single in the eighth inning to give Idaho State (29-21) a 10-9 victory over Sacramento State (22-21) in the first round of the double-elimination Big Sky Conference Softball Championship.
The No. 16 UC Davis women's golf team was tied for fifth after the first round of the NCAA Central Regional in Norman, Okla. The Aggies' Beverly Vatananugulkit was tied for third at 69.
Bee Sports staff