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2014 Men's, Women's Roster, Schedule-Results

2015 Season

Palomar Invitational will begin season Sept. 11

VISTA / OCEANSIDE (8-24-2015) -- Palomar's women's and men's cross country teams will open their 2015 season on Friday, Sept. 11 when the Comets host the Palomar Invitational at Guajome Regional Park, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Guajome Park runs through parts of both Oceanside and Vista.

2014 season ...

ABOVE: Palomar sophomore Jessica Steinhoff (nearest camera) runs in the California community college state meet on Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno. She finished 15th out of 197 finishers. BELOW: Betancourt (253) and Steinhoff (254) -- Courtesy photos

Comets' Steinhoff runs to 15th in field of 197

FRESNO (11-22-2014) -- Palomar's Jessica Steinhoff capped her sophomore cross country season by running to a 15th-place finish in the field of 197 runners in Saturday's CCCAA State Meet at Woodward Park.

Steinhoff was timed in 18:51.0 for 5 kilometers in a race won by Amitat Olowara from Nigeria and Southwestern College. Olowar won the individual title easily with a 16:59.7.

Steinhoff's Palomar teammate Jessica Betancourt, the only other Comet in the meet, finished 93rd in 20:15.9.

Mt. SAC captured the women's title with 79 points. Of Pacific Coast Athletic Conference teams with enough runners to score, Southwestern took third place, San Diego Mesa eighth and Cuyamaca 21st place

College of the Cnayons brought home the men's championship with 79 points. Southwestern finished 13th and Cuyamaca 21st.

Hartnell's Diego Leon took the individual men's title with a 20:09.4 for 4.0 miles. Palomar didn't have any men's qualifiers for the meet.

It's onto state finals for two Palomar women

VAN NUYS (11-07-2014) -- Two Palomar runners qualified for the CCCAA State Championships in the Southern California Regional finals on Friday.

Jessica Steinhoff (left) placed 16th in the SoCal race in 18:59 for 5 kilometers and Jessica Betancourt (right) was 80th in 20:38 in a 177-runner field at Woodley Park.

Southwestern's Amitat Olowora won the race in 17:31.4. Glendale edged Mt. SAC for the team title 61-79. Palomar took 20th out of 27 teams with 507 points.

No Palomar men qualified for state. Matthew Bellah was the Comets' top finisher, running 4.0 miles in 22:23 to finish 115th out of 207 finishers. The race winner, Lucio Rodriguez of Orange Coast, ran 20:03.

College of the Canyons won the team championship with 90 points. Palomar was 24th out of 28 teams with 664 points.

The state meet will be run on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Comets' Betancourt, Steinhoff finish 3rd, 5th

SEELY, CA (10-30-2014) -- Palomar's Jessica Betancourt (left) and Jessica Steinhoff finished third and fifth, respectively, in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's cross country finals that was hosted by Imperial Valley College at Sunbeam State Park.

Betancourt ran the 5K course in 19:32 on the way to her third-place finish. Steinhoff finished in 19:43.

Southwestern's Amitat Olowara, national champion of Nigeria in the 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and 1500 meters two years ago, ran away with the gold medal with a 17:24 time, winning easily over the second-place finisher, Southwestern teammate Erika Gonzales. Gonzales ran an 18:40.

The Palomar women finished fourth out of six teams in the meet. Southwestern won with 43 points, followed by San Diego Mesa with 48, Cuyamca 59, the Comets with 86 points, Imperial Valley 139 and San Diego City College 170.

Also for Palomar, Sarah Martinez (22.27) placed 22nd, Olivia Wray (23:05) 25th, Christina Gaillard (24:27) 35th, Maria Linares (26:37) 43rd and Sarah Meyers (18:12) 49th.

Three Comets finished in the top 20 in the men's race, which was won by Southwestern's George Martinez in 20:14 over a 4.0-mile course. The second-place finisher, the Jaguars' Bryan Alvado, ran a 20:27.

Matthew Bellah (above right) was Palomar's top finisher, running 21:29 for 11th place. Cody-Ray Wilson placed 15th in 21:21 and Joshua Cruz was 18th in 21:46.

Leonardo Alcaraz (22:10) placed 24th, Kevin Clukey (22:15) was 25th, Richard Murillo (22:18) placed 26th, Noah Siegel (23:06) 30th, Sean Pruitt (23:20) 32nd, Noah Newton (23:34) 34th, Robert Dehoyos (23:47) 38th and James Singler (27:58) 45th.

Southwestern won the men's team title with 22 points, followed by Cuyamaca with 42, Mesa 68, Palomar 91, San Diego City College 155 and Imperial Valley with no score. The Comet men, like the women, also finished fourth out of six teams.

2013 season ...

PCAC Co-Champions



Santa Ana Community College
San Diego State Univ.
San Francisco State Univ.
Contact: (jwilliams3@palomar.edu)


HUGH GERHARDT, Head Men's Coach

Hugh Gerhardt
Foothill Community College
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo State Univ.
Contact: (hgerhardt@palomar.edu)



Gerry Alvarez Ashley Espinosa I. Aquiahuati Bethany Gracia Matthew Bellah
Aleiha Nelson Jonathan Larson Jesse Newman Sean Pruitt M. Sarmiento
Daniel Rivera Sydney Sniff Travis Robey Jessica Steinoff Kyle Ryan
Sharlyna Vu Noah Siegel A. Velasquez Sergio Vazquez Cody Wilson
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