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Chapman 18th, but no team score for No. 9 PC
BEACH (9-25-2015) -- Within hours of being
ranked ninth in Southern California and 10th in the
state, the Palomar women's cross country team came
up short-handed in the Golden West Central Park
Inviational on Friday.With only three entries, the
Comets did not have enough runners for a team score
The Comets' Riley Chapman (left) placed 18th in
the 121-runner field with a 20:36.9 time for 5,000
meters. Valeria Ramirez ran a 20:46.0 for 22nd
Glendale, behind race winner Giselle Masedo who was
timed in 19:29.4, outdistanced second-place College
of the Canyons 32-55 for the team title among 13
The Palomar men's team took 15th out of 16 teams
with 428 points. Cesar Mayorga, the top finisher for
the Comets, ran 4.0 miles in 23:24.2 to place 76th
in a 180-man field. Canyons' Ethan Walker won the
race in 20:53.9. Riverside City College (60 points)
edged out Canyons (66) and Saddleback (67) for the
Valeria Rodriguez (No. 8974) hits the finish line in
the women's 5,000-meter race in 20:49.92. She was
Palomar's first finisher, placing 39th in a
177-runner field. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Comets' Rodriguez is 39th in women's race
SAN DIEGO (9-18-2015 ) --
Valeria Rodriguez ran 5,000 meters in 20:49.92 on
Friday, finishing first for Palomar and 39th in the
women's race in the Southern California Community
College Preview Meet at Mission Bay Park.
College of the Canyons won the women's championship
with 70 points, with the Comets taking ninth out of
24 teams with 305 points. Among other Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference colleges, Cuyamaca finished
seventh with 227 points, with San Diego Mesa (280
points) taking eighth and Imperial Valley (662)
Rounding out Palomar's top five finishers in the
race were Riley Chapman (52nd in 21:10.33), Janette
Perez (63rd in 21:67.13) and Sarah Martinez (82nd in
The Palomar men (876 points) finished 29th out of 30
teams behind team champion American River College of
Sacramento which scored 86 points. Among other PCAC
teams, Cuyamaca was seventh with 211 points, Mesa
27th with 727 points and Imperial Valley finished
28th with 750 points.
Michael Teran of San Bernardino Valley won the
4.0-mile race in 20:33.86. Palomar's first finisher
was Cesar Mayorga who was 127th in the 204-runner
field in 23:47.35.
Palomar's Riley Chapman leads the women's field
early. Cooper finished third out of 62 runners as
the Comets finiashed fifth out of nine scoring
teams. -- Courtesy photo
Chapman leads PC runners in Palomar Invite
OCEANSIDE / VISTA (9-11-2015) --
finished third in the women's race, running 20:32
for 5 kilometers, to highlight Palomar's performance
in the season-opening Palomar Invitational meet.
Toni Lopez from Santa Ana College won the race in
19:11. Orange Coast won the women's team title with
48 points, followed by Santa Ana (65), El Camino
(65), Santiago Canyon (104), Palomar (104), Imperial
Valley (162), Fullerton (178), COD (206) and San
Diego City College (229).
Palomar's other runners were Valaria Ramirez (ninth)
in 21:24, Janette Eri Perez was 10th in 21:26, Paula
Clemente (40th) and Laura Jones (53rd).
Saddleback's Ulysses Orozco won the 4.0-mile men's
race, running 21:17. Kevin Clucky was Palomar's top
finisher, running 22:59 for 28th place. Cesar
Mayorga was 47th, Edgar Romero 70th, Erick
Valenzuela 81st, Grant Sheenan 85th, James Singler
97th in a 103-runner field.
Cuyamaca was the men's team champion with 56 points,
with Palomar (275 points) in 10th place.
The Coyotes were followed in team scoring by
Saddleback with 61 points, Orange Coast (78), Santa
Ana (82), West Los Angeles (97), El Camino (142),
Fullerton (186), Santiago Canhon (237), Imperial
Valley (244), the Comets, COD (328), San Diego City
Collete (371) and Golden West (374) in 13th place.
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.
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
Two Palomar runners qualified for the CCCAA
State Championships in the Southern California
Regional finals on Friday.
(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.
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
College of the Canyons
won the team championship with 90 points.
Palomar was 24th out of 28 teams with 664
The state meet will be
run on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Woodward Park in
Comets' Betancourt, Steinhoff
finish 3rd, 5th
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.