The men’s golf team continued their spring schedule with a stop in Scottsdale, Ariz. at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic. Squaring off against 21 teams from around the nation, the Highlanders started the tournament near the middle of the pack with a 12th-place finish after the first round. Sam Gillis led Riverside with a two-round score of 142 (71-71), which was tied for 21st place in the individual standings. On day two, UC Riverside slipped two places down the ladder as the team shot its worst score in the last, and most important round, finishing the classic in 14th place out of 21 teams.
The season continues to drag on for the women’s tennis team as the Highlanders suffered their 17th loss of their 2014 campaign at the hands of Cal State Fullerton, 7-0. Playing in their home courts at Andulka Park, UCR lost all three doubles matches, mustering only six points. In singles, the Titans bulldozed over their competition as not one singles match went to three sets. Cal State Fullerton tallied five 6-0 sets while dropping only 17 games combined. The women’s tennis team now prepares for the final stretch of the season. They travel to Irvine to face UC Irvine on Thursday, April 17 before returning home to square off against Long Beach State on Friday, April 18.
UC Riverside athletics director Jim Wooldridge and the university’s athletics department announced the hiring of Dennis Cutts as UCR’s head men’s basketball coach. Cutts served as interim head coach during the 2013-2014 season after Wooldridge’s hiring as athletics director. “I’d first like to thank Chancellor Wilcox and Jim Wooldridge for the faith they’ve shown in allowing me, as well as my staff, to lead our men’s basketball program,” said Cutts in an official statement. “My wife, Evon, and I have made the Inland Empire our home, and we look forward to continuing to be a part of this community as we build a program that all of Riverside can take pride in.”
Track and Field
Caleb Stuart was the man of the hour for the UC Riverside track and field team over the weekend. Stuart won the premier division of the hammer throw at the 35th Sun Angel Track Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The redshirted senior cleared over 65.59 meters on his first throw, earning him top individual honors. Teammate Uchenna Oniah finished in third place in the second division of the hammer throw. On the women’s side, Shaneen Casada finished in ninth place with a distance of 49.98 meters.