Contact Information for De Anza XC Coach Nick Mattis
Head Coach Nick Mattis Phone: 408.864.5731
Pictured: 2011 & 2012 Northern California Champions and Coast Conference Champions
The 2013 season came to an end in Fresno at the State Championships for the 7th straight year. The women finished the meet in 25th place. The team was led by Marisa D'Orfani who was the only Don to break the 20:00 minute barrier as she finished in 77th place with a time of 19:58 out of 207 runners in the race. Andrew Kuo led the Men to a 21st place finish as he finished in 72nd place with a time of 21:39 on the 4 mile course. Connor Prior and Alex Stanford finished in 100 and 101 in the race of 203 competitors. Prior and Stanford both had a time of 21:58 as Prior out leanded his teammate at the finish.
Northern California Championships
The Dons Cross Country Teams will be headed to the State Championships for the 7th straight year. Both teams did what it took to advance to Fresno for the 7th year in a row, which is currently the second longest streak by any school in Northern California. Marisa D'Orfani ran a personal best breaking the 19 minute mark for the first time with her 18:53 time. D'Orfani finished in 9th place overall to earn 2nd Team All-Northern California Honors. Both teams finished in 7th place overall in the team standings to advance.
Coast Conference Championships
The Women's Cross Country Team gave it a valiant effort in their attempt to win a third straight Coast Conference Championship. The ladies finished 4 points behind host Hartnell in Salinas the day before Halloween to scare the favorites, but Hartnell's first two runners finishing 1-2 was too much for the Dons to overcome. The top 3 teams were only separated by 6 points in one of the closest competitions ever among three teams with the College of San Mateo finishing right behind the Dons. All 5 of the scoring runners for the Dons ended up earning medals by finishing in the top 15. Freshman Marisa D'Orfani led the dons with a 5th place finish just ahead of teammate Ainslee Hampel in 6th. Yaritza Barajas came in 9th for the Dons, while Katia Benitez and Karen Rios finished in 14th and 15th respectively. The Men did not have their best day as a team, but did what it needed to qualify for the NorCal Championships. The men were led by a great performance by freshman Conner Prior leading the Dons for the first time to medal with a sixth place finish. Andrew Kuo and Alex Stanford finished 10th and 11th to also earn medals. Both teams will try to qualify for the State Championships on Nov. 9th at Folsum Lake in Folsum, California in the Northern California Championships. First race will be at 10:00 AM.
Pat Ryan Invitational
The De Anza Cross Country Teams traveled to Santa Rosa for their final tune up before the championship season. The men came away with another runner-up for the 3rd time this season being edged out by host Santa Rosa College. The Dons finished with 4 runners in the top 10 in the 48 runner field. Andrew Kuo led the Dons with a second place finish in one of the fastest times of his college career, finishing the 4 mile course in 20:46. Alex Stanford was next in 5th place for the Dons followed closely by Connor Prior and Sai Chollate in 7th and 8th. Joseph Grovers rounded out the top 5 as he continues to improve with a 13th place finish. For the Women, they were again in 3rd place for a second straight week 1 point out of second. Santa Rosa won the event with the Modesto Women edging the Dons for second. At the finish of the race there was a mix up among 5 of the women who took a wrong turn. Sophomore Ainslee Hampel was in that pack from De Anza. Marisa D'Orfani took advantage of the situation and ran by them for a 3rd place finish. Hampel quickly regrouped but only finished in 8th place in the 40 person field. The teams will travel to Toro Park to compete for the Coast Conference Championships on Oct. 30th with the first race starting at 2:30.
Toro Park Invitational
The Dons traveled to Toro Park in Salinas last Friday to run on the course which will host the Coast Conference Championships in a few weeks. Both the Men's and Women's Teams finished in 3rd place. The women had 3 finishers in the top 14 with Ainslee Hampel leading the way for the first time this season with a 5th place finish. Marisa D'Orfani and Yaritza Barajas also finished in the top 14. For the Men, Alex Stanford led the men with a 6th place finish. The Dons travel to Santa Rosa for their final regular season meet on Oct. 18th.
