Ron Eastman, Golf Coach Warren Edmonson, Track Coach
By Albert Ledezma
The CSUDH Men’s golf team is looking to gain stride as the 2017-2018 season resumes play on Feb. 5 at the Fujikura Invitational at California State University, San Marcos. The Toros participated in three invitational events in the fall semester where outstanding performances were seen.
Andrew Banuelos, a junior, finished fifth at the Dennis Rose Invitational at the Waikoloa Beach Course in Waikoloa, Hawaii in October, where he shot a 214 overall. In the same competition, William Yang shot a 66 in the third and final round of the invitational, his lowest score of the season and the second best 18-hole score in the tournament. The California College Athletic Association (CCAA) recognized Banuelos’ efforts in the invitational by naming him to Golfer of the Week for Oct. 25-31.
The team collectively didn’t have much success in the first three events after finishing 18th of 20 at the Mustang Invitational hosted by Western New Mexico University, 10th of 11 at the Interwest Wildcat Classic hosted by Chico State, and fifth of seven at the Dennis Rose Invitational.
The season really kicks into gear in March. The Toros will participate in tournaments March 5-6, March 12-13 and March 19-20, followed by the Socal Intercollegiate, hosted by UC San Diego, March 26-27, and the Hanny Stanislaus Invitational April 2-3.The CCAA Championships will be held April 23-25 at Butte Creek Country Club in Chico.
Two meets into its indoor season, the CSUDH track and field team has been paced by seniors Mariah Walker and Tyrana Beasley, who contributed stellar performances in January at the Bronco Invitational in Boise, Idaho, and last weekend at the Mountain T Invitational in Flagstaff, Arizona.
In January, Walker and Beasley had impressive times in the 60-meter, with Walker placing ninth and Beasley 12th.
Last weekend, they did even better, Beasley finishing fourth in the 200-meter overall, but among non-Division I athletes, she finished first. Walker also ran in the 200-meter, and finished eighth.
Other top performers lauded by head coach Warren Edmonson include: San Diego native Daeniesha Burrell, who he calls the best quarter mile runner on the team, with a strong chance of beating the school record; and Sierra Peterson, who is the best top-flight runner, who will help with the relays. Coach Edmonson set the world record in the 100-meter in 1973 and co-held the world record in the 70-meter in 1974. Edmonson doesn’t hold a high standard like how he did for himself during his running career as each athlete goes at their own pace, he said. He feels like if he did hold a high standard, he would be turning athletes away.
“Not everyone is the same,” said Edmonson. “Everyone is not going to be a superstar.”
The outdoor season consists of the Rossi Relays, hosted by Claremont-Mudd Scripps, Feb. 24; the Cal State LA Invitational, March 2-3; the San Diego Collegiate Challenge March 10, SF State Distance Carnival, March 30-31; Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, April 7; Twilight Open, April 12-13; Bryan Clay Invitational, April 19-20; Mt. Sac Relays, April 20; Steve Scott Invitational, April 27-28; CCAA Championships, May 3-5; Last Chance Meet, May 12; and the NCAA Championships, May 24-26.
Photos from gotoros.com.