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Contact Information for De Anza XC Coach Nick Mattis

Head Coach Nick Mattis Phone: 408.864.5731
Cell Phone: 309.255.9895
Office: PE-670
E-mail Address:

De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Cupertino, CA 9501

More about Coach Mattis

2012 Northern California Cross Country Champions 

Pictured: 2011 & 2012 Northern California Champions and Coast Conference Champions

Fresno Invitational State Preview

The Dons competed in the annual state preview meet, also known as the Fresno Invitational.  With 18 women's teams and 20 men's teams competing at the meet it was, and will be the largest regular season meet the Dons will compete in.  The women were led by Sophomore Kiera Fincannon who ran the course in 20:41 to finish in 38th overall out of 137 who finished the race.  The ladies finished in 13th place overall.  For the Men, David Aguilar again led the Dons with a leading time of 22:12 to finish 46th out of 201 runners who finished the race.  The men finished in 15th place as a team.  The Dons will be in action again next Saturday at the Panther Invitational in Sacramento, with the women's race starting at 10:00 AM.

2014 Cross Country Season Off and Running

The 2014 De Anza Cross Country Teams traveled far north to start their season off at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA.  The teams left Friday morning for the 6 hour bus trip north spending some time bonding and running among the giant California Redwoods.  On Saturday six women and 8 men raced in the Beat the Heat Invitational.  The course was a challenging one and new for every one of the De Anza runners.  The Women were up first and even though 2 of the top 3 runners for the Dons took a very wrong turn and ran quite a bit extra, the women still managed to win over the only other team that started the race with a full squad of five, Butte College.  Shasta, Santa Rosa and Shasta Colleges all had less entrants than required for a team score.  The women ended up in a 28-28 tie with Butte College but the Dons had a sixth runner which is the tiebreaker.  The Dons sixth runner sophomore An Dhariwal also helped seal the victory by displacing Butte's fifth runner to make it a tie score.  The Dons were led by freshman Alejandra Flores who ended up in 5th place overall in the race.  Sophomore Kiera Fincannon was 6th right behind Flores after taking a detour in the last mile with freshman Michele Perez-Lopez who was close behind in 8th.  Freshman Dalia Portillo finished in 9th and Sophomore Katia Benitez finished 11th to seal the victory for the Dons.  For the men, David Aguilar led the Dons in his first cross country meet in two years with a fourth place finish just ahead of Joseph Grovers in fifth.  Kamron Perry was next across the line in 7th place for the Dons.  A pair of Josh's finished in 18th and 19th for the Dons to round out the top five for De Anza with freshman Josh Campista nudging out sophomore Josh Castro.  The men finished 3rd overall as a team behind Santa Rosa and Butte College.  Both teams will be in action next Saturday at the Fresno Invitational at 8:30 AM.    

2013 Season Recap

The 2013 Men's and Women's Teams had another season capped off by a 7th straight trip to the state meet.  The Women's Team finished as conference runner ups and had 5 All-Conference Runners and 1 All Regional runner.  The Men's team finished 3rd in the conference and had 3 All-Conference Runners.  

2012 Season Recap

The 2012 Women's Cross Country season was one of the best in De Anza History.  The women finished their season in 4th place in the state.  They also won their second consecutive Northern California and Coast Conference Championships.  The team was led by Sophomore transfer Katie Castro who won 9 out of 10 races she competed in and became De Anza's first individual cross country state champion in school history.  The women had 8 All-Conference athletes and 3 All-Northern California Champions.  The women also won the Ventura Invitational, Crystal Springs Invitational, Pat Ryan Invitational, and Toro Park Invitational during the season as well.   The Men finished with 2 All-Conference athletes and finished 3rd as a team in the conference.  The men also qualified for the state meet for the 6th straight season.  The men finished 20th place at the state meet.  The men also won the Pat Ryan Invitational in Santa Rosa as a team. 

