Rocklin, Calif.- Cross Country raced in the GSAC Championships on the campus of William Jessup on Saturday, November 7th. The men finished third out of seven teams competing, with two runners earning All-GSAC honors and a team time of 2:17:25.00. The women finished sixth out of seven teams competing with a team time of 1:50:05.10.
On the men's side, the Royals had two finish with ALL-GSAC honors as they both placed in the top 14 individually out of 62 runners. Keith Williams (SO/Las Vegas, NV) was the Royals lone top-10 finisher, as he finished 6th overall with a time of 26:05.7, earning his second career All-GSAC selection. Andrew Valle (SR/Whittier, CA) finished 12th overall with a time of 26:51.5.
Anthony Ramos (SR/Rialto, CA) crossed the finish line third for the Royals, 16th overall with a time of 27:15.1. Joseph Clemons (SO/Val Verde, CA) was the 28th finisher overall with a time of 28:11.8. Clemons was followed by Ethan Escamilla (FR) who rounded out the team score for the Royals finishing 40th overall with a time of 29:00.9 to secure the third-place finish overall for the men. The final finisher was Miguel Flores with a time of 29:52.1 (46th overall).
"The 3rd loop proved to be our best and each Royal runner fought to pass runners that went out too fast. The two seniors, Andrew and Anthony really had solid races for the team. They have been our leaders all year long and really helped solidify 3rd place for us today. Really, every single runner ran faster today than two weeks ago at the Warrior Invitational" said head coach Dan Whittington.
On the women's side, the Royal's top finisher of the day was Daphne Saloman who finished 16th overall with a time of 20:20.5.
"Again, anchored by our seniors Daphne and Tabitha really stepped up today to help the team. Freshman Aurora really ran aggressively today just missing All-Conference by 3 spots, Aurora really showed guts today going out hard today and setting the tone for the team" Dan Whittington.
Right behind Saloman was Aurora Couto (FR/Winchester, CA) who finished 17th overall with a time of 20:25.1. Sofia Guiterrez crossed the finish line third for the Royals and 33rd overall with a time of 22:24.6. Tabitha Abbey (SR/Fullerton, CA) finished fourth for the Royals in 42nd place with a time of 23:27.3. Abbey was followed by Jasmine Valdez (SO/Fullerton) who rounded out the women's team time in 43rd place with a time of 23:27.6. The final finisher for the Royals was Sophia Ruesga (JR/Fullerton, CA) with a time of 26:06.6.
"Overall, the coaching staff was extremely proud of all the runners today and the entire season for their hard work and persistence throughout these challenging times" said Dan Whittington.