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Men's/Women's Cross Country Head Coach
Armand Crespo (626) 585-7778

Year at PCC: 9th season in 2015



Armand Crespo


Assistant Coach:

Pat Williams


Former PCC cross country runner Armand Crespo begins his ninth season as head coach for men's and women's cross country later this year.

In 2014, Crespo coached a women's runner to All-South Coast Conference status (top 14 at conference finals) for the sixth straight season. Ashley Medina took 10th overall as PCC tied for fifth in the team standings.

Last season, the Lancers women reached the state's top 15 for the fourth time in the past five years. Crespo guided two All-South Coast Conference racers in Brenda Grate (ninth) and Tansica Sunkamaneevongse (12th) as PCC placed fourth at the conference finals meet. The Lancers then placed 10th at the Southern California Championships, the school's highest finish there this century. Sunkamaneevongse (35th) and Grate (36th) helped PCC take 14th at the CCCAA state meet.

In 2012, Crespo produced an All-SCC women's runner in Diane Lombardi, who was ninth at the conference championships before finishing in 15th at the state meet.. The PCC women's team placed 15th at both SoCal and state.

In 2011, Crespo directed the Lancers women's cross country team to a 10th place finish at the CCCAA State Championships and a third place at the South Coast Conference Finals behind the running of All-SCC Second Team racer Elizabeth Lyons.

In 2010, women's runner Tracee van der Wyk set PCC firsts in individual history by placing second overall the CCCAA state meet, the Southern California Championships, and the South Coast Conference Championships. She had placed fourth overall at the CCCAA state meet as the Lancers took 15th as a team back in 2009. On the men's side, Will Zentmyer was third at the SCC meet and an impressive 16th place overall at the 2010 CCCAA meet in Fresno.

Crespo ran both cross country and track and field at PCC from 1986-88. He then served as an assistant coach in charge of distance running from 1994-2000 for the Lancers' women's cross country and track and field teams. He was an assistant to both retired men's coach Jesse Gomez and former women's coach Grace Apiafi.

For the women, Crespo coached Aidita Gibson, who helped the PCC 1995 team to the highest finish in school history, third place in the state. Crespo also helped direct the Lancers to a fourth place state finish in Gibson's sophomore year of 1996.

After attending PCC, Crespo transferred and ran both sports at Cal State Los Angeles. He finished All-Conference in cross country and took third place in the 10,000 meters at the conference track and field championships. Crespo earned a B.S. degree in kinesiology (exercise science) at CSLA.

He began coaching in 1991 at San Gabriel High School and was the head coach for cross country in 1994. After his first tour of duty at PCC, Crespo went back to Cal State LA and served as an assistant distance coach for the two sports from 2000-2005. At CSLA, he coached two All-Americans in cross country, including AnnMarie Housen, who finished 10th at the national Division II championship meet.


The PCC men's teams finished in the top 10 at the State Championship meet five times between 1994-2001, including a runner-up finish in 1996. In 2011, the women's team took 10th place at the state meet.

Phil Gonzalez (third place in 1996 State Meet, South Coast Conference champion), Moises Iniquez (second place, 2002 State Meet, and SCC champion), Sergio Campos (2001 SCC champion, third at 2000 State Meet) and Marcos Aguirre (1998 SCC champion) highlight the top runners that raced for the Lancers in recent years.

Gonzalez was inducted into the PCC Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. Iniquez, Gonzalez, and Ray Gomez (1994) were all former PCC Men's Athletes of the Year. Van der Wyk was a PCC Women's Athlete of the Year for 2009 and 2010.

Joaquin Gomez, son of retired Lancers' head coach and PCC Sports Hall of Famer Jesse Gomez, finished his two years at PCC as a two-time, All-SCC runner in 2005-2006.






Crespo running