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2015 Men's, Women's Roster, Schedule-Results

2015 Season

Chapman 18th, but no team score for No. 9 PC

HUNTINGTON 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 in the

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 place.

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 scoring teams.

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 team championship.

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) placing 24th.

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 22:03.55).

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) -- Riley Chapman 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.

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.
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HUGH GERHARDT, Head Men's Coach

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



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Daniel Rivera Sydney Sniff Travis Robey Jessica Steinoff Kyle Ryan
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