SAN BERNARDINO, CA — The East Los Angeles College men’s cross country team top-5 runners ran personal records for the second consecutive meet, good enough for third place in the 2015 Foothill Invitational, Oct. 2.
The ELAC men ran their fastest times of the year for the second consecutive meet. The Huskies, however, lost second place to Santiago Canyon College, who also had their top-5 run their best times.
“This was a fast 4-mile course, the fastest we will run all season,” said ELAC Cross Country Coach Louis Ramirez. “It is, however, one and a half minutes slower the SoCal course this year, but the fast times gives (the team) confidence.”
ELAC ran the 2015 SoCal course in Mission Bay on Sept. 18 with its slowest times of the season. ELAC will have three meets and four weeks to improve as they run it again in four weeks if they can advance to the post season.
No. 4-ranked San Bernardino Valley College won the Foothill Invitational men’s team title with a perfect race (15 points) taking the first five places. Wolverine freshman Michael Teran (Fontana Jurupa Hills High School) took first place in 24:20 minutes.
ELAC’s top five that ran their fastest times of the season include Andrew Perez (Montebello) in 21:36 and Justin Torres (Alhambra) in 21:39.
Also freshmen Robin Joseph (L.A. Bravo Medical Magnet HS) in 22:10 and Michael Tapia (L.A. Alliance Patti and Peter Leadership Academy) in 23:16 as well as sophomore Daniel Lopez (L.A. Roosevelt HS) in 23:31.
Freshman Adam Ochoa (South Gate HS) also ran a lifetime best, but did not score for the Huskies.
College of the Desert edged Chaffey College by one point for fourth place.
ELAC competes in the Santa Barbara Invitational at Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara on Friday, Oct. 9 beginning at 3 p.m.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia