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Sierra College athletics in top three once again

By: Staff Report
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The athletic program at Sierra College was once again the No. 3 outfit in the state in 2009-10. The California Community College Commission on Athletics and National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators released the final standings for NATYCAA Cup, state associations division. Sierra tied with Riverside in the rankings for overall athletic excellence. “Our coaches and great student athletes are to be congratulated for another incredible year of sports excellence," said John Volek, Dean of Athletics at Sierra. "I am so proud. We will receive our fifth trophy from the NATYCAA at our awards luncheon, on June 22.” This year Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, CA) topped the final standings with a score of 167 points, winning the prestigious award for the second time in its seven year history, with the other NATYCAA Cup being awarded for the 2006-07 season. Finishing second was Mt. San Antonio College (Walnut, CA) who was just 1.5 points behind with 165.5, followed by Riverside City College (Riverside, CA) and Sierra College (Rocklin, CA) with 141 points each. Orange Coast’s spring sports were very successful, gaining them the award after being in seventh place after the fall. Rounding out the top 10 were Santa Rosa Junior College (Santa Rosa), Fresno City College, American River College, Sacramento City College, Ventura College and Cerritos College (Norwalk, CA). A college is awarded points based on its teams’ final positions in post-conference competition. Each school’s top five men’s and top five women’s team results count toward the school’s overall point total. The winners will be recognized at the NATYCAA Awards Luncheon, held during the 2009 NATYCAA Convention, June 18-21 at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida. Awards will be presented to the top three colleges, and the top 20 schools in the division will receive recognition. NATYCAA is the professional organization of two-year college athletic administrators.