Cross country notes: Roosevelt boys earn big win in Portland
By Landon Negri
The Roosevelt boys cross country team purposely held itself back through the first month of the season. The Mustangs finally let loose Saturday and were tickled at the results.
Roosevelt’s boys, ranked No. 6 in the nation by dyestat.com, won the sweeps race at Nike Portland XC. Led by seniors Raymon Ornelas and Tyler Spencer, the Mustangs won the Jim Danner Championships with 68 points to Central Point (Ore.) Crater’s 85.
Like many top-shelf teams, Roosevelt has mixed and matched its lineup through the first month to keep legs fresh for the end of the season. Saturday was the Mustangs’ first time at full strength. And the victory allowed them to get the victory they felt like they should’ve gotten a year ago, when they finished second in Portland.
“Now, they know where we’re at and know what our strengths are,” Roosevelt coach Joe Robles said, “and where we have a little work to do.”
Spencer placed fourth in the race in 15 minutes, 20.4 seconds. Ornelas was 11th in 15:32.4 and Raul Chavez was 18th in 15:49.0. Sophomore Michael Sahagun placed 21st in 15:52.8 and Robles was especially pleased with senior Moises Rendon, an improving JV runner from a year ago who was 35th in 16:12.0.
“He’s been a workhorse all summer,” Robles said. “He’s a difference maker for us right now.”
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Vista Murrieta’s girls also had a strong performance on the girls’ side, placing third with 101 points, trailing only Meridian (Idaho) Mountain View (77 points) — ranked No. 22 nationally — and Portland (Ore.) Sunset with 89.
Junior Paige Haynes led the Broncos with a seventh-place finish in 17:58.8. Annabelle Werner was 22nd in 18:43.9 and Makayla Fick was 24th in 18:46.9.
Vista Murrieta’s boys placed 13th, led by Edgard Villa, who was 25th in 15:58.
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