Six Bulldog girls medal at Mt. Carmel/Movin’ Shoes invite
By Joe Naiman
Twelve Ramona High School girls ran in the Mt. Carmel/Movin’ Shoes Cross-Country Invitational meet Sept. 15 at Morley Field in San Diego, and six of them received medals for placing among the top 60 finishers in their race.
“I’m obviously real happy that as many of my girls medaled as they did,” said Coach Kim Toth.
Temperatures exceeded 100 degrees that day, forcing a shortening of the course and preventing many runners from finishing. Ten of Ramona’s 12 runners finished, and one of the two who didn’t was a freshman who was pulled off the course due to a time limit for that crossing.
“Just finishing it was somewhat of an accomplishment,” Toth said. “You wanted to run as smart as possible.”
Last year the boys ran a 2.95-mile course while the girls ran a 2.75-mile course. This year’s heat caused meet officials to shorten the course. Both the boys and the girls ran 2.1 miles this year and the hills were removed completely.
The last-minute design change meant that the coaches didn’t know where the mile split was, although that was of minimal concern to most coaches.
“It was just one of those days where you wanted your kids to finish and finish healthy,” Toth said.
The course included a street crossing which had a 16-minute time limit. Any runner who did not reach the street in that time was pulled off the course.
In addition to the Ramona freshman who missed that time limit, one Ramona junior pulled herself off the course midway through the race. Four of the five Ramona freshmen, both Bulldog sophomores, and four of Ramona’s five juniors finished the course.
Toth noted that Ramona’s runners practiced in hot weather and learned hydration techniques as well as experience running in the heat.
“We had an advantage to that,” she said. “That did help that we’ve been running in it and really stressing that they need to drink.”
Ramona’s fastest performance of the day was turned in by Anna Mazzola, whose time of 13:03 gave her fifth place in the senior race. Rachel Brown also medaled in the senior race, placing 57th with a time of 15:10, while Teresa Leon narrowly missed a medal after completing the course in 15:15.
Ciara Lucas finished sixth in the freshman race after posting a time of 14:08. Delaney Toth medaled in that race after her time of 15:37 gave her 31st place, and Perla Cruz took 33rd place among freshmen with a time of 15:30. Chloe Knowd barely missed a medal after posting a 64th-place time of 16:52.
Arianna Ruland earned a medal in the sophomore race; she had a time of 15:03 to place 40th.
“I’m really happy with what I’m seeing,” Toth said.
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