Head Coach Nick Mattis
Assistant Coach: Ray CornellAssistant Coach: Mike BuncicAssistant Coach: Andrew Dela CruzAssistant Coach: Bob BushAssistant Coach: Oddessy TapiaAssistant Coach: Brianna TuckerAssistant Coach: Rick Blomquist
Fighting cold winds and a bit of rain the Dons survived their second meet of the season at Monterey Peninsula College. The women came out with their second victory of the season with the unofficial scoring over rival Hartnell 150-111 in the 5 team meet. The men came up just 13 points short against Diablo Valley College 178-165 out of the 6 teams at the meet. The women won 9 events on the day. With Alina Sanchez winning the Javelin, Anya Tonga winning the Discus and Shot Put, and Silvia Gutierrez winning the Hammer Throw to sweep the throws. Tonga's Discus and Gutierrez Hammer throws hit State A qualifying marks. Melissa Borello won the Pole Vault and April Williams beat out teammate Emily Hallett in the High Jump on one less miss. Both High Jumpers achieved the State B qualifying mark. Williams also took the title in the 400 hurdles and was a member of the winning 4x400 relay with Kelia Surrency, Cheianne Armstrong and Giovanna Raffin. Aly Renteria used a strong last lap kick to win the 5000. For the men, Joseph Ilaoa hit the state B qualifying mark in the Hammer to take the victory in that event. Aiden Jardan won the High Jump. Freshman Jaydino Angeles swept the hurdle events, and the team of Marc Calopez, Tommy Mai, Spencer Mills and Stephan John took the 4x100 title. The Dons will have their first home meet next Saturday starting at 10 AM as they host the De Anza Open.
De Anza vs Hartnell 1st Annual Dual
The De Anza Dons kicked off the 2017 season with a new tradition, the 1st annual De Anza vs Hartnell Dual Meet. Traditionally two of the top teams in the conference the past 9 years the teams have decided to start the season off with a one on one match up. The first installment was held at Hartnell College. The Dons came away with both titles and the new traveling trophies. The men won the dual 110-44 over the rival Panthers, while the women were a bit closer, taking a 90-58 victory. The men won 13 out of the 18 events, while the women won 10. Some highlights of the meet were Tristan Meye winning both the long jump and triple jump. He won the triple jump with a state qualifying A standard jump of just under 47 feet. Anya Tonga also hit a state qualifying A standard in the Shot Put with a lifetime best 41'1.5" toss. Tonga also added a victory and a B qualifying mark in the Discus. Silvia Gutierrez added a State B mark in the Hammer Throw to win with a toss of just over 143 feet. Cheianne Armstrong was the only 4 event winner on the day for the men or women on either team with victories in the 100, 200, Triple Jump and was a member of the victorious 4x400 relay team. The teams will next head to the MPC Open which will also serve as the Coast Conference Preview on Saturday. First events start at 10 AM.
Contact: Nick Mattis