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Scholarship * Sportsmanship * Skill


The Qualities of a Roadrunner Student-Athlete


Wrestling - On the MAT

Rio Hondo College wrestler Elias Mercado took fifth place in the state meet at 133 pounds and led the Roadrunners to a 16th-place finish in the team competition.

Mercado qualified for state with a sixth-place finish at the Southern California regionals. Rio Hondo also sent Ryan Maldonado (fifth place, 141 pounds) and Ian Poing (seventh place, 197) to the state meet and finished ninth in Southern California.

RIO HONDO WOMEN'S SOCCER received selection for a 2012-13 Team Academic Award, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) officials announced last week. The Rio Hondo Lady Roadrunners are one of three community colleges to earn this national recognition. As a team, the Lady Roadrunners maintained a grade point average above 3.0 through the 2012-13 academic year to earn the NSCAA honor. The 2012-2013 Rio Hondo women's soccer program has transferred student athletes to Lesley University, San Diego Christian College, Marymount University, Rio Hondo RN/CNA programs and Presentation College. Rio Hondo has transferred 87% of their sophomores to four-year universities or professional programs.

RIO HONDO MEN SOCCER TEAM, who won the Foothill title and advanced to the second round of the regionals, had goalkeeper Edward Maya named conference player of the year. The Schurr High School product recorded 10 shutouts during a 13-5-5 season. Rio Hondo’s Orlando Brenes was the coach of the year. Roadrunners to make the first team were Alejandro Casas, Miguel Mendoza, Jaime Ayala and Amisraim Valdez. Second-teamers were Erick Magana, Nicolas Andrade, Erick Barranco and Makkoto Shoji

Grand opening

We are back in our Physical Education area after 3 years in the L tower.  Thank you to everyone on campus that contributed to making our stay there as comfortable as possible.  Our wrestling program and free weight room will remain in the L tower for at least fall semester, but they will be joining us down here.  When we get unpacked and presentable we will have an open house and hope you will be able to attend in the fall.  It was fun to be in the center of campus but it is also nice to be home.
Concerning the move….
Big thanks to Jerry Quemada for making the move arrangements and for all of his time and effort to make this a smooth transition.  A big thank you to Gary Van Voorhis and the entire IT staff for allowing us to cut through their space during the move and for being so fast to get us all hooked up and running with our computers, printers and phones.  Thank you to the 4th floor staff and Connie Austin for allowing the nursing students to navigate their area while we dominated to back elevator.  Many thanks to Harry for getting the locks keyed and people supplied with keys.  Thanks to George Lopez and staff for assisting the trucks and to Stephen Gabriel for coordinating the custodial needs we will now have. 
Steven P. Hebert
Dean of Physical Education/Athletic Director

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Physical Education Instructor receives "Teacher of the Year Award"

Professor Kathy Pudelko received the "Teacher of the Year Award" which is presented by the California Association for Postsecondary Education and Disability (CAPED).  Kathy was nominated for the award by faculty and staff in the Office of DSP&S.  Congratulations Kathy!

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Congratulations to the Rio Hondo Dance Collective in their successful performance of

The Nightmare Before Christmas!

As this was their first production, I had some concerns that they might not be prepared to produce an event solely by themselves and perhaps had bitten off more than they could chew. However, they rose to the occasion and demonstrated exceptional skill as all elements of their work were impressive. Their  choreography was creative, the performance well-rehearsed, the event well attended, and they effortlessly managed the extensive details of self-producing a concert.

A big congratulations to all Collective members including: 

2013-2014 Collective Members

Joel Carrillo                 Chris Chavez

Mupei Chou                Cynthia Gonzalez

Tiffany Ramirez          Luzely Lopez                         

Iliana Uribe                 Felicianna Castillo

Johanna Avalos           David Mitchell

Anahi Zapata              Maria Lizarraga

Ashley Lopez

Thank you also to Rose Hills’ Bruce Lazenby, Stephanie Baker, Sheena Castillo, Alejandro Cortez, Mariela Duran, Lizet Garcia, Margarita Rosales, and Ashley Navarro.

Alyson Cartagena
Director of Dance


Rio Hondo Cross Country

The Rio Hondo Cross Country team traveled to Ventura on August 30st for the Ventura Invitational. Although only a partial women's teams competed , Rio Hondo was well represented.

