The Mt. SAC Flying Team won the Top Community College Trophy at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s national competition at Ohio State University. The win marks the sixth time since 2000 that Mt. SAC has won the national award.
With 76 points, Mt. SAC topped second-place Colorado Northwestern Community College with 27 points and third-place Central Texas College with 14 points to win the two-year college trophy. Mt. SAC’s Josh Spolar (West Covina) won second place in the instrumental flight event, and Evelyn Marquez (Pomona) and Spolar placed fifth in message drop event. Manutea Maurin (Diamond Bar) was Mt. SAC top scoring contestant with 32 points.
“It’s been a phenomenal run this year, and this is a great team that has put in a lot of hard work to achieve this,” said Advisor and Aeronautics Professor Robert Rogus.
The airmeet included over 275 competitors from 27 teams that included Southern Illinois University, Ohio State, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Overall, Mt. SAC placed 14th overall against both university and two-year colleges.