CA State Championship - November 23rd
Freshman Brandi Hobson stepped up for an injured Maritza Ruelas. Ruelas suffered a bulging vertebral disc after placing sixth at the regional meet. Despite not having her training partner setting pace during the race, Hobson ran to a solid 51st place overall and 19:38 for the 3.1 mile course. Her time jumps her up the school's all-time list from her early season 46th best mark of 21:18 to 9th best ever. It is the best freshman mark at the state championship since Ellie Herrera's 19:32 in 2009. Fellow freshman Linda Diego returned from a mid-season stress fracture to help the ladies with her 20:29 as the second placing female for the Panthers. As a team the Lady Panthers moved up amongst regional competition to sixth after placing eighth two weeks ago. The Lady Panthers will return four of the five scoring runners next year.
Northern California Championship - November 9th
Freshmen Maritza Ruelas and Brandi Hobson proved they will be duo to be reckoned with next fall as the pair placed sixth and seventh overall in 18:35 and 18:37. Both earned all-region honors for their performance. The pair will have next year to repeat the performance. Ruelas bested the fastest mark on the Beal's Point course by a Lady Panther by one second dipping under fellow all-Norcal runner Mayra Garcia's 18:36 mark. Linda Delgado returned from a mid-season stress fracture to help the women's team advance to the state championship with her 46th place finish (20:29). She was followed by Lupita Zaragoza (20:53), Rebecca Lopez (21:22), and Iesha Boyd (21:47). The women placed eighth overall to earn one of the ten advancing team berths to the state championship on November 23rd at Woodward Park in Fresno.
For full Norcal Championship Results
Coast Conference Championship - October 30th
For the first time since 2010 the women's cross country team for Hartnell College was victorious at the Coast Conference Championship meet. Hosting the event at Toro Park, Hartnell College enjoyed not only the team victory but the women's overall winner and four all-conference women.
Freshman Maritza Ruelas continued to impress and is working toward her best racing in the championship season with the individual win over three mile course. Ruelas, who prepped at Gilroy High School, broke away from the early leader during the challenging hills on the course. Her winning time of 19:30 was a lifetime best on the course and moves her to sixth best in school history. Her win was the first individual title for Hartnell since 2010. She was followed by teammate and training partner Brandi Hobson. Hobson had never run under 20 minutes on the course after four years of competing for North Salinas High School and an earlier season attempt at the Toro Park Invitational. Hobson got it right in this meet running well under the mark and stopping the clock at 19:48 to finish as the conference silver medalist. Teammates Rebecca Lopez (21:30) and Lupita Zaragoza (21:38) earned all-conference honors for placing twelfth and thirteenth overall. Freshman Iesha Boyd (22:30) rounded out the scoring and helped the Lady Panthers to their first conference title since 2010.
For full Coast Conference Championship results
The Panthers will look to improve on their third place for the men and fourth place for the women at last year's Northern California Championships on Saturday, November 9th at Beal's Point Recreation Area at Folsom Lake.
Mt. SAC Invitational - October 18th
The Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational is billed as the "biggest cross country meet on the planet" with 25,000 runners competing ranging from elementary and middle school through community college runners. The community college races were held last Friday under a clear, sunny, and warm Southern California sky. Hartnell College made the trip down the Ventura Highway for just the fourth time in school history and almost recorded the second individual win in as many trips.
Freshman Maritza Ruelas made it back to back years for the Lady Panthers with a top 14 overall finisher. Ruelas had never competed on the Mt. SAC course before and utilized a very aggressive first mile to position herself amongst the leaders. Ruelas would hold to ninth place out of 182 runners. Her time of 19:15 is the third best for a Lady Panther in the four years of competing on the historic hills at Mt. SAC. Brandi Hobson (20:03) was the next highest placing female at 27th. As a team the ladies placed 12th out of 18 teams.
Toro Park Invitational - October 11th
Freshman Maritza Ruelas paced the Lady Panthers to a second place team finish besting Coast Conference rival DeAnza College by just one point 53 to 54. Santa Rosa Junior College won with 39 points. Ruelas placed second overall completing the three mile course in 19:53. Teammate Brandi Hobson was fourth overall in 20:02. The race was won by Taylor Falk of Santa Rosa Junior College in 18:59. Davina Marshall was seventeenth (21:45), Rebecca Lopez nineteenth (22:16), followed by Lupita Zaragoza in twentieth (22:16), and Iesha Boyd (22:51) placing in the top 25.
