Freshman Pablo Calderon eyeing the finish line, Calderon led the Falcons to a 10th place finish in the SoCal Championships at Don Knabe Community Regional Park on Nov. 2, 2018.

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Falcons battle for a state championship spot

November 6, 2018

Women’s cross country runners saw the fall season come to an end as they fell short of the top 14, finishing in 19th place during the Southern California Championship race on Nov. 2.

They placed 19th with 548 team points.

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Freshman Vanesa Garcia leading the 5k for Cerritos College, she finished the race coming in 110th place with a time of 21 minutes and 41 seconds.

The team needed to place top 14 to continue the season and head into the state championship race.

Head coach Bryan Ramos said, “It was an up and down day for us on the women’s side, we definitely didn’t run to our potential. We got stuck in the back and never really moved up.”

He continued, “On top of that our No. 1 girl got sick, so that put us in a hole from the start.”

Although the women’s team was unable to move on, the men’s side found better luck placing 10th, being granted the opportunity to move forward.

The men’s team placed 10th with 367 team points.

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Freshman Pablo Calderon keeping his fast pace momentum at Don Knabe Community Regional Park on Nov. 2, 2018.

Freshman Pablo Calderon placed 45th, helping lead the team to a 10th place finish.

“This was a fast race, our goal was to go to state and the guys should be proud for placing tenth,” Ramos said.

Cerritos College cross country was able to host three meets this season, the SoCal Championship meet being the last.

Sophomore captain Jamal Awad took 67th place in the men’s Southern California Championship race at Don Knabe Community Regional Park on Nov. 2, 2018.

The men’s team is now going to fully prepare themselves mentally and physically for the state championship meet according to Ramos.

Last season the men’s team advanced to the state championships and finished in 11th place.

The Falcons will race in the State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno on Nov. 17.


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