Roberts, SBCC place 2nd at Foothill Invite

SBCC placed three runners in the top 13 on Friday and finished second in the 11-team men’s race of the Foothill Invitational at Guasti Park in Ontario.

Ian Roberts was second in 20:18 on the 4-mile course. Alex Heuchert, a freshman from San Marcos High, took 10th in21:45 and Martin Montes was 13th in 21:58. Omar Caro of San Bernardino Valley topped the 107-man field in a course-record time of 19:50.

San Bernardino won the team title with 26 points, followed by SBCC (61) and Pasadena (90). San Bernardino Valley has been a powerhouse in cross country, winning five straight men’s state titles before falling to American River last year.

“That was a lifetime best for Ian by almost a minute,” said SBCC coach Scott Fickerson. “Our top five runners averaged a two-minute improvement over our first meet.”

SBCC took third in the women’s race out of 10 schools. Katie Huntington placed 10th on the 5K course in 19:43 and teammates Nicole Bartlett (13th, 19:58) and Alexa Sanchez (17th, 20:13) were close behind. Sanchez shaved 65 seconds off her time from last week, which was run in 90-degree heat in Saugus.

Moorpark won the women’s race with 50 points, followed by Pasadena (81) and SBCC (102).

“The women ran very well,” said Fickerson. “It was great to get Katie and Nicole out there for the first time. Running under 20 minutes in their first race is great. We took a solid step forward today.”

The Vaqueros will compete in the WSC Preview on Friday, Oct. 4 at Arroyo Verde Park in Ventura.

Foothill Invitational
At Guasti Park, Ontario

Team (11 schools) — 1, San Bernardino Valley 26. 2, SBCC 61. 3, Pasadena 90.
Individual (4 miles, 107 runners) — 1, Omar Caro, SBV, 19:50.

 SBCC finishers — 2, Ian Roberts 20:18. 10, Alex Heuchert 21:45. 13, Martin Montes 21:58. 21, Brian Santiago 22:24. 31, Andy Hernandez 22:46. 51, Octavio Magdaleno 23:50.

Team (10 schools) — 1, Moorpark 50. 2, Pasadena 81. 3, SBCC 102.
Individual (5K, 90 runners) — 1, Rachel Naumann, Moorpark, 18:16.
SBCC finishers — 10, Katie Huntington 19:43. 13, Nicole Bartlett 19:58. 17, Alexa Sanchez 20:13. 29, Mia Owens 21:14. 33, Dana Grevenkamp 21:25. 56, Alethea Davies 23:52. 78, Rachel Zook 26:04.