By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School’s cross country teams opened their season at the Vaquero Stampede meet in Lakeside with all four teams placing at least second, and 13 of the runners earning medals for placing in the top 20 in their race.
Ramona won the junior-senior boys division at the Aug. 31 meet while taking second in the junior-senior girls, freshman-sophomore girls, and freshman-sophomore boys races.
“Overall it was a successful day for the whole team,” said Head Coach Steve Albanese.
Cross country scores are derived by adding the positions of a team’s first five runners. The junior-senior boys had 49 points. Orange Glen placed second with 68 points. Isaiah Spieker was third with a time of 11:00 on Lindo Lake Park’s 2.15-mile course, Max Edwards placed fourth at 11:06, James Meskell had a ninth-place time of 11:20, and Colin Uekert posted a time of 11:29 to garner 11th place. Matt Meskell narrowly missed a medal, finishing 22nd with a time of 11:46.
The junior-senior girls race and the two freshman-sophomore races utilized a 1.65-mile course.
Hilltop won the junior-senior girls division with 60 points while Ramona’s runners totaled 64 points. Teresa Leon was Ramona’s top runner with an 11th-place finish of 11:29. Rachel Brown finished 14th at 11:34, Elyse Harlan placed 16th with an 11:36 performance, Arianna Ruland completed the course in 11:43 for 19th place, and Holly Trout’s time of 14:04 was worth 48th place.
Canyon Crest’s freshman-sophomore girls totaled 35 points while the Ramona team had 72 points. Perla Cruz had a fourth-place time of 11:13 to lead Ramona’s runners. Marissa Talle was 10th at 11:30, Ciara Lucas had a 14th-place time of 1:43, Chloe Knowd raced for 12:12 and earned 24th place, and Nicole Pshsnychniak took 33rd place at 13:32.
The Canyon Crest freshman-sophomore boys won with 48 points while Ramona’s boys accumulated 67 points. The top Bulldog finisher was fifth-place Joey Jauregui, who spent 9:00 racing. Ben Stein was 10th at 9:13, Jackson Sutter’s time of 9:57 gave him 21st place, Chase Hardin ran for 10:02 and finished 23rd, and Colton Meskell had the 27th-place time of 10:10.
The Bulldogs travel to Rohr Park in Chula Vista for Friday’s Mustang Invitational meet.