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
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
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.