|Sylvia Mosqueda Named Lady Cubs Head Cross Country And Track & Field Coach|
LOS ANGELES (Aug. 14, 2007) - - Veteran coach, professional distance runner, and track & field competitor Sylvia Mosqueda, of Los Angeles, has been named head coach for the Los Angeles City College women's Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Mosqueda most recently was competing in professional competitions. The 2007 cross country and 2008 track & field seasons will be Mosqueda's third overall year as a collegiate coach. This includes coaching cross country and track & field at East Los Angeles College in 1995 and the Lady Cubs cross country team in 1996.
Mosqueda's extensive achievements began at San Gabriel High School where she was a two-time League Champion (1983-84) in the Mile and Two-Mile. Her 5th place finish in the 1983 State Championships in the Two Mile was followed by winning the 1983 CIF Cross Country Championship and being named a Kenney National Finalist.
She continued her career at East Los Angeles College where she captured the 1986 Conference cross country individual championship before seizing the 1986 State Cross Country title. In fact, Mosqueda was a "triple event" California state track champion in winning the 800 meter, 1500 meter, and 5000 meter events. Her junior college records in the 800, 1500, 3000, and 5000 meter competitions still stand today.
Mosqueda earned a combined academic and athletic scholarship to Cal State-Los Angeles where she competed in cross country and track & field at Cal State-Los Angeles in 1987-88. One of her defining honors at CSULA was being recognized as one of the most versatile runners of her generation. Besides five school records at Cal State-LA, she also collected two individual NCAA titles - one in cross country and one in track & field - and seven combined NCAA titles. She also finished 2nd place in the 1987 Los Angeles Marathon before her season encore of being named the Billy Jean King Woman of the Year in 1987.
Her 1988 season was highlighted by capturing the NCAA Division I 10,000 Meter championship with an NCAA all-time record time.
Mosqueda continued her running career long after she graduated from CSULA with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education. Her accumulated record setting finishes propelled her to the No. 1 ranking among all U.S. women competing in the 10,000 meters in 1995.
Between 1989 and 2007, Mosqueda qualified for many of the highest regarded National meets ranging from the 800 meters through the Marathon. She also accepted invitations to compete in all five U.S. Olympic Trials between 1988 and 2004 in the 5000 meters, 10,000 meters, and the Marathon.
Her international experience includes the 1989 Pan-Am games, 1991 Good Will Games, scoring the fastest American time in the 2001-02 Half Marathon World Championships, and the 2003 World Championships Marathon in Paris, France.
Cal State University at Los Angeles honored Mosqueda in 2007 when she was inducted into the CSULA Athletic Hall of Fame. She is currently ranked No. 1 nationally in the Masters division for Women.
"There is no doubt that Sylvia brings LA City a wealth of experience and competence that few other coaches in cross country and/or track & field on any level can boast," said LA City Director of Athletics Mike Miller. "It's truly amazing and an opportunity of a lifetime for our Lady Cubs to be under the guidance of an honest-to-goodness, world class star in the worlds of cross country and track & field. It will be exciting to see just how high Sylvia will lead our respective programs."