Athlete of the Month
Cuesta College Athletics Department is proud to announce this month’s selections for the Cuesta Athlete of the Month. This distinct honor recognizes two Cuesta College Athletes each month during the school year who have performed to the highest standards in their sport. Our male selection for May is freshman Diver Alexander McKee.
Freshman Alexander McKee hauled in the honors during his first year on the planks. The first-year diver won the 2017 Western State Conference 1-Meter Diving title and was the conference’s runner-up on the 3-Meter board. McKee’s performance at the conference meet earned him a trip to the 2017 CCCAA State Swim & Dive Championships, where he was the Cougars’ second highest scorer. He finished 10th on the low board (154.74) and 11th on the high board (174.56) and led the team to 21st place overall.
Men’s Swim & Dive finished in 21st place at the 2017 CCCAA State Swim and Dive Championships at East LA College. The Cougars also landed in 4th place in the Western State Conference.
Athlete of the Month
Cuesta College Athletics Department is proud to announce this month’s selections for the Cuesta Athlete of the Month. This distinct honor recognizes two Cuesta College Athletes each month during the school year who have performed to the highest standards in their sport. Our female selection for May is freshman Swimmer Lauren Davis
2017 CCCAA State Champion Lauren Davis electrified the CCCAA State Meet with her performance in the 200-Breaststroke. Davis began the third day of the championships by breaking the previous state record in the morning preliminaries by three seconds (2:21.39) and then broke her own record by an additional three seconds in the evening championship final (2:18.88). Her double State record easily earned a CCCAA State title and her record swim was tabbed the 2017 CCCAA State Performance of the Meet. Davis also earned All American honors with a 2nd place swim in the 200 Individual Medley (2:09.17) and 3rd place in the 100-Breaststroke (1:05.37). She has dominated the competition all season on her way to three new Cuesta records in individual events and two more school marks in the relays. Davis was also named the 2017 Western State Conference Female Swimmer of the Year.
Women’s Swim & Dive finished in 8th place at the 2017 CCCAA State Swim and Dive Championships at East LA College. The Cougars also landed in 4th place in the Western State Conference.
State Titles for Cheek & Daschian
SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 22, 2017)- Last Week: Cuesta Track and Field qualified four athletes to the 2017 CCCAA State Track & Field Championships in Roseville and the small contingent brought home a pair of state titles and overall finishes of 20th and 17th place for the men and women, respectively. The meet was full of ups and downs for the Cougars, who entered the meet with the hopes of winning several events, however the meet did cap a sensational season for Cuesta Athletics. Track’s two titles upped Cuesta’s 2016-17 total to a school record six individual titles.
Women: 2017 Cuesta College Athlete of the Year Miranda Daschian (Atascadero HS) completed her perfect season with a CCCAA State Title in the 5,000-meter run. Daschian cruised to victory in 17:33.18 to win the title by eight seconds. Her winning time was 43 seconds off her own Cuesta record, but she was so dominant that she was only competing against herself. Daschian did not lose a race this year during cross country or track season, where she competed in every distance from 800 to 10,000-meters and set new school records in the 3,000, 5,000 and, 10,000-meter races. Daschian also qualified for the CCCAA State Meet in the 1,500 and 10,000-meter runs, but scratched them in favor of the 5,000m. 2017 WSC Champion Pole Vaulter Roxanne Nolan (Morro Bay HS) joined Daschian at the CCCAA State Meet, but did not clear a height during the competition. Nolan entered the meet with season-best jump of 11’ 3.75” and opened the competition at 10’ 7”, which she did not clear. Cuesta has won nine CCCAA State pole vault titles, however this marks the third time a vaulter has “no-heighted” at the state meet; including Cuesta men’s record holder Chase Shealy in 2004. Cuesta has won more women’s pole vault titles (5) than any other college and the program’s nine combined titles rank only behind powerhouse Mt San Antonio.
