|Lady Cubs Most Impressive In Opening Meet At Riverside CC|
Sep. 4, 2007
The LA City women’s cross country team opened up the 2007 season with a bang last Saturday morning as they unofficially defeated California powerhouse Riverside City College on their own course and finished second place behind meet winner Fullerton College in the Tigers’ Early Bird Invitational. RCC finished 5th in the state last year in women’s cross country.
The meet was held under brilliant sun and searing temperatures that tipped over 100 degrees around RCC’s Moreno Valley 2.01-mile Cross Country “short course.” Six teams competed in this season opener for all the competing teams.
One Lady Cub was unable to be scored on the LA City team total due to pre-meet paperwork matters. She was, however, eligible to compete in the meet. Had all five LA City times counted, the Lady Cubs would have finished in second place and ahead of what would have been a third place RCC unit.
“They’re punctual, show up for all practices, and do as they are coached,” said new Lady Cub head coach Sylvia Mosqueda. “We have set goals as a team and that includes doing well in regular season meets on our way to competing in the South Coast Conference and State Championships. This was definitely a good start.”
The meet shocker came in the name of Lady Cub freshman Veronica Alaniz, of Los Angeles (Southgate HS).
Alaniz was strong from start and finished third place overall in a field of over 60 runners. However, she was literally one-half arm length short of finishing second place following a down-to-the-finish-line 50 yard sprint for second place. Alicia Ayala, of Santiago Canyon College (Orange, Calif.) captured individual honors with a time of 13:25 minutes. Alaniz recorded a time of 13:41 minutes.
Individually, LA City collected three other top-20 spots for a best overall finish in over 10 years. Other Lady Cub results – Adelina Lopez (13th, 15:54), Izamar Serrano (15th, 15:58), Rosa Altomstone (16:33, 18th), and Natalie Aguilar (30th, 18:11). Alaniz is the first “medal” winner for LA City in over four years.
Looking ahead, the Lady Cubs are back in action this Friday at Ventura Park, in Ventura, Calif., in the Ventura College Invitational.