Roberts, Vaqueros run third in WSC Preview

Ian Roberts took third on a warm, windy Friday and the SBCC men also placed third in the WSC Preview cross country meet at Arroyo Verde Park in Ventura.

Roberts, a sophomore from Ventura High, covered the 4-mile course in 22:35. Teammate Alex Heuchert was 14th in 23:30 and Martin Montes was 23rd in 23:48 and Brian Santiago took 24th. Rodrigo Ornelas of Canyons won in 22:12.

Glendale was the team champion with 24 points, followed by Canyons (47), SBCC (100) and Cuesta (104).

“We ran a smart race on a challenging, hilly course,” said Vaquero coach Scott Fickerson. “We moved up well throughout the race and having Ian up front was great.”

In the women’s 5K race, the Vaqueros took eighth, led by Katie Huntington’s 12th-place effort in 23:19. Alexa Sanchez was 25th in 23:19. Moorpark’s Rachel Naumann was the individual champ in 20:30 and Glendale took the team title with 58 points.

“We were running without Nicole (Bartlett) and that hurt a little,” said Fickerson. “Like the men, we ran a smart race. This put us in good position to place in the top half of the WSC and earn a Regional berth.”

The Vaqueros will host the SBCC Invitational on Friday, Oct. 11 at Shoreline Park and Leadbetter Beach. The women’s race starts at 3 p.m. and the men at 4 p.m.

WSC Preview
At Arroyo Verde Park, Ventura

Team — 1, Glendale 24, 2, Canyons 47. 3, SBCC 100. 4, Cuesta 104.
Individual (4 miles) — 1, Rodrigo Ornelas, Canyons, 22:12.
SBCC finishers — 3, Ian Roberts 22:35. 14, Alex Heuchert 23:30. 23, Martin Montes 23:48. 24, Brian Santiago 23:49. 37, Zeph Alva 24:32. 42, Briggs Deardorff 24:42. 58, Andy Hernandez 25:38. 85, Octavio Magdaleno 27:08. 101, Blake Hardnett 29:24.
Team (14 schools) — 1, Glendale 58. 8, SBCC 204.
Individual (5K, 115 runners) — 1, Rachel Naumann, Moorpark, 20:30.
SBCC finishers — 12, Katie Huntington 22:32. 25, Alexa Sanchez 23:19. 42, Dana Grevenkamp 24:19. 43, Mia Owens 24:24. 98, Alethea Davies 29:42. 101, Rachel Zook 30:28.