Cross Country Preview
CUESTA HARRIERS GARNER WSC AWARDS
MC DERMOTT & STANGLE EARN ALL STATE
SAN LUIS OBISPO (December 14, 2016)— Cuesta’s Men’s Cross Country landed five harriers on the 2016 All Western State Conference teams, including 2016 Western State Conference Runner of the Year Sean McDermott (Kings Beach). McDermott led the Cougars to 10th place at the 2016 CCCAA State Cross Country Championship and a runner-up finish at the 2016 Western State Conference Championship. Men’s cross country qualified for the CCCAA State Cross Country Championships for the ninth consecutive season and McDermott and Trevor Stangle (Camarillo HS) both made the CCCAA all-State team.
Two-time All State selection Sean McDermott (Kings Beach) won the 2016 CCCAA State Cross Country title (20:06.0) at the 2016 CCCAA State Championship at Woodward Park in Fresno. McDermott earned all-State honors in 2015 with a fifth-place finish at the CCCAA State meet, but began his sophomore campaign slowly. He finished 13th place at the season-opening Oxnard Invitational and 25th at the Fresno Invitational, which was also on the Woodward Park Course. McDermott returned to form with the stakes on the line. He won the 2016 Western State Conference Championship and was the runner-up at the 2016 SoCal Regional Meet, before winning the CCCAA State Title. He won the CCCAA State Title by three seconds and broke Conner Fisher’s Cuesta record for the Woodward Course by ten seconds. McDermott is the first member of the Cuesta men’s team to earn all-State honors twice and joined Women’s CCCAA State Champion Miranda Daschian (Atascadero HS) to mark only the fourth time that both winners came from the same school. The duo represent the 8th and 9th Cuesta athletes to be named CCCAA State Athlete of the Year for their sport and the first since Baseball player Quentin Cate in 2008
Sophomore Trevor Stangle (Camarillo HS) finished 14th (20:53.0) at the 2016 CCCAA State Championship and earned a spot on the 2016 CCCAA All State Team. He joins Eric Huff (1976), Sergio Reyes (1999), Gordon Sturgess (2012), Connor Fisher (2014) and, teammate Sean McDermott (2015-16) as the Cougars’ only all-State Harriers. His time at the CCCAA State Championship marked the 6th fastest time, including two marks from McDermott, by a Cuesta harrier on the course. Stangle also finished 11th at the 2016 Western State Conference Championship with a time of 21:32.43 and joined McDermott on the loop’s first team.
Sophomore Aramis Knox (SLO HS) and Freshman Cam Goldstone (Tahoe City) were both named to the 2016 All-WSC Second Team. Knox was the Cougars’ top finisher at the WSC Preview Meet (12th place), for the second straight year. He finished in 15th place (21:44.65), one spot ahead of his freshman finish, at the 2016 WSC Championship. The two-time All-WSC Second Teamer finished 88th at the 2016 CCCAA State Championship with a time of 21:54.1 and was the fourth Cougar to cross the finish line. Goldstone’s 24th place (22:12.27) finish at the 2016 WSC Championship earned him all-WSC Second Team honors, but his 114th place (22:14.1) at the 2016 CCCAA State Championship landed him in the Cougars’ final scoring spot.
Freshman Kobi Kelly (SLO HS) earned all-WSC Honorable Mention accolades and qualified fro the 2016 CCCAA State Meet, but did not score point for the Cougars. He finished 37th (22:31.40) at the 2016 WSC Championships and 119th (22:16.3) at the 2016 CCCAA State Championship.
Cross Country Honors
Sean McDermott- WSC Runner of the Year, CCCAA State Champion
Trevor Stangle- All-WSC First Team, All State
Aramis Knox- All-WSC Second Team
Cam Goldstone- All-WSC Second Team
Kobi Kelly- All-WSC Honorable Mention
CUESTA HARRIERS GARNER WSC AWARDS
DASCHIAN EARNS ALL STATE
SAN LUIS OBISPO (December 14, 2016)— Cuesta’s Women’s Cross Country landed four harriers on the 2016 All Western State Conference teams, including 2016 All State Selection Miranda Daschian (Atascadero HS). Daschian led the Cougars to 7th place at the 2016 CCCAA State Cross Country Championship and 3rd place at the 2016 Western State Conference Championship, where four members of the team earned all-WSC honors.
CCCAA State Champion Miranda Daschian (Atascadero HS) completed a perfect season with victories in all seven of her races. Her time of 17:52.7 at the CCCAA State Championship was her best time of the season and paced the pack by almost 13 seconds. She also set a new mark for Cuesta Harriers on the Woodward Park Course by five seconds. Daschian also helped women’s cross country finish seventh as a team to mark the program’s 10th top ten finish since 1976. Daschian joins Kelly Buzza (1983), Marit Koch (1988), Kathryn Krieger (1988), Christina Reyes (2002-03), Becca Reyes (2005), Clare Nowel (2005), Kelly Barmann (2009) and, Devon Kelsey (2011) as the Cougars’ only all-State Harriers. She was also named the 2016 Western State Conference Runner of the Year after she winning the WSC Championship by 20 seconds. Daschian combined with Men’s CCCAA State Champion and fellow Cuesta Star Sean McDermott (Kings Beach) to mark only the fourth time in CCCAA History that both winners came from the same school. The duo represent the 8th and 9th Cuesta athletes to be named CCCAA State Athlete of the Year for their sport and the first since Baseball player Quentin Cate in 2008
Freshman Leza Cassidy (Arroyo Grande HS) was named to the 2016 Western State Conference First Team after finishing in 7th place (19:17.69) at the 2016 WSC Championships. Cassidy, with Daschian out, was also the Cougars’ top runner at the SoCal Preview and the only other Cuesta runner to lead the team. Cassidy was the second Cuesta runner to cross the line in her other six races, including her 23rd place (19:11.5) at the 2016 CCCAA State Championship.
Sophomore Taylor Witcher (Nipomo HS) and Freshman Savannah Rigney (Lake Arrowhead) were named to the 2016 All-WSC Second Team. Witcher repeated as a member of the all-WSC Second Team with 27th place (20:41.69) at the 2016 WSC Championship. She also finished 72nd at the 2016 CCCAA State Championships and dropped her time down to 20:16.1 as the fourth Cougar across the line. Rigney was injured all season, but was available for both the 2016 WSC Championship and the 2016 CCCAA State Championship. She made the most of her two starts on the year with a 19th (19:53.63) at the WSC Championship to earn all-WSC Second Team honors. Her 38th place (19:29.2) at the 2016 CCCAA State Championship made her the third Cuesta runner to score for the team.
Cross Country Honors
Miranda Daschian- WSC Runner of the Year, CCCAA State Champion
Leza Cassidy- All-WSC First Team
Taylor Witcher- All-WSC Second Team
Savannah Rigney- All-WSC Second Team