6 A C H I E V E M E N T The College of the Desert athletic program had another banner year, as the Roadrunners excelled at the local and state level in both individual and team sports. The Football team won the American Division-Mountain Conference Championship for the second straight season, Men's Golf earned a conference title and COD introducedWomen’s BeachVolleyball as a new sport offering. "It's very exciting for our College that we have our student-athletes succeeding at such a high level – with state recognition," said Gary Plunkett, Director of Kinesiology and Athletics. "It just says a lot about our athletics program, about the students that we have here at the College competing on our behalf and about our coaching staff.” Football hosted the 2016 Patriotic Bowl, which was the Roadrunners’fourth bowl game since 2007. Roadrunners’freshman quarterback De'Abrie Smith was named the Offensive Player of the Game, completing 31 of his 49 passes for 324 yards and two scores on the evening. COD fell, however, in a hard-fought bowl game, 63-37. "To be able to qualify as a host school for a bowl game is a big accomplishment for Desert Football and the entire College of the Desert campus,”Plunkett said. AnotherBannerYearforCODRoadrunners