BC builds momentum toward WSC meet
Bakersfield College held its only home meet this season, the Bakersfield Invitational at the Kern Soccer Fields on Sept. 28, and it featured a familiar theme.
BC’s top man in the 4-mile race was again Misael Herrera, who finished in the 10th spot with a time of 23:11.
In the women’s 5k (3.1 miles), it was Moriah Milwee, once again, finishing as the top BC athlete, posting an eighth-place mark of 20:47.
Overall, the BC men placed third (73 points) among five teams competing, and the women finished fourth (81) on the list of seven teams.
Alex Ruther from College of the Canyons won first place in the men’s race with a time of 21:19.
Antelope Valley’s Emma Ramirez was the top woman in the 5k race with a time of 19:34.
Southwestern finished first as a team, with 49 points in the men’s race, and Santa Barbara was the overall winner for the women, with 51 points.
Talking about Milwee and her performance, BC assistant coach David Frickel had this to say.
“I think she had a pretty good race that day,” he said.
“She beat some people that she hadn’t beaten thus far. She’s starting to move up the ladder a little bit.”
Herrera was pleased with his performance in the men’s race.
“I think I did well,” he said. “I felt good, and felt like I did my best effort in competing in the race.
“Our coaches do a great job of preparing us for every race, and I felt good going into it, and during the race as well.”
“I don’t worry too much about the competition, but more on myself being prepared, and looking to improve from meet to meet,” he said. “Overall, as a team, I thought we all did a good job today.”
Frickel also mentioned the significance of the upcoming WSC Preview meet.
“The whole conference gets together, so this actually scores a percentage for our conference finals,” he said.
“We score a small portion of this meet, and then a heavier portion at the conference finals.
“Then, off of what happens in the conference finals, that determines who goes on to qualify for the SoCal meet.
“This will be kind of an indicator,” said Frickel. “The whole conference will be together, and we’ll get an opportunity to see how we stack up.”
The scheduled meet on Sept. 22 at Huntington Beach was canceled due to a coaching decision.
The Renegades next meet, the WSC Preview, will be on Oct. 5 at Kenny Hahn Park in Santa Monica.