Twelve Bulldog harriers medal at Mt. Carmel/Movin’ Shoes Invite
By Joe Naiman
The Mt. Carmel/Movin’ Shoes Cross Country Invitational meet gives medals to the top 60 finishers in each race, and 12 of those medals went home with Ramona High School runners.
Seven of the 10 Bulldog girls who competed received medals while five of Ramona’s 14 boys at the meet finished among the top 60 in their race.
“It was alright,” said Head Coach Steve Albanese. “They got a decent amount of medals.”
In addition to separate races for each grade and gender, the Mt. Carmel/Movin’ Shoes Cross Country Invitational has Division 1 races and Division 2 competition. Ramona competed in Division 2.
“We’re kind of mid-pack D2, so we’re not very strong right now, but we’re building,” Albanese said.
Cross country scores are derived by adding the positions of a team’s first five finishers, so only those schools with at least five runners in a race have team scores. Ramona’s only team score was in the freshman boys race, where the Bulldogs finished eighth among the 18 full teams.
The boys races were on a 2.95-mile course while the girls competitions were 2.75 miles. Isaiah Spieker was 11th in the junior boys race, giving him the best finishing position of any Ramona runner, while his time of 16:25 was the fastest of the day for a Bulldog boy. Two other Bulldog boys were among the 230 runners in that race: James Meskell placed 46th at 17:39 while Matt Meskell posted a 76th-place time of 18:25.
Ramona’s fastest girl at the Mt. Carmel/Movin’ Shoes Cross Country Invitational was Perla Cruz, whose time of 18:31 gave her 31st place among the 195 runners in the sophomore race. Both of Ramona’s sophomore girls medaled — Cruz and Chloe Knowd, who finished 54th after a 19:16 performance.
Both Bulldogs in the 161-competitor junior girls race also medaled. Arianna Ruland and Anna Sundrud ran together and finished in 18:46. Ruland crossed the finish line in 49th while Sundrud was 50th.
Joey Jauregui posted a time of 17:16 in the boys sophomore race to place 13th among the 226 runners. Ben Stein was 63rd at 18:35, Jackson Sutter posted a 79th-place time of 19:18, and Colin McNulty finished 115th after completing the course in 20:13.
The 140 runners in the senior girls race included Elizabeth Schweizer, who finished 47th by crossing the finish line 18:56 after the starter’s gun was fired. Rachel Brown narrowly captured a medal, taking 58th place with a time of 19:25.
“I was really proud of how Rachel fought at the end knowing that every place matters,” Albanese said.
The third Ramona girl in the senior race, Holly Trout, finished 122nd at 23:20.
The five Ramona runners in the boys freshman race were among the 239 in that field. Colton Meskell earned 42nd place with a time of 19:17, Chance Hardin finished the course in 19:56 for 56th place, Eduardo Saucedo placed 67th at 20:08, Evan Ramirez was the 114th finisher and raced for 21:29, and Angel Perez posted a time of 21:54 while crossing the finish line in 134th place.
Ramona’s other medalist was Marissa Talle, whose time of 19:27 gave her 46th place in the freshman girls race. Nicole Pshsnychniak had the 112th-place time of 21:55 and Aixa Garcia-Cedillo was 166th among the 178 runners with a time of 25:35.
The senior boys race was the only Division 2 race without any Ramona medalists. Anthony Jauregui placed 97th among the 189 runners by posting a time of 18:50. Eric Syzmanski finished 117th at 19:26.
A “league cluster,” in which the six Valley League teams compete at the same meet, will take place Oct. 4 at Guajome Park and will be the Bulldogs’ next competition.
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- Bulldog boys win senior, sophomore races at Mt. Carmel Invite
- Mazzola, Toth medal at Mt. SAC Invitational
- Bulldog boys harriers to compete for league title Saturday
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