Vaqueros go the distance

Success for a talented group of runners on the course and the track defined the 2009-10 athletic season for Glendale Community College.

August 20, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk,
  • The Glendale Community College women's cross-country team won the state championship.
The Glendale Community College women's cross-country… (Roger Wilson, Glendale…)

GLENDALE — This is the first of eight consecutive editions in which the News-Press looks back at the area's 2009-10 seasons, school by school, before looking ahead at the year to come.

The 2009-10 season began with a return to state preeminence in the fall for the Vaqueros women's cross-country team, accompanied by one of the strongest seasons in recent years for Glendale college's men's cross-country program.

In the spring, it was many of the same athletes from those two teams realizing Western State Conference and state glory as part of two successful track and field programs.

Simultaneous to and between those considerable achievements, numerous teams bearing the Vaqueros colors gave their all on the courts, courses and fields of play, with some doing well and others struggling.

Whether it was a thrilling buzzer-beater finish, a walk-off hit or a rousing rally against the odds, the year that was for Glendale college was anything but uneventful.


Here's a recap of those events and some others that involved Glendale college sports from the past year:

Aug. 28, 2009 — The women's volleyball team kicks off its season by splitting a pair of matches in the Pasadena City College Tournament. The team gets 45 assists from setter Alyssa Rosca to pick up a five-game win against Riverside Community College.

Sept. 1, 2009 — Glendale college's men's soccer team begins with a 2-2 nonconference tie against host L.A. Harbor College.

Earlier, the women's soccer team suffers a 1-0 loss to L.A. Harbor College.

Sept. 5, 2009 — The football team opens its season with a 51-29 nonconference home victory against West Los Angeles College. Quarterback Steve Miller completes 16 of 21 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Jorge Chaidez rushes for 127 yards in 15 carries and one touchdown. Brian Williams catches a team-high four passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns to ignite the Vaqueros, who get a team-best seven tackles from Rene Howard.

The reloaded women's cross-country team, runner-up in state the previous season, places third in the Fullerton Invitational without Katie Dunn, the reigning WSC Athlete of the Year. Freshmen Brianna Jauregui and Nina Moore turn in top-10 efforts.

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