Men's Athletes of the Week
Comets' Farley, Mesa's Buckley are Men's Athletes of Week
April 21, 2015 - Palomar College swimmer Rich Farley and San Diego Mesa high jumper Kei-Jian Buckley are the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week for April 13-19.
Farley led the Comets to the team title at the PCAC Championships they hosted on Thursday through Saturday. He was named Co-Men's Swimmer of the Year.
Farley won the 500 freestyle in 4:44.33, and the 200 freestyle in 1:42.52 and 100 freestyle in :47.45, then coming from 10 yards behind on the anchor leg to give Palomar first place in the 400 freestyle relay in the final event of the meet. The Comets won by almost two seconds in the race (3:11.06 to 3:12.41 for second-place Mesa) and outscored the runner-up Olympians 821-761 for the team title.
Carlsbad High alumnus Farley, a two-sport standout, is a second-generation Comet. His father, Paul Farley, also was a swimming and water polo star for Palomar.
Farley, a two-sport standout, is a second-generation Comet. His father, Paul Farley, also was a swimming and water polo star for Palomar.
Buckley, a freshman from Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon who originally signed with the University of Oregon, went 6 feet, 9.49 inches to win the high jump in the PCAC Championships at Mesa.
He's aiming to surpass his career best of 7 feet, 1 inch which won the event against four-year college opponents at the 2014 Oregon Preview Meet at Eugene.
Honorable mention went to Cuyamaca pole vaulter Alexander Law and Palomar baseball pitcher Taylor Turski.
Law, a sophomore from Otay Ranch High, went 16 feet, 0.91 inches to win pole vault at the PCAC Championships.
Turski, a freshman from Temecula Valley High School, threw four-hit ball over the first seven innings to run his win-loss record to 4-0 in the nationally seventh-ranked Comets' 8-0 win over Grossmont. He lowered his earned run average to 0.86, second-best in the state.