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2014 Men's, Women's Roster,
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 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.
Men 3rd; Ex-Comet Bouvatte women's winner
MARCOS (10-18-2014) --
On a day that Matt Bellah (left) led Palomar's men's
cross country team to third place out of six teams
at Cal State University San Marcos' Cougar Challenge
on Saturday, former Comet Kate Bouvatte (right) won
the women's race for the host Cougars for the second
straight year, running CSUSM'S 5K campus course in
Bouvatte's performance led Cal State San Marcos to a
first-place finish with a perfect 15-point total.
Palomar, meanwhile, finished fifth in team scoring
in a nine-team field with 142 points.
Cal State San Marcos also won the men's race with 15
points, followed by Cuyamaca College (55 points) in
second, the Comets (89) in third, Soka University
(125) in fourth, San Diego City College (136) in
fifth and San Diego Christian University (156) in
Bellah, a sophomore from Vista High School, who has
been the Palomar's top finisher all season long, ran
the 8K men's course in 27:49, placing 14th among
entries from scoring teams and 52nd overall out of
143 runners in a race that drew numerous unattached
Cody-Ray Wilson ran a 27:58 and finished 16th among
runners from scoring teams and 56th overall. Joshua
Cruz had a 28:38 time as he placed 18th among
entries from scoring teams and 62nd overall. Richard
Murillo was 20th among runners from scoring teams
and 71st overall. Noah Newton ran to a 21st place
among entries from scoring teams and was 72nd
overall, rounding out Palomar's top five.
In the women's race, the Comets' top runner all
season, Jessica Steinhoff, ran to an eighth-place
among entries from scoring teams and was 14th
overall in a 141-runner field, finishing the 5K
course in 18:28.
Trailing CSUSM in women's team scoring were
second-place San Bernardino Valley College with 82
points, third place San Diego Mesa (91),
fourth-place Cuyamaca (98), the Comets in fifth,
sixth-place Soka University (161), seventh-place
Imperial Valley (190), eighth-place San Diego
Christian University (232) and ninth-place San Diego
City College (242).
Palomar's second finisher, Jessica Betancourt, ran
19:03 and took 15th place among runners from scoring
teams and 26th overall. Christina Gaillard was 31st
among runners from scoring teams with a 16:52 and
was 72nd overall. Haidee Ortiz was 39th among
runners from scoring teams and 83rd overall. Maria
Linares placed 49th against runners from scoring
teams and took 103rd overall.
Women take 5th place and Men finish in 10th
Palomar's women's cross
country team finished fifth out of 11 teams and the
Comets' men squad placed 10th out of of 15 teams at
the Brubaker Invitational hosted by Santa Ana
College on Friday at Irvine Regional Park.
Cerritos (39 points), Riverside City College (54),
Southwestern (97) and the Comets (135) finished in
first through fifth place in team scoring in the
women's race. El Camino finished 15 points back of
Palomar in sixth. The other Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference team in the race, San Diego City College,
placed 10th with 288 points.
Two Comets were among the top 11 individual
finishers in the 96-woman field. Jessica Steinhoff
ran the 5K course in 19:51 to place ninth. Jessica
Betancourt (above left) finished with a 20:01.6 time
to place 11th.
Sarah Martinez (33rd in 21:10.7), Olivia Wray (42nd
in 21:50.3) and Haidee Ortiz (54th) in 23:08.8
rounded out Palomar's top five finishers. Miria
Linares placed 67th and Christina Gaillard was 70th
as they rounded out the Comets' top seven.
In the men's race, San Bernardino Valley placed
first in team scoring with 51 points, with
Saddleback second with 89 points and Southwestern
third with 100 points. Palmar totaled 135 points in
its fifth-place finish. The other PCAC team in the
race, San Diego City College, took 14th place
with 436 points.
Matt Bellah (28th place in the 152-man field with a
4.0-mile time of 22:00.8) and Cody-Ray Smith (upper
right, 46th with a 22:38.17) were Palomar's top two
Joshua Cruz (61st place), Kevin Clukey (64th),
Richard Murillo (79th), Noah Newto (86th) and Noah
Siegel (92) rounded out the top seven finishers for
Steinhoff, Bellah again lead Comet women, men
BEACH (9-26-2014) --
Little changed for Palomar's women's and men's cross
country teams in Friday's Golden West College
Invitational at Central Park.
Jessica Steinhoff (left) again
had the best finish for the women's team, placing 18th
in a 144-runner field with a 19:24.6 for 5 kilometers.
Defending state champion Laura Aceves of East Los
Angeles won the race in 18:05.1.
Matt Bellah again led the men,
finishing 73rd out of 199 runners in 22:05.8 on a
4.0-mile course. The race winner, Rodrigo Ornelas of
College of the Canyons, ran 20:05.9.
Jessica Betencourt (38th in
20:24.8), Sarah Martinez (56th in 21:16.6), Olivia Wray
(83rd in 22:28.8) and Haidee Ortiz (102nd in 23:31.2)
rounded out Palomar's top five women's finishers.
In the men's race, Richard
Murillo (92nd in 22:31.2), Cody-Ray Wilson (100th in
22:38.8), Joshua Cruz (122nd in 23:18.6) and Noah Siegal
(13th in 2:29.1) rounded out the Comets' top five
The Palomar women placed ninth
out of 15 teams with 264 points. Glendale won the team
title with 49 points. The men were 16th in a 21-team
field with 461 points. College of the Canyons captured
the team championship with 34 points.