Men: Decathlete Aaron Cheek (Fresno) broke his own Cuesta record to win the 2017 CCCAA State Decathlon title and claim the honor of being the “Best Athlete in the State”! Cheek, who finished 5th in 2016, started slowly, but closed strong on the first day with season best marks in the high jump (5’ 9.25”) and 400-meters (:51.41). He began the second day in third place, but was set up with his two best events, the 110-hurdles and javelin, on the docket (Cheek also qualified for the javelin as an individual event, but scratched). He opened with 3rd place in the 110 Hurdles and caught a break when the overall leader failed to score in the Discus, while Cheek again took 3rd. He seized the opportunity and took the lead for good in the pole vault with a career-best leap of 12’ 3.5”. Cheek closed out his title by winning the javelin and slamming the door on the competition with a six-second win and a career-best time of 4:40.31 in the 1,500-meter run. Cheek’s winning total of 6,329 points also broke his own school record and earned Cuesta Men’s Track & Field its fifth individual CCCAA title and first non-pole vault crown. 2017 Cuesta Male Athlete of the Year Sean McDermott (Kings Beach) joined Cheek as they both qualified for their second CCCAA State Meet. McDermott entered the competition as the man to beat in both the 5,000-meters and the Steeplechase. He was, at least, a dozen seconds better than anyone in the State in the 5,000-meters and only one runner was within that margin in the Steeplechase. Unfortunately, McDermott, who won a CCCAA State Cross Country title in the Fall, was unable to nab another state title last weekend. He finished a disappointing, but still scoring, 8th place in the Steeplechase (9:50.46) and was 38 seconds off his Cuesta record time, which would have won him a title. In the 5,000-meter run, McDermott finished 12th and was nearly two minutes off his season best time.
This Week: The 2017 Track & Field season is over, except the post-season coaches’ meetings. The Western State Conference coaches will meet this week to determine and distribute the loop’s track and field athletes of the year awards, plus the coach of the year for both the men’s and women’s teams.
Notes- Below is a list of Cuesta’s CCCAA State Final Results
1st Place- Aaron Cheek (Decathlon)- 6,329 pts
8th Place- Sean McDermott (Steeplechase)- 9:50.46
12th Place- Sean McDermott (5,000m)- 16:22.52
Scratched- Aaron Cheek (Javelin)
1st Place- Miranda Daschian (5,000m)- 17:33.18
No Score- Roxanne Nolan (Pole Vault)- No Height
Scratched- Miranda Daschian (1500m)
Scratched- Miranda Daschian (10,000m)
Daschian and McDermott Named Cuesta’s
2017 Outstanding Athletes of the Year
SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 9, 2019) – In 2003 the Cuesta Athletic Department instituted its first true Athlete of the Year Award. The coaching staff was encouraged to nominate their best athlete for the award and committee was created that would weigh performance as the highest criteria. Today Cuesta announced its Outstanding Athletes of the Year for the fifteenth time. This year’s winners are star Harriers Miranda Daschian (Atascadero HS) and Sean McDermott (Kings Beach). They each won California Community College Athletic Association State Cross Country titles, both a first for a Cuesta harrier, which marks the first time in nearly 40 years that one school has claimed both the men’s and women’s cross country titles in the same year.
2016 CCCAA State Cross Country Champion Miranda Daschian (Atascadero HS) is in the midst of a season for the ages. She was undefeated all the way through cross country season and has not lost a race to a CCCAA runner, in any event from the 800-meter to the 10,000-meter runs, during track season. Daschian skipped cross country her freshman year, but easily out classed the field this Fall. She was never really challenged and won the CCCAA Regional Meet by 20 seconds and the CCCAA State Championship by a dozen ticks on the clock. She has been nearly as dominant during track season and easily reached the CCCAA State Meet for the second straight year. She has already nabbed a spot in the 10,000-meter run and is running to qualify in the 1,500 and 5,000-meter runs this week. Daschian has left the rest of the CCCAA in her dust this year and is poised to add more hardware at the 2017 CCCAA State Track & Field Meet. Coach Brian Locher says of his superstar, “Miranda has been the most dominant distance runner on the JC circuit this year. She hasn’t lost a single race in cross country nor in track for the 2016-17 season. She currently ranks #1 in the state in the 1,500, 3K, and, 5K events, while holding the school record in the 5K and 3K; breaking a 28-year old record. Miranda is coachable, competitive and driven in her pursuit of greatness.”
