For the 21st consecutive year, at least one Ventura College athletic team has been recognized for academic achievement by the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). The organization released its team and individual scholar awards for the 2019-20 this week, and the Pirates' women's cross country team has been named a CCCAA State Scholar Team. This is the 40th VC team to receive the highest academic team award given annually in each CCCAA sport since the program's inception in 1997-98.
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Student athletes at Ventura College continued to achieve academic honors in the fall 2020 semester with 99 of them earning a spot on VC's Dean's List by posting a 3.5 or better grade point average in 12 or more units. Of those honores, 47 earned perfect 4.0 GPA's signifying all A's in their classes. Meanwhile, 13 of the Pirates' 19 intercollegiate athletic teams achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
After careful consideration and in the best interest of our student athletes, coaches and athletic staff of Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges, the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) has decided to “opt out” of competition for the upcoming California Community College Association (CCCAA) Spring I season at this time, a decision that affects traditional fall and winter sports.
After Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the VC Athletic Department is hosting a Day of Giving on Tuesday Dec. 1. The fundraiser conducted through text messaging or online will benefit Pirate Athletics, or any of VC's 19 sports teams. The goal for the day is to have at least 50 individual donors and raise at least $1,000 combined.
Tuesday September 22 was National Voter Registration Day. In conjunction with that day, the Ventura College Athletic Department has paired with the Associated Students of Ventura College to encourage 100 percent voter registration among eligible student athletes and 100 percent registration among VC students. The effort is also encouraging all students to become educated voters and participate in this fall's election.
The Ventura College Athletic Department is proud to announce that Antonio Rosales of the men's tennis team and Michelle Hamm and Raphaella Rosales of the women's cross country/track and field and volleyball/beach volleyball teams, respectively, have been named the Pirates' Scholar Athletes for the 2019-20. All three sophomores finished two years of competition for the orange and black with perfect 4.0 grade point averages in the classroom.
Despite the movement of classes online and the cancellation of most of the spring season, student athletes at Ventura College continued to achieve academically in 2019-20. In the fall, 99 student athletes made the Dean's list, signifying a grade point average of 3.5 or above, while 107 student athletes were honored on the Dean's list in the spring 2020 semester.
The Ventura College Athletic Department is pleased to report that they list 83 student athletes from 2019-20 who are slated to transfer to four-year institutions in the fall, as of August 31. Of those transfers, 60 plan on continuing their athletic careers at their new school, most of them with an athletic scholarship. The transferring student athletes will attend 58 different schools in 26 states around the country.
Coming off two consecutive Top-10 finishes at the CCCAA State Championships, the Pirates' women's cross country team came into the 2019 looking to build on that success. Meanwhile the VC men were looking for a return to the state, their final destination in 2017. It was another competitive, interesting and fun season for the Ventura College cross country teams.
The California Community College Athletic Association has named its team and individual scholar awards for the 2018-19, and Ventura College is once again well represented. The Pirates' men's tennis and women's track and field teams were both named State Scholar Teams for the academic year, and VC's Tatiana Garcia has been named to the State Scholar Athlete Honor Roll. The scholar team honors are Ventura's 38th and 39th awards since the program's inception in 1997-98.
For two years, Olivia Burton and Brieanna Tafoya have been as dominant a duo as Ventura College cross country has even had. They capped off their careers Saturday with another stellar performance finishing second and third, respectively, at the CCCAA State Cross Country Championships in Fresno. Both earned All-American honors as Burton completed the 5k course at Woodward Park in 18:33 and Tafoya crossed the finish line six seconds later. The Pirates finished sixth as a team, the program's third straight Top-10 finish.
Friday was Olivia Burton's day in San Diego. The Pirates' sophomore from Foothill Tech High School ran faster than anyone else in the Southern California Regional Championships at Mission Bay Park to bring home the gold. She covered the 5k course in a time of 19:21, holding off her rival from Moorpark by two seconds to capture the title. As a team, the VC women continued to recover from injury and illness to finish seventh overall, qualifying them for the CCCAA State Championships in two weeks.
Running on a hot and dry day in San Luis Obispo, the Ventura College women's cross country team finished third as a team at the Western State Conference Championships while the men came in ninth overall. Olivia Burton was second and Diana Saldana was 10th to lead the Pirate women while Michael Sanchez and Jake Turville were the top finishers for the men.
The VC women's cross country team continued their strong season, finishing second overall at the Western State Conference Preview Meet Friday in South El Monte while the men came in ninth while showing solid improvement. Olivia Burton and Brieanna Tafoya were the top performers for the women, finishing in fifth and seventh place, respectively, while Luis Duran came in 48th to lead the Pirate men.
With four runners in the top five positions, the Ventura College women's cross country team claimed the title at the Bakersfield College Cross Country Invitational on Friday. Brieanna Tafoya brought home the individual championship in the race to lead the way. The VC men, meanwhile, brought home fifth place in their eight-team event, led by Jake Turville.
