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Southern California Invite Sees Season Best Times
Cougars Run Strong

Nine Cougars runners competed at the recent Mt. Sac Invite, some coming away with season best times.

“The track stadium there is being rebuilt for the Olympic trials so the ability of spectators to be on the course was limited,” said head coach Rick Heflin. “The course basically stayed the same but parking and space was limited so the race officials limited entries to 150 schools. Less races but they were bigger and faster.”

Last year, Escalon’s varsity boys won one of the races with only one runner running in the 17 minute range.

“This year we placed ninth in our race even though five runners ran in the 17s,” Heflin noted.

Gabe Romero placed 40th with the time of 17:26. Sam Fletcher was 41st with the same time. Rex Robbins ran 17:43 for 49th place. At 58th and 59th were Juan Lopez and Troy Bedell, both at 17:50. In 79th place, running an 18:13, was Xavier Chavez and for 85th place, Emiliano Ramirez ran 18:19.

“On the toughest course of the year the team all recorded personal bests,” Heflin said.

On the girls’ side, Lady Cougar Jackie Lau placed 36th with a season best time of 22:11. Placing 74th with a time of 24:05 was Lizeth Calderon.

Up next is the Trans-Valley League final and Senior Night on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

“Our boys are currently in first place at both levels. Our league is very tough so Wednesday will be a grinder and we should see great times from the whole league,” Heflin said.