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2014 season ...

Comets run to two 12th places vs. D-I teams

BREA (8-30-2014) -- Opening the season in a field of NCAA Division I teams, Palomar's women's and men's cross country squads ran to a pair of 12th-place finishes on Saturday morning in the Mart Covert Classic, hosted by Cal State Fullerton at Carbon Canyon Park.

The women's team scored 339 points as Loyola Marymount University won with 32 points. USC was second with 52 points and San Diego State placed third with 56 points.

Jessica Steinhoff (left) was the Comets' top finisher, running the 5K course in 19:49.4 to finish 42nd out of 147 entries. Jessica Betancourt placed 104th in 21:26. Sarah Martinez was 108th with a 21:41.5.

Palomar's men tallied 358 points as Long Beach State won with 40 points. Loyola Marymount was second with 42 points. Cal State Fullerton scored 76 points in finishing third.

Mathew Bellah was the Comets' top finisher, placing 88th out of 169 runners with a 28:42.3 for 8 kilometers. Cody Wilson was 11th in 29:40.4. Richard Murillo was 114th with a 29:46.6.

Opener meet is Aug. 30; Palomar Invite is Sept. 5

SAN MARCOS (8-22-2014) -- Palomar's cross country opener will be Aug. 30, when the Comets' men's and women's team run in the Mark Covert Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton.

The meet will be contested at Carbon Canyon Park in Brea.

The Palomar Invitational will be contested on Sept. 5 at Guajome Regional Park, on a course that runs through parts of Oceanside and Vista.

The Comets' women's team tied, under coach Jennifer Williams (left), tied for the 2013 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship with San Diego Mesa.

Coach Hugh Gerhardt's 2013 men's team finished fourth in the PCAC.

2013 season ...

PCAC Co-Champions


ABOVE: Aholibama Velazquez (274) and Bethany Gracia (269) lead Palomar's women at Saturday's state meet at Wooward Park in Fresno. BELOW: Gerry Alvarez leads Palomar runners in the men's race. -- Photos by Hugh Gerhardt

Comets 16th of 27 teams in women's state meet

FRESNO (11-23-2013) -- Palomar's women's team ran to a 16th-place finish in a 27-team field and the men's team was 24th out of 27 teams in the CCCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Woodward Park.

Aholibama Velazquez was Palomar's top finisher in the women's race. She ran 5,000 meters in 19:18.9 to place 28th out of 207 runners.

Bethany Gracia was 49th in 19:34.78 and Ashley Espinoza finished 53rd in 19:40.15.

East Los Angeles' Laura Aceves (17:42.08) and College of the Sequoias' Yesenia Silva (17:45.72) was runner-up in 17:45.72.

Orange Coast outdistanced second-place Glendale 73-126 to win the team championship. Palomar scored 408 points.

In the men's race, Gerry Alverez was the first Palomar finisher, running 4.0 miles  in 21:56.42 to finish in 97th place out of 203 runners.

Travis Robey was the Comets' second finisher in 121st with a 22:22.02. Sergio Vazquez ran 22:34.87 and was the third Palomar finisher. He took 135th place.

American River, the team champion, had 72 points to 93 for Orange Coast in second place. The Comets had 587 points.

ABOVE: Bethany Gracia (235) is off and running for Palomar's women's cross country team in the Southern California Championships on Friday. Gracia was the first PC finisher. -- Photo by Hugh Gernardt. BELOW: Gerry Alvarez, the Comets' first men's finisher

PC women's, men's teams qualify for state

SANTA CLARITA (11-08-2013) -- Palomar's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference womem's cross country champions placed 12th out of 27 teams in the Southern California Regionals on Friday. The men's team placed 15th out of 28 teams.

Both qualified for the CCCAA State Championships on Nov. 23 at Woodwad Park in Fresno.

The women's squad, competing without its No. 3 runner, scored 315 points with Bethany Gracia, the Comets' No. 1, taking 16th place in 19:35.5 in the 200-woman field over a 5,000-meter course at Santa Clarita's Central Park.

Palomar's first men's finisher was Gerardo Alvarez (right), who ran 4.0 miles in 22:23.6 as he finished 51st out of 199 runners.

Laura Aceves from East Los Angeles won the women's race with an 18:35.9, defeating runner-up Grace hanashaw from San Diego Mesa who was second in 18:39.1. Orange Coast won the team championship with 58 points, with Glendale (140) placing second, Mt. SAC (161) third, Los Angeles Trade Tech (166) fourth and Fullerton (218) fitfth.

San Diego Mesa, the team the Comets tied for the conference championship, was the top PCAC team finisher in sixth place, scoring 230 points. Palomar was second among conference teams with its 12th-place performance, Cuyamaca (477 points) in 21st  place and San Diego City College (801 points) in 27th.

The Comets' Aholima Velazquez ran 19:47.7 to finish in 20th place in the race. Ashley Espsinoza ran a 20:10.9 to take 29th place. Aleiha Nelson ran a 20:00 for Palomar to finish 130th. Jessica Steinhoff came in138th with a 22:10.4.

The men's winner was San Bernardino Valley's Omar Caro, who ran the 4.0 miles in 20:44.2. Santa Barbara City College'sIan Roberts was second in 20:55.6, edging third-place Steven Martinez from Mesa ran a 20:55.9.

Palomar's other scorers behind Alvarez were Travis Robey (65th in 22:37.9), Matt Bellah (84th in 22:57.0), Sergio Vazquez (94th in 23:06.9) and Jonathan Larson (95th in 23:08.7).

