San José State University women’s track and field’s Destiny Longmire and baseball’s Andrew Mitchel and Shane Timmons are the Spartan Foundation Student-Athletes of the Month for May, presented by O’Connor Hospital.
Longmire became the first San José State women's track and field athlete to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with her sixth place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships West Preliminary Round meet. She won the women's long jump at 2018 Mountain West Championship and became the second athlete in conference history to win the women's outdoor long jump championship as a freshman and a sophomore. She is the sixth athlete in MW history to win the women's outdoor long jump championship twice in a college career. Longmire also ran the anchor leg on the Spartans' school record setting 4x400 relay team at the MW Championship that finished seventh and added to San José State's best point total (55) in its five-year conference meet history.
In the month of May, Mitchel recorded a 1.71 ERA in 26.1 innings pitched. In his last four starts, he faced three of the top-10 hitting teams in the nation and allowed five earned runs the entire month with 29 strikeouts. At the Mountain West Tournament against San Diego State, Mitchel struck out nine batters and held the Aztecs to two earned runs and earned a spot on the 2018 MW All-Tournament Team.
In game two against Air Force on senior weekend, Timmons recorded the game-winning hit to punch the Spartan’s ticket to the Mountain West Tournament, and clinch third place in the Mountain West – the program’s highest finish since San José State joined the conference in 2013. Timmons was responsible for all six of San José State's runs on May 18. In the bottom of the third, he hit a grand slam to left field for the 26th home run of his career to take a 4-0 lead. Timmons broke John Fagan's career record of 25, set nearly 20 years ago, to become San José State's all-time home runs leader with 26. In the month of May, he batted .365 in 14 starts and recorded a .538 slugging percentage.
The Spartan Foundation Student-Athletes of the Month are presented by O’Connor Hospital, the proud official healthcare sponsor of the San José State Spartans. O’Connor and the Spartans – Together in Health.