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Cross country: Spartans race past Trojans

Fri, Oct 12 2012 01:13 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents

Many teams have attempted it but few teams have actually accomplished it. The feat in question is placing all seven runners among the top 10 finishers at the season-ending league finals.

The Chula Vista High School girls cross country team came close at last year’s South Bay League finals by placing six runners among the top seven place-finishers and seven among the top 13 runners.

The top 10 place-finishers comprise the all-league team; the top 15 finishers receive medals.

With five runners returning from last year’s top seven, the Spartans might just be able to make a clean sweep of all-league honors at November’s Metro Conference championship meet.

They certainly made a statement at last Friday’s high profile dual meet against Castle Park at SDG&E Park. Chula Vista notched seven of the top nine finishers, including five of the top six to win in runaway fashion 18-43.

“It’s a promising start,” CVHS assistant coach Raul Diaz said.

The Spartans’ ultimate goal, according to coaches, is to contend for a state-qualifying berth at the San Diego Section Division I finals. With no seniors among the team’s top five runners, it’s a goal that, if not accomplished this year, might come to fruition next year.

“Our goal is to compete at CIF,” Diaz said. “We still have a young team, we’re going to get better.”

Chula Vista, which competed earlier this season in the Asics Cougar Classic Six-Mile Relay and Dana Hills Invitational, improved to 3-0 in league duals.

Next up for the Spartans is an Oct. 19 appearance at the Jaguar Road Runner Sports Invitational at Kit Carson Park in Escondido.

Junior Yoceline Ramirez was 16th at the Dana Hills Invitational. She set a course record at last Friday’s dual with a time of 16:49. The time easily eclipsed the previous course record of 17:03 for 2.5 miles.

It was the second consecutive course record for Ramirez in as many weeks after rewriting the course record at Luckie Waller Park in a double dual meet against Sweetwater and Montgomery on Sept. 28.

Keeshawna Jackson was the lone CP runner to break up Chula Vista’s top six. Jackson, who vomited midway through the race, came back with some resiliency to finish third in 17:28.

Chula Vista’s Ana Gonzalez was second in 17:18, followed by teammates Rosa Marin (fourth, 17:29), Brooke Martinez (fifth, 17:34) and Jakelyne Jimenez (sixth, 17:54).

Land of Troy
The boys dual between the two teams was almost a mirror image as the host Trojans, buoyed by eight of the top nine placers, prevailed 17-46.

CP’s Daniel Vazquez (17:31), Miguel Lopez (17:31) and Jesus Ortiz (17:51) finished in that order among the front-runners in the 3.1-mile race.  Vazquez officially edged Lopez by 0.16 seconds at the finish line as both runners made a last season lean.

Chula Vista’s Fernando Romero was fourth in 18:10. Five Trojans followed: Rodrigo Paredes (fifth, 18:51), Jonathan Patron (sixth, 19:08), Jesse Villarruel (seventh, 19:19), Gabriel Magana (eighth, 19:29) and Elias Mooring (ninth, 19:30).

Duane Wolfblack (19:52) rounded out the top 10 place-finishers for the Spartans in 10th.

Castle Park won the boys junior varsity meet by a 20-43 score.

The Trojans’ boys varsity team competed at the Palos Verdes Invitational on Sept. 29. Lopez was third among No. 2 runners while Vazquez finished fourth among No. 1 runners after taking a wrong turn on the course. Ortiz was third among No. 3 runners.

CP coach Juan Lozano noted that all of the Trojans’ varsity runners finished among the top 10 placers in their respective races.

Stepping up
Sweetwater remained undefeated in South Bay League boys varsity competition after recording the top five place-finishes in last Friday’s daul against Southwest at Luckie Waller Park. George Martinez (16:32), Gerardo Marquillo (16:56), Bryan Alvarado (17:31), Alexis Diaz de Leon (17:50) and Raphael Garjeda (17:59) finished in order in the 5K race.

The Red Devils had the top six placers in the 2.3-mile girls race, led by Erika Gonzalez (17:10) and Rosario Huerta (17:15).

Bonita Vista swept a double dual meet against Mater Dei Catholic and Hilltop in Mesa League competition last Friday at Rohr Park. The Barons defeated Mater Dei Catholic by scores of 15-48 (boys varsity) and 15-49 (girls varsity) and Hilltop by identical scores of 15-48 (boys and girls varsity).

BV’s Austin Johnson earned medalist honors in the boys race with a time of 17:34 for 3.1 miles. Kristen Lamprecht won the 2.5-mile girls varsity race in 16:28.

Hilltop defeated MDC in boys competition (26-30) while the Crusaders reversed he Lancers on the scoreboard in girls competition (27-30).

Bonita Vista, which captured last year’s boys varsity league title in stunning fashion, will run at Otay Ranch on Friday, Oct. 12, in a match-up of midseason unbeaten teams.

In a South Bay League double dual last Friday at the IB Pier, Montgomery swept both Mar Vista (20-35 boys/15-42 girls) and San Ysidro (15-50 boys and girls). MV topped SY in both genders 15-50.


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