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

2015 Season

PC women place 18th; Chapman runs to 35th

FRESNO (11-21-2015) -- The Palomar women's cross country team ran to 18th place in the CCCAA State Championships on Saturday at Woodward Park, led by Riley Chapman (left), who was the Comets' top finisher in 35th with a 19:30.5 time for 5,000 meters.

Valeria Ramirez (right)  finished second for the Comets and 47th in the 211-runner field with a 19:44.3.

Southwestern's Amitat Olowora, a former Nigerian national champion in three track & field distance events, took home the individual title for the second straight year with a 17:02.0.

Runner-up Jenica Dodge from American River won somewhat of a moral victory by becoming one of the few California community college runners to finish within a minute of Olowora over the last two seasons. Dodge crossed the finish line in 17:46.8.

Glendale won the women's state title with 37 points in a field of 27 teams. Hartnell was second with 117 points and College of the Canyons third with 117.

San Diego Mesa, the other Pacific Coast Athletic Conference team in the race, was ninth with 248 points. Palomar had a 482-point total in its 18th-place team finish.

The Comets' other finishers were Sarah Martinez (119th in 20:52.8), Janette Erica Perez (178th in 22:07.4), Olivia Wray (181st in 22:22.5), Savannah Gual (198th in 23:24.8) and Alyssa Torres (210th in 26:08.9).

Kevin Clukey, the only Comet to qualify for Saturday's men's race, ran 22:24.9 for 4.0 miles to finish 126th out of 208 runners. Ethan Walker of College of the Canyons, the men's winner, was timed in 20:09.8.

American River (67 points) outraced runnerup Mt. SAC (116) and third-place finisher College of the Canyons (123) to win the men's title in a 28-team field. Cuyamaca, the only PCAC college to qualify its a men's team, wound up eighth with 218 points.

PC qualifies for Nov. 21 state meet in Fresno

SAN DIEGO (11-06-2015) -- Palomar's women's cross country squad ran to a 12th-place finish out of 26 teams in the Southern California Community College Championships on Friday at Mission Bay Park's Tecolote Shores course.

That qualified the Comets for the CCCAA State meet at Woodward Park in Fresno on Nov. 21.

Glendale won the meet with 35 points. Southwestern's Amitat Olowora ran away with the individual title with a 17:01.91 time for 5 kilometers, defeating the runner-up by more than 2 1/2 minutes.

For Palomar, Valeria Ramirez (left) was the top finisher in 19:53.10, good for 23rd place in a 265-runner field. Riley Chapman (right) was 5th at 20:12.52, Sarah martinez 87th in 21:23.41, Ericka Perez 121st in 22:06.05 and Olivia Wray 142nd in 23:10.87.

Among team scorers, College of the Canyons placed second with 115 points and San Diego Mesa was third with 131 points.

Mt. SAC (82 points) defeated runner-up Riverside City college (100 points) and San Bernardino Valley (124 points) in a 27-team field in the men's meet. San Bernardino's Michael Teran won the race in 20:31.15 in a 193-runner field.

The Comets had two runners in the race, with Kevin Cluskey finishing 95th in 22:38.98 and Ceasar Mayorga 114th in 22:54.13.

Palomar's Valeria Ramirez (No. 131, white jersey) and Riley Chapman (No. 125, next to Ramirez) break from the starting line in Friday's PCAC Championships at Southwestern College. Ramirez took third and Chapman finished sixth in leading the Comets to second in team scoring behind champion San Diego Mesa. -- Courtesy photo

Ramirez, Chapman lead Comets to second place

CHULA VISTA (10-30-2015) -- Valeria Ramirez, running 5 kilometers in 19:15, and Riley Chapman, who finished in 19:36, placed third and sixth, respectively at Friday's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Championships at Southwestern College. They led Palomar to a second-place team finish.

San Diego Mesa won the women's title with 28 points, followed in order by the Comets (58 points), Cuyamaca (77 points), Southwestern (79 points), Imperial Valley (115 points), San Diego City College (152 points) and Grossmont (no score, without enough runners to score).

Southwestern's Aminat Olowara, the former Nigerian champion and last year's state individual champion, ran away and hid from the field as she won in 16:11.

Also for Palomar, Erika Perez placed 15th in 20:57, Sarah Martinez 16th in 21:08, Laura Jones 28th in 25:13 and Alyssa Torres 37th with a 27:11.

Coach Jennifer Williams'  team qualified for the Southern California Regional Championships that the PCAC will host next Friday, Nov. 6, at Mission Beach Park.

In the men's race, the Comets' Kevin Clukey finished 15th in 22:16 for 4.0 miles. Cuyamaca's Oscar Soto won the race in 20:51 in leading the Coyotes to the team title with 21 points compared to 70 points for runner-up Mesa. Those two teams were followed in order by Southwestern (91 points) in third place, Imperial Valley (92 points), Palomar (101 points) and San Diego City College (147 points).

