By Joe Naiman
Six members of Ramona High School’s cross country teams earned medals at the Mustang Invitational meet Sept. 14 at Rohr Park in Chula Vista.
The meet gave medals to the top 35 finishers in each varsity race and for the top 30 positions in each junior varsity race. Two varsity and four junior varsity Bulldogs received medals.
“It was very good competition,” said Head Coach Steve Albanese. “It was a step up in competition from the Vaquero Stampede.”
Ramona’s season began with the Aug. 31 Vaquero Stampede meet in Lakeside, which utilizes a 2.15-mile course for the junior-senior boys and a 1.65-mile course for the other races. The Mustang Invitational course for the varsity boys was 5,000 meters (3.1 miles), the varsity girls and junior varsity boys ran on a 2.3-mile course, and the junior varsity girls raced for 1.65 miles.
The Bulldogs’ junior varsity boys had the highest finish among the Bulldog teams, placing sixth among the 12 full teams in that race. Anthony Jauregui finished 12th with a time of 13.06, Eric Syzmanski placed 23rd at 13:34, Jackson Sutter earned 40th place with a 13:49 performance, Danny Edwards was the 50th finisher and took 13:50, and Eddie Saucedo placed 51st after completing the course in 13:51. Cross country scores are derived by adding the positions of a team’s first five runners; Ramona’s junior varsity boys accumulated 175 points.
Ramona’s varsity boys had the best point score of the four Bulldog teams with 168 points. The varsity boys finished seventh among the 13 full teams in their race. Max Edwards was Ramona’s top finisher after an 11th-place time of 16:51. Isaiah Spieker ran for 17:08 and crossed the finish line in 16th place. Joey Jauregui spent 18:02 competing and took 43rd place while running together with Colin Uekert, whose 44th-place time was 18:03. Ben Stein was the 84th finisher and had a time of 18:19.
Ramona’s junior varsity girls finished seventh among the 12 teams. Arianna Ruland had an 11th-place time of 11:32, Chloe Knowd had a time of 11:46 and was the 26th finisher, Nicole Pshsnychniak posted a time of 12:41 for 82nd place, and Lucia Hernandez placed 128th at 13:12.
The varsity Bulldog girls placed ninth among 14 teams. Anna Sundrud posted a time of 15:09 for 40th place, Perla Cruz finished 45th at 15:16, Marissa Talle crossed the finish line 54th with a time of 15:26, Elizabeth Schweizer placed 57th after her 15:28 performance, and Teresa Leon was the 58th finisher 15:30 after the starter’s gun was fired.
The Bulldogs will spend Saturday at Morley Field in San Diego for the Mt. Carmel/Movin’ Shoes Cross-Country Invitational meet.