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Contact Information for De Anza XC Coach Nick Mattis

Head Coach Nick Mattis Phone: 408.864.5731
Cell Phone: 309.255.9895
Office: PE-670
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De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Cupertino, CA 9501

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2012 Northern California Cross Country Champions 

Pictured: 2011 & 2012 Northern California Champions and Coast Conference Champions

2014 California Community College Championships

The season for the De Anza Cross Country Team has come to an end for the 8th straight year at the California Community College State Championships.  The Men were led by David Aguilar who finished in 32nd place out of 213 runners completing the 4 mile course.  Aguilar just missing the 21:00 minute barrier by running a 21:00.8 time.  KamRon Perry nudged out teammate Connor Prior to be the 2nd and 3rd runners across for the Dons.  Ten seconds back from them was Arvin Ignacio.  Joseph Grovers rounded out the top five runners for De Anza.  The men's team finished in 22nd place overall in the 28 team field.  The women were led by Kiera Fincannon who finished in 80th place in the 198 runner field.  Michele Perez-Lopez was next across for the Dons with Marisa D'Orfani, Dalia Portillo and Alejandra Flores rounding out the Top 5.  The ladies finished in 26th place out of the 28 scheduled teams competing.  For information about joining the Dons next season please contact Coach Nick Mattis to help make it 9 years in a row qualifying for the state meet.

Northern California Championships

The Men's and Women's Teams have once again qualified for the State Championships.  This is the 8th straight year both teams have qualified for the state meet.  The men finished 6th overall in the meet led by David Aguilar and his 15th place finish.  The women were led by Kiera Fincannon and her 16th place finish.  The women finished in 9th place overall at the NorCal Championships.  The teams will travel to Fresno Nov. 22nd to compete in the State Championships with the races beginning at 10:00 AM.

Coast Conference Invitational

The Men and Women of De Anza started their march toward the state meet, hoping to make it 8 trips in a row.  The second longest streak by any school in Northern California to qualify both teams to the state meet.  The Men and Women both succeeded in taking step one towards that goal by both finishing second place in the Coast Conference Championships held yesterday on a cold windy day at Crystal Springs Cross Country Course in Belmont, CA.  The Men were led by David Aguilar again who finished in third place overall with a time of 21:54 for the 4.19 mile hilly course.  Aguilar earned First Team All-Conference Honors with this place.  KamRon Perry was next across the line for the Dons with a time of 22:42 to finish 10th overall in the 44 runner field.  This was good enough to earn Second Team All-Conference Honors.  The next three Dons across the line were packed well separated by only 11 seconds, with Joseph Grovers finishing in 15th in a time of 23:17.  Arvin Ignacio was 4 seconds behind in 16th and Connor Prior rounded out the scoring with an 18th place finish.  For the women, Kiera Fincannon earned First Team All-Conference Honors with a 6th place finish running her second fastest college cross country time, finishing the course in 19:36.  The next 4 Dons across the line all earned Second Team All-Conference Honors with Michele Perez-Lopez finishing 8th, Alejandra Flores finishing 11th, Marisa D'Orfani finishing 12th and Dalia Portillo rounding out the scoring with a 13th place finish.  Antarpreet Dhariwal finished in 16th and was named the Conference's Most Improved Runner with a 1:53 second improvement in performance from last years Championship Meet.  The teams will both head back to Crystal Springs next Saturday (Nov. 8th) to compete in the Northern California Championships.  The women's race begins at 10:00 AM and the men will follow at 10:45. 

