Men's Athletes of the Week
First PCAC honors to Jags’ Martinez, Coyotes’ Ortiz
SEPT. 8, 2014 - The first Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Athlete of the Week awards for 2014-15 have gone to Southwestern College cross country runner George Martinez and Cuyamaca soccer player Jesus Ortiz.
Martinez, a sophomore from Sweetwater High School and the runner-up in the 2013 race, ran to a first-place finish in the 4th Annual Rio Hondo Cross Country Classic at Legg Lake Park in South El Monte and has been honored as conference Athlete of the Week for the week that ended on Sunday.
Martinez covered the 4.0-mile course in 19:35 to defeat El Camino’s Teddy Kasa, the runner-up, who ran 19:50. Martinez’ victory led the way as the Jaguars won the team championship with 34 points compared to 62 points for Riverside City College and 68 for El Camino. The Tigers and Warriors finished 2-3 I the 12-team field.
Ortiz, playing in goal for the Coyotes, has been selected for the Athlete of the Week award for the first week of the fall sports season that ended on Aug. 31. He notched three saves as Cuyamaca battled to a 1-1 tie with Long Beach City College. Ortiz came back this past week to shut out Citrus 3-0.
Honorable mention for the two-week period was awarded to Southwestern football player Tofi Paopao , Palomar football player Dylan Donahue, Mt. San Jacinto football player Casey Rogers and Cuyamaca cross country runner Matthew Duke.
Paopao, an Oceanside High School product who spent last season as a redshirt at Florida International University, connected on 19-of-30 pass attempts for 187 yards and two touchdowns as Southwestern dedicated refurbished DeVore Stadium by defeating Grossmont 35-7.
Donahue, a sophomore from Billings West High School in Billings, Montana who is one of the nation’s most sought-after defensive end prospects, was only cleared on Friday from an injury that kept him out of practice all week and didn’t start the Comets’ season opener with Citrus on Saturday. But once he entered the game he dominated it as Palomar opened its season with a 35-28 win over the Owls. He recorded four sacks for 47 yards and also had seven solo tackles and quarterback hurry.
Rogers, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound quarterback from Fruita, Colorado who came to the Eagles from the Marine Corps, was 19-for-37 passing for 207 yards and two touchdowns in Mt. San Jacinto’s 27-20 season-opening loss to Antelope Valley.
Duke, a freshman from Point Loma High School, was the top PCAC finisher in the Palomar Invitational, running the 4.0-mile course at Guajome Regional Park in 21:55 to place sixth.