Top Athletes Totally Honored at Spring Bash


Top Athletes Totally Honored at Spring Bash
Candice Allen, who led the NCAA Division II in scoring and helped the Broncos reach the NCAA Division II West Regional championship game for the fourth time in five years, was named the Cal Poly Pomona Female Athlete of the Year.
Mark Batres, who earned All-America honors in both cross country and track & field, was named the Cal Poly Pomona Male Athlete of the Year.
Women's volleyball team members sport '80s garb during the 21st annual Celebration of Excellence in Academics and Athletics on June 3.

Totally ?80s was the theme of the Athletic department?s annual Spring Bash held June 3 on the Kellogg Gym patio. The department and the Bronco Athletic Association hosted the 21st annual Celebration of Excellence in Academics and Athletics to praise and acknowledge student-athletes for their achievements.

The Broncos enjoyed an outstanding 2003-04 athletic season. The men?s and women?s basketball teams reached the NCAA Division II playoffs in the same year for the first time and the Bronco women recorded playoff wins over Chico State and Cal State Bakersfield while reaching the regional championship game. In addition, the men?s cross country team advanced to the nationals for the first time since 1997. The Broncos earned five All-America awards and four individual California Collegiate Athletic Association championships in track & field. Women?s tennis also captured an ITA West Region women?s doubles championship in the fall. Cal Poly Pomona collected 36 All-CCAA award winners, which is its second-highest total since the conference expanded in 1998.

The Broncos also excelled in academics this year picking up three CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII awards.

Mark Batres, who earned All-America honors in both cross country and track & field, and Candice Allen, who led the NCAA Division II in scoring and helped the Broncos reach the NCAA Division II West Regional championship game for the fourth time in five years, were named the Cal Poly Pomona Male and Female Athletes of the Year at the Athletic celebration.

The department also honored its departing seniors, academic all-stars and service award recipients.
The university?s men?s soccer team won the team service award for community service, while the women?s tennis team picked up the honor for having the highest team GPA. The Freshman Scholar-Athlete of the Year was Emma Kariotis of women?s volleyball; the Sophomore Scholar-Athlete of the Year was Katrina Holmberg of women?s tennis; the Junior Scholar-Athlete of the Year was Rocio Real of women?s soccer; and the Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year was Kimberly Van Beek of women?s volleyball.

Receiving Academic All-Star Awards with a cumulative GPA above 3.4 were: Mark Batres (men?s cross country/track & field), Amie Beard (women?s cross country), Carolyn Brown (women?s cross country/track & field), Tara Chance (women?s soccer), Nico Cifarelli (men?s tennis), Aurelia Dardaillon (women?s track & field), James DeBruhl (men?s cross country), Carmen Franklin (women?s track & field), Dehlia Feliz (women?s tennis), Aprile Grothe (women?s cross country), Rachel Hastert (women?s volleyball), Cynthia Hohlstein (women?s track & field), Jeff Holder (men?s track & field), Katrina Holmberg (women?s tennis), Kristi Ibello (women?s soccer), Bethany Inoshita (women?s soccer), Emma Kariotis (women?s volleyball), Marisa Lattin (women?s basketball), Matt Lopez (baseball), Billie Maldonado (women?s track & field), Christian Mata (men?s soccer), Megan McGregor (women?s soccer), Natalie Miano (women?s cross country/track & field), Paul Nurre (men?s track and field), Luis Orellana (men?s soccer), Katie Price (women?s cross country/track & field), Rocio Real (women?s soccer), Vanessa Richardson (women?s soccer), Michael Ridgway (men?s basketball), Darren Ross (men?s soccer), Jenna Sanders (women?s soccer), Kelly Singer (women?s cross country), Kimberly Van Beek (women?s volleyball) and Karina Vega (women?s cross country/track & field).