Chico State Wildcat Invitational
The Dons continue their crazy road trip season as about half of the team traveled to Chico State on an overnight trip to compete in the Wildcat Invitational. Both the Men's and Women's Team finished in 6th Place out of the 16 men's teams and 18 women's teams that was comprised of about half 4 year schools and half community colleges from two states. The meet was won by host Chico State easily for both teams. The Dons got a victory from Melissa Favorite as she won the Discus. The Men had a team victory as Semanu Attiogbe won the Triple Jump. The Dons will travel to Visalia, CA for the Sequoias Invitational next Saturday.
American River College hosted the 33rd Annual Beaver Relays last Saturday in Sacramento.
The meet started and finished with sunshine and had cold, wind, rain, hail all in
the middle of the meet. The meet features some unique events that are not contested
in other meets. The Dons were victorious in the women's meet in the Javelin Relay
where the 3 throwers from De Anza had their marks added together to get a team score.
Individually in that event Emily Hallett had the farthest throw, Mimi Nguyen and Melissa
Favorite were the other members of the Javelin team. Hallett also had the farthest
throw in the Hammer Throw on the day. The women finished in 3rd out of the 11 team
competing at the meet as a team. The Men finished second as a team with victories
in the Hammer Throw Relay with the team of Manny Sanchez, Shawn Berbena and Renato
Oyarzun. The relay team of Marc Calopez, Tommy Mai, Hezekiah Ramirez and Rob Abousamra
won the 4x200 relay and Calopez, Ramirez and Abousamra teamed with Semanu Attiogbe
to win the 4x100 relay. Attiogbe also had the farthest leap in the triple jump in
the meet. A smaller group of athletes will travel to Chico State for the Wildcat
Invitational next weekend to compete against both junior colleges and 4-year schools.
Yuba 49er Invitational
The Track Teams got up bright and early and headed north to Marysville, CA to compete in the Yuba 49er Invitational for the first time ever. With gusty winds and temperatures in the upper 30's at the start of the meet the Dons braved the cold to compete well against 7 other teams. Traditional State power American River College won both the Men's and Women's meets and the Butte College Men also finished ahead of the Dons as the Men finished in 3rd out of 8 teams and the women were again 2nd for the 3rd meet in a row. Event winners for the Men were Semanu Attiogbe in the Triple Jump winning by 1 centimeter, Senai Gebrehiwet winning the 5000 and Marc Calopez being the top collegiate runner in the 200. For the women they had two individual wins by Emily Hallett continuing her awesome Sophomore season taking top honors in both the Hammer and Javelin Throws. The Dons will compete next week in the Beaver Relays at American River College all day Saturday.
The Don's traveled to Monterrey Peninsula College this past weekend to compete in
the MPC Open. The event featured 10 Women's Teams and 9 Men's Teams including every
team from the Coast Conference. In the unofficial scoring of the meet. The Women
came out in second place and the Men were in a close 3rd. The women were again led
by a strong group of throwers. The women went 1-2 in the Discus, First Place in the
Javelin out of the collegiate throwers, 1,2,3,4 in the Hammer and 3rd, 5th and 6th
in the Shot Put to score just over half of the teams 140 points. To top it off the
talented throwers also had Melissa Favorite win the Pole Vault with a 10' vault to
earn a State A mark and she finished 3rd in the Triple Jump in her first ever competition.
Emily Hallett added 3rd place points in the High Jump as well. Hallett threw the
3rd longest toss in school history to win the Hammer Throw, and was first in the Javelin
with a PR. Favorite was first in the Discus for the second week in a row. The other
win for the Dons came on the track as Rebecca Collins used a strong finish to pull
away and easily win the 400. For the men, they only had one victory on the day, by
winning the 4x100 with the team of Rob Abousamra, Marc Calopez, Tommy Mai, and Hezekiah
Ramirez. The teams will traveling pretty far the next 4 weeks to compete as the Dons
next travel to Marysville, CA to compete in the Yuba 49er Invitational.
De Anza vs Hartnell 2nd Annual Dual
The 2018 Season kicked off with the 2nd Annual De Anza-Hartnell Dual Meet again in Salinas at Hartnell College due to construction all home meets for De Anza this season had to be moved. The winning Men's and Women's Teams in the meet get to keep the traveling Baton Plaque for the next year and add the team score to the plaque. The Dons won both plaques last year, but the results of this meet were a split. The Dons Men's Team kept the plaque with a very close victory over the Panthers, winning 77.33 to 75.66 in a meet that came down to the final race the 4x400 relay as the Dons earned a 5 point victory to claim the win. Both Teams had 9 victories 5 each on the track and 4 each in the field events and each team had 8 second place finishes. Winners for the Men were Marc Calopez winning the 100 and 200 races easily and was a member of the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, which were victorious. Hezekiah Ramirez won the 400 and was a member of both relays as well. For the field event wins the Dons were led by Renato Oyarzun winning both the Javelin and the Hammer Throws. Dylan Bourzingas won the High Jump with a State B performance and Semanu Attiogbe won the Triple Jump easily by 4 feet. The women could not repeat against one of the best teams in Northern California as they fell 86-58 to the host Panthers. The Ladies did have some great performances however winning 6 events on the day. Emily Hallett had a career day by winning the Hammer throw with the 6th best throw in school history and a State A mark, she also hit a State A mark in the High Jump with a lifetime best jump. She then added a State B mark in the Javelin to win that event and finished her day off with a second place finish in the Long Jump. Melissa Favorite was not to be outdone as she won the Discus with a State A mark and also won the Pole Vault with the 6th best vault in school history. She was also the runner up to Hallett in the Hammer Throw with the 9th best mark in school history, good enough for a State B mark. The duo scored over half of the team points for the Dons themselves. The other winner on the day and the only one on the track for the Dons was Rebecca Collins winning the 400 Hurdles in one of the most exciting races on the day by .01 seconds. Full results can be found on the schedule tab at the upper left part of this page. The Dons will travel next Saturday to Monterrey to the MPC Open starting at 10 AM.
