Cross Country team wins first conference championship in its history


Raul Samaniego

Sophomores Brandon Taylor (left) and Munir Kahssay (right) lead the race coming over a steep hill in the first leg of the race. Kahssay finished No. 2 and Taylor No. 3

Jonathan Garza

In 1969, the Cerritos College men’s cross country team was founded. In its history, the team had never won a conference championship.

That changed on Thursday, Oct. 25, when the squad captured its first conference title in men’s cross country in school history.

The men have been joined by the women, who secured their fourth conference championship in school history.

Previously, the women were victorious in 2004, 2005, and 2008.

Cerritos College’s men edged second-place at Los Angeles Trade Technical College 28-38, with 14 of the top-20 runners from the meet hailing from these respective programs.

What makes the accomplishment even more unique is that both the men and women captured a conference championship together, which has not happened for any school since 2002.

The men were led by sophomore Munir Kahssay whose time of 19 minutes, 27.33 seconds garnered him the title of overall winner of the meet.

Meanwhile, sophomore Karina Sanchez took home the South Coast Conference individual championship with a time of 20 minutes, 14.78 seconds, this after finishing 14th in the event a year ago while with El Camino-Compton Center.