Girls place fourth at league cross country meet

Perla Cruz, en route to a 14th place finish in the Valley League finals cross country meet with a time of 19:00 over the 2.7-mile course, earns all-league second team honors.  Photo/Sherri Cortez
Perla Cruz, en route to a 14th place finish in the Valley League finals cross country meet with a time of 19:00 over the 2.7-mile course, earns all-league second team honors. Photo/Sherri Cortez

By Joe Naiman

Ramona High School’s girls team took fourth place at the Valley League cross country meet Nov. 16 at Kit Carson Park in Escondido, and sophomore Perla Cruz earned all-league second team recognition.

The Bulldogs had 10 runners at the league meet.

“We got some of our injured runners back, which was nice,” said Head Coach Steve Albanese.

The first 10 finishers at the league meet receive all-league first team designation while the next 10 fastest runners are named to the league’s second team. Cruz secured second-team status by finishing 14th in the race. Her time of 19:00 improved upon her 19:15 performance on the course during the Oct. 31 league cluster meet.

On Oct. 31, Elizabeth Schweizer completed the course in 19:54 while on Nov. 16, the senior’s time of 19:15 placed her 21st, one position away from all-league honors.

An injury kept Teresa Leon from racing between the Sept. 14 Mustang Invitational and the league meet. Leon’s first race back resulted in a time of 19:48 and 28th place.

Chloe Knowd finished 30th at 19:51. Freshman Lucia Hernandez, who improved her time from 21:28 on Oct. 31 to 20:47  on Nov. 8, needed only 19:54 on Nov. 16 and finished 32nd. Hernandez was the sixth overall freshman finisher.

“I think she has a great future as a distance runner,” Albanese said.

Anna Sundrud took 36th place after a 20:09 performance. Elyse Harlan’s time of 20:33 gave her 39th place. Freshman Nicole Pshsnychniak finished 40th at 20:40, an 80-second improvement from her Nov. 8 time. An injury limited Rachel Brown to eighth among Ramona runners and 40th overall with a time of 20:48. Aixa Garcia-Cedillo placed 59th after completing the course in 23:36.

   
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