Mt. SAC Fields Another Title

Track and Field team bounces back from a lost season and personal losses


Kimberly Pena finished the 10K in second with a time of 37:35:10 at the CCCAA State Championships at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on May 20.

Mt. SAC’s Track and Field team’s season can only be described in one word: dominant.

They opened their season with the South Coast Conference Season Opener on Feb. 4, where the men took top spots in the 19 events and the women took top spots in the 18 events.

The men netted 14 first place finishes alongside 15 second place entries and eight third place finishes. The women netted 10 firsts, seven second place finishes and four third place finishes.

The 3,000-meter run and pole vault were clean sweeps for the women as they got the top three in both. While Ilias Garcia broke a school record in the 60-meter held by Olympian Cravon Gillespie with a 6.45 second finish.

On Feb. 11, both teams took home first at the Riverside City College Early Bird Meet. The women scored 211 points, with the next closest college coming in at 155 points. The men scored 266.5 points with the next closest coming in at 212 points.

The men captured the top three spots in the 4×400 relay, and the women captured the top three spots in the mile.

Although the combined events challenge hosted by Mt. SAC was canceled, the men finished out February with eight appearances in first place, eight more in second and six more in third at the Cerritos College Open Meet. Then 10 appearances in first, six in second and nine in third at the Cal State Los Angeles Invitational.

The women gained three appearances in first, six for second and a third place finish for Cerritos, and five appearances in first, four in second and seven in third for Cal State Los Angeles Invitational.

Both teams’ dominance continued well into April when Max Daniels took first in the decathlon at the California Community College Athletic Association SoCal Regional Multi Championships on April 6.

They ended April with the South Coast Conference Finals on April 23, where both teams clinched first – the men earned 470.5 points and the women earned 304 points. Both easily captured the South Coast Conference Championship.

Their postseason in May led to even more victory.

In CCCAA SoCal Finals on May 13, Mt. SAC ended with 148 points for the women and 263.5 points for the men. The second place teams against both teams were 87 and 164, respectively, which showed a dominance in the 61 and 99.5 point margin of victory.

Mt. SAC then finished out the season at Hilmer Lodge on top with 224.5 points for the men and 115.5 points for the women on May 21.

The next closest scores were San Diego Mesa with a score of 95 and Riverside City with a score of 69, allowing the Mounties to gain a 129.5 and 46.5 margin of victory.

Daniels earned another first place finish in decathlon while Daniel Abdala won both the 5K and 10K. Delayshia Allen also closed out the meet with a close win in the 100-meter hurdles.

Despite being the first season back after the COVID-19 cancellations and the loss of Coach Ron Kamaka, Mt. SAC honored Kamaka’s legacy and memory by bringing home another title to the college.