2011 Season Recap

NorCal Ladies XC 2011


  • 9th place State Championships
  • NorCal Champions
  • Coast Conference Champions
  • Oddessy Tapia individual Conference Champion
  • Crystal Springs Invitational Champions
  • Modesto Invitational Champions
  • Pat Ryan Invitational Champions


  • 26th Place State Championships
  • 9th Place NorCal Championships
  • 4th Place Coast Conference
  • Modesto Junior College Champions
  • Daniel Damian All-State Academic Team

2010 Season Recap

2010 XC Team


  • 2nd place Coast Conference
  • 3rd place NorCal Championships
  • 16th place State Championships
  • Pat Ryan Invitational Champions
  • 4 All-Conference Runners
  • 2 All-NorCal Runners


  • 2nd place Coast Conference
  • 6th place NorCal Conference
  • 24th place State Championships
  • Pat Ryan Invitational Champions
  • 3 All-Conference Runners
  • 1 All-NorCal Runner

2009 Season Recap

 2009 Women's Coast Conference Champions

2009 All-Conference Athletes

2009 All Conference Members

Left to Right: Abiy Gebrekristos, Jessica Paranthaman, Kirsti Whitmyre, Luisa Westley, Christina Pando, Kim Kilgroe, Rebekah Phillips, Clifford Crum


Women's Highlights

  • Fifth Place at State Meet
  • Northern California Team Runner-Up
  • Coast Conference Champions
  • Jessica Paranthaman Conference Champion
  • 6 All-Conference Runners
  • Pat Ryan Invitational Champions

 Men's Highlights

  • State Qualifying Team
  • 9th Place Northern California
  • 3rd Place Coast Conference
  • 2 All-Conference Runners


2008 season team highlights

2008 Women's Cross Country Team

2008 Coast Conference Champions

womens conference pic

Back Row (L to R): Coach Nick Mattis, Felicia Costa, Maura Villanueva, Devin Powell, Yasamin Yazdi, Kate Braham, Stephanie Nguyen,

Coach JJ Noble

Front Row (L to R):  Jessica Paranthaman, Kim Kilgroe, Lauren Rosiles, Kirsti Whitmyre, Vanessa James, Kim Chew


  • 12th place team at California State Championship Meet
  • 3rd place NorCal Championships - Vanessa James 1st Team All-NorCal, Kirsti Whitmyre 2nd Team All-NorCal
  • Coast Conference Champions - Vanessa James Conference Champion, 6 All-Conference Runners
  • Pat Ryan Invitational Champions
  • Gary Judd Invitational Champions
  • Crystal Springs Invitational Champions


  • State Qualifying Team
  • 7th Place NorCal Championships - Abiy Gebrekristos 2nd Team All-NorCal
  • 4th Place Coast Conference Championships - Abiy Gebrekristos and Yoni Doron-Peters All Conference Runners
  • Pat Ryan Invitational Champions

De Anza Dons 2008 Men's Cross Country Team

De Anza's 2008 Men's Cross Country Team was named to the All-State Academic Teams recently recognized for their outstanding performance in the classroom and success in competition.  The team was one of three teams to be named an All-State Academic team from De Anza for the 2008-2009 seasons.  

2007 season team highlights

  • Second place finishes for the Men and Women's teams in the the Gary Shaw Invitational.
  • Second place finish for the Women's team in the Toro Park Invitational
  • Winning the Co-Ed title at the Ekiden Relay in Sacramento
  • Third Place (Women) and Fourth Place (Men) at the Coast Conference Championship
  • Both Men and Women's Cross Country Teams qualify for the California Community College State Meet

Individually Cynthia Chaidez received All-State Honors with her 12th place finish at the State Championships. Other top performances were Angie Sandoval, Lauren Rosiles and Chaidez receiving All-Conference Awards for the Women. For the Men, Trevor Addison was named to the All-Conference Team

Cross Country
Building: PE-670
Contact: Nick Mattis
Phone: 408.864.5731


Last Updated: 9/8/14