Athletes of the year 2014-2015


Mohamed Bafakih, Marcus Castro, Mason J. Rockfellow, Elias C. Ahumada, Rip Staff


1.) Kyra Saunders, track and field

The 19-year-old freshman on Bakersfield College’s track and field team, Saunders has made history at BC this year by breaking the 200-meter dash record with a time of 24.78 seconds. She was on the team that broke the 4×100-meter relay record with a time of 47.66. Her personal record in the 100-meter dash is 12.05. Her PR for the long jump is 17.19 feet. She has qualified for the Southern California finals in the 100, 200, and long jump on May 9. Saunders must do well there in order to qualify for the California State Championships.

2.) Nakia Page, basketball

Western State Conference – South Division MVP and SoCal All-State Second Team selection, Page led the Renegades’ women’s basketball team to a record-setting season that ended with an outright conference championship and a trip to the third round of the regional playoffs – snapping nearly a quarter century drought in the program’s history. Page averaged 17.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, and two blocks on the season.

3.) Lexi Zimmerman, swim

The sophomore swimmer capped off her BC career with a third place finish at state in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:26.79. Zimmerman holds school records in the 50 and 100 breaststroke. She will be attending school in the fall at California State University, East Bay where she will also swim.

4.) Jessica Campbell, track/cross-country

Campbell has been a top mid-distance runner on her track and field team all season where she runs in the 800-meter, 1,500-meter, and the 3,000-meter. Also a member of the BC cross-country team in the fall, Campbell went to State and placed 38 out of 197. She has qualified for the Southern California finals in the 1,500 and must do well there in order to advance to the California State Championships.

5.) Claesey Tarver, basketball

Carrying heavy minutes due to her two-way abilities, Tarver averaged 12 points per game in a team-high of 25 minutes of action. A First Team All-Conference player, Tarver was also a finalist for the Most Valuable Renegade award at the 2015 Student Leadership and Recognition Awards Ceremony.

6.) Alex Avila, softball

Avila lead the BC softball team offensively with 66 hits overall (10th), 55 runs overall (7th) and 28 in conference (9th). Avila also led in stolen bases at 13 in conference (9th) and was only caught stealing twice in conference (5th).

7.) Leah Theroux, track/XC

Theroux was the Western State Conference Champion in the 800-meter run for Bakersfield College’s track and field team this season with a time of 2 minutes 19.43 seconds. She went to state in cross-country and placed 72 out of 197. Theroux has qualified for the Southern California finals in the 800. She must do well there in order to advance to the California State Championships.

8.) Sara Klang, swim

The freshman out of Garces was a vital piece of the women’s swim team. Klang finished in third in the 500 freestyle and 200 butterfly at the conference meet which qualified her for the state meet.

9.) Victoria Pyle, soccer

The Week 1 Western State Conference Athlete of the Week led the Renegades’ soccer team in goals (8), points (19), and game-winning goals (3).

10.) Tyler Herring, volleyball

Herring was a sophomore on BC’s volleyball team. She was 17th in the state in blocks (85) and 8th in state in block assists (62). Herring scored 334 points, which put her at 37th in state.



Cross-Country: Emily Freeman (Fr), Kelly Hartfield (Fr), Yareli Ocampo (Fr), Monet Portillo (Fr), Paola Silvestre (So)

Women’s Golf: Lindsey Mirabal (So)

Soccer: Cassie Boyer (Fr-D), Ali Castro (Fr-F), Guadalupe Chavez (Fr-D), Sidney Garcia (Fr-GK), Tina LaFore (So-D), Cassandra Lopez (Fr-F), Erin Morales (So-D), Danielle Vargas (Fr-F)

Volleyball: Jade Delgadillo (Fr-S), Kourtney Grantz (So-OH), Stephanie Lugo (Fr-RS), Lorena Ramirez (Fr-LB), Kayla Romero (Fr-OH)

Women’s Basketball: Khiylah Dean (So-PG), Yoemma Esparza (So-PG), Alex Green (So-PG), Rosebrooke Hunt (So-F), McKaiela Tyler (Fr-G)

Softball: Erin Huckaby (So-INF), Trinidad Lee (Fr-P), Isabelle Martinez (Fr-INF), Vanessa Moralez (So-C), Brooke Quiddam (So-P)

Swimming (Women): Paige Richardson (So), Briana Smith (Fr)

Track and Field (Women): Nicole Lewis (So), Liliana Portillo (Fr), Amanda Reyes (Fr), DeannaLynn Rubio (So), Tyra Saunders (Fr), Paola Silvestre (So)