Pat Ryan Invitational

The Dons traveled to Santa Rosa to run in their final regular season race of the year.  The Men as usual were led by David Aguilar who finished in 3rd place overall in the 52 runner field.  For the first time in his college career, David Aguilar ran under 21 minutes for the four mile race with his time of 20:49.  Most of the team finished the race with a lifetime best for their college careers, but lost in the end by nine points to host Santa Rosa.  KamRon Perry finished in 8th place with a 21:15 and Joseph Grovers was close behind with an 11th place finish in 21:38.  Arvin Ignacio broke 22 minutes for the first time in his life to finish in 15th place with a time of 21:58.  Connor Prior still getting back from an injury finished 5th for the Dons in 23rd place overall just nipping teammate Josh Campista by half a second in 24th place.  Hakeem O'Neal was the 7th runner for the Dons in just his 3rd college race with a 38th place finish.  For the women, Kiera Fincannon returned to the lineup still with a bit of an ankle injury but still ran a season best time of 19:45 to claim 8th place and lead the Dons.  Michele Perez-Lopez had a breakout race with a huge season best breaking 20 minutes with a time of 19:59, which was good enough for 9th place.  Marisa D'Orfani continued her comeback with a 16th place finish and season best time 21:14, just ahead of Alejandra Flores by 3 seconds.  Dalia Portillo for the 8th straight week ran faster than the week before with a time of 21:40 to finish in 19th place and round out the scoring runners for the Dons.  Katia Benitez ran a season best time of 22:42  and Antarpreet Dhariwal also ran a season best time of 23:14 as the seventh runner for the Dons.  Freshman Jocelyn Canty ran her first ever cross country race of her life to finish in 37th place in the 46 runner field with a time of 23:30.  The Dons will be off next week preparing for the Coast Conference Championships to be held Oct. 30th at Crystal Springs Racecourse in Belmont, California.  The women will run at 2:30 PM.

Toro Park Invitational

The Dons traveled south of Salinas, CA to run in the Toro Park Invitational featuring 10 Men's and Women's Teams with runners entered.  The Men easily had their best race of the year following a good race plan to not wear themselves out in the first mile before the camelback hills in Mile 2.  The guys held close thru two miles then all ran the last two miles faster than their first two miles to pass numerous runners and finish in 3rd place as a team behind host Hartnell College and traditional southern power Los Angeles Trade Tech.  David Aguilar ran a time good enough to crack the All-Time best list for Toro Park Racecourse with a time of 21:14 to take 4th place overall.  KamRon Perry came in with the fastest race of his life running a race time of 21:49 to claim 11th overall in the 77 runner field.  Joseph Grovers ran his personal best on the course with a time of 22:09 good enough for 17th place overall.  Arvin Ignacio is starting to round into shape running his best race of the season with a 23:12 for 35th place.  Connor Prior running only his second race of the season after dealing with an injury plagued season gutted out a solid performance to wrap up 3rd place for the team, crossing the line only 2 places behind Ignacio with a time of 23:29, and ahead of three Santa Rosa runners to help the Dons finish ahead of the Bear Cubs by 3 points.  Joshua Campista ran a lifetime best for a 4 mile race with a time of 23:43 to finish in 42nd.  Josh Castro rounded out the top 7 with a time of 24:15 which was also a personal best on this course to finish in 52nd place.  The women were without their normal number one runner Kiera Fincannon who is dealing with a mild ankle injury.  Alejandra Flores led the way for the women with a time of 20:58 good enough for 27th place.  Michele Perez-Lopez fought thru a tough race to finish with a 21:!5 while dealing with an illness.  'The women finished in 7th place as a team.  The Dons will run their final regular season meet next week at 2:30 at Spring Lake Park in Santa Rosa on Friday at the Pat Ryan Invitational.

