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Warriors battling for third in girls cross country standings

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

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. The league championship meet Nov. 4 at Guajome Park will likely determine whether Fallbrook’s girls place third or fourth in the final standings.

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.

The Warriors placed third at the first league cluster meet Sept. 29 at Guajome Park, edging Valley Center for that position by two points. Fallbrook senior Abby Petersen, who was fourth in that race, was ill Oct. 13 when the league cluster meet at Kit Carson Park included third place for Valley Center and fourth for Fallbrook.

“The season’s been really good,” said Fallbrook coach Ciera Holland.

“The girls have been improving,” Holland said. “We’ve been really training hard recently.”

Although Petersen was not able to compete Oct. 13, the Warriors had 16 girls running in the varsity and junior varsity races that day. Petersen, Avery Lynas, Cassandra Rivero, and first-year runners Valerie Castro and Joanna Mendez are the Warriors’ only seniors.

Mission Hills had the first-place score of 46 points Sept. 29;, San Pasqual accumulated 60 points; Fallbrook totaled 73 points, Valley Center had 75 points; Escondido tallied 117 points for fifth place; and Ramona had 144 points.

The Guajome Park course was 3.05 miles. Petersen’s time of 20:32.82 trailed the 19:58.55 of Mission Hills senior Julia Ferreira, the 20:10.31 posted by Valley Center senior Natalie Allen, and the 20:21.68 of Valley Center sophomore Emily Giron. San Pasqual junior Kali Striegler was fifth at 20:58.77 while Lynas had the sixth-place time of 21:15.21. Fallbrook junior Cynthia Mills was 16th at 21:49.49; freshman Mia Cyr placed 22nd with a time of 22:39.60, and Rivero became the 26th finisher 22:56.09 after the race began.

The junior varsity race was 2.75 miles. Fallbrook accumulated 67 points to take third place with San Pasqual obtaining 61 points and Mission Hills having a perfect score of 15 points. Mission Hills had nine of the first 10 finishers with Fallbrook junior Anicka Hanewinckel posting the seventh-place time of 21:43.70.

Both the varsity and the junior varsity courses Oct. 13 were 3.0 miles. Mission Hills and San Pasqual each had 50 points with Mission Hills being give first on the tiebreaker of the faster sixth runner. Valley Center had a score of 72 points; Fallbrook accumulated 84 points; Ramona’s score was 121 points; and Escondido had 146 points.

Allen and Giron were the first two varsity finishers; Ferreira was third, and Lynas finished in 21:16.89 for fourth. Mills had the tenth-place time of 22:19.55. Cyr had a 23:05.24 performance for 20th place; a time of 23:25.52 gave Rivero 23rd; junior Litzy Lopez completed the course in 24:27.86 for 33rd place, and Hanewinckel responded to her varsity opportunity with a 25:02.84 time worth 36th place.

Fallbrook’s junior varsity scored 85 points, giving the Warriors third for that race, with junior Madison Hayes having a time of 27:08.60 to place 22nd.

“Everybody is really working for their personal best. They really pushed themselves,” Holland said. “Just really proud of the whole team.”


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