The Roadrunners finished 7th in their opening meet between leading California schools, including College of the Canyons and Mount San Antonio College (Mt.SAC). Competing without freshman standouts Diego Ibarra, Edson Escamillia, and Jose Leon, Charlie Gonzalez lead the Roadrunners with a 21st place overall finish in the men’s four (4) mile run in a time of 24:56.13. Gonzalez and Kevin Medina (24:53.53) from Mount San Antonio College continuously exchanged leads throughout the very difficult mountainous course, including a thrilling dash to the finish line. Freshman Jorge Castro was 34th overall in his debut race. This triumphant team finish would not have been complete without the efforts of teammates Jonathan Dona (31:03.68), Jesus Preciado (31:34.01) and Agustin Arias (32:30.32).

The women’s team competed with a partial team. Freshman Elaine Anzaldo led the Roadrunners with a 38th place finish in a time of 29:39.41. Edith Najera followed Anzaldo for 39th place with a time of 30:07.14.

The Roadrunners will compete on their home course, Legg Lake, on Friday, September 6th for the 3rd Annual Rio Hondo Cross Country Classic. The 2012 Cross Country Classic was dominated by Southwestern College (women) and San Bernardino Community College (men) who place 5th at the 2012 California State Cross Country Championships.

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 2013 Foothill Softball Conference Awards

Coach of the Year: Bianca Urquidi

First Team All-Conference:

Aishia Ruiz
Samantha Martinez


Congratulations to our Student Athletes of the Year!

Abel Avila – Wrestling

Jasmine Sanchez – Women’s Soccer


Congratulations to our Dancers of the Year!!

Joel Carrillo

Christopher Chavez

Sessaley Jauregui

3x Foothill Conference Champions!

Women’s Tennis is once again, Foothill Conference Champions! Went undefeated in conference with a 8-0 record. That's a 3-pete and our 8th championship in 12 years.

Coach Karen Unger received the Coach of the Year award again. 7th time in 12 years. The entire team received All Conference Honors......5 out of 6 players for singles, and all 3 of doubles teams. First time ever in Rio's history!

  • Women’s Volleyball Team! 
For the first time in 17 years, the Lady Roadrunners made an appearance at the California State Regional Playoffs! 
Here are some season highlights:
*16-6 overall record & 12-2 conference record
*8-0 at home conference record
*9 match winning streak
*9 Lady Roadrunners earned Foothill Conference Honors (most of any team in conference) 
Please join the Physical Education Division in congratulating Coach Teddi Esko, the Assistant Coaches, and the impressive Lady Roadrunner Volleyball Team for a great season!


Rio Hondo College Teams Excel in Conference and State Competition -- Congratulations to Coach Mike Salazar and the Rio Hondo Baseball Team on a great season. The Roadrunners were the California State Championship runner-ups, losing only in the finals to Cosumnes River 8-6 in a 12 inning game.  
 Congratulations are also in order for the Women's Tennis Team, co-Champions of the Foothill Conference.  Coach Karen Unger received the Coach of the Year award for the 6th time in 11 years. This was also our 7th championship in the 11 years that Coach Unger has been coaching at Rio Hondo. Three of the players made the All-Conference 1st Team for Singles and four for Doubles.

 New School Records Set

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The 200 and 400 Freestyle Relay records date back to 1984.  The 800 Freestyle Relay, 1000 Free and 1650 Free are newly established records.

400 Freestyle Relay - 4:04.39

Andrea Arnold
Marissa Valencia
Chelsea Wilson
Kortney Kindig

200 Freestyle Relay - 1:51.15

Andrea Arnold
Marissa Valencia
Chelsea Wilson
Kortney Kindig

800 Freestyle Relay -  8:57:27

Andrea Arnold
Marissa Valencia
Chelsea Wilson
Kortney Kindig

1000 Freestyle - 12:15.48

Kortney Kindig

1650 Freestyle - 20:28.59

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Roadrunners advance to the California State Cross Country Championships. 

No rain, nor mud, nor unseasonably COLD weather could prevent the Roadrunners from advancing to the California State Cross Country Championships. 

