By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School junior Anna Mazzola was the first finisher in the cross country dual meet at Guajome Park on Friday, so Mazzola contributed to Ramona’s 1 point victory over Mission Vista. The pack running of four of Ramona’s later finishers was also significant in the Bulldogs’ 28-29 win over the Timberwolves.
“Our pack saved us,” said Coach Kim Toth.
Team scores are derived by adding the positions of the top five finishers. A team’s sixth and seventh finishers are not scored but can add points to an opponent’s score. Ramona’s fourth through seventh runners finished within three seconds of each other to relegate Mission Vista’s fifth finisher to 12th place.
“It looked like a cloud of blue coming down the hill,” Toth said. “That was awesome to see.”
Mazzola had a time of 14:42 on the 2.4-mile course. Mission Vista had the second and third finishers. Ramona sophomore Arianna Ruland was fourth overall at 15:56. Mission Vista took fifth place, Ramona freshman Ciara Lucas earned sixth place with a 16:11 performance, and the Timberwolves’ fourth finisher was seventh overall.
Ramona’s pack gave the Bulldogs the eighth through 11th positions. Freshman Delaney Toth had a time of 16:33, junior Rachel Brown and sophomore Francheska Gonzalez both finished in 16:34, and freshman Perla Cruz took 16:36.
Ramona’s eighth finisher, senior Julie Ward, placed 13th overall with a time of 17:03.
“They all had really strong finishes,” Toth said.
The meet scored the varsity girls, junior varsity girls, varsity boys, and junior varsity boys separately, but all four groups competed in the same race. Ramona’s junior varsity girls earned a 15-42 victory and had that competition’s top five finishers.
Angelina Gray had a winning time of 18:03, Kim Klarer spent 18:18 on the course, Chloe Knowd posted a time of 18:20, Elizabeth Schweizer required 18:25, and Jazmin Cordova took 19:06. The Timberwolves had the next three finishers, but Holly Trout took ninth place at 20:08. Ramona only had six runners in the JV race.
The results gave both the varsity and the JV 2-0 records in dual meet competition.
“With each race they’re learning how to work together more and more and just working as a team,” Toth said.
The Bulldogs have this week off from competition and will next race Oct. 20 in the Mt. SAC Invitational.