BC cross-country battling

Felicity Tomisaka, Reporter

Before Bakersfield College’s cross-country teams host their only meet of the season on Sept. 25, they participated in the Fresno Invitational on Sept. 11 and the Southern California Preview at Mission Bay in San Diego on Sept. 18.

In the Fresno Invitational meet, the women’s team finished eighth and the men’s team took ninth.

Out of 144 participants in the women’s 5k race, Jenica Dodge, from American River College, placed first with a time of 18:22.08. The closest Renegade to her mark was Emily Freeman, who finished 41st with a time of 20:50.01.

Three of Freeman’s teammates placed in the 50s. Kelly Hartfield took 51st with a time of 21:15.04, Sydney Roman took 54th with a time of 21:18.03, and Yareli Ocampo placed 59th with a time of 21:33.06.

In the men’s four-mile run with 210 participants, Vahagn Isayan from Glendale placed first with a time of 20:42.09. Renegade runner Richard Timmermans placed 57th coming in with a time of 22:33.07 and teammate Christopher Moreno took 68th with a time of 22:48.00.

In the recent meet, the Southern California Preview, the women’s team ranked 12 out of 24 teams.

In the women’s 5k individual, BC’s Hartfield placed 35th out of 200-plus with a time of 20:44.06. Freeman took 78th coming in at 21:50.04 with teammate Yareli following behind her at 79 with a time of 21:54.01. Right behind her at 80 was Sydney Roman with a time of 21:57.03.

For the men four-mile race that included 204 participants, the renegades ranked 19th out of 30 teams.

Michael Teran from San Bernardino Valley took first individually with a time of 20:33.09. BC’s Richard Timmermans took 70th place coming in at 22:47.00. Behind him a minute later was Christopher Moreno at 23:11.05, taking 95th place.