Junior college transfers Cortnee Kleidon and Salina Ortiz have each signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at Cal State Stanislaus; it was announced earlier this week.
Kleidon will be joining Stanislaus' track and field program, while Ortiz will continue to play women’s soccer as a Warrior in the fall. Both student athletes were members of the Santa Ana College women's soccer team, with Kleidon also competing on the women's track and field team.
During her one season on the track and field team, Kleidon set the third highest mark in SAC history in the shot put with a distance of 37 feet, 10.5 inches, while also qualifying for the Southern California Preliminaries. As a member of the soccer team, Kleidon spent two seasons in goal for the Dons, making 175 saves over 36 games.
"We are very proud of Cortnee," said Miriam Mitzel, head coach of the track and field team at Santa Ana College. "The main reason why athletes come to SAC is for school. The fact that she was able to use athletics to help continue her education is great."
Ortiz came to SAC after her freshman season at Cerritos College, where she was a member of the 2008 California Community College Athletic Association Women's Soccer State Championship team. The Falcons were also named the National Soccer Coaches Association National Champions.
Ortiz had four goals and seven assists in 22 games for the Falcons before joining the Dons in 2009. As a sophomore, Ortiz led the Dons with 20 points and four assists while tying for the team lead with eight goals.
"Salina had a huge impact on our program despite being here for only one year," said Jodi Coffman, head coach of the women's soccer team at SAC. "The fact that she is moving on and using what she has learned here to take to the next level to play soccer and continue her education highlights the philosophy of our program."