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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Chris Bender, Southwestern College
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Southwestern College Women’s Cross Country Team Win State Championship

First State Title In College’s 50 Year History

CHULA VISTA, CA – As it celebrates its 50 year anniversary, Southwestern College won its first state title in athletics.

Southwestern College today announced that its Women’s Cross Country team won the California Community College Athletic Association’s Cross Country State Championships. This is the first time one of College’s athletic teams has won a state title.

"Winning this award has earned these athletes, their coaches and our entire Athletic Department a place in Southwestern College’s history," Dr. Mark Meadows, Vice President for Academic Affairs, said. "We are proud of the hard work and dedication these student-athletes put forward and are honored to have them represent Southwestern College."

The Southwestern College Lady Jaguars competed against 28 teams at the 34th annual competition. They won with an overall low score of 36, which ties for the lowest state championship score in California history for junior college cross country. The score is the cumulative number of points brought in by the top-five runners on the team.

Placing this year were:

  • Tanya Valenzuela, 2nd
  • Ayded Reyes, 4th
  • Aylin Mejia, 5th
  • Nadine Mulvany, 6th
  • Valerie Hycz, 19th
"Our Lady Jaguars have dominated throughout the state," Terry Davis, Dean of the School of Health, Exercise Science and Athletics, said. "I congratulate Coach Dr. Duro Agbede, Assistant Coaches Sarah Meza and Alex Mariscal and the Southwestern’s Women’s Cross Country team for winning the State title."

Over the last several years, the Lady Jaguars placed in the top five at the state finals, including a third place finish in 2008. Comprised of 10 Southwestern College freshman and sophomores, the team will begin its 2011 season in September.

About Southwestern College

Fully accredited since 1964, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County and is the primary source of higher education for approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College serves approximately 20,000 students each semester and offers more than 285 associate degree and certificate options.