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Liam Laughlin completed a sweep of three Coast Conference throwing championships Saturday at College of San Mateo, adding the discus and javelin throws to the shot put title he had won on Wednesday. Coast Conference player of the year Lafu Malepeai leads top seed College of San Mateo into the California Community College Athletic Association softball regionals Friday and Saturday at College Heights.

College of San Mateo is hosting the Coast Conference track and field championships this week, with the trials Wednesday and the finals Saturday. The Bulldogs have posted several league-leading performances in recent weeks.

College of San Mateo had a school record-smashing day at the Mt. SAC Relays Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, site of the 2022 California Community College state meet.

College of San Mateo’s Liam Laughlin didn’t shy away from some of the top collegiate throwers in the nation over the weekend at the Stanford Invitational at Angell field and CSM used the elite competition to improve its 4 x 400 meter relay track rankings. Softball outscored three foes by a 24-1 margin last week to extend its current winning streak to 17 games, and Beach volleyball swept a pair of Coast Conference foes last week.

San Mateo County community college basketball teams haven’t had a ton of playoff experiences over the last 20 years. But the last two years has seen a renaissance of sorts. Last year, the Cañada men’s team made a run to the Northern California semifinals and this season, both the College of San Mateo men and the Skyline women are in position to make the postseason. “I just want to the ability to play our best basketball in February and March,” said CSM head coach Mike Marcial, who has led the Bulldogs into the playoff race in the program’s first year back after a 36-year hiatus.

Host College of San Mateo crowned three women state champions and finished sixth at the California Community College Athletic Association Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday at College Heights Stadium.

Yan-Jun “Sophie” Liao has already become the most accomplished College of San Mateo women’s sprinter this century. Now, she is shooting for the best standing in program history.

Having grown up in Taipei City, Yan-Jun “Sophie” Liao relocated to Foster City late last year for the opportunity to further an already prestigious amateur track and field career. As a freshman at College of San Mateo, she has certainly done that, having emerged as one of the greatest sprinters in the history of the women’s program.

If you’re a track and field fan, I suggest you take in a College of San Mateo track meet before one of the best sprinters you’ll ever get to see in person moves on.

There is a track and field smorgasbord Saturday on the Peninsula as two big-name meets will be contested. Serra hosts the annual Top 7, while up the hill, College of San Mateo hosts the just as iconic Bob Rush State Meet Preview.