Cuesta College

Cuesta College cross country makes history, sweeps at CCCAA State Meet

It was a historic day for the Cuesta College cross country team at the California Community College Athletic Association State Meet at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Miranda Daschian and Sean McDermott won the women’s and men’s races Saturday morning, the first time runners from the same school won both races at the state meet since 2004 when two Orange Coast athletes accomplished the feat.

Daschian, a freshman from Atascadero High School, covered the 5K course in 17 minutes, 52 seconds, becoming Cuesta’s first ever women’s state champion with the school’s fastest time since 1996, the year the women’s course was changed.

McDermott, a sophomore from North Tahoe High School, navigated the men’s 4-mile course in 20:06, also Cuesta’s first champion in the men’s race.

“We’re ecstatic,” Cuesta head coach Brian Locher said. “It’s kind of a best-case scenario for us, the way the scores and times came together.”

The first-place finishes also paced strong team finishes for the Cougars.

The women’s team placed seventh with 240 points, Cuesta’s second-best finish since 1996. Leza Cassidy, a freshman from Arroyo Grande, finished 23rd with a time of 19:11; sophomore Savannah Rigney, 35th, 19:29; sophomore Taylor Witcher, Nipomo, 72nd, 20:16; and sophomore Kirstyn Mills, Arroyo Grande, 142nd, 21:32.

Glendale won the team title with 42 points.

The men’s team finished 10th with 256 points. Sophomore Trevor Stangle earned All-American honors with a 14th-place finish in 20:53; sophomore Cody Griffith finished 54th, 21:25; sophomore Aramis Knox, San Luis Obispo, 88th, 21:54; and freshman Cam Goldstone, 114th, 22:14.

Riverside Community College won with 88 points.