GCC Shines at SoCal Preview Race

By Matthew Osherow

GCC Assistant Cross Country Coach

The Glendale College men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the SoCal Preview race down south in San Diego this past Friday. There they got  a sneak peek of the schools they would face off against at the Southern California Championship race in November. The women ended up taking first place with a total of 38 points, beating second place Ventura by 62 points and third place Riverside by 89 points.

The Lady Vaqueros were led by Yajaira Calderon, who took fourth place overall with a time of 19:32.6. She was followed by fifth place finisher Phoebe Forsyth (19:40.8), seventh Place finisher Jamie Levin (20:04.5), eighth Place finisher Lydia Forsyth (20:16.9), and 14th place finisher Bianca Biel (20:36.1) to round out the top five scoring runners in the race. All five runners would go on to finish in the top 15 of a field of 209 athletes.

The men had to compete without three of their sophomore runners (Spencer Geck, Eric Guttierrez, and Abraham Martinez). They ended up taking eighth place with a total of 253 points. They were led by Marvin Guardado, who would go on to be Glendale’s first runner for the second straight week, taking 33rd place in a time of 22:25.6. Guardado was followed by Albert Serrano who finished 43rd in a time of 22:37.3, and Kevin Keller, who took 56th in a time of 22:54.9. Rounding out the top five would be 59th place finisher Ameer Mohammed (22:58.5) and 71st place finisher Usiel Ulloa (23:18.4). The next stop for the Vaqueros will be the Coyote Invitational this Saturday at CSU San Bernardino.