Cross-country improves step by step

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Edith Noriega | Sports Editor

Oct. 2, 2014

The RCC women’s cross-country continue to improve as the Tigers closed gaps by 11 seconds since their first meet two weeks ago.

The Tigers totaled 135 points finishing fifth place out of 31 teams at the SoCal Preview Sept. 19. RCC placed just behind Cerritos College.

Tigers had a total of 16 women run on Sept. 19 in two different races (seven in the “top 7” race and 9 in the “Overflow” race).

“I feel like our women did an awesome job running without one of our leaders,” said head coach Damien Smith. “They are continuing to close their pack gap each week, which shows a lot of growth and maturity in this young team.”

Freshman Brianna Jacklin continues to lead the squad and the women’s top 15 finish.

Other scoring runners included Sophomore Halina Carrera, Freshman Rebecca Morales, freshman Crystal Tejeda and Freshman Amanda Haring.

The RCC men’s cross-country finished a strong fifth out of 31 teams while missing a few key runners at the Golden West Invitational Sept. 26.

“We were please with the packing of both men’s and women’s teams,” said head coach Jim McCarron. “We look forward to a bye week to train and the remainder of the season should be exciting with some key match ups looming, especially our conference championships in early November.”

The Tigers look to compete at the Brunbaker Invitational on Oct. 10.

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