The COS Men’s Track team took 3rd place at the recent GVC Championship, coming in just 7 points behind Shasta College  with a score of 77. Taking first was Butte with 144 points, and Yuba came in last with  8.
 The COS score of 77 was more than twice as much as the Eagles scored in 2008.
“We are on the right trajectory,” noted coach Shannon Mass, who added, “We were also missing our best runner, Zach Stoner, who is out for the season with a stress fracture in his right foot.  If you throw him into the equation, we could have gotten second, but I thought we did a great job all around."
In field events, Josh Sanford scored 18 points, finishing second in the shot put (47' 2"), second in the hammer, with a season personal best (152' 4"), second in the javelin (144' 7.5"), and surprise first in the discus, throwing a 143' 11".  Speaking of Sanford’s overall effort, Maas said, “ I'm going to miss him a lot next year.  He's one of those special kids that's the first out to practice, the last to leave, and he's always looking at ways to self-improve and to help out the team.”  
Tyler Clemens won the javelin with a throw of 173' 5".  Shawn and Cameron Purkis of Yreka placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the pole vault with jumps of 12'6" and 12'3", and  Skyler Schneider of Etna got 2nd in the high jump with a 6'3".
Speaking of his strategy in the field events, Maas said, "I put kids in anything I thought we could eek out points in, from the javelin to the 3000m steeplechase.  I was extremely proud of the way everyone competed and with the support and comradery our team displayed at the meet.”
In the distance running events, Josh Embury of Willamette, Oregon and Cory Coppin of Mt. Shasta  ran extremely hard, running in over 10 miles at competition pace in under 5 days.   Embury placed 2nd in the 10,000m (37:55.88), 2nd in the 800m (2:06.92), 3rd in the 1500m (4:24.80) and 3rd in the 5000m (18:36.53),  scoring a total of 14 points for the Eagles.  “It'll take  Embury about 2 weeks to recover from his efforts, but I take my hat off and applaud the kid for focusing, getting the job done, and putting all of himself out there,” said Maas.
Coppin finished 4th in the 10000m (41:03.02), 4th in the 5000m (19:49.30), 4th in the 1500m (4:34.14), and 4th in the 800m (2:18.45).
The sprinter of the meet was Kevin Ramos, who outperformed everyone's expectations with a 3rd place finish in the 100m dash and a 4th in the 200m (11.35, 23.01).  Deontae Jones ran a 51.12 in the 400m dash and scored 2nd in the meet.
Maas also noted the contribution of other team members. "I will greatly miss Josh Sanford, Kevin Ramos and Shawn Purkis.  They all performed extremely well at conference and laid everything on the line for Siskiyous.  All 3 have qualified for Nor Cal Trials next week at Diablo Valley College so I get to spend one more week with all of them...hopefully more if they do well at Trials."
Reflecting on the event as a whole, Maas said, "Butte had one of the toughest teams I have ever seen at conference. It’s tough to beat a squad with mid 10 second sprinters, 48 second quarter milers, 50 foot shot putters, 6' 9" high jumpers, etc. but that gives myself and our crew a lofty goal for next year."
 Nor Cal Trial Qualifiers:
Josh Sanford - Shot Put, Discus, Hammer
Tyler Clemens - Javelin
Shawn Purkis - Pole Vault
Cameron Purkis - Pole Vault
Skyler Schneider - High Jump
Deontae Jones - 400mn Dash
4x100m - Kevin Ramos, Deontae Jones, Danzell Bates, Skyler Schneider
4x400m - Kevin Ramos, Deontae Jones, Skyler Schneider, Shawn Purkis