BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The College of the Canyons men's and women's cross country teams have both qualified to compete at next month's California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Southern California Championships after a strong run at the Western State Conference (WSC) Finals on Friday.
The women's team placed second in the field of 12 teams, while the men's team was seventh. The event was held at the Kern County Soccer Park and hosted by Bakersfield College.
Highlighting the day for Canyons was the fourth place overall time of 18:34.45 turned in by sophomore Díani Ellis.
Sophomore Stephanie Martinez was not far behind at 19:05.21 to place sixth overall. Freshman Guadalupe Ruiz finished at a time of 19:47.27 to place 13th overall in the field of 89 runners that took part in the women's 5K event.
Those scores combined to give the Cougars 70 event points, which trailed only event champion Glendale College (44). Ventura College (83) finished in third.
Canyons recorded a total time of 1:38:20.55 at an average of 19:40.11 per runner.
Sophomore Garrett Noltemeyer claimed COC's top finish on the men's side, placing 11th in the field of 101 with a time of 21:12.63 on the four-mile course.
Canyons had a total time of 1:52:03.70, with an average of 22:24.74 per runner.
Glendale won the event with 42 event points, followed by Ventura (86) and Santa Monica (112).
The Cougars will now prepare to host the SoCal Championships meet, being held Friday, Nov. 3, at Central Park in Santa Clarita. The women's race will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the men's event at 11 a.m.
The CCCAA State Championship event will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, at Woodward Park in Fresno.
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— Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information
—Photo credit: Mike Whitman/COC Sports Information