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Small Colleges : Azusa Pacific Headlines Meet at CS Northridge

April 08, 1986|Alan Drooz

Cal State Northridge will be host to the Northridge Nike Invitational track and field meet Saturday. The full field and seedings were incomplete Monday, but competitors are expected to include several Olympians and most of the Southland's top Division II track athletes.

Azusa Pacific's Nigerian connection was conspicuous in last weekend's Fresno Bee track meet and will be in full force Saturday at Northridge.

Freshman Herbie Akpom was the surprise of the Fresno meet for Azusa Pacific, which tried him in the 110-meter high hurdles for the first time this year and the third time ever. Akpom responded with a time of 14.44 seconds, good for second, just behind teammate Brian Arnold, who finished in 14.36.

Akpom also placed second in the long jump at 24 feet 9 3/4 inches. He qualified for the NAIA national meet in both events as well as both relays and could qualify in the 100- and 200-meter dashes as well.

Sophomore teammate Patrick Nwanko, who has had a groin injury, ran at full strength for the first time this season and won the college division 100 at the Fresno meet in 10.49, then took the 200 in 21.42, both good enough to qualify for the national meet. He also runs on both relay teams, which have also qualified.

Nwanko and Akpom will compete at Northridge, where they will be joined by field events star Christian Okoye. Okoye, a Nigerian record-holder in several events and a multiple All-American for Azusa Pacific, and Mike Maynard should be among the favorites in the discus and weight events.

Football Coach Bob Shoup of Cal Lutheran University has signed four more recruits, bringing his total to 18, plus two redshirts. They will join a squad that includes 20 returning starters, two of them kickers.

The newest recruits are quarterbacks Chris Wise and Shane Hawkins, kicker Greg Maw and defensive back Fred Buchman. Wise was an honorable mention All-American at Tinley Park High School in suburban Chicago, and Hawkins was his league's offensive player of the year at El Camino High in Oceanside. However, both figure to sit next season behind Tom Bonds, who was an NAIA honorable mention All-American.

Maw, from Ontario Christian High, had a long field goal of 45 yards and did not miss from closer. He is expected to push junior placekicker Kurt Lohse. Buchman is a junior college transfer from Walla Walla, Wash., Community College.

Pitcher Jon Billingsley of Occidental College was at the center of one of the quirkier baseball games this season. On the mound, the sophomore left-hander pitched seven innings of no-hit ball in a 14-0 victory over Colorado College. But the game got so far out of reach that Billingsley was lifted, and Mike Davies pitched the last two innings.

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