Taft College baseball coach Vince Maiocco's 100-mile bicycle ride fundraising was a success – and then some.
He and partner Kristopher Stallworth, a photography instructor at Bakersfield College, actually finished with a total of 106 miles for the six hour trip from the TC campus to Hart Park north of Bakersfield and back. They averaged 17 miles per hour.
He hadn't totaled up yet how much the long ride on a hot Saturday earned for his baseball program.
He did it to help fill gaps created by budget cuts.
"In these days of cutbacks you have to try to get creative," he said.
Maiocco had never ridden that far.
"I did a 75-mile trip earlier in the summer, but never anything like this."
He was confident he could make it.
So was his boss – TC Athletic Director Kanoe Bandy.
"I knew he could do it," she said.
Maiocco and Stallworth got a festive sendoff when they pedaled out of the campus courtyard early in the morning.
More than 50 students – most of them athletes – gave them a cheer and released brightly colored balloons.
"What a great sendoff," Bandy said. "It also was a preview of things to come. Next year we are planning a bigger bike ride or bike race."
The sendoff was organized by Myisha Cutrona, adviser of TC's Associated Student Body and head coach of the Cougar women's soccer team.