State Cross Country Champions from Cuesta College Sign with Cal Poly

State Cross Country Champions from Cuesta College Sign with Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Miranda Daschian and Sean McDermott, each of whom won the 2016 individual California Community College Athletic Association state cross country titles for Cuesta College in November, have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers at Cal Poly.

This past fall, Daschian won the championship at Woodward Park in Fresno with a 5k time of 17:52.6 (the program's fastest at the meet since 1996), before McDermott earned his championship with a 4-mile performance of 20:06.0.

Daschian, an Atascadero High School graduate, went undefeated in cross country in 2016, also winning the Oxnard and Fresno Invitationals in addition to the Western State Conference and Southern California Regional championships.

She'll join the Mustangs with three seasons of cross country eligibility remaining (after redshirting 2015), plus two in track.

In track season, Daschian also won the conference 1,500-meter championship last spring, in addition to setting school records for both the 3,000 meters (9:55.72) and 5,000m.

More recently this year, Daschian bettered her own Cuesta record in the 5,000m, taking 15th place at the Mt. SAC Relays in 16:50.95, in addition to improving her 1,500m time to 4:33.18 (ranking No. 2 in program history) at the Beach Invitational.

Daschian also made the 2016 WSC All-Academic Team.

McDermott, from North Tahoe High School, was also a cross country All-American in 2015, when he finished fifth at the CCCAA meet, in 20:38.0.

McDermott is also the Cougars' school record-holder for both the 3,000 meters (8:31.36) and 3,000m steeplechase (9:12.13, at this year's Cal Poly ShareSLO Invitational).

McDermott also ran the 5,000 meters in 14:33.33 at the Mt. SAC Relays earlier this month, ranking No. 2 all-time at Cuesta.

He also earned WSC All-Academic honors in 2016.

Photos by Owen Main