UCD roundup: Haynesworth heads to UCD; Hutchison in U.S. Amateur
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UCD roundup: Haynesworth heads to UCD; Hutchison in U.S. Amateur

Skyline College basketball standout Noah Haynesworth will continue his hard-court career with the Aggies, UC Davis men’s head coach Jim Les announced this week.

“It’s been a dream of mine to play at the next level, I’m forever grateful for the opportunity to play Division I basketball,” Haynesworth said. “I am beyond blessed to further my academic and athletic career at UC Davis,” he added.

“Noah is an accomplished student-athlete. His high character and athletic abilities will fit seamlessly into our program,” UCD associate head coach Kevin Nosek reported,

Haynesworth started 39 of 53 games in two years at Skyline College, including all 27 played in a 2019-20 season that saw him shoot 46 percent, average 10.3 points and grab 7.4 rebounds per game.  

A team captain, the 6-2 guard ended his junior-college career with second-team all-conference accolades and was recognized as the top men’s basketball student-athlete in the north state by the California Community College Men’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Awarded the Philip and Ellis Garlington Scholarship (recognizing the school’s top student-athlete at Skyline), he graduated magna cum laude with a psychology degree.  

The Mill Valley native joined Skyline’s program after enjoying an outstanding multi-sport career at Tamalpais High. Even though he competed in football and volleyball, his commitment to basketball played a key role in the Red Tailed Hawks’ success.

As a prep, Haynesworth led THS to consecutive 21-win seasons and deep runs in the North Coast Section playoffs. He also ran the Black Student Union and was named Marin Foundation Student-Athlete of the Year when he graduated from Tamalpais in 2018.

Hutchison to U.S. Amateur

Thanks to his top-64 finish at last year’s U.S. Amateur Championship, UC Davis golfer Thomas Hutchison has been named to the 2020 field of 264 next month at Bandon Duner Golf Resort (Ore.)

Because of the pandemic, the event will be comprised of players based on a variety of exemption categories.

Stroke play runs from Aug. 10-11 (18 holes each day), followed by the round of 64 in match play on Aug. 12.

The Pioneer High (San Jose) grad enters his senior Aggie campaign. He had seven top-25 finishes last season, and led the Aggies with a 71.38 stroke average over 24 rounds.

In June 2019, Hutchison also advanced to match play at the British Amateur.

Goodisson honored

Sophomore distance runner and managerial economics major Eva Goodisson — plus the two UC Davis track and field teams — earned all-academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the organization announced Wednesday.

Goodisson met each of the three criteria for individual distinction: a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or better, at least two semesters or three quarters at the nominating institution and a top-96 individual national ranking or top-48 showing in a relay during the last indoor season.
Goodisson, a New Zealand native, ranked 80th nationally in the 3,000-meter run, thanks to a 9:26.57 effort at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship.

Both UC Davis men’s and women’s squads, under the direction of head coach Ngoni Makusha, were selected as all-academic teams. For this honor, the entire NCAA squad list must have a combined cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Aggie women had a 3.495 average, while the men checked in a 3.165. This marks the first USTFCCCA team academic award for the UC Davis women since 2015. It is the first such honor for the men’s program.

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