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2016 Men's, Women's Roster, Schedule-Results

PC's Ybarra's runs to 45th in state

FRESNO (11-19-2016) -- Palomar freshman Mark Ybarra ran to a 45th-place finish out of 206 runners in the men's division of the CCCAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Woodward Park.

Ybarra ran the 4.0-mile course in 21:21.5. Teammate Edgar Romero, the other Palomar qualifier, placed 160th with a 20:29.2 time.

Cuesta's Sean McDermott won the race in 20:06.0, with Pacific Coast Athletic Conference runners placing 2-3-4.

San Bernardino Valley's Luis Ortega placed second in 20:09.1, with San Bernardino's Michael Teran third in 20:15.15 and Cuyamaca's Steven Lepe fourth with a 20:29.2.

Riverside City College won the team title with 79 points, followed by Glendale in second with 68 points, Mt. SAC third withh 51 points and Cuyamaca fourth with 71 points.

Hartnell was fifth and San Bernardino Valley, the Southern California team champion was sixth in the 28-team field.

Ybarra's 27th place out of 190 leads PC

ORANGE (11-04-2016) -- Freshman Mark Ybarra finished 27th in a 190-runner field on Friday at Irvine Regional Park to highlight Palomar's showing in the Southern California Community College Men's Cross Country Championships.

Ybarra was timed in 21:18.16 for 4.0 miles as he qualified for the CCCAA State meet Nov. 19 at Fresno's Woodward Park. Edgar Romero was the Comets' second finisher, placing 94th.

Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion San Bernardino won the Southern California championship, scoring 62 points to 85 for second-place Glendale. Mt. SAC was third with 101 points, with Cuyamaca from the PCAC fourth with 115 points and Riverside City College fifth, also with 115 points but losing a tie-breaker. Palomar placed 19th out of 28 teams with 561 points.

San Bernardino's Luis Ortega, the PCAC champion, won the men's race in 20:27.70. SBVC's Michael Teran took fourth and a third PCAC runner, Cuyamaca's Steven Lepe was eighth.

The Comets' top finisher in the 5,000-meter women's race was Grace Agyan, who placed 117th in a 185-runner field with a 22:37.21. Cuesta's Miranda Daschian won the race in 18:12.21.

Glendale won the women's team title with 45 points, with Mt. SAC second and Saddleback fourth. The Comets finished 27th in a 27-team field with 684 points.

Ybarra takes 35th vs. 4-year runners

LA JOLLA (10-08-2016) -- Palomar freshman cross country runner Mark Ybarra took 35th place in a field of 94 against primarily four-year college opponents Friday in the men's race at the 24th Triton Classic at UC San Diego's North Campus Course.

Ybarra ran the 8-kilometer course in 27:19.64, the third best time among the California community college runners in the race.

Gilbert Kigen from Central Arizona Community College in Coolidge, AZ, won the race in 24:42.55. Chico State's William Reyes ran 25:04.18 in placing second.

Palomar's second finisher in the race was Edward Romero in 68th place.

Chico State won the men's team title with 23 points. Central Arizona was second with 51 points, and UC San Diego took third with 57 points. Palomar had 208 points in placing seventh in the nine-team field.

In the women's race, Grace Agyan was the top Palomar finisher. She was 76th out of 115 runners with a 26:49.76 over a 5K course.

Agyan had the second fastest time among California community college runners in the race.

Point Loma Nazarene University won the women's championship with 54 points, followed by Chico State (60 points) in second place and UC San Diego (69 points) in third. Palomar placed 10th out of 12 teams with 316 points

In the top photo, Palomar's Mark Ybarra leads the men's race in the Coach Downey Cross Country Classic hosted by San Diego City College at Morley Field in Balboa Park on Friday. Ybarra won the race in 21:53 over a 4.0-mile course. Directly above, the Comets' Alyssa Cascos, who finished sixth in the women's race, comes up on two Southwestern runners. -- Courtesy photo

PC's Ybarra runs to 1st; Men 2nd, women 3rd

SAN DIEGO (9-30-2016) -- Palomar freshman Mark Ybarra ran to a first-place finish in the Coach Downey Cross Country Classic on Friday at Morley Field in Balboa Park.

Ybarra ran 4.0 miles in 21:53, followed by the Southwestern duo of David Flores (second in 22:25) and Agustin Barreto (third in 22:40) in a field of 47 runners.

Also for the Comets, Edgar Romero placed fifth in 23:10, Brandon Freaner was sixth in 23:37, and Matt De Haven placed eighth in 23:52.

Southwestern won the team title with 52 points, six points ahead of Palomar in second place with 58 points. San Diego City College was third with 67 points, Long Beach City College fourth with 83, San Diego Mesa fifth with 118 points and Imperial Valley sixth with 125 points.

In the women's race, Long Beach City College won with 24 points, followed by Southwestern (59) and Palomar (63) in second and third, respectively. Grossmont (119 points was fourth, Imperial Valley (126) fifth and San Diego City (132) sixth.

Alexis Ceballos from Long Beach placed first in 20:00 over 5 kilometers. The Comets' Grace Agyan took third in 22:16 with teammate Alyssa Cascos sixth in 22:57. The next Palomar finisher, Kiana Alvarez, was timed in 24:10 in placing 13th in the 42-runner field.

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



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