Renee Stribling and Rob Valentino were honored as USF’s Student-Athletes of the Year Wednesday.
Stribling, a master’s student in sports management, was a key member of the women’s cross country and track teams. The senior holds the school record in the women’s 200 meters (2 minutes, 14.21 seconds) and the 1,500 (4:31.00) while also participating on several relay teams.
Valentino starred all over the field for the men’s soccer team. The junior, who had previously played defense, expanded his role and was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year after racking up a team-high six assists and leading the Dons to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season.
Other award winners included Tavo Hall (baseball) and Kristin Nichols (women’s golf) for the top graduating grade-point average, Kevin Long (men’s soccer) for the Green and Gold Loyalty Award, Johnny Dukes (men’s basketball) for the Comeback Player of the Year Award, Jonnie Knoble (baseball) for the Sandee L. Hill Dedication Award and Daniel Morales and Lucas DeLong (baseball) for the Peter Peletta Award for loyal service to the athletic department.
Softball showdown: Fourth-seeded San Francisco State will face top-seeded Humboldt State in the inaugural California Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Championships today at 1 p.m. in Arcata. The double-elimination tournament will conclude with Saturday’s championship game.
The Gators (30-31) finished league play with a 19-17 record, but could be playing their best ball of the year at the right time.
San Francisco State swept Cal State Stanislaus in a doubleheader Thursday to earn the fourth and final playoff spot. UC San Diego is the No. 2 seed in the tournament, while Cal State Stanislaus earned the No. 3 seed.
Humboldt State (51-6) won all five meetings against the Gators during the regular season and is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division II West Region Poll. The top eight teams in the region will take part in the West Region Softball Championships from May 10-14 at Cal State Stanislaus.
Track to The City: San Francisco State will host the CCAA track and field championships at Cox Stadium, beginning today and continuing through Saturday.
The Chico State men and UC San Diego women are each looking for their third straight titles. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for students.