Also for Palomar, Cesar Mayorga was 18th in 22:57, Edgar Romero 26th in 23:36, Erick Velazquez 33rd in 25:40, Grant Sheehan 35th in 26:10 and James Singler 39th in 28:11.

Clukey and Mayorga qualified for the SoCal meet as individuals.

WOMEN'S RACE, LEFT TO RIGHT ABOVE: Jessica Betancourt (San Francisco State), 84th place; Ahoibama Velazquez (Cal State San Marcos), 9th place; Jessica Steinhoff (Cal State San Bernardino), 30th place. They're pictured at the pre-race banquet the night before Sunday's race. -- Courtesy Photo. MEN'S RACE, PHOTO BELOW: Noan Siegel, Cal State East Bay, 74th place -- File photo by Melinda Finn

Velazquez leads ex-Comets at San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (10-25-2015) -- Aholibama Velazquez led four former Palomar College cross country athletes in Sunday's California Collegiate Athletic Association conference championships, hosted by San Francisco State University at Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park.

Velazaquez, representing a Cal State San Marcos team that was inelgibile for team scoring because the Cougars are in transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II, ran 6 kilometers in 21:39.3 to place ninth in the women's race. She gained all-conference recognition by finishing in the top 15.

Jessica Steinhoff (Cal State San Bernardino) finished 30th in 22:25.8. Jessica Betancourt of San Francisco State placed 84th in 24:00.7.

Chico State won the team title over runner-up UC San Diego. Cal State San Bernardino finished third. San Francisco State was eighth.

In the men's race, Noah Siegel, running for Cal State East Bay, placed 78th in a time of 28:46.7 for 8 kilometers.

Chico State also won the men's title over runner-up Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State East Bay was eighth.

PC women 9th of 23 teams in 64th annual race

WALNUT (10-17-2015) -- The Palomar women's cross country team, led by Riley Chapman's 14th-place finish out of 143 runners, finished ninth among 23 teams at the 64th Annual Mt. San Antonio Invitational cross country meet on Friday.

Chapman (left) ran the 3.0-mile course in 19:27. Southwestern's defending state champion Amitat Olowara ran 16:14 in winning the individual title over runner-up Jennica Dodge from College of the Canyons (17:43).

Canyons won the team title with 36 points to 81 for Hartnell College from Northern California in second in the 23-team field. Mt. SAC (102) was third and Pima Community College from Tucson was fourth with 142 points. College of the Sequoias finished fifth in team scoring with 152 points. The Comets scored 263 points.

Palomar's other finishers were Valeria Ramirez (16th in 19:32), Janette Erica Perez (76th in 21:36), Olivia Wray (95th in 22:44) and Laura Jones (116th in 24:52).

Palomar's men's team finished 16th of 23 teams. Kevin Clukey, the Comets' first finisher, placed 62nd in 22:57 for 4.0 miles. There were 190 runners in the men's race.

Saddleback's Ulysses Orozco won the race with a 20:35 time.

Host Mt. SAC was the team champion with 37 points, followed amont the top five teams by Canyons (57 points), Hartnell (83), Saddleback (121) and Pima (128). Palomar scored 416 points.

Palomar's other finishers were Cesar Mayorga (91st in 23:41), Edgar Romero (129th, 24:55), Erick Velazquez (141st, 25:46), Richard Bloom (150th, 26:24), Grant Sheehan (153rd, 26:48), Richard Allen 166th, 28:12) and James Singler (179th, 29:56).

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's Riley Chapman (No. 345) leads an Orange Coast runner in Friday's Brubaker Invitational, hosted by Santa Ana College at Irvine Regional Park in Orange. Chapman placed fourth as she led the Comets to second in the women's race. DIRECTLY ABOVE: The Comets' Cesar Mayorga (No. 358) runs to a 35th place in the men's race with a 23:28.41 for 4.o miles.-- Courtesy photos

PC women take 2nd as Chapman finishes in 4th

ORANGE (10-09-2015) -- Led by Riley Chapman's fourth-place individual finish on Friday, Palomar's women's team placed second behind team champion Cerritos at the Brubaker Invitational hosted by Santa Ana College at Irvine Regional Park.

Chapman ran the 5,000-met course in 20:17.89. The winner, Santa Ana's Toni Lopez, was timed in 19:19.20.

Rounding out the Comets' top five finishers were Valeria Ramirez (20:36.41), Janette Perez (22:08.44) and Sarah Martinez (22:16.08) in a 73-runner field.

The Palomar men's team placed 10th out of 11 teams with 277 points. San Bernardino Valley won the race with 35 points. Santa Ana was second with 71 points.

The racewinner, Michael Teran from San Bernardino Valley, ran 4.0 miles in 20:46.25. Cesar Mayorga was the first finisher for the Comets, running 23:38.41 for 35th place. Also for Palomar, Kevin Clukey was 48th in 26:46.99, while Erick Velasquez ran 26:46.99, Richard Allen ran 31:10.27 and Richard Bloom ran a 32:44.30.

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



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