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2012-2013 Program and Team News

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The women's team finished fourth among 28 teams at the state championship meet on Nov. 17, the highest standing since the 1977 team won the state championship.

Sophomore Katie Castro (pictured at left) won the individual state title, winning the race by 29 seconds over second place. Castro is the first cross country state champion in De Anza's Athletics history.

Also Castro was named the October Female Athlete of the Month by the California Community College Athletic Association. Download the CCCAA October announcement.

The women's team members who raced included sophomores Katie CastroOddessy Tapia, Dominique GuinnaneAlexa Torres and Kendra Higgins and freshmen Yaritza Barajas and Kiera Fincannon.

Male cross country runnersThe men's team finished in 20th place, the highest finish by a De Anza cross country men's team since the 1970's. Team members who raced included sophomores Ryan Miranda, Ricardo FloresCristhian Montenegro and Benny Reeves and freshmen Alex Stanford, Andrew Kuo and Atif Velagic.

All 14 student-athletes are from local schools and competed for area high schools. See a complete list of 2012 CCC Cross Country Championship team and individual runners' scores. Congratulations to Nick Mattis and his assistant coaches.

Combined with Butte's win over San Francisco, the De Anza football team's 55-35 win against Foothill  College on Nov. 10 led to a three-way NorCal Conference co-championship among De Anza, Butte and San Francisco colleges. This is a remarkable feat since De Anza was a "C" league team just four years ago.

De Anza will play in the Silicon Valley Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. at Foothill against San Joaquin Delta College (7-3, #7N). De Anza football's NorCal standing is 8-2, #5N, Co-NorCal Conference champ. De Anza and Foothill are co-hosting this game. Come support the team!

Congratulations to head football coach Dan Atencio for winning the top coach honor this year for NorCal Conference. Also De Anza quarterback Josh McCain was voted offensive Player of the Year. Congratulations to Coach Atenicio, his staff and team!

The De Anza women's cross country team won its second straight Northern California Championship at Crystal Springs racecourse on Nov. 3. Katie Castro was the individual champion for the meet, winning by 58 seconds and running the 11th fastest time by a community college woman in the history of the historic course. Oddessy Tapia finished fourth overall, and Dominique Guinnane finished 13th overall to earn All-Regional Honors.

The men's team finished seventh overall and will join the women at the state meet in Fresno on Saturday, Nov. 17. This is the sixth straight year both teams have qualified for the state meet. Good luck to Coach Nick Mattis, his staff and both teams!

Congratulations to the De Anza Women's Cross Country Team for scoring the top spot as Coast Conference Champions at the Oct. 24 conference meet at Crystal Springs racecourse. This is the team's second straight year for this honor, with four out of five years now.
Eight women made the All-Conference Team, marking a school record. Katie Castro was individual champion for the meet, with her seventh individual meet title in eight meets. The Men's Team ran a nice solid meet for third place with two individuals on the All-Conference team. Both teams now advance to the Northern California Championships to try to qualify for the state meet.
Listing of individual accomplishments:

The individual women's first through seventh rankings made the First Team All-Conference List. The remaining the team members listed were named to the Second Team All-Conference List. This is the most All-Conference runners from De Anza in one year ever.
  • Katie Castro was the individual champion of the meet. 
  • Oddessy Tapia 4th
  • Alexa Torres 6th
  • Dominique Guinnane 7th
  • Kiera Fincannon 9th
  • Kendra Higgins 10th
  • Yaritza Barajas 11th
  • Ainslee Hampel 13th

The men finished third in the team standings, with Andrew Kuo finishing fifth for First Team All-Conference Honors and Ryan Miranda finishing 13th for Second Team All-Conference Honors.
Both teams advanced to the Northern California Championships to try to qualify for the state meet.


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Contact: Kulwant Singh
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Last Updated: 5/9/13