In what served as the preview of the Northern California Championships. The Beaver Invitational was held at Folsum Lake Park in Folsum, California. Most of the Northern California Cross Country Teams were in attendance. Both the Dons teams placed fifth in the meet. Highlighting the Guys run was Andrew Kuo earning a t-shirt for his 10th place overall finish in the field of 126 runners, who finished the course. Alex Stanford was close behind in 14th place for the Dons. Freshman Marisa D'Orfani led the Dons with an 11th place finish, followed closely by Ainslee Hampel and Yaritza Barajas who finished in 14th and 19th.
Crystal Springs Invitational
On Friday Sept. 27th the Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams traveled to the famous Crystal Springs Racecourse in Belmont, CA to compete in the Crystal Springs Invitational hosted by the College of San Mateo. The Men ended up having their second runner-up finish of the year as a team. The Dons were beaten by Hartnell College to finish 2nd in the 12 team invitatational. Andrew Kuo led the Dons with a 6th place finish. Kuo was followed shortly across the line by Alex Stanford in 10th place. Sai Chollate had a very strong finish to be across the line third for the Dons with a 22nd place finish. Connor Prior and Joseph Grovers finished 30th and 34th resectively to round out the scoring team. Marisa D'Orfani came back to lead the Dons after an off week the week before with her 10th place finish. D'Orfani led the Lady Dons to a fifth place team finish. The team will travel next Saturday to the Northern California Preview race at Folsum Lake outside of Sacramento.
Lou Vasquez Invitational
Sept. 19, 2013
Sept. 23, 2013
Dons Open 2013 Cross Country Season
The 2013 season opened for the Dons in Fresno at the annual Fresno Invitational. With teams from all over the state competing this is usually the largest meet the teams compete in throughout the year. The men's team was led by sophomores Andrew Kuo and Alex Stanford finishing in 28th and 54th places respectively in the field of 183 runners who finished the race. The men finished overall in 10th place out of 17 full teams competing. Freshman Connor Prior, nipped the third sophomore Sai Chollate to be the 3rd and 4th runners across the line for the Dons and Freshman Arvin Ignacio rounded off the top 5 for the men. For the women, with 6 of the top 7 women not back from last years team this team had a very different look. That was evident by Freshman Marisa D'Orfani leading the team in her first collegiate race finished in 30th place out of 159 runners who finished the course. Sophomores Yaritza Barajas (the only returning member of the state team) and Ainslee Hampel were next across the line for the Dons. Freshmen Katia Benitez and Karen Rios rounded out the top 5. The Dons will next be in action this Friday at the Modesto Invitational.
2012 Season Recap
The 2012 Women's Cross Country season was one of the best in De Anza History. The women finished their season in 4th place in the state. They also won their second consecutive Northern California and Coast Conference Championships. The team was led by Sophomore transfer Katie Castro who won 9 out of 10 races she competed in and became De Anza's first individual cross country state champion in school history. The women had 8 All-Conference athletes and 3 All-Northern California Champions. The women also won the Ventura Invitational, Crystal Springs Invitational, Pat Ryan Invitational, and Toro Park Invitational during the season as well. The Men finished with 2 All-Conference athletes and finished 3rd as a team in the conference. The men also qualified for the state meet for the 6th straight season. The men finished 20th place at the state meet. The men also won the Pat Ryan Invitational in Santa Rosa as a team.
2011 Season Recap
2010 Season Recap
2009 Season Recap
2008 season team highlights
2008 Women's Cross Country Team
2008 Coast Conference Champions
Back Row (L to R): Coach Nick Mattis, Felicia Costa, Maura Villanueva, Devin Powell, Yasamin Yazdi, Kate Braham, Stephanie Nguyen,
Coach JJ Noble
Front Row (L to R): Jessica Paranthaman, Kim Kilgroe, Lauren Rosiles, Kirsti Whitmyre, Vanessa James, Kim Chew
De Anza Dons 2008 Men's Cross Country Team
De Anza's 2008 Men's Cross Country Team was named to the All-State Academic Teams recently recognized for their outstanding performance in the classroom and success in competition. The team was one of three teams to be named an All-State Academic team from De Anza for the 2008-2009 seasons.
2007 season team highlights
Individually Cynthia Chaidez received All-State Honors with her 12th place finish at the State Championships. Other top performances were Angie Sandoval, Lauren Rosiles and Chaidez receiving All-Conference Awards for the Women. For the Men, Trevor Addison was named to the All-Conference Team