Athletes of the Week

Week of April 28, 2014

Melissa Skiba

Track & Field

SCIAC Athlete of the Week

The Cal Lutheran women’s track and field team won the 2014 SCIAC title outright thanks to an extraordinary effort from junior harrier Melissa Skiba. The distance runner did not only run three events at the meet, which included five races, but she went on to win two individual SCIAC crowns and was runner-up in her third race. She pushed her body to limits no other competitor did over the weekend. Skiba won the 800m in a CLU school record time of 2:15.24 after running the event for the first time less than a month ago, went on to win her signature event, the 1,500m, by more than four seconds in 4:32.18 and came back to run the 5,000m in 17:28.69 to take second. Currently she is ranked nationally in all three events and will represent CLU at NCAA Division III Championships in late May.

Jake Petersen


Playing under the weather with the flu, Jake Petersen started the weekend at the SCIAC Post Season Tournament in the DH role against La Verne, threw a complete game while batting third in a win over Chapman on Saturday and came back on Sunday as the left fielder to contribute in the clincher. Overall, he hit .571 with eight hits and a walk, scoring four times while also recording a win on the hill. Against the Leos he singled in the first inning and scored one of four runs. Later in the game he hustled out a pair of infield singles for a three-hit game in an 8-5 victory. Saturday, he took the ball and threw a complete game, near shutout, scattering nine hits and two runs while striking out five Panthers. At the plate he aided his own cause with two hits, a walk and a run. In the tournament finale, Petersen produced another three-hit game with a fourth inning double and two runs scored and two putouts in the outfield as No. 7 Cal Lutheran advanced to the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the second consecutive year.