SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Mt. San Antonio College started strong in the fall by capturing California Community College Athletic Association championships in men’s and women’s cross country, and then added state titles in softball and men’s and women’s track & field, to finish first in the CCCAA standings for the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators all-sports competition for the sixth consecutive year, it was announced on Monday.
Mt. San Antonio scored 175 points to take home top honors for thewhile Sierra College (Rocklin) was second with 153.5. San Joaquin Delta from Stockton (149.5), Orange Coast (148.0) and Fresno City (144.0) rounded out the top five.
In all, 10 schools - five from Northern California and Southern California each - finished with at least 100 points . Joining the first five in hitting the century mark were Cerritos (143.5), Riverside City (142.5), American River (142.5), Santa Rosa Junior College (101.5) and Santa Barbara City (100.5).
A college is awarded points based on its team’s final positions in post-conference competition. Each college’s top-five men’s and top-five women’s team results count toward the school’s overall point total. Complete standings, scoring criteria, and history of the NATYCAA Cup is available on the CCCAA website, http://cccaasports.org/NATYCAA/index.
On the men’s side, besides winning banners in cross country and track, Mt. San Antonio counted top-five finishes in wrestling (2nd, 19.0 pts), soccer (T-3rd, 17.5) and wrestling (2nd, 19.0). The Mounties’ trio of state titles among its women’s teams were supported by strong showings in swimming & diving (8th, 13.0) and basketball (T-9th. 14.5). They also scored points in football, women’s water polo and men’s swimming & diving but those points were not counted among the top five of their respective men’s and women’s totals.
Sierra has been a constant among the top-10 finishers since winning the NATYCAA Cup during its first year in 2003-04. The Wolverines didn’t win any state championships in 2017-18 but had three runner-up performances in men’s swimming & diving, women’s golf and women’s water polo. This marks the second time they’ve finished as high as second in the final standings after also doing so in 2006-07.
Mt. San Antonio was also first and third, respectively, in the NATYCAA Cup State Associations Division and Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, while Sierra took third and seventh. The Learfield Cup is awarded to the top overall two-year college. The CCCAA had eight of the top 15 schools in the final Learfield Cup standings.
NATYCAA is the professional organization of two-year college athletic administrators and membership is open to all two-year institutions throughout the country. The NATYCAA Awards were designed to recognize and reward overall program excellence at the two-year college level. The criterion for the State Association’s division was developed by the CCCAA in conjunction with the California Community College Sports Information Association (CCCSIA).
This is the 15th year that NATYCAA has sponsored a State Association’s division. A list of previous CCCAA winners and complete standings from each year can be found at www.cccaasports.org.
|2017-18 NATYCCA Cup Standings (top 25)|
|1.||Mt San Antonio||175.0|
|3.||San Joaquin Delta||149.5|
|10.||Santa Barbara City||100.5|
|25.||Long Beach City||63.5|
About the CCCAA
The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) is the governing body providing oversight of intercollegiate athletics within the California Community College System. The single largest educational system in the world, with attendance in excess of 2.6 million students annually, the California Community College system serves one-third of all community college students in the United States. The CCCAA establishes the rules and regulations to administer the intercollegiate athletic activities of 24,000 student-athletes attending California’s community colleges. To view the latest news, information, and updates of all 24 CCCAA-sanctioned sports visit www.cccaasports.org.