(Riverside, CA) With almost every Mt. SAC Women's Cross Country Team member achieving personal best performances, the Mounties placed ninth (234 points) in a field of 19 university and club teams at the 38th Annual U.C. Riverside Invitational on Saturday, September 15th.
The Mounties are currently tied with Glendale College atop the latest Southern California Cross Country Polls and fourth in the latest 5CTCA poll.
Leading the pack for the Mounties was Rebecca Ruiz who placed 18th, with a time of 18:18.9 (5:53.7 average mile).
"The women continue to have strong performances every week," Mt. SAC Women's Cross Country coach Daniel Ozan said. "Almost every woman (had a personal best) and our second, third and fourth girls worked really well together to snag (a personal best).
"Our fifth closed the gap and kept the gap close which will help her later in the season."
Finishing second through fifth out of 218 runners for the Mounties were: Alyssa Cantrell, 53rd (19:13.9), Sadie Encinas, 62nd (19:17.9), Montserrath Celis, 70th (19:30.7) and Alyssa Amendariz, 87th (19:47.9).
The four runners finished in a tight pack, a mere 34 seconds apart. Overall the team averaged 19:13 over the 5 kilometer course.
This Friday, September 21st the Mounties will compete in the Golden West Invitational at Central Park in Huntington Beach.
For additional information, please contact the Mt. SAC Sports Information Office at 909.274.4630.