2016 CCCAA State Cross Country Champion Sean McDermott (Kings Beach) earned all-State honors as a freshman, but battled through his encore performance with finishes in the teens and as low as 25th place to begin his sophomore campaign. McDermott turned his season around and hit his stride at the right time by winning the 2016 Western State Conference title and finishing second in the CCCAA Regional Meet, before knocking off previously undefeated Luis Ortega of San Bernardino Valley at the 2016 CCCAA State Cross Country Championship. McDermott is the only two-time All-State Harrier in Cuesta history, as well as the program’s only CCCAA State Champion. He has continued his success during track and field season and set new Cuesta records in the Steeplechase (9:12.32) and 3,000-meter run (8:31.36) this season. He has qualified for the 2017 CCCAA Track & Field State Championship in both the Steeplechase and 5,000-meter run for the second straight year and is favored to bring home a couple more state titles. Coach Brian Locher says of his veteran star, “Sean currently leads the state in the 3K, Steeple and 5K races; including school records at Cuesta in the 3K and Steeple and #2 at 5K. He also won the State Cross Country title at Woodward Park in the Fall. Sean has proven to be a coachable member of the team as well as a disciplined leader on the track. Sean actively cultivates friendship with teammates and competitors, while acting as a consummate citizen too.”
Sean McDermott Named Cuesta’s
2017 George Silveria Memorial Student-Athlete Award
SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 9, 2017) - The George Silveria Memorial Student/Athlete Career Award was established in 1966 by the Booster Club Board of Directors to honor and serve as a memorial for George Silveria. George was a graduate of San Luis Obispo District Junior College in 1948. He was the captain of the Championship football team in 1947, he was an executive member of the student body, and he was a very good student and was extensively involved in the community. He was well respected by his teammates, coaches, teachers and fellow peers. He truly exemplified the meaning of student/athlete. George served in World War II and died of Leukemia in 1961. The award has been given annually and from 1966 to 2002 as the Cuesta Athlete of the Year Award. Cuesta began giving a men’s and a women’s award in 1978 and did so until 2003, when Cuesta established the Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award, which left the George Silveria Award to stand on its own as a career award. It was decided that the merits emphasized by the award were not restricted by gender and the athletic department returned to only one award per year. This is the 52nd year of Cuesta College Athletics and the 52nd year of the George Silveria Award.
The award takes into consideration the student/athletes’ career as an athlete, their involvement in the college and community, sportsmanship, citizenship, coachabilty and leadership on and off the field. In a sense, this award exemplifies type of athlete we strive to mold here at Cuesta.
The 2017 George Silveria Athletic Career Award winner is running star Sean McDermott (Kings Beach). McDermott competed in both cross country and track for two seasons. In individual sports, McDermott is a “team runner”. He leads from the front, but is always around to give his teammates a pat on the back. He is a visible presence at every meet and his enthusiasm is a major factor in the Cougars’ success on the course and out at the track.
McDermott is a two-time qualifier for the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Cross Country Championships and claimed the 2016 CCCAA State Title this past Fall. He finished 5th at the CCCAA State Meet as a freshman in 2015 and is the only two-time all-State Harrier in Cuesta history. McDermott also dominated at the conference level. He twice earned all-Western State Conference (WSC) First Team honors and was the circuit’s Harrier of the Year in 2016.
McDermott is also a two-time CCCAA State Track & Field participant. He finished 5th in the Steeplechase and 10th in the 5,000-meter run as a freshman and is back in both events this Spring. He also won a WSC title in the Steeplechase this year and was second in the 10,000-meters, additionally he earned all-WSC honors in the Steeplechase, 5,000 and, 10,000-meter runs as a freshman. His effort at the 2016 WSC Track and Field Championship pushed Men’s Track and Field to the program’s only conference title in 47 years of competition. McDermott will conclude his career holding Cuesta’s Steeplechase (9:12.32) and 3,000-meter run (8:31.36) records and in the Top 5 for both the 5,000 and, 10,000-meter runs.
