The COC men’s cross country team completed what could be considered the triple crown of the sport; winning the WSC, SoCal, and state titles all in one season.
The men completed their state championship run on Nov. 22, winning the title by a final score of 86-79 over the three-time defending state champions American River College. The championship is the first state title for COC cross country since 1975 and second overall.
Head coach Linde Kane became the first female coach to win the CCCAA men’s state cross country title in history. Sophomore Grant Stromberg earned JC All-American honors with a time of 20:26, finishing in seventh place to lead the Cougars.
On the women’s side, the Cougars finished second in the state coming in just behind Mt. San Antonio College for the title.
The trip to Fresno concluded a successful season for all of COC cross country as they had three runners named to JC All-American teams (Stromberg, Dominique Dowell, and Shalyn Mabritto) in addition to the state championship.