FORTUNA/BAKERSFIELD - Clovis Community College four of the top eight scoring finishers while defending state champion Mt. San Antonio College had the runner-up in Hannah Brown as both schools raced to respective titles this weekend at the CCCAA Northern California and Southern California Women's Cross Country Championships.
Clovis, ranked second to Mt. SAC in the most recent state coaches poll, tallied 49 points to win the NorCal title in Fortuna, beating De Anza, which was second with 89. College of the Sequoias (112) was third while Hartnell (116) and College of the Redwoods (116) tied for fourth. Mt. SAC took top honors at the SoCal race in Bakersfield, tallying 56 points to beat out San Diego Mesa, which took runner-up honors with 82. Bakersfield (145), Glendale (147) and El Camino (158) rounded out the top five over the 5-kilometer course.
Brown led Mt. SAC with her second-place finish in 18 minutes, 06.8 seconds, securing just a single point for the Mounties in the team scoring. She finished runner-up to Marikay Schwab of Golden West, running as an individual, captured the regional title a half-minute ahead of the pack in an impressive 17:35.5. Claudia Vera was fifth for Mt. SAC (18:27.2), Ingrid Tamayo (18:52.6) was 13th, Natalyn Membrano (19:20.9) took 19th and Cassandra Apahidean (19:32.3) grabbed 28th to round out Mt. SAC's scoring.
Sage Hunter of Santa Barbara City was third while Mohussin Abakar of San Diego Mesa took fourth in the overall standings.
Up north, Julie Martinez was the top placer for Clovis, grabbing fourth in 21:00.0 and leading three other teammates in the top eight scoring places and top nine finishers overall. Walker Douglas (21:40.0), Evelyn Zambrano (21:44.0) and Jennifer Recinos (21:55.0) were seventh through ninth, respectively, for Clovis which also got a scoring finish from Megan Duran, who was 27th overall in 23:46.0.
Top individual honors in the race went to Hannah Hartwell of College of the Redwoods, who raced away from the field and posted a 58-second win with her time of 19:52.0. Ashley Ochoa led a 2-3 Hartnell finish with her time of 20:50.0, just ahead of teammate Sofia Camacho who was third. Angelina Law of Santa Rosa was fifth.
Advancing teams and individuals will now prepare for the CCCAA Championships, scheduled for Nov. 19 at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Cross Country Coaches Gather at Cross Country Regionals to Honor Title IX
NorCal women's cross country coaches at the regional championships
in Fortuna this weekend gather to commemorate the 50th anniversary
of the passage of Title IX. (Photo courtesy Shelly Pierson, DVC)
SoCal women's cross country coaches met at the regional meet in