Men's Athletes of the Week
Mesa's Crabtree, Coyotes' Letuli are AOTW picks in PCAC
APR. 25, 2016 - San Diego Mesa College swimmer Brandon Crabtree and Cuyamaca track & field thrower Jovann Letuli have been selected as Men's Athletes of the Week in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
With his high school team from El Centro Southwest in attendance and very loud vocally in support of their former teammate, Crabtree, a Mesa freshman, led the repeat dual-meet champion Olympians to the PCAC team title in the conference championship meet.
Crabtree swept to three first places in individual events and swam on four winning relay teams. In the process, he broke two longstanding meet records (both set in 2009) in the 50-yard freestyle (20.65, the first PCAC swimmer under 21 seconds) and the 100 freestyle (45.14).
He anchored the Olympians' three conference championship relay teams (in the 400 medley team at 3:26.86, the 200 medley team in 1:34.57 and the 400 freestyle in 3:06.20). His 19.74 split in the 200 free relay was also the fastest in PCAC history and the first under 20 seconds.
Cuyamaca's Letuli, a sophomore out of San Diego High School who also starred in football on the offensive line for Grossmont College and has signed a Division I Letter of Intent with Akron University in that sport, won three events in the PCAC Championships.
Letuli won the discus with a throw of 166 feet, 6 inches, the hammer at 150-11 and the shot put at 45-2.5 in the meet at San Bernardino Valley College.
Honorable mention for the week went to Mt. San Jacinto golfer Nathan Brady, Mt. San Jacinto baseball right fielder Nick Gonzales and Mesa swimmer Neil Franka.
Brady, a freshman from Vista Murrieta High School, shot a 5-under-par 67 at Yucaipa Valley Golf Club in Yucaipa to take medalist honors in a six-way PCAC match as the Eagles broke a second-place tie in the conference standings with Palomar and moved into sole possession of second.
Gonzales, a sophomore from Riverside Poly High School, helped lead Mt. San Jacinto defeat San Diego City College 8-2 on Thursday and again 11-0 on Saturday. That helped ignite the Eagles as they re-took second place by a half-game over Palomar in a three-way battle for the conference title involving first-place Grossmont, the Eagles and Comets with one week to play in the PCAC season. Gonzales went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI on Thursday. On Saturday, he came back to spark Mt. San Jac with a triple and three RBIs. Franka, the PCAC Athlete of the Week on March 7, was voted Co-PCAC Swimmer of the Year honors with teammate Crabtree after the conference finals but by conference guidelines couldn't receive the AOTW award a second time in the same season. The sophomore from University City High School swept to wins in all three of his individual events and swam on four championship relay teams in the conference finals.
Franka broke three individual meet records (51.50 to break his own mark in the 100-yard backstroke while leading off the 400 medley relay team, 1:52.04 in the 200 individual medley and 49.4 to break his own mark in the 100 butterfly. He also was part of three meet record-setting relays (400 medley, 3:26.86), 200 medley (1:34.57) and 400 freestyle (3:06.20).