Freshman Ibrahima Mobley was named the Most Valuable Male Performer at the Golden State Athletic Conference track and field champions Saturday, helping the Menlo College men's team earned a second-place finish in its first year as a program.
Host Westmont College successfully defended its team title.
Mobley was the top scorer on the men's side, with 28 points. He won the 400 hurdles in 53.61 to earn a spot at the upcoming NAIA national championships.
"At the beginning of the meet, we talked about making the choice to succeed, about defying expectations and elevating one's self to the level of the competition," Oaks coach Dan Noel said. "For two days straight, in every single event, we embodied that mentality with an intensity that was simply awesome to behold."
Mobley also won the 110 hurdles in a time of 14.77, improving his B standard and a better shot at qualifying for the nationals in the event. He finished second in the 100, with a time of 10.95.
A number of other newcomers succeeded, including Joe Alvarez, who started throwing the hammer two months ago. He claimed all-conference honors with a third place on a personal best throw of 119-7.
Jonnythan Munkholm, who played basketball for the Oaks, cleared 6-4 3/4 to place second in the high jump. Elijah Noel, who finished seventh, and Scott Blomquist, who placed eighth, also scored in the event.
Noel, who placed second in the long jump on Friday, earned the win in the triple jump Saturday, leaping a personal best 46-1 1/2. Munkholm finished third (43-4 1/4), Skyler Sexton was fourth (41-11 1/4) and Jordan Lingard took eighth.
The Oaks 4x100 relay team of Porter Hansen, Noel, Scott Blomquist and Torisematse Ogedegbe set the tone for the final day, going 42.45 to win the event. Ogedegbe received the baton in second place behind Vanguard and overtook their anchor runner for the win.
Hansen knocked nearly a full second off his lifetime best in the 400, running 48.91 to finish second and claim all-conference honors. Also scoring in the event were Blomquist (sixth, 51.48) and Vince Tran (seventh, 51.89).
Ogedegbe added a fifth-place finish in the 100 and came back to win the 200 in 21.97. Hansen finished third.
In the final event of the day, the men's 4x400 relay team of Hansen, Blomquist, Tran and Ogedegbe made a statement by running 3:20.77, their fastest time of the season, to won by nearly three seconds.
On the women's side, Megan Thompson ran a personal best of 2:21.01 to finish sixth in the 800.
"From the start, we made the decision as a team not to let the typical expectations for a first year program define us," coach Noel said. "We embraced all the challenges that came with this process, and forged a team that I am so proud to be a part of. We sought to build a foundation for the future. I cannot think of a more fitting way to accomplish that goal than what we have done."
Mary Hall hit a home run and Brooke Shigematsu collected a pair of hits but the host Menlo College softball team dropped a 2-1 decision to San Diego Christian on Saturday in the semifinals of the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament.
The Oaks finished the season with a 30-20 mark, tying the school record for wins in a season.
San Diego Christian eventually lost, 7-6, to Arizona Christian in the championship game.
Menlo starter Jordan Kennedy gave her team a chance, allowing the two runs on six hits with no walks or strikeouts in four innings. Kelly Hager worked the final two innings, giving up a hit and striking out one.