Women’s Cross Country Earns First Win at Palomar Invite, Men Edged by El Camino

Photo by Nicho DellaValle
Photo by Nicho DellaValle

Five of the Tigers runners on the women's side landed in the top-10 at the Palomar Invitational on Friday morning to pace the field. A pair of runners landed in the top-five leading to Riverside hauling in a victory. The men placed second by a mere four points despite landing four runners in the top-10.

The course deemed challenging as Guajome Park in San Diego, CA presents a tough uphill battle – literally. With nearly a mile of uphill running, Riverside dug deep and handled the tough terrain.

Following a strong start to her 2019 campaign at the Redlands Invitational just a week ago, sophomore Emiliana Merida Cano placed second overall with a time of 20:05 to pace her team in a full 5K. Freshman Aeriel Madrigal followed in fourth place with a time of 20:36, backed by sophomore Ariel Martinez who finished with a mark reading 20:48 to earn sixth overall.

Freshman tandem Corrine Melendez and Briana Rodriguez finished consecutively. Melendez edged her out for ninth place with a time of 21:10, while Rodriguez crossed the finish line at a mark of 21:14.

The men were slightly bested by El Camino by finishing in second place. Freshman Jordan Wilson paced the Tigers for the second-straight week by finishing with a mark of 22:13 to earn seventh place. Sophomore Ricardo Cruz followed with an eighth place finish after crossing the finish line at a time of 22:13.

Freshman Alberto Lopez rounded out the top 10 with a mark of 22:19, while freshman Cody Patrick earned an 11th place finish with a time of 22:19.

The Tigers will continue action on Friday, September 13 at the SoCal Previews at Mission Bay Park at 10 a.m.