Albanese not worried about boys’ loss to Poway

By Joe Naiman

In terms of score alone, the Oct. 7 meet at Poway was the worst performance of the year for Ramona High School’s boys cross country team, but Ramona Coach Steve Albanese had no qualms about his runners’ performance.

“The guys ran well, but we did not win this meet,” Albanese said.

Ramona High junior varsity runner Forrest Riley places first in the dual meet against Poway on Oct. 7. Photo/Sherri Cortez

The Titans won the meet by a 23-38 score while Poway’s junior varsity took a 22-38 victory, but Albanese is treating the Bulldogs’ dual meets as training rather than focusing on winning.

“They’re focusing on staying strong in their workouts and training through some of those meets,” Albanese said.

The meet against Poway also gave Ramona’s runners a look at 2012, when this year’s seniors will no longer be on the team. Only three of Ramona’s six seniors participated in the Oct. 7 meet. Dylan Blankenbaker was on a college visit, Donny McKay was ill, and Jose Pilar was injured.

“The other guys were just focusing more on treating the race as a hard workout,” Albanese said.

Forrest Riley was not only Ramona’s first junior across the finish line but also the first overall finisher in the race, taking 15:40 to complete the 2.68-mile course. Two Poway runners finished between Riley and fourth-place Alec Richardson, whose time of 16:14 made him Ramona’s first senior across the finish line.

Poway had the next seven finishers before Ramona’s pack of five runners came across the finish line within 16 seconds of each other. Junior Josh Spieker was 12th at 17:23, senior Graham Gantzer’s 13th-place time was 17:27, junior Cory Thomas took 14th place and senior Ian Pedlow finished 15th after both had times of 17:28, and junior Tristan Stidham was the 16th finisher after taking 17:29.

“Those guys all ran together as a pack for the entire race,” Albanese said.

Team scores in a cross country race are obtained by adding the positions of a team’s top five runners. A team’s sixth and seventh runners are not scored but can add positions to opposing runners.

A school can enter more than seven runners at the varsity level during a dual meet, and seniors must compete in the varsity race. Albanese normally has 10 varsity runners at dual meets, but only seven Bulldogs ran the varsity race against Poway.

Freshman Collin Uekert was Ramona’s top junior varsity finisher, taking second overall at 17:23. Freshman Isaiah Spieker was fourth in the JV race with a time of 17:38.

“They are focusing on getting race experience,” Albanese said of his JV runners.

Both the varsity and the JV will compete in the Oct. 22 Mt. SAC Invitational after having this week off from competition.

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