(top photo) and Matt Bellah both fight their way through
crowds on Friday in the Southern California Community
College Preview Meet at Woodley Park in Van Nuys.
Steinhoff, who finished 18th in the women's race, and
Bellah have been Palomar's top finishers in every race
this season. -- Photos courtesy of Hugh Gerhardt
brings home 18th-place finish
VAN NUYS (9-19-2014) --
Palomar sophomore Jessica Steinhoff continued to
stand out in a crowd on Friday as she ran to an
18th-place finish in the women's division at the
Southern California Community College Preview Meet
hosted by Los Angeles Trade Tech at Woodley Park.
Steinhoff finished the
5-kilometer course, which will be the site of the
Southern California finals on Nov. 2, in 19:22. East Los
Angeles' Laura Aceves, the defending state individual
champion, ran away with the race in 18:11.7. Glendale
outdistanced College of the Canyons 51-68 for the
women's team title and Palomar placed 11th.
Also for Palomar's women,
Jessica Betancourt ran a 10:20 to place 38th, Sarah
Martinez clocked a 20:42 and Olivia Wray ran 21:46.
Matt Bellah again was the No. 1
finisher for the Comets' men's team, taking 97th place
with a 4.0-mile time of 22:02.7. Cody Lee Wilson was the
second Comet to finish, placing 123rd in 22:32.8.
Richard Murillo had a 22:49.5 time.
The Palomar men were 26th in the
31-team field with 649 points.
PCAC Athlete of Week honor
-- Palomar cross country runner
Jennifer Steinhoff, a sophomore from Fallbrook High
School, has been seleced as Women's Co-Athlete of
the Week for all sports in the Pacific Coast
Steinhoff (left) ran away with
the women's individual title in the Palomar Invitational
cross country meet on Friday over a 5K course at Guajome
Regional Park, which cuts through parts of both
Oceanside and Vista.
Steinhoff gradually drew away
from Fullerton's Alethea Streeter as she won the race in
20:08. Streeter, who hung with Steinhoff for awhile,
finished 16 seconds back in 20:24.
Steinhoff, who ran on the JV
team at Fallbrook and eased her way onto the collegiate
level as Palomar's No. 6 runner as a freshman last
season, continued her steady career progress with her
She shared Athlete of the Week
honors with Southwestern cross country runner Amitat
Olowara (right), a freshman from Aunti Ayds Girls
Comprehensive High School in Lagos, Nigeria.
Oliwara a triple track & field
gold medalist in the 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and
1500 meters representing the state of Lagos in Nigeria's
18th National Sports Festival two years ago, ran away
with the women's title in the Rio Hondo Classic at Legg
Lake Park in South El Monte.
Oliwara ran the 5K course in
16:33 to dust defending CCCAA state champion Laura
Aceves from East Los Angeles, who came in second. Aceves
finished 1 minute, 19 seconds in back of Oliwara, with a
TOP PHOTO AND BELOW
LEFT: Palomar's Jessica
Steinhoff leads the field in Friday's Palomar
Invitational. No. 125 at left in the top photo is
Fullerton's Alethea Streeter. Steinhoff and Streeter
finished 1-2. DIRECTLY ABOVE:
The Comets' Matthew
Bellah chases Imperial Valley's Eduardo Rendon in the
men's race. Rendon finished ninth and Bellah was 18th.
-- Photos by Hugh Cox
runs off with women's race
/ VISTA (9-05-2014) --
sophomore Jessica Steinhoff ran away with the women's
individual title in the Palomar Invitational cross
country meet on Friday over a 5K course at Guajome
Regional Park, which cuts through parts of both
Oceanside and Vista.
Steinhoff, a sophomore out of
Fallbrook High School, gradually drew away from
Fullerton's Alethea Streeter as she won the race in
20:08. Streeter, who hung with Steinhoff for awhile,
finished 16 seconds back in 20:24. Azahalea Vazquez of
Santa Ana placed third in 20:34 and Palomar's Jessica
Betancourt finished fourth with a 20:55 as the Comets
placed second in team scoring.
Fullerton defeated Palomar 43-34
for the team championship. Santa Ana (65 points),
Imperial Valley (82) and San Diego City College (119)
The Comets' also pickd up an
11th-place finish from Sarah Martinez, who ran 21:30,
13th from Olivia Wray (22:22), 22nd from Christina
Gaillard (23:44), 32nd from Maria Linares and 47th place
from Sarah Meyers.
In the men's race, Matthew
Bellah was Palomar's top finisher in 17th place, running
22.45 over 4.0 miles for 18th place, as the Comets
finished fifth out of six scoring teams.
Saddleback won the team
chamionship with 30 points, led by Scott Curran (20:55)
and Ulysses Orozco who ran 1-2 in 20:55 and 21:19,
respectfully in placing 1-2. The Gauchos were followed
by Cuyamaca (54), Fullerton (70), Santa Ana (80), the
Comets (119) and San Diego City (187). Imperial Valley
and Victor Valley, the other two teams in the meet,
didn't have enough runners in the race to score.
Also for Palomar,
Kevin Clukey finished 22nd in 22:59, Joshua Cruz was
28th, Noah Siegal 30th, Cody-Ray Wilson 33rd, Richard
Murillo 35th, Leonardo Alcarez 38th, Sean Pruitt 42nd,
Robert Dehoyos 44th and Noah Hewton placed 45th.
Comets run to two
12th places vs. D-I teams
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
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.
is Aug. 30; Palomar Invite is Sept. 5
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.
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
Coach Hugh Gerhardt's 2013
men's team finished fourth in the PCAC.