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Men's Cross Country Pair Reach Top 50 At State Meet

Men's Cross Country Pair Reach Top 50 At State Meet image

While it wasn't a full team that attended the CCCAA Championship meet, the two Pasadena City College men's cross country runners who did qualify for the event ran like a team. Sophomore Ernesto Rodriguez and freshman Will Zentmyer each placed among the top 50 runners in an inspiring close to the 2009 season Saturday.

Rodriguez improved upon his freshman run last year at the annual race held at the Fresno Woodward Park course by hitting the finish line in 47th place overall with a time of 21:13.42. Zentmyer was just behind him, coming in 50th at 21:16.24. A total of 219 runners participated in the state meet.

Zentmyer (from La Canada High) stepped up his performance from both the South Coast Conference and Southern California Regional meets to run his best race at the state meet. He was seventh among conference runners (a PCC-best 16th at the SCC meet) and 34th of all SoCal college racers. Zentmyer had run 80th best at the SoCal Championships.

Rodriguez had hoped to place higher after a 22nd at the SoCal meet, but his state finish allowed him the honor of being the team's top runner in both '08 and '09. Last year, Rodriguez (Don Bosco Tech) was 60th overall at 21:29, so he improved by 15-plus seconds.

Daniel Tapia of Hartnell won the individual race (20:04.67) and San Bernardino Valley College captured the state team title.

[Photo--Will Zentmyer (left) and Ernesto Rodriguez racing to their Top 50 performance in the CCCAA Championship meet at Fresno's Woodward Park, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 11/22/09
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu