College of the Canyons freshman cross country runner Danielle Salcedo has been named the California Community College Sports Information Association Female Athlete of the Month for September.
Salcedo, who graduated from Saugus High School, has had a terrific start to her college cross country career, having won the women’s 5K race in every community college event she has competed in this season.
She won the Moorpark College Invitational on August 27 with a time of 18: 47.8, the College of the Canyons Invitational on September 3 with a time of 18: 58.09 and the Oxnard College Invitational on September 10 with a time of 18: 08.6 .
In the Oxnard event, Salcedo set a course record and finished nearly a minute ahead of his next closest competitor.
These performances helped the COC to finish second, first and second in the team standings respectively in each of the first three competitions.
Salcedo also finished eighth overall with a time of 17: 45.2 at the Master’s University Invitational on September 25, standing out among a field of 145 runners drawn primarily from NAIA four-year schools.
She has since gone undefeated in community college cross country events.
In the Western State Conference preview meet on Oct. 1, Salcedo’s time of 6:55 p.m. was better than 12 seconds faster than runner-up. She hit an average pace of around 5:55 per mile to win for the second time this season on the 5km course at Arroyo Vista Park in Moorpark. This result helped Canyons to finish second in the team standings.
Most recently, Salcedo won the Mt. San Antonio College Invite held on October 15th. His time of 6: 08.8 overtook the field of 70 riders and helped propel Canyons to third place on the team.
“It’s exciting to watch Danielle every week and be a part of her great start to the season,” said Lindie Kane, COC Cross Country and Track Head Coach. “Danielle brings positive energy and a competitive spirit to every practice and meeting. We are very proud of her success and it is an honor to see Danielle and the College of Canyons recognized by the CCSIA.
Salcedo is the sixth Cougar to be named CCSIA State Athlete of the Month since the award was created in 2005.
She shares the honor with City College San Francisco quarterback Jack Newman, who was named the CCCSIA Male Athlete of the Month for September.
Canyons will then compete in the WSC Championships which take place on Friday at Legg Lake Park in South El Monte. The women’s race is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.