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Locals shine for Tigers

October 18, 2011|By Grant Gordon,

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

Eric Kleinsasser (Crescenta Valley High, 2007) senior, Occidental College cross-country: A three-time reigning Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference cross-country champion, Kleinsasser proved that he is still one of the conference's best.

On Saturday at the SCIAC Multi-Dual Meet in La Mirada, Kleinsasser prevailed in the 8K race in 26 minutes 1 second for his second win of the season at that distance to lead the Tigers to a team victory in the eight-school meet conducted under dual-meet scoring.


Kleinsasser was followed by teammate Colin Smith, who finished second in 26:26.

"It's overwhelmingly satisfying to have someone right up there with me, especially a freshman who's as dedicated and talented right off the bat," Kleinsasser stated on the school's website. "As I've described it to people, 'I've never been this excited to be this concerned.'"

Up next on Oct. 29, Kleinsasser will look to go a perfect four for four, while the Tigers also hope to continue their conference momentum in the SCIAC Championships.

Luke Collis (St. Francis High, 2007) senior, Occidental College football: With just 1:35 to go in Saturday's game at Pomona-Pitzer, Collis found Bobby Phillips, who made a diving catch in the end zone to lead Occidental to a 42-35 win to retain the rivalry "Drum" for the eighth straight season in the SCIAC showdown's 113th meeting.

Trailing, 35-34, the game-winning score came on a 19-yard hookup and was followed by a Collis pass for a two-point conversion. Collis also had touchdown throws of 12, 30 and 35 yards. In all, he completed 26 of 42 passes for 343 yards and four touchdowns to two interceptions.

With the victory, Occidental improved to 3-2 overall, 2-1 in SCIAC.

Through five games, Collis has passed for 1,522 yards, averaging 304.4 yards a game and completing 64.3% of his passes. He's thrown 15 touchdowns to six interceptions.

Collis' 64.8 completion percentage and 1,179 yards in SCIAC competition are both tops in conference, as are his 11 touchdowns.

Collis and Oxy host Redlands in SCIAC play Saturday.

Rosa Del Toro (Glendale Community College, 2010) senior, Long Beach State cross-country: With Del Toro leading the way, the Long Beach State women's cross-country team won the Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale on Saturday.

Behind Del Toro's fourth-place showing, Long Beach took the top spot with 94 points, finishing ahead of second-place Portland (100).

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