By Joe Naiman
Rancho Bernardo High School’s girls cross country team executed a perfect 15-50 sweep against Ramona during the two teams’ Palomar League dual meet on the Black Mountain course on Friday.
The Broncos took the top seven positions against the Bulldogs, who had only six runners complete the varsity race. 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 during a dual meet, and seniors must compete in the varsity race.
“Didn’t have the exact outcome I would have liked,” said Coach Kim Toth.
Ramona senior Lauren Cortez was ill and was contemplating not racing, but she started and completed the 2.65-mile course. Her time of 17:04 was the top Ramona time and placed her eighth overall.
Cassidy Blankenbaker had a time of 17:37 to place ninth. Blankenbaker is one of two freshmen on Ramona’s team. Freshman Francheska Gonzalez is awaiting medical clearance to return to racing.
Ramona’s third finisher, Teresa Leon took 18:46 to earn 12th place overall. Rachel Brown’s time of 18:52 gave her 13th place, Caitlin Choy had a 16th-place time of 19:32, and Kelly Helman took 20th place at 20:30.
Rachel Lindquist was sore and did not run, while Summer Lempe dropped out during the second mile.
“It wasn’t meant to be,” Toth said.
Ramona’s junior varsity also lost by a 15-50 score, although due to a forfeit, since the Bulldogs only had four runners and three finishers. The Broncos had the top five junior varsity finishes while Courtney Ford placed sixth.
“It was what it was,” Toth said. “Hoping for bigger and better things this coming Friday ‘cause it’s our home course.”
Friday’s meet at Dos Picos Park will be a tri-meet with Mount Carmel and Torrey Pines traveling to Ramona. The tri-meet will also close out the regular season.