McDermott earned All-WSC Academic in all three seasons she competed at Cuesta College and has compiled a 3.64 GPA over the past three semesters. He has accepted a scholarship to compete at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo next year.
George Silveria Career Student-Athlete
1966 Ray Sayler (Football, Basketball, Baseball)
1967 Mark Anderson (Cross Country, Track & Field)
1968 Jim Sunderland (Wrestling)
1969 Richard Abney (Football, Wrestling)
1970 Steve Mowrey (Golf)
1971 Larry Ramos (Football, Wrestling)
1972 George Palmer (Wrestling)
1973 Camillo Alarcio (Football, Wrestling)
1974 Paul Kinne (Football, Baseball)
1975 Rusty Kuntz (Football, Basketball, Baseball)
& Dave Rusco (Basketball, Baseball)
1976 Kevin Hunstad (Football, Wrestling)
1977 Randy Roeder (Football, Baseball)
1978 Edmund Alarcio (FB, MTF) Laura McCarthy (WXC, WTF)
1979 Shawn Kuhn (MBB, Golf) Celeste Martyn (WXC, WTF)
1980 Steve Mitchell (MBB, MTF) Catherine Belcher (WXC, WTF, SB)
1981 Gregg Fambrough (MWP, MSD) Joanne Cooper (VB)
1982 Tom McKeown (MXC, MTF) Heidi Hausner (VB, WSD)
1983 Matt Armbruster (MXC, MTF) Karen Canfield (SB)
1984 Bill Lucia (MWP, MSD) Toni Venturini (VB)
1985 Sean Chambers (MBB, MTF) Kelly Buzza (WXC, WTF)
1986 Hank Peterson (MWP, MSD) Tracey Ross (WXC, WTF)
1987 Karl Blum (MWP, MSD) Cathy Jones (WXC, WTF)
1988 Todd Bates (MWP, MSD) Jennifer Bland (WSD)
& Kelly Porter (MWP, MSD)
1989 Brad Dodge (MT) Vanessa Hornbuckle (VB, WBB)
& Kathryn Krieger (WXC, WTF)
1990 Steve Long (MWP, MSD) Monica Castro (WT)
1991 Dean Jefferis (MWP, MSD) Melissa McCormick (WSD)
& Cee Cee Yancy (WBB)
1992 Geoff Bradshaw (MTF) Alyssa Van Schmus (WTF)
1993 Kipp Ortenberger (MXC, MTF) Erin Breeze (VB, WBB)
1994 Kipp Ortenberger (MXC, MTF) Wendy Ward (VB, WBB)
1995 Mike Barrow (MWP, MSD) Courtney Peters (WT)
1996 Shannon Lamb (MWP, MSD) Carrie Musolff (VB, WBB, WT)
1997 Marco Hanlon (BB) Anicia Bonds (WBB, WTF)
1998 Mark Merlo (MWP, MSD) Ashley Messer (VB, WBB)
1999 Chris Lund (MWP, MSD) Ashley Messer (VB, WBB)
2000 Sergio Reyes (MXC, MTF) Mary Benson (WWP, WSD)
2001 Patrick Furelos (MWP, MSD) Melinda Flores (WXC, WTF)
2002 Doug Leach (MWP, MSD) Courtney Christy (WWP, WSD)
2003 Katie Dacus (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)
2004 Christina Reyes (Cross Country, Track & Field)
2005 Bryan Etnrye (Water Polo, Swim& Dive)
2006 Chris Stehula (Cross Country, Track, Swim & Dive)
2007 Becca Reyes (Cross Country, Track & Field)
2008 Ian Starkie (Water Polo, Swim& Dive)
2009 Tammy Barksdale (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)
2010 Kayla Cribbs (Volleyball, Basketball)
2011 Evan Norton (Water Polo, Swim& Dive)
2012 Alexandria Bernard (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)
2013 Erin Casey (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)
& Matt Giancanelli (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)
2014 Riley Cooks (Volleyball, Track & Field)
2015 Rachel Gruetzmacher (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)
2016 Aly Voth (Cross Country, Track & Field)
2017 Sean McDermott (Cross Country, Track & Field)
Goldman and Daschian Named Cuesta’s
2017 Warren Hansen Scholar-Athletes of the Year
SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 9, 2017) – In 2002 the Cuesta Athletic Department established and named the Warren Hansen Scholar-Athlete Award in recognition of former Cuesta Athletic Director Warren Hansen’s 36-year commitment to academic excellence. A student must maintain a 3.5 GPA and be nominated on the basis of their citizenship and athletic performance. Both of the athletes will represent Cuesta at the Conference and State as Cuesta College’s CCCAA Scholar Award nominees. This year’s winners are Wrestler Modan Goldman (Sunnyvale) and Track Star Miranda Daschian (Atascadero HS).