2016 California State Championships
The 2016 season came to an end last Friday and Saturday at San Diego Mesa College, host of the 2016 California Community College State Championships. The Dons came home with quite the hall of hardware. 11 women and 2 men competed for the Dons and 12 came home with a medal. Michele Perez-Lopez after failing to qualify for the State Meet as a freshman came away with the second fastest time in the nation for any 3000 Steeplechaser, a new school record and the State Title over conference rival Nancy Rodriguez from Hartnell by 7 seconds. The Dons had two other All-Americans as Anya Tonga finished 3rd in the Discus and Emma Seyer finished 3rd in the Hammer Throw. Tristan Meye was the next highest finisher and the highest finisher for the Men with his 5th place finish in the Triple Jump. AJ Orozco was 6th in the Javelin for the Men to also earn All-State Honors. Kelia Surrency had a 300 point PR in the Heptatlon to finish 7th place after entering the meet as an alternate. Silvia Gutierrez finished in 8th place in the Hammer Throw to pick up All-State Honors. The 4x400 relay team of Cheianne Armstrong, Sedona Shepard, Akeia Neptune and April Williams claimed their medal with an 8th place finish. Aly Renteria also entered the state meet as an alternate finding out the night before the team left that she would be competing and passed 3 runners on the final lap including the last girl in the final 10 feet of the race to finish in 8th place with a 25 second PR and become the 12th All-State Athlete for the Dons. The women finished in 10th place as a team in the meet. The women's second straight Top 10 finish in the state meet.
2016 Northern California Championships
The Dons sent 30 athletes to the Northern California Championships held over two weekends at Chabot College. 17 Women and 13 Men competed during the preliminaries on week one and 27 of those athletes made it to the finals of the meet. All 17 women and 10 men competed on week 2 for their chance at moving on to the state championships. 13 of those athletes qualified in at least 1 event to the state Championships. Michele Perez-Lopez won the 3000 Steeplechase to punch her ticket to San Diego Mesa College and the State Championships. Aly Renteria finished 5th to also qualify for State. Anya Tonga won the Discus to earn a trip to State and also by virtue of her season best mark qualified for the Shot Put finishing in 8th place. Emma Seyer and Silvia Gutierrez finished in 3rd and 4th respectively in the Hammer Throw to move on. Kelly Baxter in the Javelin and Kelia Surrency in the Long Jump and Heptathlon placed 7th, but moved on based on their season best marks. The Women's 4x400 relay of Cheianne Armstrong, Sedona Shepard, Akeia Neptune and Kelia Surrency, who was filling in for April Williams due to a schedule conflict with High Jump hit a season best mark to place 3rd and qualify for the State Championships. The women placed 7th overall as a team. The men had one NorCal Champion in Tristan Meye who leaped to the 2nd best mark All-Time to qualify for the State Finals. AJ Orozco finished 8th in the Javelin but his season best mark allowed him to move on.
2016 Coast Conference Championships
The Dons hosted the 2016 Coast Conference Championships for the first time ever. Both teams fought through two windy days. The women came away with their first conference victory in 4 years as they bested conference rival Hartnell 258-228 in the final standings. The women had 7 event championships during the meet. Anya Tonga led the way with two individual championships winning the Shot Put and Discus competitions. Emma Seyer won the Hammer Throw and Kelly Baxter won the Javelin to complete the sweep of the throws. Also in the field events, Michelle Figarella won in a jump off against teammate Melissa Borello to claim the Pole Vault title. On the track the women swept the relays with a season best time in the 4x100 relay of 49.18, which was just .02 ahead of runner up Laney College. The 4x100 relay was made up of Stephanie Baca, Kelia Surrency, Cheianne Armstrong and Akeia Neptune. Armstrong and Neptune teamed up with April Williams and Sedona Shepard to put an exclamation point on the meet by winning the 4x400 relay by 10 seconds. The men had numerous season bests but could not overcome the distance points of Hartnell College and settled for a well fought 2nd Place. Tristan Meye had the two individual event championships by winning the Long Jump and Triple Jump with lifetime best leaps. The Dons will next compete at Chabot College for the NorCal Trials and Finals the next two weeks. 13 Men and 17 Women will be competing for their chance to go to the State Championships in San Diego in three weeks