Menlo College adds softball, track athletes for coming year


The Menlo College women's softball team has added another important player to the program when head coach Matt Lisle announced the signing of Kari Grow, a sophomore transfer from Green River CC in Auburn, Wash.

Grow, a native of Selah, Wash., appeared in 30 games as a second baseman for Green River CC in 2015, hitting .407 with six doubles, a home run, 21 RBI, eight stolen bases and just seven strikeouts in 86 at-bats.

During her prep career at Selah High, Grow helped the team to a state championship in 2013 and was named a first team all-league infielder and won the team Leadership Award in 2014.

"I'm so excited to add Kari to our already incredible incoming 2015 class," said Lisle. "She has a great glove and bat and will look to step in and make a contribution right away."

Track and field

Menlo College head coach Dan Noel has added three more members to his squad with the signing of Ibrahima Mobley, Vincent Tran and Scott Blomquist plus the addition of current student-athlete Brandon Bell.

"Ibrahima is a talented hurdler, as well as a fierce and determined competitor," said Noel. "He has tremendous potential, which we look forward to helping him realize."

Mobley comes to the Oaks after a successful career at Lincoln High in San Francisco where he is currently the school recordholder in the 300 hurdles. He is a two-time California State Meet qualifier and he finished fifth in the 300 hurdles as a senior when he ran back-to-back lifetimes bests in the prelims and finals.

A multi-discipline talent, Mobley was the San Francisco Section champion in both the 100 meters and 300 IH in 2012 and 2015.

In addition to his prep accomplishments, Mobley also competed in the 2015 USATF Junior National Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Tran (Hoquiam, Wash.) and Blomquist (San Jose) come to the Oaks after solid prep and intercollegiate competition, respectively.

Tran finished fifth in the 400-meter state final in Washington's 1A Division and was a member of the fourth-place 4x100 relay team. Despite having transferred from the soccer field to the track only recently, Tran cemented himself as the team's captain. A dual-sport talent, he was also named first team all-league on the football field for the Grizzlies and was a Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.

Blomquist comes to Menlo by way of De Anza College, where he competed in sprints, relays and jumps. He finished in the top five in both the 400 and 800 at the Coast Conference Championship. In addition to competing, Blomquist worked with the sprinters and jumpers as a member of the coaching staff at Monta Vista High in Cupertino.

"Scott and Vince are both versatile athletes, capable of contributing to our program across numerous events," said Noel.

Bell, a native of Largo, Fla., joins the track and field team after playing running back on the football team. He finished his career third all-time in rushing yards with 1,250.

— Menlo College Athletics

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