Jenica Dodge hit the track running over the weekend in San Diego, and she didn’t stop until she had produced a remarkable distance double.
The American River College sophomore won the 5,000 meters at the California Community College State Championships at Merrill Douglas Stadium in 17 minutes, 23.57 seconds. Then she broke the tape in the 10,000 meters in 36:33.44, though the former Whitney High School star still mustered the strength to jump for joy, hug teammates and coaches and bound onto the top of the victory stand.
Dodge, who entered the weekend with the nation’s second-fastest times in those races, emerged as the state Runner of the Year. She will run at Idaho State on scholarship.
Also for American River, Conor Wells was second in the men’s 1,500 in 3:57.13, and Donald Plazola was third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:20.79. Austin Collier was second in the long jump at 24 feet-0 1/4 inches.
In the women’s 1,500, Micayla Rennick was third in 4:41.96.
Belyea to bow out – Liz Belyea, the dean of physical education, health and athletics at Cosumnes River College since 2008, will retire next month.
Said Belyea, “It’s time. I’m tired!”
Belyea came to CRC in 1990 after a 10-year soccer coaching career at Rhode Island. She coached the CRC women’s soccer team for 11 seasons. Belyea oversaw dramatic facility upgrades on the south Sacramento campus, including a new gymnasium, soccer fields and baseball and softball diamonds.
Belyea looked into bringing football back to CRC, dropped due to low numbers in the late 1970s. But Belyea said it would cost at least $1 million. Said Belyea not long ago, “Get me a million dollar donation, and we’ll have football here again.”
Other CRC news – Cosumnes River hired Kari Post and Jonathan James to coach volleyball and men’s basketball, respectively.
Post starred in volleyball at Sutter High, winning three section titles and earning a scholarship to West Virginia, where she was a four-year starter. Her grandmother, Carol Jean Bordsen, was the women’s basketball and volleyball coach at Yuba College from 1962 to 1985, and Post’s mother, Thea Bordsen Post, coached Yuba volleyball from 1986 to 2005.
James graduated from Valley High and played for the late Jim Clark at CRC in the 1990s before playing at West Georgia and professionally overseas. He was an assistant coach at CRC from 2011 to 2015.
Davis goes yard – Former Bee Player of the Year J.D. Davis of Elk Grove High earned his second successive Texas League Player of the Week honors.
The Double-A Corpus Christi third baseman hit .406 with eight doubles, seven home runs and 18 RBIs for the week. A third-round draft pick by the Houston Astros out of Cal State Fullerton in 2014, Davis tied a club record with three home runs in a game last Thursday against San Antonio.
Entering this week, Davis had a 10-game hitting streak. He hit 26 home runs for Class-A Lancaster last season.
Oliver out of draft – Cameron Oliver will return for his sophomore basketball season at Nevada after the Grant High graduate tested the NBA predraft waters. He found them to be lukewarm as league personnel urged the 6-foot-8 forward, who set school blocked shots records, to return to school.
Nogosek closing at Oregon – Stephen Nogosek, a former starting pitcher at Woodcreek, has settled in nicely as a closer for the Oregon Ducks.
The junior has 15 saves and an 0.96 ERA. He was named to the preseason Stopper of the Year Award watch list after leading the Ducks with 39 appearances out of the bullpen last season. He was 6-3.