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GCC's 2011 fall athletic season officially ended Saturday when the women's cross country team won the state championship led by No. 1 runner Karen Rosas, who won the individual title over the three-mile course at Woodward Park in Fresno. The victory was the third team state championship in five years for the Lady Vaqs which won with 30 points, believed to be the lowest total at a state championship meet ever. Orange Coast College was second with 115 points and Mt. SAC placed third with 123 points. The men finished seventh in team competition with 246 points behind meet winner American River College with 49 points.
Rosas' victory Saturday ends her athletic career at Glendale as one of the greatest female runners in school history with five state titles, two as a member of the 2009 ands 2011 state championship teams, two in track and field in 2010 and one as the individual state cross country champ in 2011. She also won the Western State Conference and Southern California Regional titles this year and was the state athlete of the month in September.
Glendale placed four runners in the top seven to seal the win with Rosas winning in 17:59.61. Alyssa Selve was third in 18:19.16, Angela Martinez was fourth in 18:38.35, Laura Pluemer was seventh in 18:41.76, Nohemi Martinez was 15th in 19:00.80, Cecilia Nicolas was 17th in 10:02.59 and Grace Graham-Zamudio was 37th in 19:33. 21.
Mizrael Mendez was the leading runner for the GCC men placing 14th over the four-mile race in 20:33. Issac Diosdado was 32nd in 20:56, Jesus Gutierrez was 71st in 21:30, Yeltsen Vasquez was 73rd in 21:31, Alexander Nelson was 76th in 21:33, Mario Castillo was 83rd in 21:39 and Kurt Lutz was 162nd in 22:08.
Karen Rosas was also named the WSC Athlete of the Week.
The GCC women's golf team finished second in state Tuesday to Palomar College by one stroke at the tournament at King's Country Club in Hanford. This was the best team finish in school history for either the men or women's teams.
Glendale started the day four shots ahead of Palomar after Monday's 18 holes, 325 to 329, but could not overcome the rugged course and a late surge by Palomar. The final score was 646 to Palomar and 647 for Glendale.
Hannah Lee and Pattraporn Silawanna each earned All-American honors by finishing second and fourth respectively in the individual portion of the event. Vicanda Ma and Thanawan Sriatchaya finished tied for 13th for Glendale.
Glendale ended the season last Thursday with a four-game losss to College of the Canyons last Thursday, 25-20, 25-23, 17-25 and 25-23. Sara Kert had 16 kills in her final game in a Glendale uniform as well as two team blocks and Racquel Valenzuela had 39 digs and three service aces. Laila Souktain had 34 assists, Cami Martin had five solo blocs and two team blocks and Angela Gaignard had five team blocks.
At a meeting of Western State Conference Conference coaches last week, Cami MArtin was named All-WSC first team and Sara Kert and Racquel Valenzuela earned All-WSC second-team nods. Angela Gaignard and Laila Souktani were named honorable mention.
Sophomores Sam Campbell and Joe Wiggan were unanimous selections to the All-WSC first team offense at a meeting of conference coaches last week. Cambell was named as an offensive tackle and Wiggan at running back to join sophmore Ronnie Marquez, offensive guard, and freshman center Spencer Lee on the first team offense. Sophomore Timothy Broughton was named all-purpose second team as well as freshman tackle offensive Steven Escaboza.
Sophomore defensive tackle Ivan Abarenov was named to the All-WSC first-team defense. Sophomore defensive end Daniel Cruz, sophomore defensive back Osa Aikionbare and feshamn defensive back Scott Plescia also earned second-team recognition.
The Vaqueros finished 1-5 in conferense play this season and 1-9 overall
Erin Ingram was named to the All-WSC first team and led a group of seven Lady Vaqs named to the all-conference team at a meeting of confernce coahes last week.
Ayana Miyazaki and Cristina De la Torre were named to the All-WSC second-team and Teresina Cuccinello, Emily Bustos, Cecilia Martinez and Priscilla D. Miranda.
Glendale finished 1-10-1 in WSC play this season and 2-16-1 overall
Glendale fell to L.A. Pierce College 82-77 last Tuesday and is now 2-1 this season.
The Vaqueros host San Diego Mesa College Monday at 5 pm.
The Lady Vaqs dropped apair of games in the Vaquero Shootout last weekend and are now 2-3. They fell to L.A. Southwest College 75-61 last Friday and then lost to Antelope Valley College 79-55 Saturday.
Glendale competes in the L.A. Pierce Tournament Friday through Sunday. They face Barstow College Friday at 1 pm.