The Saddleback women’s cross country team saved its best for last on Saturday, finishing 14th overall at the state cross country meet at Woodward Park in Fresno, California. In addition, Evonna Ramirez (left) and Chelsea Owens (right) earned All-Orange Empire Conference recognition.
The Gauchos had a tremendous performance on Saturday, led by Ramirez with a 23rd place finish in the state finals. Ramirez ran the course in 19:02.13, just 32 seconds from a top-10 finish. Her finish at the state meet was a full 58 seconds better than her time at the regional finals two weeks earlier.
The best finish of the day, however, may have come from Chelsea Owens, who finished 52nd overall at the state meet after finishing an identical 52nd at the Southern California finals. Her personal best time of 19:43.22 shaved more than two minutes off of her time at the Southern California finals.
Both Ramirez and Owens also received great news this past week when they were both named to the All-Orange Empire Conference Team. Ramirez was a first team selection while Owens was chosen to the second team.
The Saddleback women’s cross country team had a fine performance at the Southern California cross country finals over the weekend, finishing 11th and qualifying for the state meet. Freshman Evonna Ramirez (pictured left) led the way for the Gauchos, finishing 20th out of 194 runners.
Ramirez finished the 3-mile course in 20 minutes flat, just 27 seconds from a top-10 finish. Chelsea Owens and Kristin Anderson also turned in solid performances, finishing 52nd and 54th overall as the Gauchos had an average time of 21:48 for the day. Three Gauchos ran personal bests for the year, led by Amy Jystad (pictured right), who ran a personal best by 30 seconds.
The 11th place finish gave the Gauchos a spot in the state championships next Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno.
The Saddleback women’s cross country finished fourth on Thursday at the Orange Empire Conference finals at Oso Creek Park. Evonna Ramirez led the Gaucho runners, finishing eighth overall.
Ramirez (pictured) finished the 5k course in 19:15.50, just 42 seconds off the blistering pace set by Sara Toberty of Orange Coast College. The Gauchos had a number of other solid performers, as Chelsea Owens finished in 13th place while Kris Anderson finished in 18th place out of a total of 68 runners.
The Gauchos finished with 101 points as a team, edging Santa Ana College (108) for fourth place. Orange Coast College had four of the top five finishers in the field, running away with the team title. Riverside College finished in second place while Fullerton College finished third.
The Saddleback men did not have enough runners to compete for a team score, but they did have a fine performance of their own. Sam Grosso covered the 4-mile run in 22:08.50, finishing in 14th place out of 90 runners.
The Saddleback men's and women's cross country teams participated in the Mt. San Antonio cross country invitational on Friday, October 15, in what is billed as the world's largest cross country competition.
The Saddleback women's team placed fifth out of 25 teams entered in the women's heat with Evonna Ramirez leading the way by placing 10th overall in the field of 169 runners with a time of 19:05. Chelsea Owens (pictured) was 30th in a time of 19:56 with Kris Andersen placing 44th (20:26) and Amy Jystrad taking 70th (21:37).
Saddleback only had two men entered in the men's race, yet the duo ran well to finish within the top 25 percent of the field. Sam Grosso placed 18th overall in the field of 203 finishers, completing the 4-mile course in a time of 21:51. Josh Eisenberg placed 53rd in a time of 22:59.
The Gaucho harriers have nearly two weeks off before hosting the Orange Empire Conference championship meet at Oso Creek Park in Mission Viejo on Thursday, October 28.
The Saddleback men’s and women’s cross country teams were in action for the first time at the Palomar Invitational on Friday and turned in some solid efforts. The Gauchos finished fifth in the women’s bracket while the men had a top-5 finish in the individual results.
Saddleback’s women finished fifth out of 11 team, just five points behind rival Santa Ana College. The Gauchos were led by Evonna Ramirez, who finished the 3.2-mile course in 20:13.45, which was good enough for 13th place. Chelsea Owens also had a solid performance, finishing 19th with a time of 20:36.85 while Kris Anderson finished 29th, running the course in 22:12.04. Saddleback’s average team time of 21:58 was just three seconds behind the pace of fourth-place Santa Ana, while Southwestern College won the women’s team competition.
Jorge Ayala ran the 4-mile course in 21:25.52, finishing third out of 104 competitors. He finished just nine seconds out of second place and 39 seconds off the pace set by Dahir Mohammad of Southwestern College, who took home individual medalist honors. The Saddleback men also had fine performances by Sam Grosso (22:35.28) and Josh Eisenberg (24:06.77), who finished 14th and 40th respectively. Due to having just three runners, the Saddleback harriers did not qualify for a team score.
Both teams will compete again at the Cuesta Invitational on Saturday.