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Men X-Country's Ernesto Rodriguez Takes 6th At Bakersfield Invitational

Men X-Country's Ernesto Rodriguez Takes 6th At Bakersfield Invitational image

After consistently racing as the Pasadena City College men's cross country team top runner last year, Ernesto Rodriguez had a quiet beginning to his sophomore season. In his third meet this year, Rodriguez rose to the occasion by finishing in sixth place individually at the Bakersfield Invitational held October 2.

Rodriguez (pictured) ran a 21-minute, 50-second time among 96 runners as he averaged 5:27 in the 4-mile race. The invitational was run at Kern County Soccer Park. PCC took seventh place out of 10 scoring teams.

Freshman Wil Zentmyer placed 25th at 23:13, and he was followed by Antero Barrantes in 38th place at 23:46. Kevin Cano crossed the line in 44th (24:01), McKinley Murphy raced to 47th (24:09), Herminio Flores was 66th (25:23) and sophomore Rosello de Guzman took 88th (28:41).

In the women's 5-kilometer race, the Lancers placed sixth out of eight scoring teams. Freshman Abby Read (Mayfield High) was the top Lancer in 10th place individually with a time of 21:42 out of 59 total participants. Rebecca Nunez placed 17th at 22:11, Marissa Morales was 26th (22:59), and sophomore Ashley Hernandez took 27th (23:12).

In a surprise, top PCC racer Tracee van der Wyk struggled to 31st place at 24:01. However, the freshman van der Wyk was fighting an illness. Antelope Valley won the men's race and Santa Barbara took the women's title. The Lancers teams, coached by Armand Crespo, will participate Saturday, October 10 in the Howard Brubaker Invitational at Irvine Regional Park (located in the City of Orange).

Release Date: 10/05/09
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