Sophomore cross country runner Evonna Ramirez was named to the All-Orange Empire Cross Country Team this week by the coaches in the conference. Ramirez was a 13th place finisher at the OEC finals last Friday.
Ramirez’ 13th place finish last Friday bettered her finish of 17th at the SoCal Preview in early October. Her time of 21:38.5 was just 12 seconds from a top-10 performance in leading the Gauchos to a fourth place finish.
Ramirez will lead Saddleback into the Southern California Finals this Saturday at Guasti Park, in Ontario, California.
It was the second straight season that Ramirez has been named to the All-OEC Team.
The Saddleback women’s cross country team had a solid performance on Friday when it finished in eighth place out of 21 teams at the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational. The Gauchos were led by freshman Sarah Redmon (pictured left), who finished 44th overall.
Redmon finished the three-mile course with a time of 21:12, leading a pack of six Gauchos that all finished in the top 71 runners overall. The race featured 21 teams and 149 racers, and Saddleback was also shorthanded as Evonna Ramirez, arguably their top runner, dropped out of the race after a mile after losing one of her shoes.
The Gauchos finished sixth among teams from California, as two programs from Arizona finished ahead of the Saddleback harriers. Among the other teams in front of the Gauchos were four programs from Southern California ranked in the top-10 in the lower half of the state.
The Saddleback women will be back in action in two weeks at the Orange Empire Conference finals at Riverside.
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 (left) 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 women’s cross country team finished in seventh place at the opening event of the season last Friday at the Palomar Invitational. Sophomore Amy Jystad finished in 21st place overall, leading the Gaucho team in the first competition of the season.
Saddleback harriers finished seventh out of 11 teams as the Gauchos had just five competitors on opening day, with many waiting for future competitions to compete. Jystad finished with an opening-day time of 22:15.00, an average of 7:08 per mile.
Freshman Deanna Johnson finished in 25th place overall out of 109 competitors, just eight seconds behind Jystad. Freshman Ashley Huynh finished in 43rd (23:26.91), freshman Kim Eleazar finished 46th (23:52.38) and freshman Shaun Chevalier finished 55th (24:24.07) to round out the five finishers.
Women’s cross country will compete again this Saturday at the Cuesta Invitational in San Luis Obispo. Race time is set for 12:30 PM.