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The women’s cross country team at Saddleback is headed to the state meet after finishing 18th at the Southern California finals last Friday. Kelley Breen led the charge for the Gauchos, who will head to Woodward Park in Fresno, California, next Saturday.
Breen (pictured) finished in 20th place overall after running the three-mile Mt. San Antonio course in 19:06. Jessica Berenda was the second best qualifier for the Gauchos, running the course in 20:43, good enough for 78th place.
Glendale College walked away with top team honors followed by Orange Coast College, Mt. SAC, Southwestern and Riverside, to round out the top-5.
Saddleback had several individuals fare rather well at the Golden West Invitational held on Friday, September 25, at Central Park in Huntington Beach.
For the women's team, Kelley Breen placed sixth overall in a field of 167 runners with a time of 19:39. Saddleback could only field four healthy runners in this meet which was not enough for a team score. However, Estefania Lugano placed 50th (21:46) and Kris Andersen placed 51st (21:50) while Sarah Pacific placed 80th (23:20) as all four finishers placed in the top half of the field.
On the men's side, Josh Guerrero placed 19th in the field of 196 finishers with a time of 21:24. AJ Kimura placed 29th (21:39) and Jorge Ayala placed 34th (21:41) to help Saddleback place eighth in the 22-team field. Alex Vargas placed 73rd (22:57) and Keaton Davis followed at 76th (23:01) to give the Gauchos all the scoring they would need in this event.
Saddleback will run in the Brubaker Invitational on Saturday, October 10, at the Irvine Regional Park and then head to the big Mt. SAC Invitational on Friday, October 16.
Both the men's and women's cross country teams opened the 2009 season by participating in the Cuesta Invitational held Saturday, September 19, on the Fairbanks Course in San Luis Obispo.
Saddleback's top individuals each placed seventh in both races. AJ Kimura led the men's team, finishing the 4-mile race in 22:23. Jorge Ayala placed 15th (22:49) and Josh Guerrero finished 18th overall (23:07) out of 60 finishers to help the Gauchos post a team score of 91 and edge the host Cuesta Cougars (96) out of fourth place by five points. Glendale (31) won the men's race with College of the Sequoias (54) placing second and Hartnell (79) coming in third.
For the women's race, sophomore Kelley Breen paced the Saddleback women by covering the 5-kilometer course in 19:30 while teammates Estefania Lugano placed 26th (21:50) and Kris Andersen placed 28th (22:08) out of 51 finishers. Saddleback posted a team scored of 105 to place fifth, edged out of fourth place by Moorpark (93). Glendale won the race with 21 points while Cuesta (76) edged Hartnell (78) for second place.
Check out the event photos HERE.