California State Championships
Woodward Park, Fresno
November 21, 2015
The American River College men’s team lived up to its #1 ranking by winning the California Community College Athletic Association men’s cross country state title for the 4th time in 5 years. That also is the 6th straight top 2 finish at the season ending meet. The Beavers score of 67 points was nearly 50 points ahead of 2nd place Mt SAC who scored 116. Last year’s champion College of the Canyons was 3rd with 123 points. The point spread was the 2nd largest margin of victory in school history – behind only the 2011 team that set the Woodward Pak course record. The race started very slowly as no one seemed to want to lead. Before long, several Beavers had moved up within sight of the leaders, including sophomore Abdul Hamid and freshman Donald Plazola. At the finish it was American River placing 3 runners in the top 11 (Abdul Hamid 6th, Donald Plazola 7th, and Sophomore Sean Gregg 11th). Sophomore David French made a monstrous move in the last mile, gaining about 10 places and moving up to 18th. Freshman Ozzie Hassen, coming off a 3 week injury, faded over the last mile, but held on to finish as the last scorer for ARC, taking 26th place. Sophomore Brad Needles had one of his best races of the year taking 41st place and finishing as the 11th NorCal finisher. Ross Walker was the 7th finisher for the Beavers, taking 48th overall – he was also the 13th NorCal finisher.
Complete results https://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/9255.html