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
Coast Conference Championships
The 2015 Coast Conference Championships at Crystal Springs marked the end of the regular season schedule for the Dons. Both the men and women finished in the spots they were ranked. The women finished in 2nd place and the men finished 3rd. The women had two All-Conference finishers as Brandie Rodriguez finished in 3rd place overall and Aly Renteria finished in 10th place. For the men, Juan Pablo Magana beat out teammate Ralph Balaoing to take the final All-Conference spot of 14th place. Both teams finished well enough to qualify for the Northern California Championships Nov. 6th at Toro Park. The women's race begins at 2 PM and the men's race begins at 3 PM.
Bronco Invitational (Open Division)
The Dons stayed close to home racing in the Bronco Invitational Open Division. This meet was a large mix of unattached athletes, 4 year colleges, track clubs and junior colleges. It was also the first time this season the Dons ran farther than their usual race length. The men ran an 8K (5 miles), which is a mile longer than they usually race. The women ran a 6K which is a little over a half mile longer than they usually race. At the check points for their usual race distances the abbreviated squad of 10 guys and 7 women all would have ran a season best if the race had ended. The course was very flat and fast as the competition was a great test for the Dons. This was their final race before the conference meet, which will be held Oct. 30th at the Crystal Springs Racecourse in Belmont, CA. The women will run first at 2:30 followed by the men. For complete results of the Bronco Invitational please visit the schedule page and click on the link in the schedule to see all of the Dons results.
Toro Park Invitational/NorCal Preview Meet
At the 17 team meet held at Toro Park just south of Salinas, CA the Dons got a look at what it will take for both teams to qualify for the state meet for the 9th straight year. With all but a few teams from Northern California in attendance the Dons had a very good meet. Although only one person medaled between the two teams over 75% of the runners for the Dons had a much better time on the course than they did the first time competing here earlier in the season. Brandie Rodriguez was the lone medalist for the Dons with her 12th place finish for the women in the race with 100 runners completing the course. Her high place along with another strong showing of the next 3 runners carried the Dons to a 4th place finish. Aly Renteria was the number 2 runner for the Dons with a 20th place finish. Alejandra Flores edged out teammate Daniela Camacho as they finished in 38th and 41st places respectively. Cheianne Armstong continues to creep towards the Top 4 ladies with her 59th place finish and her best time of the year. Sisters Mariel and Sandy Martinez Andres were the 6th and 7th runners for the Dons again for the second week. For the men, a solid performance by the top 5 again kept the Dons outlook toward state still looking bright as they took 7th place as a team. Juan Pablo Magana and Ralph Balaoing continue to be a strong 1-2 punch for the Dons as they finish within a second of each other as Magana edged out the finish to in 27th place over Balaoing in 28th. The Dons 3-7 runners for the men were within 1:12 seconds of each other with the just 32 seconds separating the rest of the Top 5. Karan Singh continues to improve to finish in 60th place out of 168 runners. Ahmed Omer was next in 69th place and Jose Hernandez Roman finished in 75th place to round out the top 5. Abel Padilla finised as the sixth runner close behind in 79th place with his best performance of the season. Ahmed Jama rounded out the Top 7 with a 94th place finish. The Dons will run at the Bronco Invitational hosted by Santa Clara University on Saturday to finish up their regular season before heading to the post season.
Modesto Junior College Invitational
Both the Men and Women brought home some hardware for the MJC Invitational this past week. Four Men and Four Women earned medals at the meet for finishing in the Top 15 runners. Juan Pablo Magana had a good bounce back performance to finish in 4th place overall among the 7 teams entered in the Men's side of things. Ralph Balaoing was close behind to finish in 7th place. Ahmed Omer had his highest finish of the season placing 10th, just ahead of Karan Singh who finished in 13th place. Jose Hernandez Roman was the fifth runner across the line missing a medal by one place in 16th. Abel Padilla in 19th place and Ahmed Jama in 26th place rounded out the Top 7 for the Dons in the 51 runner competition. For the Women, Brandie Rodriguez ran a hard fought 7th place finish after being out all week with an illness. Aly Renteria and Daniela Camacho both earned their highest finishes of the season with 10th and 13th place finishes. Sophomore Alejandra Flores was also able to sneak in for a medal, finishing in 15th place. Cheianne Armstrong rounded out the Top 5 for the Dons with her 22nd place finish. The 6th and 7th runners for the Dons were Sisters Mariel and Sandy Martinez Andres who were both competing in their first collegiate race of their careers finishing in 24th and 27th places. The men finished in 2nd place overall while the women earned a 3rd place finish as a team. Both teams will be in action again at Toro Park in Salinas for the Toro Park Invitational, which is also the NorCal Preview meet on Friday Oct. 9th. The first race will be at 3:30.
