COC Cross Country Team
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Release No. COC-11.22.14-StateChamps
November 22, 2014

Men’s Team Crowned State Champions; Women's Team Places 2nd in State ​

FRESNO, Calif. — The College of the Canyons men’s cross country team is hoisting a state championship trophy for the first time since 1975, as the Cougars ran to a 79-86 victory over three-time defending state champs American River College at the 2014 California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Cross Country State Championships in Fresno on Saturday, Nov. 22.

The women’s team also had a successful trip to Fresno, finishing in second place behind eventual champions Mt. San Antonio College to end its season on a high note. Western State Conference (WSC) rival Glendale College took third place.

With its win, the men’s cross country program achieves the cross country equivalent of a triple crown season — taking the WSC title, the SoCal Regional title and the State Championship.

Meanwhile, the women’s program took the WSC’s second spot before placing third in Southern California, but second in the state!

Head coach Lindie Kane becomes the first female coach to win a CCCAA men’s cross country state championship.

The men’s team was led by sophomore Grant Stromberg’s time of 20:26, which was good enough for seventh place and JC All-American honors.

Sophomore Rodrigo Ornelas crossed the finish line of the four-mile course in 15th place with a time of 20:38, with freshman Ethan Walker a step behind in 16th place at 20:39.

Rounding out the Canyons team were freshman Jason Hillquist (20:45) in 19th place and sophomore Robert Pion (20:47) in 22nd.

On the women’s side, sophomore Dominique Dowell earned JC All-American honors for the second consecutive year, finishing 10th with a time of 18:34.

Freshman Shalyn Mabritto was also named a JC All-American after finishing the 5K course in 11th place at 18:37. Freshman Amanda DeJesus (19:06), Lizeth Flores (19:14) and Alexandra Whitman (19:16) finished 22nd, 29th and 32nd, respectively.

Dowell and fellow sophomore runner Amanda Meredith were also named 2014 Academic All-State Honorees.

A combined 450 runners from 56 community colleges competed in this year’s State Championship. Both the men’s and women’s fields consisted of 18 Southern California and 10 Northern California teams.

This is the second men’s cross country state championship in College of the Canyons history.​