Athletes of the Week
Track & Field
SCIAC Athlete of the Week
Melissa Skiba capped off her collegiate career with a National title run in the 5,000m at the 2015 NCAA Division III Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships last weekend. The senior focused on the race all spring and reached the highest of accomplishments with a four-plus second win on a cool, windy day in New York. Her time of 17:04.04 was off her personal best mark, but in a tactical race she stayed alongside the top runners throughout before pulling ahead of the pack with 600 meters remaining to win her first championship and lock up her fifth All-America honor (cross country and track and field) in as many national races. Skiba became the second CLU National champion in program history. She was also selected as the West Region Track Athlete of the Year, which was announced at the National banquet last week in conjunction with the Championships meet. Skiba graduates as one of the most talented distances runners Cal Lutheran has ever seen.
Moises Cardenas earned his second straight All-America honor after advancing to the Quarterfinals at the 2015 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships. The Van Nuys, Calif. native took care of No. 7 Robert Kjellberg from North Carolina Wesleyan in the Round of 32 with a 7-5, 6-2 win and used a come-from-behind 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 victory later that afternoon to punch a ticket to the Quarterfinals and advance farther than he ever has before. Squaring off against No. 2 Chris Krimbill of Case Western Reserve, Cardenas opened with a 7-5 victory but ultimately dropped the next two sets to see his outstanding career come to a close. During his two-year CLU career for the Violet and Gold, Cardenas earned a pair of All-America nods, two All-SCIAC selections and numerous Academic accolades.