Crystal Springs Invitational

In was was considered the NorCal Preview meet with all but one team from the women's side on the north and all of the men's teams from the north in attendance the Dons got their first crack at the Crystal Springs Racecourse this year and bounced back from a slightly less than stellar performance at the Lou Vasquez Invitational.  Track standout David Aguilar again led the Dons with a 9th place finish in the field of 139 runners covering the 4.19 mile hilly course.  Joseph Grovers and Kamron Perry finish next with 28th and 29th place finishes overall running well above their times from a year ago on the course.  Arvin Ignacio finished in 71st and Josh Campista in 84th were the fourth and fifth runners as the Dons finished in 7th place in the 18 team field only 5 points out of 5th place. For the Women, Kiera Fincannon continued her strong final campaign running as a Don with a 10th place finish of 88 runners that finished the course finally breaking the 20 minute barrier with a time of 19:50.  Alejandra Flores was next with a lifetime best on the course running 20:40 to take 30th place.  Michele Perez-Lopez was next across for the Dons in 35th place in a time of 21:05.  Marisa D'Orfani last years number one runner who has just started running and competing again after a prolonged injury from last track season finished 4th with a time of 21:32 and Dalia Portillo also ran a lifetime best chasing D'Orfani to a 21:50 time for 45th place and helping the ladies team to a 6th place finish as well in the 16 team field.  The Dons will be off next week before heading to Toro Park in Salinas to run in the Toro Park Invitational on Oct. 10th.

Lou Vasquez Invitational

The Dons finally ran in some nice weather at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.  The Men were again led by David Aguilar finishing in 7th place overall out of 94 runners who completed the course.  Aguilar helped the Dons to a 6th place finish in the 13 team field.  Kiera Fincannon ran the course in 20:13 to finish 13th overall and lead the Women's Team to an 8th place finish out of the 13 teams competing.  

Panther Invitational

The Dons ran in a new meet the team has never run in before this year on the site of the Big 8 Conference Championship in Sacramento.  Other than the Dons and Yuba College the rest of the teams in the meet were there to preview their conference course.  The course started with a big hill and finished with a big hill but was mostly flat the rest of the race.  The Women finished in 4th place out of the 8 schools with runners entered in the meet.  Delta College was the champions of the meet.  The team was led Kiera Fincannon who just missed breaking the 20:00 minute mark by one second to finish in 10th place overall in the 48 competitor field.  Freshmen Michele Perez-Lopez and Alejandra Flores finished in 20th and 21st place overall for the Dons.  The top 5 was rounded out by Dalia Portillo in 28th place and Katia Benitez in 38th place.  For the Men, David Aguilar finished in 3rd place overall with a time of 21:08 on the 4 mile course to lead the team also to a 3rd place finish among the 7 teams entered.  Modesto was the champions of the meet on the Men's side.  Joseph Grovers and KamRon Perry were 12th and 13th overall in the 43 runner field.  Arvin Ignacio and Josh Castro rounded out the top 5 for the Dons with 26th and 27th place finishes.  

Fresno Invitational State Preview

The Dons competed in the annual state preview meet, also known as the Fresno Invitational.  With 18 women's teams and 20 men's teams competing at the meet it was, and will be the largest regular season meet the Dons will compete in.  The women were led by Sophomore Kiera Fincannon who ran the course in 20:41 to finish in 38th overall out of 137 who finished the race.  The ladies finished in 13th place overall.  For the Men, David Aguilar again led the Dons with a leading time of 22:12 to finish 46th out of 201 runners who finished the race.  The men finished in 15th place as a team.  The Dons will be in action again next Saturday at the Panther Invitational in Sacramento, with the women's race starting at 10:00 AM.

2014 Cross Country Season Off and Running

The 2014 De Anza Cross Country Teams traveled far north to start their season off at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA.  The teams left Friday morning for the 6 hour bus trip north spending some time bonding and running among the giant California Redwoods.  On Saturday six women and 8 men raced in the Beat the Heat Invitational.  The course was a challenging one and new for every one of the De Anza runners.  The Women were up first and even though 2 of the top 3 runners for the Dons took a very wrong turn and ran quite a bit extra, the women still managed to win over the only other team that started the race with a full squad of five, Butte College.  Shasta, Santa Rosa and Shasta Colleges all had less entrants than required for a team score.  The women ended up in a 28-28 tie with Butte College but the Dons had a sixth runner which is the tiebreaker.  The Dons sixth runner sophomore An Dhariwal also helped seal the victory by displacing Butte's fifth runner to make it a tie score.  The Dons were led by freshman Alejandra Flores who ended up in 5th place overall in the race.  Sophomore Kiera Fincannon was 6th right behind Flores after taking a detour in the last mile with freshman Michele Perez-Lopez who was close behind in 8th.  Freshman Dalia Portillo finished in 9th and Sophomore Katia Benitez finished 11th to seal the victory for the Dons.  For the men, David Aguilar led the Dons in his first cross country meet in two years with a fourth place finish just ahead of Joseph Grovers in fifth.  Kamron Perry was next across the line in 7th place for the Dons.  A pair of Josh's finished in 18th and 19th for the Dons to round out the top five for De Anza with freshman Josh Campista nudging out sophomore Josh Castro.  The men finished 3rd overall as a team behind Santa Rosa and Butte College.  Both teams will be in action next Saturday at the Fresno Invitational at 8:30 AM.    

