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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Chris Bender @ 619.482.6564

Southwestern College Women’s Cross Country Team
honored by city of Chula Vista

After Placing First in State Championship,
Team Receives City Honors from Mayor Cox, Councilwoman Aguilar

CHULA VISTA, CA – The Southwestern College Women’s Cross Country Team was honored this week by Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox and Councilwoman Patricia Aguilar for winning the California Community College Athletic Association’s State Championships in November 2010. The Mayor issued a proclamation declaring March 22, 2011, as Southwestern College Women’s Cross Country Team Day. This is the first time in the College’s history an athletic team has won a state title.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment for the student athletes of Southwestern College,” said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox. “The Lady Jaguars have made our community proud and set a fine example to future college students hoping to achieve success on the field and in the classroom.”  

“Every member of the Southwestern College Women’s Cross Country Team has earned full university scholarships for the past 10 years, a total of more than 50 athletes,” the text of the proclamation read. The team appeared with Councilmember Patricia Aguilar before the Mayor and Council at City Hall on Tuesday, March 22.

“We’re very proud of our student athletes and pleased they are representatives and role models for Southwestern College. They worked hard, dedicated themselves to their dreams – and it paid off,” Denise Whittaker, Interim Superintendent/President of Southwestern College, said. “We thank the City, Mayor Cox and Councilwoman Aguilar for recognizing their achievement.”

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 the lowest state championship score in California history for community college cross country. The score is the cumulative number of points from the top five runners on a team.

Placing this year were:

  • Tanya Valenzuela, 2nd
  • Ayded Reyes, 4th
  • Aylin Mejia, 5th
  • Nadine Mulvany, 6th
  • Valerie Hycz, 19th

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. Mulvany has since received a full athletic scholarship to a Division One school.  

About Southwestern College
Accredited since 1964, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County, serving 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 offers more than 312 associate degree and certificate options.

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