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Menlo College seniors go out in style, upset No. 24 Westmont

 

Tyler Evans scored 19 points, one of six players to reach double figures, and the Menlo College men's basketball team upset visiting No. 24 Westmont, 93-79, Saturday in the Golden State Athletic Conference regular season finale.

Adam Griffin added 15 points, Brad Sawin had 14, Dylan Severson 12 and Kalan Camero 10. Ryan Wilson grabbed 14 rebounds to go with his 10 points as the Oaks (10-19, 4-12 GSAC) ended the season on a high note. Skylar Sexton had nine points.

Griffin hit a 3-pointer midway through the first half to give Menlo a 22-20 advantage, part of a 18-7 run, and a lead it never relinquished.

Women's basketball

Aliyah Brantley scored 16 points and Madison Michelis added nine, but Menlo dropped a 79-52 decision to Golden State Athletic Conference champion Westmont on Saturday.

The Oaks finished their first year in the conference at 4-12, 11-18 overall.

Baseball

Menlo College swept a nonconference doubleheader from visiting Shawnee State, 6-1 and 17-4, on Saturday.

The Oaks (13-7) host Simpson in a nonconference twinbill on Tuesday.

Nick Bonniksen went the distance in the opener, supported by home runs from Nick Quejado and Reed Kienle.

Garrett Gemgnani hit a pair of homers and drove in five runs in the nightcap. Lucas Erceg also homered and drove in four. Kienle had two hits and drove in three.

Track and field

CUPERTINO, Calif. – Menlo College Track & Field competed in its first meet of the 2016 season and had a strong overall showing including a first place finish at 400m from Ibrahima Mobley. In total, four individuals and one relay team placed in an encouraging first meet of the season.

"This was exactly what we wanted from our opener," said Head Coach Dan Noel. "We competed well, but also identified lots of areas we can key on to improve. After so much training, we were glad to be on the track again, and are hungry for more."

Mobley headlined Menlo's performance at De Anza by finishing first at 400m with a time of 50.24. Primarily a hurdler, Mobley will return to his primary discipline when Menlo competes at CSU Stanislaus next weekend. Teammate Porter Hansen also showed well in the 400m, finishing fourth with a time of 51.27.

Menlo had its 4x400m relay team of Porter Hansen, Scott Blomquist, Vince Tran and Ibrahima Mobley race their way to a second place finish with a time of 3:24.37. Menlo's final male placer was thrower Timothy Burke who finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 38' 3.5".

On the women's side, distance standout Megan Thompson put together another banner day, finishing her first career 1500m race and following it up with a lifetime best 2:30.30 in the 800m, good for second place.

Menlo returns to action on March 5 when they take part in the Kim Duyst Invitational at CSU Stanislaus.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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