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PC women place 18th;
Chapman runs to 35th
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
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
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
PC qualifies for Nov. 21 state meet in Fresno
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
PC women 9th of 23 teams in
64th annual race
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
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).
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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) --
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.
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.
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
Two Palomar runners qualified for the CCCAA
State Championships in the Southern California
Regional finals on Friday.
(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.
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
College of the Canyons
won the team championship with 90 points.
Palomar was 24th out of 28 teams with 664
The state meet will be
run on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Woodward Park in
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-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.