Former Saddleback College student-athlete Jesse Armijo qualified to compete in last weekend’s Olympic Trials for the marathon which were held in Houston, Texas.
Armijo, who excelled in cross country at Saddleback during the 2000 and 2001 seasons, finished 69th overall in the field of 85 finishers with a time of 2:22.25. Meb Keflezighi of Mammoth Lakes won the marathon Olympic Trials in a time of 2:09.08.
While at Saddleback, Armijo placed 24th out of 225 runners at the cross country state championship during his freshman season in 2000 and then placed 45th at the state championship during his sophomore season in 2001.
Freshman Ricardo Campuzano finished off a brilliant Orange Empire Conference schedule by being named the OEC male cross country athlete-of-the-year this week by the coaches in the conference. Campuzano won the OEC finals by 2.5 seconds last Friday as the Gauchos finished in third place as a team.
Campuzano (left) was joined on the first team by teammate Jacob Hurley (right), who finished in ninth place at the OEC finals out of 65 harriers.
It was Campuzano’s first win of the season after finishing second in both the Mt. SAC Invitational and the Palomar Invitational earlier in the year. He also finished in sixth place at the Cuesta Invitational in September.
Campuzano and Hurley will lead the Saddleback cross country team into the Southern California finals this Saturday at Guasti Park, in Ontario, California.
The Saddleback men’s cross country team finished in third place at the Orange Empire Conference finals on Friday at Riverside. Freshman Ricardo Campuzano won the individual title, beating all 65 runners in the field.
Campuzano finished the 4-mile course in 21:28.7, 2.5 seconds ahead of Riverside’s John Guzman. Saddleback runners all finished in the top 21 in the field, as freshman Jacob Hurley also cracked the top-10 with a ninth place finish.
The Gauchos finished behind both Orange Coast and Riverside, who are both rated in the top-7 in the latest Southern California rankings.
On the women’s side, Saddleback finished in fourth place out of seven teams, led by a 13th place individual performance from Evonna Ramirez. She finished the 5k course in 21:38.5, just 12 seconds from a top-10 performance.
Both teams will compete again at the Southern California finals at Guasti Park in Ontario, California, on Saturday.
Ricardo Campuzano finished second overall on Friday at the Mt. San Antonio College Cross Country Invitational, leading Saddleback to a sixth place finish. The Gauchos finished fourth among California programs, finishing in front of two programs rated ahead of them in the SoCal rankings.
Campuzano tore up the four-mile course, finishing with a time of 21:18, just nine seconds off the lead. The top five harriers for Saddleback all finished in the top 57 runners in an event that had 19 programs and 158 competitors. The Gauchos also had one other top-25 finisher, as Jacob Hurley finished 24th with a time of 22:18.
Saddleback finished fourth among programs from California, and all three programs ahead of them were rated among the top 11 teams in the latest SoCal rankings. The Gauchos finished ahead of both Ventura and Canyons, two teams also featured in the latest rankings.
The Saddleback cross country team will be in action next at the Orange Empire Conference finals at Riverside College on October 28.
Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams finished in 13th place this past Friday at the Southern California Preview at Guasti Park, in Ontario, California. Evonna Ramirez had the top finish of the day for the women while Ricardo Campuzano led the men.
Ramirez finished 17th overall in the women’s race, finishing the 5K run in 19:37.07. The women finished 13th in a field of 29 teams, averaging 21:11 per-runner. Jordan Green finished 78th overall with a time of 21:10.18 while Deanna Johnson finished 83rd with a time of 21:13.36 out of 257 runners in the field.
The men also finished 13th out of 30 teams, but was without three of its top five harriers due to minor injuries. Campuzano led the men on the 4-mile course with a time of 22:17.01, good enough for 60th place. Jose Vargas finished in 78th place with a time of 22:41.49 while Kirk Gates was third for the Gauchos with a time of 23:09.04, finishing in 94th place overall. The men’s race featured 276 runners.
Saddleback cross country will be back in action on October 14 at the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational.
The Saddleback men’s cross country team has high expectations after winning its opening meet of the season at Palomar last week and now has a second place finish to its name. The Gauchos finished second out of eight teams on Friday in San Luis Obispo, with two individuals finishing in the top-10.
Freshman Ricardo Campuzano led a Saddleback lineup that saw all 10 runners finish in the top 48 in the field. Campuzano finished the 4-mile course in 22:10.0, good enough for a sixth place finish overall. He was followed by Brian Gomez, who finished in eighth place with a time of 22:16.4.
Saddleback finished 20 points behind a Los Angeles Valley team that came into the event ranked No. 4 in the state. The top five finishers for the Gauchos had an average time of 22:41.9, as all five members finished in the top 21 out of 75 competitors.
Saddleback will run again at the Southern California Preview in Ontario on September 30.
The Saddleback men's cross country team opened the 2011 season by winning the Palomar Cross Country Invitational, edging out 12 other teams including runner-up Southwestern College. The Gauchos had three individuals finish amongst the top 10 in the field of 95 runners and three more placed in the second 10 runners to score 47 points while Southwestern had 57 points.
Freshman Ricardo Capuzano placed second overall, covering the 4-mile course in 21:10. Freshmen Brian Gomez (21:57) and Brandon Cole (22:16) finished seventh and 10th, respectively. Jose Vargas (22:28) placed 14th overall while Zack Bennett-Goren (22:44) and Ben Hoffman (22:45) finished 18th and 19th, respectively.