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Former Tornadoes standout named CCAA runner of the week

Hoover grad one of many local cross-country highlights early in the season.

September 14, 2010|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

GLENDALE — The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level.

Brian Trejo (Hoover High, 2009) San Francisco State cross-country sophomore: The former Tornadoes standout was named the California Collegiate Athletic Assn.'s Male Cross-County Runner of the Week for the period ending Sunday.

Trejo was sixth overall in a 43-runner field at the season-opening Stanislaus Invitational on Saturday, finishing in 27 minutes 13 seconds in the 8K race. It was the fourth-straight race, dating back to last season, in which Trejo has been the Gators' top runner.

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Trejo was the top college runner in the race and his effort propelled the Gators to the team title.

On Sept. 25, Trejo and Co. will return to competition at Stanford.

Kalii Robinson (Glendale Community College, 2009) Southern Oregon University junior linebacker: Robinson, an All-Northern Conference second-team selection last season, has gotten off to a stellar start as No. 24 Southern Oregon is 2-0 and ranked in the NAIA Top 25 for the first time since the 2004 season.

The Raiders defeated Simon Fraser, a school from British Columbia, 31-18 on Saturday with Robinson notching an interception and 2.5 tackles for loss and seven total tackles.

In the Raiders' first game of the season, a 34-30 win over Eastern Oregon on Aug. 28, Robinson led the Southern Oregon defense with 11 tackles.

Southern Oregon continues its three-game road trip to start the season at Willamette on Saturday.

Mike McDonald (Glendale Community College, 200?) Southern Oregon University junior quarterback: Now with his fourth college, the former All-Area Football Player of the Year has found a starting spot with Southern Oregon, of which former Glendale college and All-Area pick Tanner Farwell, an offensive lineman, is also a part of the squad.

McDonald threw two touchdowns on Saturday in his team's 31-18 victory against Simon Fraser. He also had two interceptions, completing 14 of 30 passes for 167 yards. He ran for 14 yards in five carries and tossed scoring passes of one and 35 yards to receiver Vance Beach.

McDonald's biggest highlight thus far came in his debut on Aug. 28 against Eastern Oregon.

For his efforts, he was named the NAIA Independent Offensive Player of the Week, as he threw three touchdown passes in the final 5:30 of the contest to lead Southern Oregon back from a 16-point deficit and to the 34-30 win against an Eastern Oregon squad that was ranked No. 21 at the time.

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