Ramona High School’s girls cross country team finished seventh among the 17 small-school division teams and 19th overall among the 42 girls teams at the Jaguar Invitational meet at Kit Carson Park in Escondido on Friday.
“It was really nice to see,” said Coach Kim Toth. “It went very well.”
The Bulldogs placed in the top half both in the small-school division and overall despite not having Francheska Gonzalez, who is recovering from an injury.
Ramona was led by Lauren Cortez, whose time of 16:39 on the 2.6-mile course placed fourth among the 135 girls in the small-school race.
Cassidy Blankenbaker was Ramona’s second finisher and the race’s 16th overall finisher after posting a time of 18:04. Teresa Leon placed 45th at 18:56, Rachel Brown had a time of 19:03 to earn 49th place, Summer Lempe ran a 68th-place time of 19:59, Caitlin Choy took 74th place 20:08 after the starter’s gun was fired, and Rachel Lindquist’s time of 20:21 was worth 79th place.
“We changed up the workouts this last week and worked a little more speed into it,” Toth said.
Toth noted that the Ramona runners passed competitors both on the hills and approaching the finish line.
“They’re starting to feel their confidence level rising and they all had strong finishes,” she said.
“I’m just pleased that my girls did well,” Toth said. “That’s when it’s good to be a coach.”
The Bulldogs return to Palomar League dual meets against Rancho Bernardo on the Black Mountain course on Oct. 28.