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2014 season ...

Steinhoff shares PCAC Athlete of Week honor

SAN DIEGO (9-08-2014) -- 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 Athletic Conference.

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 performance.

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 17:52.

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

Comets' Steinhoff runs off with women's race

OCEANSIDE / VISTA (9-05-2014) -- Palomar's 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) trailed.

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

BREA (8-30-2014) -- Opening the 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 21:41.5.

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.

Opener meet is Aug. 30; Palomar Invite is Sept. 5

SAN 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.

The 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 Diego Mesa.

Coach Hugh Gerhardt's 2013 men's team finished fourth in the PCAC.

2013 season ...

PCAC Co-Champions

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JENNIFER WILLIAMS, Head Women's Coach

Santa Ana Community College
San Diego State Univ.
San Francisco State Univ.
Contact: (jwilliams3@palomar.edu)

 

HUGH GERHARDT, Head Men's Coach

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

 

 

MEET THE 2013 COMETS
Gerry Alvarez Ashley Espinosa I. Aquiahuati Bethany Gracia Matthew Bellah
Aleiha Nelson Jonathan Larson Jesse Newman Sean Pruitt M. Sarmiento
Daniel Rivera Sydney Sniff Travis Robey Jessica Steinoff Kyle Ryan
Sharlyna Vu Noah Siegel A. Velasquez Sergio Vazquez Cody Wilson
Photos by Melinda Finn
Diego Zamora Robert DeHoyos      
         

 

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