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Cross country: Surprise, surprise, Barons run past Mustangs Phillip Brents | Fri, Oct 19 2012 01:26 PM

“Just like last year,” Bonita Vista cross country coach Ed Winczowski summed up after his Barons boys varsity team  pulled off a stunning 25-30 Mesa League dual meet victory last Friday at Otay Ranch.

“A typical Bonita Vista-Otay Ranch dual meet,” Winczowski  said. “We were short-handed. They were short-handed. There were three races within the race.”

Bonita Vista was considered an unlikely contender in 2012 despite winning last year’s league championship. Both wins last year came by narrow margins against the Mustangs.

The teams were undefeated in league duals heading into last Friday’s high profile match-up.

“A heck of a meet,” ORHS coach Ian Cumming said. “Both teams raced well in every race.”

The Mustangs appeared to hold a numerical superiority until the final 200 meters of the boys race when BV’s Austin Johnson passed a pair of Otay Ranch runners.

The Barons finished 1-2-5-7-10 in team scoring; the Mustangs’ scoring tally was 3-4-6-8-9.

BV’s Jacob Sherman led all runners across the finish line in 16:32 to cap the 5K race. Johnson finished second in 16:53, followed by Otay’s Alexis Hernandez (16:55) and Steven Liu (17:00).

“Otay has a pack of four runners who are really good,” Sherman said. “We knew we had to split up that pack.”

Johnson, who collapsed out of breath upon crossing the finish line said he was hampered by pain from a hamstring injury since the first mile. “I didn’t think I could pass those two guys but I hate losing and wanted my team to win more than anything,” he said.

Cristian Gutierrez (fifth, 17:04) and Andrew Turpin (seventh, 17:19) also helped break up the Mustangs’ talented pack.

Winners circle
Otay Ranch was pushed in the girls varsity 4K race but secured a 23-34 win with the top three place-finishers: Carina Gillespie (15:02), Catie LeDesma (15:28) and Darla Osuna (15:34).

Gillespie set a new course record by a half-minute.

The 85-deep boys junior varsity race was no less exciting as Otay Ranch claimed a one-point win 27-28.  

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