Women's Top 14 Finishers
The Panthers will venture to Southern California to compete in the historic Mt. SAC Invitational on Friday, October 18th.
ARC Invitational - October 5th
Freshman Maritza Ruelas continued to excel for the Lady Panthers at the American River College Invitational Friday at Beal's Point Park. The meet served a the preview of the course that will be used to determine the state qualifying teams and indivduals on November 9th. Ruelas cracked the top ten overall with her eighth place finish in 19:09. The Beal's Point course was used in 2010 for the Northern California Championship and her time is the third fastest recorded behind all-regional performances by Mayra Garcia at 18:36 and Stephanie Castro at 19:01. Also running well and placing in the top fifteen was Brandi Hobson at twelfth. Hobson stoppped the clock at 19:32, her first sub 20 minute clocking of her life. The Lady Panthers ran without two key runners Linda Delgado and Diana Chobanian who are both recovering from injury. With Rebecca Lopez (21:22), Lupita Zaragoza (21:24), and Iesha Boyd (22:12), the Lady Panthers placed eighth as a team but the top eight teams are all separated by just 60 points.
For full results http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/5013.html
The Panthers will compete at home on Friday, October 11 at Toro Park. The meet will serve as the Coast Conference Championship course preview.
Crystal Springs Invitational - September 27th
Freshman Maritza Ruelas is starting to show the great fitness with her fourth place overall finish for the Lady Panthers. Ruelas was the third Norcal runner to finish behind Socal athlete Lauren Silacci of Cuesta College who ran 18:57 to win. Ruelas clocked 19:34 moving her to eighteenth all-time in school history over 33 years of competition for Hartnell College at the Crystal Springs course. She was followed by Brandi Hobson at 20:30 and Davina Marshall at 21:46. The Lady Panthers placed fourth overall as a team and third amongst Norcal program behind American River College and San Joaquin Delta College.
For full Crystal Springs Invitational Results: http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/5135.html
The Panthers will travel north next Saturday to Folsom Lake for the Northern California Preview meet hosted by American River College.
Lou Vasquez Invitational - September 19th
For the second straight competition, freshmen Linda Delgado and Maritza Ruelas lead the Lady Panthers. Delgado placed tenth (20:03) and Ruelas twelfth (20:07). The duo ranks in the top twenty all-time for Lady Panthers at Golden Gate Park. Also running well were Brandi Hobson (20:41), Rebecca Lopez (21:52), and Diana Chobanian (22:12). As a team, the Lady Panthers placed fifth overall and fourth amongst regional teams.
For full results from the Lou Vasquez Invitational http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/5060.html
Both programs will compete next Friday at the Crystal Springs Invitational hosted by College of San Mateo.
Fresno Invitational - September 7th
The Hartnell College cross country teams competed in the Fresno Invitational on Saturday at Woodward Park. The annual fall competition serves as an early season course preview for the state championship later in November. Both the men and women placed as the second regional team with both also in the top 10 teams overall. This year, both squads are looking to build on the top 10 state finishes they earned last fall.
Despite being a team of predominantly freshmen, the Lady Panthers showed they are talented enough to contend for not only top Coast Conference honors but regional honors as well. The ladies were paced by freshmen Linda Delgado in 17th (20:01) and Maritza Ruelas in 19th (20:05). Delgado, the former North Monterey County Condor, produced the sixteenth best performance in school history with Ruelas two spots behind with the eighteenth. Like their freshman teammate Diego Leon, the pair of ladies will get several more attempts to move on the all-time list over their career. Also competing for the Lady Panthers were Brandi Hobson (21:18), Diana Chobanian (22:24), Rebecca Lopez (23:01), Lupita Zaragoza (23:29) and Iesha Boyd (24:02). As a team, Hartnell College placed ninth overall and second for Northern California teams. The Lady Panthers were also the highest placing Coast Conference team. A runner-up last year, they will look to win their first conference title since 2010.
Full results for the Fresno Invitational can be found at http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/4971.html
The Panthers will enjoy a bye week to prepare for the Lou Vasquez Invitational on Thursday, September 19th at Golden Gate Park.