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COC notebook: COC teams slip at state

Cross country, women’s golf teams come up short at finals

Posted: November 21, 2010 10:57 p.m.
Updated: November 22, 2010 4:55 a.m.

A pair of College of the Canyons teams traveled to compete at California Community College Athletic Association state championships this past week.

And they had varying degrees of success.

The women’s golf team finished second in the state at the CCCAA Women’s Golf State Championship, while the women’s cross country team was 20th at the CCCAA Cross Country state meet and the men were 21st.

Still, it was a very successful season for the programs.

A couple other Cougar teams hope their seasons end late, too.

The men’s soccer team opened the playoffs with a victory, while the women’s volleyball team finished the regular season and learned its postseason destination.

Here’s a look at how COC’s teams fared last week.

Cross Country

The COC women ran well as a pack at Saturday’s state meet, with their five scoring runners separated by just 36 places out of a total of 209 runners.

Saugus High graduate Natalie Malone finished 112th overall with a time of 20 minutes, 45.86 seconds on the course at Woodward Park in Fresno. Golden Valley High graduate Kristine Alfaro was 114th with a time of 20:47.93, and Saugus graduate Danielle Schaefer finished 125th at 21:08.29.

West Ranch High graduate Jasmin Bond was 135th with a time of 21:13.60, and Canyon High graduate Shaina Katz wound up 148th with a time of 21:29.64.

Saugus graduate Christie Edwards (153rd, 21:33.37) and Imuri Pacheco (170th, 22:05.88) also competed but didn’t score for the Cougars.

College of the Canyons finished with 542 points, nine behind Fresno City College and 31 points ahead of Ventura College.

The COC men, meanwhile, finished with 542 points, 19 behind Fresno and two ahead of Moorpark College.

Golden Valley graduate Ryland Del Valle was the team’s top scorer, finishing 48th individually with a time of 21:23.22.

Canyon graduate Chris Low finished 101st with a time of 21:57.88, while Hart High graduate Thomas Cahill was 118th at 22:13.27. They were followed by Saugus graduate Zach McGraw (154th, 22:42.96) and Hart graduate Travis Van Leeuwen (183rd, 23:19.47).

The other two competitors for College of the Canyons were Greg Kilpatrick, who was 191st with a time of 23:36.64, and Saugus graduate Ryan Melton, who finished 192nd at 23:36.79.

San Bernardino Valley College won the men’s state title with a score of 78, and El Camino College’s David Cardona won the individual championship with a time of 19:56.63.

For the women, Southwestern College of Chula Vista won the team title with a score of 36, beating defending state champion and 2010 runner-up Glendale Community College by 38 points.

Los Angeles Trade Technical College’s Danielle Low won the individual title with a time of 17:38.55.

Women’s Golf

Despite a strong effort on the second day of play, the COC women were the victims of an even better round by Irvine Valley College.

The Lasers shot a two-day total of 650 at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills to win the state championship, while the Cougars posted a two-day mark of 654.

They did, however, edge defending state champion Sacramento City College, which shot a 661.

Head coach Gary Peterson said his team was already looking forward to next season.

“It’s no fun to be second,” he said. “Watching Irvine Valley celebrate, our girls are kind of sitting there going, ‘That (stinks).’ That’s competitive sports. … You’ve got to keep building toward the future and you can’t anguish for those mistakes.”

Taylor Gould shot a two-day score of 161 to lead the Cougars, who also get four members of this year’s team back in 2011.

Two players, Tiara Wells and Brittney Suarez, have used up their eligibility at College of the Canyons.

Peterson said both will be taking a hiatus from golf to focus on their academics, but both are looking into the possibilities of playing at a four-year NCAA school.

Wells shot a 170 for COC at the state championship, while Suarez carded a 177.

Men’s Soccer

Seeded No. 6 in the CCCAA Men’s Soccer Southern California Regional, COC opened with a 3-0 blanking of 11th-seeded Palomar at home on Saturday.

Foothill League alumni accounted for all three of COC’s goals. Golden Valley graduate Andres Bueno converted a penalty kick in the 19th minute to put the Cougars up 1-0, then he assisted Saugus graduate Manny Padron five minutes later.

The final goal came from Valencia High graduate Brooks Walsh, whose tally came about 10 minutes into the second half.

The Cougars kept goalkeeper Alex Bukevics relatively safe, allowing just two shots on net, both of which Bukevics saved.

Now, College of the Canyons will face third-seeded Cerritos College at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Women’s Volleyball

The Cougars ended the regular season with a 14-9 overall record and a share of second place in the Western State Conference at 9-3.

This past week, they beat Santa Monica and Citrus College and earned the No. 12 seed in the CCCAA Southern California Regional.

College of the Canyons will play at No. 5 Santa Barbara on Tuesday evening in the first round of the SoCal Regional.


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