The SAC men’s cross country team qualified for the state meet. (Photo courtesy of SAC Sports Information).
The Santa Ana College men’s cross country team capped off the 2022 season with a trip to the California Community College Athletic Association State Championships on Saturday, November 19 at Woodward Park in Fresno and finished 17th overall with 478 points against the best teams in the state.
It was the first time since 2018 that the SAC team qualified for state as a team
Aldo Trujillo ran his final race in a Santa Ana uniform and placed 37th overall with a time of 21:12.7. Jesus Espinoza, the second to enter for the Dons, finished 113th in 22:31.3.
Matthew Semiiniano clocked in at 22:54.1, finishing 130th while Bryce Tanikawa was close behind with 135th in 22:58.1.
Jean Rico took 158th place with a race time of 23:43.5 and Eder Diaza followed at 24:07.8 in 164th place. Rounding out the group, Zahid Sadat finished 170th with a time of 24:32.5.
The men’s football team eliminated
Santa Ana College Men’s Soccer lost an early lead and lost 3-2 to Mt. San Antonio College (15-6-1) in overtime in the second round of the California Community College SoCal Regional Playoffs .
In the first half, the Dons (11-7-5) looked set to advance to the third round of the playoffs as Joaquin Ramos put them first on the board with a goal from a rebound in the box in the 21st minute.
Santa Ana added to their lead minutes into the second half as Josue Martinez made a good run and slotted the ball past the Gendarmerie keeper to make it 2-0.
But Mt. SAC was able to fight back
RCMP earned a penalty kick in the 71st minute and blocked the shot to reduce the lead to one. Eleven minutes later, they put pressure on the Santa Ana defense with a few crosses in the same possession that led to the equalizer.
Mt. SAC scored once more in overtime to take a 3-2 lead before time officially expired, knocking the Dons out of the playoffs.
Women’s volleyball loses
The SAC women’s volleyball team was eliminated from the SoCal Regional Playoffs, losing to the Canyons in three sets on Tuesday night. The program ended with a school record 18 wins and broke several individual records.
—Courtesy of Santa Ana College Sports Information