2013 Season Recap

The 2013 Men's and Women's Teams had another season capped off by a 7th straight trip to the state meet.  The Women's Team finished as conference runner ups and had 5 All-Conference Runners and 1 All Regional runner.  The Men's team finished 3rd in the conference and had 3 All-Conference Runners.  

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

NorCal Ladies XC 2011


  • 9th place State Championships
  • NorCal Champions
  • Coast Conference Champions
  • Oddessy Tapia individual Conference Champion
  • Crystal Springs Invitational Champions
  • Modesto Invitational Champions
  • Pat Ryan Invitational Champions


  • 26th Place State Championships
  • 9th Place NorCal Championships
  • 4th Place Coast Conference
  • Modesto Junior College Champions
  • Daniel Damian All-State Academic Team

2010 Season Recap

2010 XC Team


  • 2nd place Coast Conference
  • 3rd place NorCal Championships
  • 16th place State Championships
  • Pat Ryan Invitational Champions
  • 4 All-Conference Runners
  • 2 All-NorCal Runners


  • 2nd place Coast Conference
  • 6th place NorCal Conference
  • 24th place State Championships
  • Pat Ryan Invitational Champions
  • 3 All-Conference Runners
  • 1 All-NorCal Runner

2009 Season Recap

 2009 Women's Coast Conference Champions

2009 All-Conference Athletes

2009 All Conference Members

Left to Right: Abiy Gebrekristos, Jessica Paranthaman, Kirsti Whitmyre, Luisa Westley, Christina Pando, Kim Kilgroe, Rebekah Phillips, Clifford Crum


Women's Highlights

  • Fifth Place at State Meet
  • Northern California Team Runner-Up
  • Coast Conference Champions
  • Jessica Paranthaman Conference Champion
  • 6 All-Conference Runners
  • Pat Ryan Invitational Champions

 Men's Highlights

  • State Qualifying Team
  • 9th Place Northern California
  • 3rd Place Coast Conference
  • 2 All-Conference Runners


2008 season team highlights

2008 Women's Cross Country Team

2008 Coast Conference Champions

womens conference pic

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


  • 12th place team at California State Championship Meet
  • 3rd place NorCal Championships - Vanessa James 1st Team All-NorCal, Kirsti Whitmyre 2nd Team All-NorCal
  • Coast Conference Champions - Vanessa James Conference Champion, 6 All-Conference Runners
  • Pat Ryan Invitational Champions
  • Gary Judd Invitational Champions
  • Crystal Springs Invitational Champions


  • State Qualifying Team
  • 7th Place NorCal Championships - Abiy Gebrekristos 2nd Team All-NorCal
  • 4th Place Coast Conference Championships - Abiy Gebrekristos and Yoni Doron-Peters All Conference Runners
  • Pat Ryan Invitational Champions

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

  • Second place finishes for the Men and Women's teams in the the Gary Shaw Invitational.
  • Second place finish for the Women's team in the Toro Park Invitational
  • Winning the Co-Ed title at the Ekiden Relay in Sacramento
  • Third Place (Women) and Fourth Place (Men) at the Coast Conference Championship
  • Both Men and Women's Cross Country Teams qualify for the California Community College State Meet

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

Cross Country
Building: PE-670
Contact: Nick Mattis
Phone: 408.864.5731


Last Updated: 11/25/14