Palomar women's team is PCAC co-champion

VALLEY CENTER (11-05-2013) -- Palomar and San Diego Mesa were officially declared Pacific Coast Athletic Conference co-champions in women's cross country on Tuesday afternoon by conference commissioner John Woods.

Palomar had challenged a ruling at the site of the meet that Mesa had won a tie-breaker for the title after the two teams tied for first place with 36 points each. That ruling was vacated by Woods' decision.

ABOVE: Aholbama Velasquez (No. 587), on her way to a third-place in the conference championship women's race. BELOW LEFT: Palomar's men's team, at left, start next to Cuyamaca. -- Photos by Hugh Gerhardt. BELOW RIGHT: Jon Larson, Palomar's first finisher in the men's race

PC women lose tiebreaker, protest meet result

SAN DIEGO (11-01-2013) (11-02-2013) -- The actual winner of Friday's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference's 2013 women's cross country championships at Mission Bay Park  remained up in the air late Saturday night.

This came after after Palomar filed a protest of a controversial decision that handed first place to San Diego Mesa after the two teams tied with 36 points apiece.

Palomar's protest that the wrong tiebreaker was used cited Rule .02  D of the conference's cross country supplement: "Ties: In the case of a tie, the tie will be broken by the sixth runner." In this case, that would be the Comets.

Cuyamaca (57 points), San Diego City College (118), Imperial Valley (126) and Grossmont (159) trailed the two leaders. Mesa's Grace Hanshaw won the 3.1-mile race in 19:13.

In individual placings, Palomar picked up third place (Aholbama Velasquez, with a 20:33), fourth (Bethany Gracia 20:44), seventh (Micaelina Sarmiento 21:17), ninth (Ashley Espinoza 21:39) and 13th (Aleiha Nelson 22:21) in scoring its 36 points. Jessica Steinhoff placed 16th and Jesse Newman was 21st.

In the men's 4.0-mile race, the Comets finished fourth out of five teams with 106 points. Mesa won the championship with 35 points, followed by Southwestern with 40 points and Cuyamaca with 51. San Diego City (127 points) trailed Palomar in fifth.

Mesa's Steven Martinez won the race in 21:06. Palomar's scorers were Jon Larson (17th place in 22;41), Gerry Alvarez (18th 22:42), Travis Robey (23rd 23:12), Matt Bellah (26th 23:21) and Sergio Vazquez (27th 23:23). Leo Alcar was 28th and Sean Pruitt finished 32nd.

2014 Men's Roster

Name Yr High School
Leonardo Alcarez So Vista (Vista, CA)
Matthew Bellah So Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, CA)
Kevin Clukey Fr Woodlands (The Woodlands, TX)
Joshua Cruz So Guajome Park Academy (Vista, CA)
Robert DeHoyos So East St. John (Reserve, LA)
Osiel Guzman Fr Vista (Vista, CA)
Richard Murillo Fr El Camino (Oceanside, CA)
Noah Newton Fr San Pasqual (Escondido, CA)
Charles Pederson Fr El Camino (Oceanside, CA)
Sean Pruitt So Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA)
Noah Siegel So San Dieguito Academy (Encinitas, CA)
James Singler Fr Escondido (Escondido, CA)
Cody Wilson-Ray So Vista (Vista, CA)

2014 Women's Roster

Name Yr High School / Previous College
Jessica Betancourt So Ripon (Ripon, CA) / Modesto JC
Christina Gaillard Fr J.R. Arnold (Panama Beach, FL)
Maria Linares So Colegio Isaac Rabin (Canal Zone, Panama) / University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Philippines)
Sarah Martinez Fr Escondido (Escondido, CA)
Alison Meyers Fr Mission Hills (San Marcos, CA)
Sarah-Paulin Meyers Fr Mission Hills (San Marcos, CA)
Sara Salas Fr Calexico (Calexico, CA) / San Diego Mesa CC
Jessie Steinoff So Fallbrook (Fallbrook, CA)
Olivia Wray Fr Casa Grande (Petauma, CA)

2014 Schedule, Results

Date Event Site Time / Result
Sat Aug 30 Mark Covert Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton Carbon Canyon Park (Brea) MEN 8:30 a.m.
WOMEN 9:15 a.m.
Fri Sept 5 Palomar Invitational Guajome Park (Oceanside/Vista) 10:30 a.m.
Fri Sept 19 Southern Cal Preview Meet hosted by Los Angeles Trade Tech Woodley Park (Van Nuys) 9 a.m.
Sat Sept 26 Golden West Invitational Central Park (Huntington Beach) 10 a.m.
Fri Oct 11 Brubaker Invitational hosted by Santa Ana College Irvine Regional Park (Orange) 10 a.m.
Sat Oct 18 Cougar Challenge Cal State San Marcos 8:45 a.m.
Thu Oct 30 PCAC Championships hosted by Imperial Valley College Imperial 4 p.m.
Fri Nov 7 Southern California Communty College Regionals hosted by Los Angeles Trade Tech Woodley Park (Van Nuys) 10 a.m.
Fri Nov. 23 CCCAA State Championships Woodward Park (Fresno) 10 a.m.

Home meet listed in bold

COACHES

JENNIFER WILLIAMS, Head Women's Coach

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)

 

 

MEET THE 2013 COMETS
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
Photos by Melinda Finn
Diego Zamora Robert DeHoyos      
         

 

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