Athletes of the Week: Christian Widmer & Elysia Hodges

Elysia Hodges

Elysia Hodges

Christian Widmer

Christian Widmer

San Marcos volleyball player Christian Widmer and Westmont Track & Field runner Elysia Hodges were named Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Athletes of the Week on Monday.

Widmer led the Royals to a pair of huge Channel League victories last week to remain in the hunt for a league championship. Widmer amassed 51 assists in a clutch five-set win over first-place Santa Barbara and averaged 12 assists per set for the week.

Widmer is a left-handed 6’2″ junior setter for San Marcos.

“He leads our show and our show has been doing well as a result of that,” said Royals head coach Roger Kuntz of Widmer.

Hodges is coming off a record-setting day at the GSAC Championships.  Warriors head coach Russell Smelley took two minutes to recount all of Hodges’ accomplishments on Saturday.

“Elysia is a fiery competitor. She does not like to lose,” Smelley explained.

Hodges, a San Marcos High School graduate, won three GSAC titles including a double in the 400 meters and 400-meter hurdles. The sophomore was also a member of the 4×400 relay team that broke a GSAC record while qualifying for NAIA Nationals. Hodges’ time of 54.71 in the 400 meters was a personal best and again lowered her Westmont school record in that event.

Honorable Mentions included Ziad Sultan, UCSB Tennis; Rodrigo Schaefer, Westmont Tennis; Cliff Lekas, SBCC Track & Field; Ben Kingsley, Westmont Track & Field; Spencer Ekola, Bishop Diego Tennis; Olivia Smith, San Marcos Swimming; Bruna Magalhaes, SBCC Tennis.

The Athletes of the Week are selected each week by a panel of local sports media reporters. The candidates are identified by, Santa Barbara’s Community Sports News resource.

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