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Two Jessicas run for state

Palomar College Cross Country Invitational at Guajome Park. Palomar female cross country runners start off strong in the cross country race through Guajome Park.
Palomar College Cross Country Invitational at Guajome Park. Palomar female cross country runners start off strong in the cross country race through Guajome Park.

The Comets’ cross country team will be represented at the California Community College Athletic Association’s State Championships in late November by two Jessicas.

Palomar College’s Jessica Steinhoff and Jessica Betancourt, from the women’s cross country team, both qualified for the state meet after placing in the top 100 in the Southern California regional meet on Nov. 7.

Steinhoff and Betancourt, the team’s two top runners, placed 16th and 80th respectively in the 177-runner women’s race, with times of 18:59 and 20:38. Southwestern’s Amitat Olowora won the women’s individual race with a time of 17:31.4, with Glendale winning the team title with 61 points. Palomar finished 20th out of 27 teams with 507 points.

Matt Bellah, the men’s top runner, finished with a time of 22:28, good enough for a 115th place finish out of 207 runners. None of the men qualified for the state meet.

The CCCAA State Championships will be held on Friday, Nov. 21 at Woodward Park in Fresno.

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