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Sports Shorts: Friday, March 29

What's happening with local sports in Riverside.

Greenbelt Speedway

What started as a pretty cool way to spend a Sunday morning became an instant legend of an event. A few local hot rodders seized a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and took a dirt field in the greenbelt and turned it into a make-do racetrack for one incredible day. No one was sure of the legality of it all but no one intended to ask permission.

It was built in a Field of Dreams moment, and they came. A dozen or so vintage hot rods and roadsters from all over Southern California showed up south of Victoria Avenue, ready to race but not totally sure of what was going to happen.

What happened was some really cool cars took a few spins around the quarter-mile track and kicked up some dust. I’m not sure it ever turned into a race in the proper sense, but just being there at the first and final Greenbelt Speedway felt like a win.

Following Up

CBU Women’s Basketball fell to UCLA 84-55 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Lancers were playing in their first-ever NCAA tournament game. Senior Forward Kinsley Barrington’s 18 points were a real bright spot in a match where CBU never found the rhythm that propelled them to an incredible 28-3 regular season record. CBU is graduating about half of its current team. Still, it has shown that it plans to be a regular contender for the WAC automatic bid. UCLA will play their Sweet Sixteen game against LSU on March 30.

In another follow-up, CBU Lancers Hunter Leake and Elijah Griffin were the first to represent the school in the NCAA wrestling tournament. Griffin won two early-round matches, but neither of the young men was able to make deep runs in the competition.