Vaqueros End the Spring Season on a High Note

Multiple GCC sports teams have been honored after impressive seasons.

Track and Field

GCC pole vaulter and Western State Conference champion Jeremy Kimmer vaulted his way to the Southern California Championship title on Saturday at the Southern California finals at Cerritos College.

Kimmer won at 15-feet-10 inches and made the height on his first vault to win the event based on a fewer misses and led a host of several Vaquero athletes to advance to the State Track & Field Championships, which will be held May 15-16 at San Mateo College.

Sophomore Glindyll Mancia set a new school record in the 800 meters in 2:13.70 at the Southern California finals. Marcus Streeter tied for first in the high jump at 6-feet, 5 1/2 inches but placed fourth based on fewer misses.

WSC champion and distance runner Crystal Morales was a double qualifier in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.

Aisah Tuiiasosopo was also a double qualifier in the hammer and shot put. Vahagn Isayan qualified in the 10,000 meters, as did the 4 x 100 relay team of Jonathan Smith, Isaiah Bernard, Kamaren Johnson and Andrew Castaaneda.


At a recent coaches meeting, Head Baseball Coach Chris Cicuto was named WSC South Coach of the Year. It was Cicuto’s fourth WSC Coach of the Year win in the last five years, with the other awards for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons.

The Vaqueros won the WSC South Title with a 15-6 record. GCC Baseball finished their season Sunday with a 7-1 loss to visiting Orange Coast College in the deciding game of the Super CCCAA Southern Super Regionals hosted by Glendale College at Stengel Field.

Players were honored with multiple All-WSC team spots and awards.

Sophomore Nick Wolyniec was named the Player of the Year for WSC South.

Infielder Brent Sakurai, designated hitter Bryan Faucher, starting pitcher Ben McKendall and relief pitcher Andy Frakes were selected for the All-WSC first team.

The All-WSC sections for the second team were catcher  Alex Gomez and pitcher DJ Milam.

Honorable mentions included pitcher Luke Laurita, first baseman Harrison Hoff and infielder Randy Medellin.

In addition, Gomez, outfielder Jared Akins, and Sakurai earned Gold Gloves for defensive excellence.

Women’s Tennis

Head Women’s Tennis Coach Deo Sy was named Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Coach of the Year for National Junior and Community College Women’s Tennis teams.

Sy was also named the WSC Coach of the Year.  He guided the Lady Vaqs to the WSC title and the finals of the Southern California Regionals and finished the season with a 17-3-1 record. This was the best season in school history.

Several Women’s Tennis players earned All-WSC honors, with Meredy Gharabegi earning  a  number five spot for singles and Ayaka Takeuchi a number six spot.

Doubles teams, comprised of Elizabeth Sanchez and Amy Shigenaga and Meghedi Mooradian and Ayala Takieuchi finished with number two and number three spots respectiveley.

Men’s Golf

The Vaqueros finished fifth in the WSC Finals on April 27 at Antelope Valley Community College. The team was just four strokes away from qualifying for the Southern California Championships. Overall, the team finished fourth in the conference.

Freshman Robert Eyvazzadeh, sophomore Tavit Garabedian and freshman Stephen Peterson qualified for the Southern California Championships, in fourth, sixth and ninth place respectively. Evin Davis missed making it to regionals by one stroke. The players did not make it through to the state finals, thus ending their season.

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