Eastlake sophomore Patricia Miessner finished second among Division I senior girls at last Saturday’s Mt. Carmel/ASICS Invitational at Morley Field with a time of 15:23.5 on the 2.7-mile course.
Miessner, who is only a sophomore, competed up in the senior division. She finished second to Martin Luther King’s Lauren Peurifoy, who timed 14:46.8 on the course. San Marcos’ Caitlin Cornell finished third in 15:34.5.
The next Eastlake runner, Lucy Bailey, finished 27th in 18:24.9.
“At about 2 miles, I started to cramp up, I was dying, but (other runners) pushing me from behind was good,” Miessner said in a media interview after the race. “It was a good win, to be sure. I was hoping for under 16, (but didn’t expect) to drop that much.
“This was a huge surprise, hopefully this is the norm but I don’t expect anything.”
Bonita Vista finished fifth in the team standings in the Division I senior girls race to lead Metro Conference teams.
Southwest’s Jacob Fierro highlighted Metro Conference boys runners by placing ninth among individuals in the 2.95-mile Division II senior boys race with a time of 15:54.
Otay Ranch finished fourth among teams in the Division I boys sophomore race. Top Metro runners in the race included San Ysidro’s Josh Talamantes (sixth, 16:56.8) and Eastlake’s Gregory Martinez (10th, 17:09.8). Otay Ranch was paced by Colby Parise (20th, 17:40.2) and Andre Sison (32nd, 18:07.5).
Eastlake, led by Pia Davila, finished third in the team standings in Division I girls sophomore race. Davila placed fifth among individuals in 17:41.0. Otay Ranch’s Micshelle Resendiz finished eighth in 17:53.7, followed by teammate Sara Williams (12th, 18:03.7).
Otay Ranch finished fifth in the Division I girls junior race. Yllana Casim was the top Lady Mustang finisher, placing 12th in 17:36.2. Teammate Adriana Horne followed in 17th place with a time of 17:52.4. Chula Vista’s Mya Thomas was 23rd in 18:05.3.
Bonita Vista finished sixth in the Division I girls freshman race. Eastlake’s Alexandra Morgan was the top Metro Conference finisher in the race, placing 20th in 19:04.9. Sweetwater’s Audrey Vargas followed in 25th place in 19:24.8. Isabella Reichard was Bonita Vista’s top finisher (27th, 19:34.1).
•High Tech High Chula Vista, paced by Drake Prince (15th, 17:28.5) and Aiden Ramirez (17th, 17:31.2), finished ninth among teams in the Division II boys sophomore race.
•Bonita Vista’s Christian Mason finished 20th among individuals in 16:57.9 in the Division I boys junior race.
•Hilltop’s Ivan Arias finished 26th among individuals in the Division II boys junior race in 17:22.5.
•Mater Dei Catholic’s Amalia Koch finished 27th in the Division II girls freshman race in 19:15.2, followed by classmate Gillian Justice in 38th place in 19:30.2.
•Otay Ranch’s Giovanni Stone finished 33rd in the Division I boys senior race in 16:42.0.
•Hilltop placed ninth among teams in the Division II junior girls race. High Tech High Chula Vista junior Sarina Kuninaga was the highest South County runner in the race by finishing 33rd in 18:37.6.
•High Tech High Chula Vista’s NaLiyah Bailey finished 34th among individuals in the Division II girls sophomore race in 18:25.7.
•Eastlake’s Edgar Salazar placed 34th among individuals in the Division I boys freshman race in 18:57.2.
The 44th annual South Bay Invitational is scheduled Friday, Sept. 22, at Chula Vista’s Rohr Park. Racing gets under way at 3:30 p.m. with the girls junior varsity division. Following races start at 4:10 p.m. (boys frosh/soph), 4:40 p.m. (varsity girls), 5:10 p.m. (varsity boys) and 5:40 p.m. (boys JV).
There is only one division per race.