Contact Information for De Anza XC Coach Nick Mattis
Head Coach Nick Mattis Phone: 408.864.5731
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
2010 Season Recap
2009 Season Recap
2008 season team highlights
2008 Women's Cross Country Team
2008 Coast Conference Champions
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
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
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