Scholarship * Sportsmanship * Skill
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
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
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
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….
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 Instructor receives "Teacher of the
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
Congratulations to the Rio Hondo Dance
Collective in their successful performance of
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
A big congratulations to all Collective
2013-2014 Collective Members
Thank you also to Rose Hills’ Bruce Lazenby, Stephanie Baker,
Sheena Castillo, Alejandro Cortez, Mariela Duran, Lizet Garcia,
Margarita Rosales, and Ashley Navarro.
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.
Click Here for Schedule
2013 Foothill Softball
Coach of the Year:
First Team All-Conference:
Congratulations to our Student Athletes of the
Abel Avila – Wrestling
Jasmine Sanchez – Women’s Soccer
Congratulations to our Dancers of the Year!!
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!
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
*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
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.
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
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 -
200 Freestyle Relay - 1:51.15
800 Freestyle Relay - 8:57:27
1000 Freestyle -
1650 Freestyle -
HERE FOR ALL Swim Records
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
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.
COMPLEX UNDERGROUND UTILITY INSTALLATION
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
that this is disruptive and apologize for any inconvenience. We will do the best
we can accomplish the work as quickly as possible.
Innovation & Collaboration
Bianca Urquidi & Steve Johnson
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
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
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
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.
"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
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
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, officials
By Tracy Garcia Staff Writer
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
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007,2008, 2009, 2010)
(2003, 2004, 2006, 2007,2008)
(2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) State Champ
Congratulations to the following Roadrunner
- M. Basketball - All Conf. 1st Amber Ojeda, W. Polo - All Conf. 1st
Gonzalez, W. Polo - All Conf. 2nd
Maldonado, W. Polo - All Conf. 1st
M. Soccer - Conf. MVP
Marin, W. Soccer - Conf. MVP
Baseball advances to state finals in Fresno May 21-23,
After winning the super regionals @ Santa Ana the Roadrunners make the
state finals for the first time in school history.
cccaasports.org for more information
2010-11 In Review
Men's Soccer - Foothill Conference Champions -
2009-10 In Review
Men's Soccer - Foothill Conference Champions -
Wrestling - Western State Conference Champions - 4th
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
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
Proud member of the