HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA — The East Los Angeles College men’s cross country team placed 12th at the Golden West Central Park Classic earlier today with all five scoring Huskies’ running personal records.
It was a three team race for the men’s overall title. No. 3-ranked Riverside Community College won the team title with a close six-point win against No. 5 College of the Canyons. Riverside outscored No. 14 upstart Saddleback Colleges by seven points.
ELAC eclipsed an average of 22.6 seconds off of each Huskies’ time from last week’s meet.
“The men ran a lot better than last week,” said ELAC Coach Louis Ramirez. “We are more acclimated to running at a racing (level). We will catch up to the pack.”
Sophomore Andres Rosas (Alhambra HS) returns to action next week and should lead the Huskies to a better overall result.
The silver lining will be more complete when freshman Alexis Rodriguez (Huntington Park Santee Education Complex) returns to the lineup.
Rosas was a member of the 2012 Husky state finalist team. He has the potential to become the Huskies’ fastest runner.
That spot currently belongs to sophomore Andrew Perez (Montebello High School) who ran a personal record 18 seconds faster than last week. “Andrew (Perez) is running two minutes faster than he did last year at this time,” said Ramirez.
Sophomore Justin Torres (Alhambra HS) also ran a personal record this season, 50 seconds faster than last week.
Rounding out the scoring for ELAC were freshman Robin Joseph (Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet HS) whose personal record is six seconds faster, freshman Michael Tapia (L.A. Alliance Patti & Peter Neuwirth Leadership Academy), with a personal record that is 24 seconds faster and sophomore Daniel Lopez (Roosevelt HS), 17.5 seconds faster.
Freshmen Adam Ochoa (South Gate HS) and Jose Lopez (Garfield HS) did not score for the Huskies, but are improving according to their teammates.
ELAC travels to San Bernardino on Friday, Oct. 2 to compete in the Foothill Invitational hosted by San Bernardino Valley and Victor Valley colleges. The men’s race begins at 10:45 a.m.
ELAC Scoring, 2015 Golden West Classic
Men’s 4 Mile Run (180 runners)
Andrew Perez, 45, 22:50.1 minutes
Justin Torres, 53, 23:03.3
Robin Joseph, 76, 24:01.6
Michael Tapia, 80, 24:15.5
Daniel Lopez, 87, 24:42.6
Adam Ochoa, DNS*, 29:17.5
Jose Lopez, 82nd, DNS*, 29:39.9
1. Riverside, 60 points
2. Canyons, 66
3. Saddleback College, 67
4. Glendale Community College, 111
5. Santa Ana College, 127
6. West L.A. College, 177
7. Santa Monica College, 21
8. Cerritos College, 234
9. El Camino College, 234
10. Fullerton College, 286
11. Santiago Canyon College, 296
12. ELAC, 341
13. Oxnard College, 372
14. Imperial Valley, 390
15. Palomar College, 428
16. College of the Desert, 456
*Did Not Score
Story submitted by Tadzio Garcia