Women's Athlete of the Week
Miramar's Salazar picked as Women's Athlete of Week
NOV. 25, 2014 - San Diego Miramar College's Karolina Salazar has been selected as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athlete of the Week for the week that ended Sunday.
Salazar, a sophomore forward from Escondido High School, scored her fifth goal in Miramar's last six games as the Jets, who received a first-round bye, defeated Los Angeles Pierce in overtime 2-1 in the second round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs.
Salazar scored in the ninth minute off Sinai Garcia's assist to give Miramar a 1-0 lead on the way to its ninth victory in a row. The Jets (16-2-2), champions of the PCAC's Northern Division, will take a 17-game unbeaten streak into the third round.
She previously scored the game's only goal as Miramar defeated PCAC runner-up Mt. San Jacinto (15-3-3) in a 1-0 match-up that determined the division champion.
Honorable mention went to Southwestern cross country runner Amitat Olowara, a previous Athlete of the Week award winner, Palomar basketball player Keisha Cox and Mt. San Jacinto basketball player Sarina Johnson.
Olowara, a freshman from Anti Ayds Girls Comprehensive High School in Lagos, Nigeria and her country's national champion in the 1500 meters, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters two years ago, won the CCCAA state cross country title at Woodward Park in Fresno. She ran the 5-kilometer course in 16:59.7 to defeat runner-up Yesinia Silva from College of the Sequoias who finished in 17:33.8. Olowara was named AOTW for the week ending Sept. 7. An individual cannot win the honor a second time in the same season.
Cox, a 5-foot-8 sophomore guard from Mission Hills High School who played one previous season for Saddleback, scored 18 points while playing less than half the game as the Comets defeated Rio Hondo 83-33. She came back the next night to score 27 points in a 77-57 win over Los Angeles Valley as Palomar advanced to 6-0 on the season. Rio Hondo and Valley have lost two games between them all season, other than their losses to the Comets.
Johnson, a 5-foot-8 freshman guard from Hemet High School, was named MVP of the High Desert Classic at Barstow College after leading the Eagles (5-1 on the season) to the championship. Johnson scored 13 points and also contributed 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals as the Eagles defeated Porterville 79-47. She led Mt. San Jac over Los Angeles Pierce in the semifinals with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. And she had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists as the Eagles downed Cuesta 55-50 for the championship.