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Briefs: 'Eaters get best of 49ers

July 06, 2010

UCI claims Black & Blue Series trophy after baseball team clinches yearly multi-sport duel with Long Beach State.

UC Irvine won the Black & Blue Series trophy, the prize given to the annual overall winner of athletic competition between the Anteaters and Big West Conference rival Long Beach State, for the third consecutive year.

The trophy, created five years ago, is decided by point totals accumulated by teams in all sports that the two schools have in common.

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UCI earned a 23-20 advantage over the 49ers, clinching with a baseball sweep of their conference series, May 28-30.

Victories recorded by UCI teams in the 2009-10 school year included men's basketball, men's volleyball, women's volleyball, women's basketball, men's and women's water polo, women's soccer, women's tennis and men's golf.

— From staff reports

UCI's Collins honored

The UC Irvine Alumni Assn. recognized senior Lauren Collins as the Outstanding Student-Athlete at the 40th annual Lauds & Laurels ceremony May 13 at the Fairmont Newport Beach.

She was one of 18 individuals honored for their commitment to UCI. Awardees were selected by a committee of alumni, faculty, students and volunteers.

Collins won the high jump at the 2009 Big West Conference Track & Field Championships with a school-record mark of 6-11/4 and she finished 10th in the high jump at the 2009 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

She broke her own school record in the heptathlon with 5,549 points in winning the Northridge Spring Break Open in March, 2009. She ranks No. 2 all-time at UCI in the 100-meter hurdles (13.96).

Collins won the heptathlon at the 2007 Big West Conference Championships with a then-school-record total of 5,512 points.

The sociology major was a four-time Big West scholar-athlete. She was recognized as UCI's 2009-10 female Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year and UCI's 2009 female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Collins was sidelined for the latter part of the 2010 season with a foot injury.

—From staff reports

Clark, DuFault shine

Sophomore Carson Clark and junior Jordan DuFault were named All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation by a vote of men's volleyball coaches.

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