Kim Dominguez and Christine Lopez weathered the storm at Guasti Regional Park on Friday to advance to the Community College State Cross Country Championships at Woodard Park in Fresno on November 19th. 

This was only Dominguez's second meet since September 9th.  Although she is not 100%, she managed to place 54th (19:43.44) overall out of 198 individuals in the 5K to win her berth to the Championship round.  Kim is getting stronger everyday and is excited about bettering her 23rd place finish from the 2010 Cross Country Championships.

Excitement rose as Christine Lopez entered the finish chute.  Lopez and Soleto from Santa Ana City battled for the final spot for the State Championship meet.  Lopez and Soleto bumped and drew contact throughout the finish chute with Lopez out-sprinting Soleto by 1.03 seconds to win the final berth to state.  Although Lopez's time of 20:29.91 was far off her personal record of 19:23, it was fast enough to "live to run" another day.

The cold, rain, and mud definitely affected the performance of the men's team.  Jose Mares, the star of the Roadrunners, was unable to adjust to the adverse weather finishing 129/197 in 22:58.47, nearly 1.20 minutes off his personal best of 21:38.  Juan Carlos Gomez nearly matched his personal record of 23:37 with a time of 23:57.51. 

Coach Watkins felt that Jose was primed and ready to earn a berth to the championships.  Jose has trained hard all season and has been a role model for the team.  It definitely was not that the other athletes were better than Jose, it was that they just had a better day.

Collectively, the Lady Roadrunners finished 25th out of 28 teams while the the Roadrunners placed 28/28.

Even-though the cross country team will be at a disadvantage next season due to the hiatus of the track and field program.  I am looking forward to rebuilding the team and becoming a significant factor in the Foothill Conference and State.





Starting Tuesday, May 30th, construction will begin on the underground utilities for the new PE Complex on the north side of the Fitness Center and Gymnasium. This work is expected to take approximately one month to complete. To accomplish this and maintain safe access to the Fitness Center, a new fencing configuration will be implemented as depicted on the plan.  Parking in front of the Fitness Center will not be available during this time. Instead a limited number of parking spaces for faculty will be provided on the west side of the entry drive. Two disabled parking spaces will also be provided adjacent to the fence. Access to the team rooms and officials office will be available. The fence will define the separation between the construction area and the pedestrian pathway which connects the limited parking in front of the gymnasium, the more available parking in Lot G and the Fitness Center. Please note that the stairway from Lot G will be closed during this time – please use the pedestrian ramp next to the stairs. The Gymnasium will remain closed during the summer for interior renovation.

We understand that this is disruptive and apologize for any inconvenience. We will do the best we can accomplish the work as quickly as possible.

Spotlight on
Innovation & Collaboration

Bianca Urquidi & Steve Johnson

Physical Education


Two of our coaches who worked together at the Foundation Golf tournament received the  “Spotlight on Collaboration and Innovation” award.  Coach Steve Johnson, women’s basketball, and Coach Bianca Urquidi, softball, did an outstanding job in coordinating and overseeing our 65 plus student/athletes who were working the tournament.  I had to come back to campus early for some athletic events, and these two coaches spent the afternoon and evening at Pacific Palms making sure these students were in the right place, at the right time, doing their various jobs around the course.  They also helped with the social hour, selling raffles, working the auction, the dinner and the clean up.  They did not know many of these athletes as I had 5 different teams represented, but they did a great job showcasing our athletic department as a whole.  I have received many compliments from participants in the tournament about how helpful and courteous our students/athletes were.  I truly appreciate the time and energy Steve and Bianca put into the day to oversee these kids.  Steve and Bianca spent most of the afternoon driving the course, supervising the students, but also motivating them to make it through a long day .  I think it is commendable when we can have our programs work together and represent us in such a positive manner.

Rio Hondo breaks ground on new $28 million P.E. complex

Rio Hondo College officially broke ground Tuesday 11/9/10 for a Physical Education complex that will bring new swimming pools, locker rooms, dance and aerobics studios and weight-training/wrestling facilities to the south end of campus.