Pat Ryan Invitational
The Cross Country Teams finished the first half of their regular season at the Pat Ryan Invitational in Santa Rosa. The Men's Team almost nabbed their first win of the season losing to Diablo Valley College by 4 points. Diablo Valley had runner finish in first, second and third place overall in the the 82 person race, but De Anza's entire scoring first 5 were next across the line to close the gap. Ralph Balaoing led the Dons for the first time this season with a season best time of 21:55 to finish 5th overall in the race. Juan Pablo Magana was next across for the Dons in 14th place followed closely by teammates Ahmed Omer (17th Place), Karan Singh (19th place) and Jose Hernandez Roman in 22nd place. Only 1 minute 20 seconds separated the top five this week, the closest gap of the season. Ahmed Jama finished in 41st place and Abel Padilla finished in 43rd place to round out De Anza's Top 7. For the Women, Brandie Rodriguez was the tops for the Dons with a time of 20:46, season best. That time was good enough for 10th place to help the women to a 3rd place team finish in a very close team battle in which only 13 points separated the Top 4 teams. Diablo Valley won the women's division over Santa Rosa. De Anza finished 1 point ahead of American River College for 3rd. Aly Renteria was 2nd for the Dons with a season best 21:30 to finish in 17th place in the 63 runner field. Alejandra Flores was next across with a 23rd place finish. Daniela Camacho (26th) and Cheianne Armstrong (34th) rounded out the top 5 for the ladies. The Dons will rest next week as they start their first week of classes, before returning to action Oct. 2nd at the MJC Invitational in Modesto.
After two small meets for the young De Anza Dons, the teams headed to Woodward Park in Fresno for the Fresno Invitational, which also serves annually as the state preview meet. With thick smoke in the air from nearby forest fires and temperatures near 100 degrees the Dons preformed pretty good. Twenty teams from both Northern and Southern California were on hand at this meet. The women finished 10th place as a team led again by Brandie Rodriguez who finished the 5K course in 21:10 to finish in 48th place out of 144 runners. Aly Renteria had her best race of the season so far to finish in 21:34 in 60th with Alejandra Flores close behind at 21:46 in 70th place. Daniela Camacho was next across the line for the Dons 22:47 and Cheianne Armstrong nudged out teammate Jocelyn Canty to be the 5th and 6th runners with times of 23:15 and 23:16. This was the smallest gap between the first to sixth runners so far this season for the women. For the Men, Juan Pablo Magana continues to lead the Dons with his 47th place finish in the 210 person race. Magana finished the 4 mile course with a season fastest time of 22:21 and led the Dons to an 11th place overall team finish. Ralph Balaoing was next across the line with a 22:52 placing 71st. Ahmed Omer finished in 24:03 placing third for the Dons. Jose Hernandez Roman was fourth for the Dons with a time of 24:33 and Karan Singh rounded out the top 5 for the Dons after running into a tree in the first mile to come back and finish in 24:40. The Dons travel to Santa Rosa on Friday Sept. 18th to compete in the Pat Ryan Invitational. The first race is at 2:30 PM.
Central Coast XC Classic
The Dons traveled to Toro Park in Salinas for their second meet of the year for a small 5 team meet. Both the Men and Women placed second as a team behind host Hartnell College. For the Women, Brandie Rodriguez and Alejandra Flores both placed in the top 14, as they finished 12th and 14th respectively. For the Men, two finished in the top 14 as well as Juan Pablo Magana placed 12th and Ralph Balaoing finished in 13th place for the Dons.
2015 Season is underway
The 2015 cross country season got underway at the Beat the Heat Invitational hosted by The College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA. The Dons traveled with 21 men and women on Friday Aug. 28th to Eureka doing some sightseeing and training along the way in the Redwood National Forest. On Saturday morning the teams both battled to 3rd place finishes out of the six teams at the meet. The women were paced by former West Valley track athlete Brandie Rodriguez who finished in 10th place overall and just ahead of sophomore Alejandra Flores. Freshman Aly Renteria was 3rd across the line for the Dons followed by Sophomore Jocelyn Canty and Freshman Daniela Camacho. Hartnell College finished in first place followed by Santa Rosa Junior College for the women's race. For the men, a new era of running is taking place for the Dons this year. With a roster of 12 freshman and no sophomores it was every runners first college race. The young Dons finished behind Hartnell and Butte Colleges in the team standings. Juan Pablo Magana led the Dons with his 8th place finish in a tight battle at the top only 17 seconds behind first place. Ralph Balaoing, Ahmed Omer, Karan Singh and Jose Hernandez-Roman to round out the top 5 for the Dons. Both teams will travel to Toro Park in Salinas for the NorCal Preview Meet on Friday Sept. 4th.
2014 Season Recap
The 2014 season ended with both Men's and Women's Teams qualifying for their 8th straight year. Both the men and women finished in second place in the Coast Conference Championships. The Women's team also were champions of the Beat the Heat Invitational held at the College of the Redwoods.
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
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