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Former Mt. SAC Students Competing at the Olympics

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July 23, 2021 - 03:08 PM

Former Mt. SAC students Jordin Andrade, Stefania Aradillas, Cravon Gillespie, and Megan Jastrab are representing their respective countries at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. 

Andrade will represent Cape Verde for the second time, in the men’s 400 meter hurdles. He has a lifetime best of 49.24 and a season best of 51.17, which he ran in May at the Golden Games at Mt. SAC. As a Mountie in 2011 and 2012, Andrade captured the 2011 USA Junior National Championship (51.61) and placed second at the 2011 Pan American Games (52.09). In 2012, he captured the 2012 California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Championship in the event and as a member of the 4x400M Relay Team.

He continued his career at Boise State University where he captured a silver medal at the 2015 NCAA Division I National Outdoor Championships and currently holds the university record at 49.24.

Aradillas, a former second baseman on the Mt. SAC Softball Team, is a member on the Mexican National Softball Team. Aradillas competed for the Mounties during the 2013 and 2014 softball seasons, and was part of the Mounties 2013 South Coast Conference Championship team. She continued her softball career at San Diego State, where she played for two seasons in 2015 and 2016.

Gillespie will represent the United States as a member of the men's 4x100M relay pool, after placing sixth at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100M (10.00). He has a 100M lifetime best of 9.93 (+0.8) and a season best of 9.96 (+1.9), which — like Andrade — was run in May at the Golden Games at Mt. SAC. In that competition, he defeated a stellar field of elite sprinters, as well as NFL star DK Metcalf. 

At Mt. SAC in 2015 and 2016, Gillespie captured CCCAA State Championships in the 100M, 200M and as a member of the 4x100M relay team in 2016. He continued his education at the University of Oregon, where he placed second in both the 100M and 200M at the 2019 NCAA Division I National Outdoor Championships. He also holds Oregon’s 100M (9.93) and 200M (19.93) school records that were previously held by former Mountie Kyrie King.

In 2019, Gillespie placed fourth in the 100M at the U.S. Championships and was a member of the U.S. World Championship Gold Medal 4x100M Relay Team. 

Along with the two track and field student-athletes, Mt. SAC will also be represented on the track by Megan Jastrab. Jastrab is a former Mt. SAC student and niece of Mt. SAC Head Football Coach Bob Jastrab. She will represent the United States in track cycling and is scheduled to compete in the Madison (a debut women’s event at the Olympics) and is also on the list of possible competitors for the team pursuit and omnium.

Jastrab is the youngest U.S. Cyclist to ever compete on the track at the Olympic Games. A phenom on the track and on the road, the 19-year old has an incredible 31 U.S. Junior and three UCI World Junior Championship titles to her credit.