Like many of the structures on campus, the existing P.E. buildings date back more than five decades, Rio Hondo President Ted Martinez Jr. told about 50 guests at Tuesday's groundbreaking ceremony, including Whittier City Councilman Owen Newcomer and El Monte Union High School District Superintendent Nick Salerno
. "This facility has served the college and generations of students over the years - but it has aged over time," Martinez said. "Now is the time for upgrading and replacing."

It'll be another 18 months or so before those upgrades are completed, officials said - but when it's done, there will be a new 41,600-square-foot facility housing new locker rooms, faculty offices, trainers facilities and exercise/training studios.

The building's entrance will be shifted to face the south, and a new 160-space parking lot will also be built.

Officials said the two new swimming pools will support intercollegiate competition and the college's instructional swimming program, as well as complement the renovated gymnasium.

"It's very exciting to hear all the new features that this new building will have," said Rio Hondo College ASB President Julianna Ojeda, who spoke on behalf of students at Tuesday's ceremony.

And the improvements will only add to Rio Hondo's sports programs, which have recently seen a lot of success, said Steve Hebert, interim dean of P.E. and Athletics.

"A couple of highlights this year: The men's soccer team produced its ninth consecutive conference championship. The wrestling team joined a new conference and is ranked 18th in the state," Hebert said.

"The women's soccer team is closing in on a playoff berth; women's water polo is seeing the best season in about seven years; and men's and women's cross-country is trying to qualify for the state regionals," he said. "Women's volleyball is closing in on its first playoff berth in 10 years, and our baseball team last spring made the final four in California last year."

As such, Hebert said, the anticipation and excitement that's been building for a new P.E. complex is "tremendous."

"I'm extremely happy to be here," he said. "It's our time to shine."

The new complex will cost about $28 million, which will be paid for through state bond funds and the $245 million Measure A bond passed by local voters in 2004.

The gym and the fitness center will remain open during construction, and other temporary facilities will be provided to continue the P.E. curriculum and community access, of
ficials said.

By Tracy Garcia Staff Writer

Foothill Athletic Conference

Member of the Foothill Athletic Conference

The Foothill Conference, as it is known today, was formed in 1988. However, the roots of the conference can be traced to 1981 when the football-only Foothill Conference was formed.

The Foothill Conference was an offshoot of the Southern California Conference, which included many of the Los Angeles based community colleges. Founding members of the Foothill Conference were Antelope Valley, Citrus, Chaffey, Desert, East Los Angeles, Mt. San Jacinto, Rio Hondo, San Bernardino Valley and Victor Valley colleges.

Since its founding days, two colleges, East Los Angeles College and Citrus College, have left the conference. Barstow College and Cerro Coso College joined later as full time participants.


Roadrunner Foothill Conference Championships


Women's Cross Country

      (2003, 2008)

Men's Soccer

      (1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007,2008, 2009, 2010)

Women's Soccer


Women's Tennis

      (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007,2008)

Women's Basketball



      (2005, 2009)


      (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) State Champ (1987)



Congratulations to the following Roadrunner student athletes

DeWayne O'Neal - M. Basketball - All Conf. 1st Amber Ojeda, W. Polo - All Conf. 1st

Daisy Gonzalez, W. Polo - All Conf. 2nd

Samantha Maldonado, W. Polo - All Conf. 1st

Willie Lopez, M. Soccer - Conf. MVP

Alexandra Marin, W. Soccer - Conf. MVP


Baseball advances to state finals in Fresno May 21-23, 2010.  After winning the super regionals @ Santa Ana the Roadrunners make the state finals for the first time in school history.

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Scores in Review




2010-11 In Review


Men's Soccer - Foothill Conference Champions - 9th consecutive




2009-10 In Review


Men's Soccer - Foothill Conference Champions - 8th consecutive

Wrestling - Western State Conference Champions - 4th consecutive

Wrestling - State Finalist - 13th Overall, 3 state place winners

Women's Cross Country - Two state qualifiers


2008-09 In Review


Women's Cross Country - Conference Champions (15th state)

Men's Cross Country - 4th place finish in state

Men's Soccer - 6th consecutive conference title

Wrestling - 3rd consecutive conference title, State Tournament Participant

Wrestling - Three Academic All Americans

Baseball, Foothill Conference Co-Champions

Women's Tennis - Conference MVP



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