The Ventura College women's cross country team performed four spots ahead of their pre-race ranking, coming in a strong second place at the Southern California Preview meet at San Diego's Mission Bay Park on Friday. Brieanna Tafoya claimed second place in the race out of 209 runners while Olivia Burton was close on her heels in third. The Pirate men placed 25th of 29 competing teams.
The Pirates' men's and women's cross country teams competed primarily against runners from four-year schools on Saturday at the Biola Invitational in Fullerton's Ted Craig Regional Park. The Pirate women were the top-finishing community college team, placing 15th of the 22 competing teams while the VC men came in 18th place overall. Olivia Burton continued to pace the women and Luis Duran moved up to lead VC's men's team in the race.
The Ventura College women's cross country team brought home the big prize Friday, capturing first place at the Ventura Invitational at Arroyo Verde Park. Olivia Burton won the event for the second year in a row, pacing five VC finishers in the top eight spots. The Pirate men, meanwhile, running shorthanded for the second week in a row, came in sixth of eight teams in the men's competition.
Ventura College's men's and women's cross country teams opened the Pirates' 2019-20 athletic year Friday at the Oxnard Invitational. Running on a flat course that was hardened by high morning winds, the women got off to a solid start finishing second in the team competition while the Ventura men came in fifth. Olivia Burton and Brieanna Tafoya led the women, each placing in the top-10 while Nick Villela paced the VC men.
The California Community College Athletic Association has announced its state academic awards for 2017-18, and the 2017 Ventura College football, women's cross country and women's soccer teams were all awarded the Scholar Team Award, the highest academic team achievement given annually by the CCCAA. These are Ventura's 35th, 36th and 37th Scholar team awards since the program's inception in 1997-98. At least one VC team has earned Scholar Team distinction for 19 consecutive years.
Olivia Burton capped off a stellar freshman season with a third place finish at the CCCAA State Cross Country Championships Saturday morning at Woodward park in Fresno. As a team, the Pirates finished in 8th place overall, the program's second straight top-10 state performance. On the men's side, Adan Cruz capped his Pirate career finishing 47th of 168 runners.
The Ventura College women's cross country team qualified for the CCCAA State Championships with a seventh place finish Friday morning at the SoCal Regionals in Cerritos. The Pirate men, meanwhile, had a disappointing finish after an injury forced a top runner out of the race. Olivia Burton paced the VC women with a third place finish and Adan Cruz qualified for state individually for the men in 31st place overall.
The Ventura College men's and women's cross country teams both qualified for the Southern California Regionals Friday with strong showings at the Western State Conference championships in San Dimas. The Pirate women came in a strong third place among the 15 competing teams while the men had their best race of the year coming in fifth of 14 teams. Olivia Burton led the women with a second place finish while Adan Cruz came in sixth for the VC men.
The VC men's and women's cross country team ran at the Western State Conference Preview at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo Friday with the women finishing a strong third, and the men coming in eighth. Adam Cruz came in 10th in his first meet of the season to lead the Pirate men while Olivia Burton continued her strong campaign with a runner-up finish for the women.
The VC men's and women's cross country teams battled triple-digit heat and a small field at the Bakersfield Invitational Friday at Kern County Soccer Park. The Pirate women were the top-performing community college team, finishing second behind NAIA Mt. Mercy University of Iowa while the VC men came in forth of the five scoring teams. Olivia Burton won her second race of the season, completing the 5k course in 19:20 to lead the women and Johnny Ordaz paced the men placing 10th on the 4-mile course with a mark of 23:29.
The Ventura College women's cross country team continued its strong season Friday with a third place finish atthe SoCal Preview meet at Don Knabe Regional Park in Cerritos. Olivia Burton (2nd), Tatiana Garcia (6th) and Brieanna Tafoya (13th) led the Pirate charge in the 21-team event. The Pirate men, running shorthanded once again, came in 21st of the 28 competing teams. Everado Magana was the top finisher for the VC men.
The Pirates' men's and women's cross country teams ran at the Oxnard Invitational with the women coming in with a runner up finish and the men placing fourth overall. Tatiana Garcia led the VC women, finishing in fourth place covering the 5k course in 20:11 while Everado Magana was seventh for the men, running the 4-mile course in 21:59.
Ventura College head track and field and men's cross country coach Tony Veney has been recognized by USA Track & Field. The Pirate mentor was awarded the Fred Wilt Coach/Educator of the Year Award by USATF for 2017. This award recognizes a coach that has a distinguished record, which includes sustained, exceptional performance and is presented annually to recognize one individual who has exemplified passion and leadership nationally for the promotion of USATF Coaching Education.
The Ventura College women's and men's cross country teams produced historic performances Saturday at the CCCAA State Championships in Fresno. The women's team finished third overall, the program's best finish in a state-wide championship since 1977, and the best finish since they won the state small-school championship in 1983. The men, meanwhile, came in 10th overall, their best team achievement since coming in fifth in 2004.