Goldman has enjoyed a pair of standout seasons at Cuesta College on the wrestling mat and in the classroom. He is a two-time California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Regional Qualifier and earned all-Western State Conference honors as a freshman. He has been the Cougars’ top wrestler at the 141-division the past two seasons and posted a 26-37 record over his career. Goldman also earned all-WSC Academic honors in both 2015 and 2016 and has accumulated a 3.91 grade-point average in 73 units over his five semesters at Cuesta College. He is Majoring in Biological Science and shall transfer to UCLA in the Fall. Cuesta Wrestling Coach Joe Dansby says, “Modan always put in the effort to be successful in the room and in his studies. He battled everyday and may not have always won, but his will to succeed left him undefeated!”
Daschian has been undefeated her entire sophomore year in both cross country and track. She won the 2016 CCCAA State Cross Country title and was named CCCAA State Harrier of the Year. She continued her winning ways in track and field and enters the 2017 CCCAA State Track & Field Championships undefeated in any race at any length from 800 to 10,000-meters. There have been few athletes as a dominant as Daschian on the track, but she is nearly as unstoppable in the classroom. Daschian is a two-time all-Western State Conference Academic team member and has posted a 3.92 grade-point average over 55 units in her three semesters at Cuesta College. She is Majoring in Psychology and shall transfer to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the Fall. Cuesta Cross Country and Track Coach Brian Locher says, “Miranda is coachable, competitive and driven in her pursuit of greatness.”
Both of Modan and Miranda will represent Cuesta at the Conference and State level as Cuesta College’s CCCAA Scholar Award nominees. Their nominations will move forward to the conference level in September.
Cuesta has earned more CCCAA Scholar-Athlete Awards than any other community college.
Warren Hansen Scholar-Athlete of the Year
2002 Savio Gomes (Water Polo) Virlena Bascos (Basketball)
2003 Jeremy Waldram (Wrestling) Leilani Greene (X-Country/Track)
2004 Kevin Bradley (Water Polo/Swim) Chelsea Tallcott (Soccer)
2005 Jared Hollows (Track) Lauren Villa (Basketball)
2006 Jon Jordan (Track) Clare Nowel (X-Country/Track)
2007 Mark Stephen (Water Polo) Haley Woeste (Basketball)
2008 Quinn Clair (Baseball) Majida Fazal (X-Country/Track)
2009 Miles Wallace (Wrestling) Chloe Redman (Tennis)
2010 Demian Nelson (Diving) Alex Ramirez (Softball)
2011 Nic Lalanne (Water Polo) Kaysea Woods (Soccer)
2012 Malte Kramer (Basketball) Ensley Allmon (Volleyball)
2013 Spencer Silva (Water Polo) Julia Mills (X-Country, Track)
2014 Geoff Merker (Wrestling) Karissa Sternfels (Water Polo/Swim)
2015 John Sinclair (Wrestling) Molly Casey (Water Polo/Swim)
2016 Nick Rutckyj (Baseball) Keiley Hansen (Soccer)
2017 Modan Goldman (Wrestling) Miranda Daschian (X-Country/Track)