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College Update: Navy, Collison head to NCAA Championships

College Update: Navy, Collison head to NCAA Championships
Crescenta Valley alumnus Gabe Collison, here running in a 2015 Crescenta Valley Summer Series race, La Crescenta, is heading to the NCAA National Championships with Navy. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Gabe Collison (Crescenta Valley High, 2014) United States Navy senior: For a second straight season, the Midshipmen are heading to the NCAA Championships.

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Navy secured a spot by finishing runner-up at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn. on Friday afternoon.

The Midshipmen finished with 109 points with all five scorers placing in the top 30. Only Princeton (57) was better.

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Collison, a former All-Area standout and CIF State qualifier, certainly played a big factor in Navy’s success.

The La Crescenta resident helped the cause by finishing third for his team and 24th overall with a mark of 30 minutes, 55.4 seconds on the 10-kilometer course.

Navy will be advancing to the NCAA Championships in Louisville at 8:45 a.m. (PST) on Saturday for a second straight year and 12th time overall in program history.

As a squad, Navy finished second in the Patriot League to Army, while Collison finished fourth for his team and 13th overall in 24:42.83 in the 8K league finals, also at Lehigh on Oct. 28.

Joe Mudie (St. Francis High, 2014) Chapman football senior: Mudie is having a sensational season for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions.

Chapman (6-2) is headed to the NCAA Division III Football Championship where it will play a first-round against host Mary Hardin-Baylor of Texas and Mudie is a huge reason why.

The running back carries 959 yards rushing (second in SCIAC), eight rushing scores, 119.9 yards per game (second in conference) and 7.4 yard per carry (first in conference) into the postseason.

On Sept. 30, Mudie scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown on an untimed down for the final play in a 42-40 victory against Pomona-Pitzer. He rushed for 104 yards in 21 carries and added a pair of catches for 32 yards and was named SCIAC Player of the Week for his efforts.

Chapman was scheduled to play Occidental on Saturday, but Occidental canceled its football season due to a depleted roster.

Chapman’s final game of the regular season ended up being a 48-38 win over Claremont Mudd-Scripps on Nov. 4. Mudie had 12 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns. His best game so far was likely a 38-21 win at La Verne on Oct. 21 in which he had 15 carries for 166 yards and two touchdowns. It was part of a span in which Mudie ran for greater than 100 yards in five straight games. He hasn’t rushed for less than 88 yards in a game this season. Heading into the playoffs, he’s run for touchdowns in three straight games.

Joe’s younger brother Will, an All-Area selection as a linebacker for St. Francis last season, is a freshman with Chapman and has tallied three tackles.

Grant Kraemer (Glendale Community College, 2015) Drake University senior: The senior gunslinger has more than proven himself an apt passer for the Bulldogs.

This season, Kraemer has completed 159 of 271 (59%) passing attempts for 2,348 yards and 16 touchdowns versus 10 interceptions.

In his last action Saturday, Kraemer and Drake roared to a 45-10 victory over host Campbell in Pioneer League action.

Kraemer was impressive in completing 17 of 20 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

Drake, which was picked to finish fourth in the coaches’ league preseason poll, is currently tied for second with a 6-4 overall mark and 5-2 conference record, which ties Drake with Jacksonville. San Diego leads the league at 8-2 and 7-0.

The tie at runner-up will be broken this weekend as Drake concludes the regular season hosting Jacksonville (7-3, 5-2) in Des Moines, Iowa at 11 a.m. (PST) on senior day.

Kayla Lund (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2017) Pitt volleyball freshman: A two-time All-Area Girls’ Volleyball Player of the Year and multiple-time MaxPreps All-American, Lund has already won three ACC Freshman of the Week honors this season and established herself as a stellar player on the NCAA Division I level.

She’s notched double-digit kills in six of her last seven matches and eight times overall this season.

Her latest effort was Sunday in a four-game win over Duke in which she had 12 kills and three digs. The win improved Pitt to 21-6 as it is in a three-way tie with NC State and Louisville atop the conference standings at 14-2.

For the season, Lund is fourth on the team with 172 kills, having played in 26 of her team’s 27 matches and 71 of 97 sets. She’s also tallied 136 digs, 28 blocks and 14 aces.

Sunday’s match was the last home tilt of the regular season for the Panthers with four matches remaining, beginning Friday at Clemson.

Sophia Coffey (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2015) Seton Hall volleyball junior: In Seton Hall’s latest match, a 3-1 Big East victory over St. John’s on Saturday, Coffey posted 27 assists and 10 digs.

It was her 11th double-double this season following a sophomore campaign in which she led Seton Hall with eight.

Seton Hall is led in assists by Coffey, who has 605. She’s also tallied 20 kills, 16 aces and 260 digs having played in all 110 sets and 29 matches for the team so far. She totaled 33 assists in a five-game win over Buffalo on Sept. 1 for a season-high.

The Pirates are 16-13, 10-6 in the Big East.

Coffey, who was a two-time All-Area Girls’ Volleyball Player of the Year, and Co. return to action with a conference matchup at home Friday against Butler.

Lara Minassians (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2017) Occidental College volleyball freshman: Minassians turned in a solid debut season for the Tigers and was recognized for her character on the court, as well.

Minassians, a setter, played in all 25 matches for Occidental and was named to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Sportsmanship Team.

Minassians’ 368 assists were second on the team and she added 25 kills, six aces and 49 digs.

Against Chapman on Oct. 3, Minassians turned in a season-high 40 assists in a 3-2 SCIAC victory. The freshman truly found her stride down the stretch as she notched double-digit assists in the final 10 matches of the season.

Oxy finished the year on Oct. 28 with a 3-0 loss to Chapman in which Minassians had 10 assists and four digs. The Tigers posted a 13-12 record with an 8-8 mark in conference.

Alissa Shinn (Crescenta Valley High, 2016) Pasadena City College sophomore: In her second season in the Crown City, the former All-Area Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year is putting on a show.

Shinn finished with an astounding 34 points and 25 rebounds to pace the Lancers to a 64-46 victory over Los Angeles Southwest College on Friday evening in the semifinals of the PCC President’s Roundball Classic.

Shinn’s 25 rebounds were the third-most by a PCC player ever and marked the first time any Lancer had tallied such a total since 1993. The combined total of points and rebounds was the second-best in school history.

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The only bad news for Shinn is that victory was followed up with a 72-36 loss to College of the Sequoias in Saturday’s tournament championship.

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Pasadena City College is 3-2 this season with Shinn leading the squad in points (22.8) and rebounds (13.2), while she’s second in blocks (1.8).

Pasadena’s squad also features Glendale High product Merina Latu and La Crescenta resident Elise Ortega, who’s averaging four points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.2 assists per game.

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