By Diara Fowler |Staff Writer|
Cross-country has competed in four competitions so far this season, putting them at the halfway point of their year.
They started their season off at the Cal Baptist Invite this past September and racked up enough points to take fourth place with 68 points.
Top runner Laurea Aceves crossed the finish line in second place with five fellow teammates placing in the top twenty behind her. Aceves ran the 4000-meter course in 14:22.
Cal Baptist placed first with 35 points, Azusa Pacific second with 55 points and Fresno Pacific third with 67 points.
During their second meet of the season, Aceves broke the school record. Aceves ran the 5000-meter course at the Biola Invite in 16:35.08.
Aceves took nearly a minute off of the previous 5000-meter record. Patricia Cortez held the previous record of 17:34 back in 2014.
Four other ‘Yotes broke records that day, including Michelle Palacios who placed 25th within 17:58.65, being the third fastest. Jessica Steinhoff placed 26th in 18:56, the fourth fastest. Rachel Gee placed 27th in 18:4.93, the fifth best.
The ‘Yotes placed fourth overall with 115 points. Cal Baptist again took first place with 43 points.
The ‘Yotes placed first out of eight teams with a total of 26 points at the Coyote Challenge held on campus.
Aceves placed first in the 5000-meter race with a time of 17:47.
Runner Delaney Ellsworth followed in fourth place in 19:15. Michelle Palacios came in fifth place in 19:15.
The Coyotes took fourth place at the UC San Diego Triton Classic with 103 points while Point Loma Nazarene finished first with 54 points. Chico State came in second and UC San Diego in third.
Aceves took first place in the 6000-meter race with a time of 21:46.
The cross-country team looks to make a good showing in the NCAA West Regionals on Nov. 5 in Montana. With Aceves leading the way, the team has a good chance to make an impression.