The St.Charles Borromeo Church was filled to its football-field-sized capacity Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, as family members and friends said goodbye to Elena Casanova Cota, who accomplished much in her 94 years.
Mrs. Cota raised five sons and a daughter and three of those sons created an athletic legacy at St. Augustine High.
Eldest son Paul was a standout half-mile runner at St. Augustine and San Diego State. Paul and younger brothers Ron and Richard helped their designer father, a civil engineer, assemble the track and field facilities at the school.
Richard was the Eastern League mile champion at 4:26.8 in 1964 and was a member of outstanding teams at Mesa College and San Diego State, where he lowered his best time to 4:12.
Ron was a first-team all-San Diego Section linebacker on the 1961 Saints team that posted a 6-1-1 record. Ron also played at Cal Poly (Pomona). His son, Stephen, was a second-team all-section choice as a linebacker and played on the 13-0 Point Loma team of 1987.
Stephen ‘s nephew and Ron’s grandson lettered in football on Point Loma’s 2013 squad.
“Above all, our mother was always there, for all of us,” said Ron.