Led by Campbell, women’s team qualifies for state cross country meet

Jason Reed, Reporter

The Bakersfield College women’s cross-country team qualified for the State Championships by finishing 11th in the Southern California Regional Cross Country Championships at Central Park in Santa Clarita.

The BC men didn’t qualify as a team, but freshman Juan Calderon qualified for state as an individual.

The BC women had a team time of 1:43:54 with 307 points. Freshman Jessica Campbell finished at 28th place with the time of 20:05.57.

“It went really well,” Campbell said when asked about the race performance. During the run, Campbell said she rolled her ankle during the final mile of the race.

“Right now I’m trying to heal up for the meet so that I can get myself everything I got at state,” she said.

The other four runners to place for the Renegades included sophomore Orieth Rodriguez, who came in at 20:33.91, Esthefani Perez finished with the time of 20:42.71, and behind her for BC was Amber Cruz at 21:10.88. The final runner to come in for Renegades was Moriah Millwee with the time of 22:02.38.

In the men’s race, San Bernardino Valley College took first place with the time of 1:46:07 and scored 53 points. Orange College took second with the time of 1:47:18 and scored 88 points.

Omar Caro of San Bernardino came in at first place with the time of 20:44.19.

Twenty-seven schools took part in the event, and Orange Coast College came away with a first-place finish. The Pirates finished with the team time of 1:36:50 seconds, finishing with a dominating score of 58 points. College of the Canyons finished second with 149 points.

Freshman Laura Aceves of East L.A. College finished first with the time of 18:35.78.

The state meet will take place Nov. 23 at Woodward Park in Fresno.