Lambdin wins opening race of junior season, earns WAC weekly honors
Kate Lambdin certainly picked an ideal way to start her junior season at San Jose State University.
The San Jose State runner earned her first collegiate cross country title on Sept. 4, winning the the Battle of the Bay meet to lead her team to first-place overall in a nine-team gathering.
In addition, Lambdin’s victorious performance earned her Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week for Aug. 30-Sept. 5.
The former South Tahoe High cross country runner and track star completed the 2.95-mile course in Belmont, Calif., in 18 minutes, 48 seconds. Runner-up was teammate Elizabeth Raymond in 19:02.
“Kate has worked very hard all summer long to gear up for this year, and she proved it on Saturday,” said Spartans’ head coach Augie Argabright on the school’s website. “She showed a great leap in maturity from the previous year by the way she ran this race.”
Lambdin’s gutsy race helped San Jose State fend off Cal State Easy Bay for the team title. Team scores were San Jose State 36, Cal State East Bay 40, Holy Names 100, De Anza 122, Pacific 128, Cal State Monterey 144, Mills College 208, Bethany (Calif.) 218 and Notre Dame De Namur 221
“I’m impressed with how hard and smart our team ran this race,” Argabright said on the website. “It was a close individual race until Kate pulled away from the field with about a mile left and ended up bringing (Raymond) with her for a one-two Spartan finish.”
Lambdin’s next meet is Sept. 18 at the UC Riverside Invitational.
Other local graduates are contributing in college sports. Here’s a look at some of their recent achievements:
• Cornell junior volleyball setter Jordan Reeder made the Cornell Invitational all-tournament team last weekend.
Reeder, a Whittell High School alum, had 20 assists, 18 digs and three service aces in a five-game defeat to Lamar on Sept. 4 in the Cornell Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y.
Also on Sept. 4, Reeder delivered 31 assists and 11 digs in Cornell’s four-game defeat to Saint Francis, Pa.
Cornell opened its season on Sept. 3 with a four-game victory vs. Siena. Reeder contributed 29 assists and 11 digs.
The Big Red (1-2) will play three matches this weekend in the Bowling Green Invitational.
• Whittell High graduate Jessica Woods is making an impact in her final season for the Wright State University Raiders’ volleyball team.
Woods collected her fifth double-double in eight matches with 14 kills and 16 digs in a five-game defeat to Miami, Ohio, on Wednesday night. Scores were 25-18, 19-25, 25-21, 18-25 and 15-9.
The Raiders (3-5 overall) were scheduled to play Louisville on Friday night and Ball State on Saturday.
• Sophomore Hannah Daly started in goal for North Carolina’ women’s soccer coach Anson Dorrance’s 700th career win last week.
Daly, a Whittell High graduate, played the first 60 minutes, 27 seconds in North Carolina’s 7-2 win over Tennessee in Chapel Hill, N.C. Daly did not allow a goal.
In the Tar Heels’ prior match, a 6-1 win against Missouri, Anna Sieloff started between the pipes and Hannah Daly substituted in for 13:21 of playing time.
North Carolina will make two appearances in Southern California this weekend, playing Friday night at Cal Poly and on Sunday afternoon at San Diego State.
• Former Vikings’ volleyball player Hillary Santana delivered a rousing start to her 2010 season at Swarthmore.
Santana, a 5-5 defensive specialist, had seven digs, four kills and three assists in season-opening win against Wilkes. Swarthmore has won two of its four matches by 3-0 counts and is 4-1 overall.
• Rachel Kaufer, a freshman outside hitter who graduated from STHS last spring, and Webster University are off to a 2-2 volleyball start.
• Kyle Jones recorded a tackle in Southern Oregon’s scintillating come-from-behind football victory over Eastern Oregon on Aug. 28.
The junior running back from South Lake Tahoe was part of a 20-point fourth-quarterback comeback that provided the Raiders with a 34-30 upset of 21st-rated Eastern Oregon.
Southern Oregon (1-0) will play at Simon Fraser on Saturday.
• Former South Tahoe High soccer player Karli Vath of Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Ore., had a shot on goal in a 0-0 season-opening tie with Simpson, Calif.
• South Tahoe High grad Allison Kern, a senior defender, took two shots, including one on goal, in Sonoma State’s 2-1 season-opening win against Western Oregon on Sept. 2.
Kern started all but one of the Seawolves’ matches last year. The Seawolves played host to Cal Poly Pomona on Friday and were set to meet Cal State San Bernardino on Sunday.
• STHS alum Corey Volkmar and Cal Lutheran opened its men’s soccer season Friday against UC Santa Cruz. The Kingsmen will also play Pacific, Ore., on Saturday at UC Santa Cruz.
In 2009, Volkmar, a 6-foot 1 midfielder, appeared in 11 games for the Kingsmen as a sophomore, collecting an assist, a goal and six attempted shots.