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Cross Country



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

Palomar Mark Ybarra of Palomar leads the field at the one-mile mark in the Southern California Preview Meet / Brubaker Invitational hosted by Santa Ana College on Friday at Irvine Regional Park in Orange. Ybarra ran the 4.0-mile course in 21:01.90, finishing seventh out of 317 competitors. -- Courtesy photo

Ybarra 7th in field of 317 in Preview Meet

ORANGE (9-16-2016) -- In the first two men's cross country meets of his freshman community college season Palomar' Mark Ybarra continues to turn heads and raise eyebrows.

Ybarra was the seventh finisher in a 317-runner field at the Southern California Preview Meet / Brubacker Invitational that Santa Ana College hosted on Saturday at Irvine Regional Park.

Ybarra, who was timed in 21:01.90 over the 4.0-mile course, was the first freshman to cross the finish line. Luis Ortega of San Bernardino Valley, which is joining the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference this season, won the race in 20:31.58 as sophomores took the first six places.

Joshua Silva from Riverside City College finished second, followed by Cuesta's Sean McDermott in third, Glendale's Shane Thompson in fourth, Santa Ana's Paulino Sanchez in fifth and Cuyamaca's Steen Lepe in sixth place. That gave PCAC runners three of the top seven places in the meet.

Ybarra was right in the hunt for fourth place in the prestigious race. Thompson ran 20:56.07, Sanchez 20:59.09 and Lepe 21:00.05.

The second Palomar finisher in the race, Edgar Romero, was 115th with a 22:55.01 time.

Palomar's men's team was 19th out of 32 colleges with 572 points. Riverside (73 points), Cuyamaca (100), Mt. SAC (111), San Bernardino Valley (113) and Glendale (132) placed 1-2-3-4-5 in team scoring.

For the Comets' women's team, freshman Grace Agyan was the top finisher, running 5,000 meters in 21:13.81 for 52nd place. Kiana Alvarez, the second Palomar finisher among 244 runners, took 104th place with a 22:32.44 time.

In team scoring, the Palomar women took home 26th place out of 31 colleges with 613 points. Glendale won the race with 27 points, followed in the top five teams by Mt. SAC (146), College of the Canyons (210), Saddleback (213) and Riverside (222).

Freshman Mark Ybarra of Palomar, draws away from Riverside City College's Michael Simpson to place third in third place in a field of 138 finishers in the men's race at Friday's Palomar Invitational meet at Guajome Regional Park. Simpson finished fourth. Ybarra ran 4.0 miles in 20:53, placing behind only two sophomores, Joshua Silva of Riverside City College, the winner in 20:44, and Paulino Sanchez from Santa Ana, who placed second in 20:47. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

PC's Ybarra takes third place in field of 138

OCEANSIDE / VISTA (9-10-2016) -- Palomar freshman Mark Ybarra ran to a third-place finish in a 138-runner field on Friday in the men's race of the Palomar Invitational at Guajome Regional Park.

Ybarra was timed in 20:53 the 4.0-mile course, which begins in Oceanside, continues through the part of the park that is located in Vista, and and finishes back in the Oceanside side of the park. Joshua Silva of team champion Riverside City College won the race in 20:44. Santa Ana's Paulino Sanchez finished second with a 20:47.

Rounding out the Comets' top five  finishers were Edgar Romero in 39th place in 22:42, Matt De Haven in 65th place, Robert Goff in 71st and Bandon Freaner in 74th place.

The Comets placed seventh out of 13 teams with 199 points. RCC (23 points) and Santa Ana (56) placed 1-2.

Palomar's women's team didn't have enough runners to score. Saddleback and Riverside each had 45 points, with the Gauchos claiming the team title via the NCAA tie-breaker rule. Pasadena City College was third with 114 points.

The Comets' Grace Agyan too 29th place with a 21:48 time for 3.1 miles. Kiana Alvarez ran to a 33rd-place finish in the 98-runner field in 22:03.

PC men run to 12th place vs. 4-year foes

BREA (9-03-2016) -- The Palomar men's cross country team ran to a 12th-place finish among non-NCAA Division I colleges and club teams in the season-opening Mark Covert Classic hosted by Cal State University Fullerton on Saturday at Carbon Canyon Park.

Freshman Mark Ybarra was the Comets' top finisher in the race, running the 8,000-meter course in 25:48.7 to place 14th (third among community college runners). Edgar Romero was the second Palomar runner to finish, placing 90th in the 159-runner field.

Jaques Sallberg of the Run With Us club team won the race in 24:59.92. The top finisher in the NCAA Diviison I race was Jose Penaloza of Cal State Fullerton, who ran a 25:00.95.

2013 season ...

PCAC Co-Champions



Santa Ana Community College
San Diego State Univ.
San Francisco 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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