The Southwestern College men’s cross country team finished fourth at last Friday’s Southern California regional championship meet in Santa Clarita. Freshman George Martinez was the Jaguars’ highest individual place-finisher after finishing the four-mile race in 21:23.6, 16th among the 199 runners.
Southwestern was the top team finisher among Pacific Coast Athletic Conference teams. The Jaguars’ 155 points were better than fifth place San Diego Mesa’s 160 points.
SWC had a good outing, placing all five scorers in the top 27 percent of the field.
Miguel Lopez was 19th in 21:30.7, followed by teammates Steven Lepe (21st, 21:35.4), Alejandro Rosario (45th, 22:10.8) and Carlos Sibaja (54thy, 22:28.2).
Daniel Vazquez finished as the Jags’ sixth man in 23:40.9 (118th place) while Jonathan Patron finished as Southwestern’s seventh runner in 23:44.4 (126th place).
San Bernardino Valley won its eighth consecutive men’s team title with a meet-low 53 points. Orange Coast was second with 88 points, followed by El Camino in third place with 121 points.
San Bernardino Valley freshman Omar Caro was the top individual finisher in 20:44.2.
Otay Ranch High School grad Steven Martinez, a sophomore running for San Diego Mesa, finished third in 20:55.9. Olympian teammate Albert Gamez was 10th in 21:13.4.
Martinez and Gamez finished first and second at the PCAC championship meet Nov. 1 at Mission Bay Park as Mesa out-point Southwestern 35-40 for the team title. Martinez also was the PCAC individual champion in 2012.
Lepe (Monte Vista) finished third at the PCAC finals to lead Southwestern while Martinez (Sweetwater) was fourth, Lopez (Castle Park) was 11th, Rosario (Montgomery) was 12th, Sibaja (Chula Vista) was 13th, Vazquez (Castle Park) was 19th and Patron (Castle Park) was 30th.
The top 10 teams at the SoCal regionals advance to the state championship meet Nov. 23 in Fresno.
Orange Coast won the women’s title at the SoCal regionals; Glendale finished second.
Southwestern’s women’s team PCAC place-finishers included Kassandra Covarrubias (17th) and Samantha Bojorquez (22nd).