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Warrior boys fifth in second cross-country league cluster

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

In 2013, the North County Conference transitioned from cross-country dual meets to league cluster meets in which all of the league schools participate. This year the Valley League cluster meets were held Friday, Sept. 29, at Guajome Park in Oceanside and Friday, Oct. 13, at Kit Carson Park in Escondido, and Fallbrook High School’s boys placed fifth in the second league cluster after placing fourth in the first league cluster meet.

Cross-country team scores are derived by adding the positions of a school’s first five finishers; the sixth and seventh finishers from each team are not scored but can add points to opponents’ totals. If a school does not have at least five runners, a team score is not given. Ramona High School only had three boys Sept. 29, so the Bulldogs were not scored, but the presence of six Ramona runners Oct. 13, gave the Bulldogs fourth place. Fallbrook accumulated 101 points Sept. 29 and 124 points Oct. 13.

“They’re young as far as new to cross-country, so there’s that learning curve that goes along with that,” Fallbrook coach Marco Arias said.

This year’s Fallbrook team has 11 boys. Jose Rivera, Abiezer Moreno and Javier Valdez are the only seniors.

“We could be pretty good next year,” Arias said.

Both league cluster meet courses were 3.05 miles. Mission Hills High School junior Liam Beighley won the Sept. 29 race in 16 minutes, 28 seconds, 22 tenths, Mission Hills senior Joel Ras finished second at 16:49.50, and Rivera had the third-place time of 16:56.10.

“Jose’s having a fantastic season,” Arias said.

Fallbrook’s second finisher Sept. 29, junior Manuel Melendez, was 30th overall and had a time of 19:50.52. The 31st-place time of 19:52.84 was posted by freshman Tristan Valtierra. Fallbrook’s next three finishers are juniors: Daniel Wilson had the 33rd-place finish and a time of 20:07.26, Cruz Arroyo became the 34th finisher 20:19.86 after the start of the race, and Giovanny Orozco had a time of 20:37.20 which gave him 36th place. Moreno took 40th place with a 20:51.87 performance.

Rivera finished the Oct. 13 race in 17:26.14 for fifth place; Melendez was 33rd at 20:04.96. Arroyo had the 34th-place time of 20:07.92; Wilson completed the course in 20:23.91 for 36th place. Moreno placed 41st with a time of 20:54.36; junior Alejandro Lugo was 42nd and had a time of 21:07.12, and Valtierra finished 43rd and had a 21:10.34 performance.

The formula for the Valley League team cross-country league championship gives 25% for positions at each of the two league cluster meets and the other 50% for the positions at the league championship meet, which this year will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Guajome Park.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at [email protected].


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