September 19, 2004 |
Alma Escobar still feels the stares when she strides away from the starting line, almost as though she's the lone participant in a race. But eyes no longer train on Escobar solely for her diminutive frame. Escobar, a junior cross-country runner at Corona, is gaining more attention for the way she dwarfs the competition. "She has a Cadillac engine in a Volkswagen body," said Don Chadez, the athletic director at Corona and a former track and cross-country coach for 26 years.
December 27, 2003
FIRST TEAM *--* Kelsey Delagardelle Sultana Sr. The top runner on the best team in the Southland placed second in the Southern Section Division II final, ninth in the state meet and 26th in the West Region championships. Lindsay Flacks Harvard-Westlake Sr. The Times' runner of the year placed second in the West Region championships and 24th in the nationals. In addition, she won the Division III final of the Southern Section championships and placed third in the state meet.
December 22, 2002 |
Individual accolades were plentiful for junior Liza Pasciuto of Murrieta Valley during cross-country season. But it was a desire to lead Murrieta Valley to its first Southern Section and state Division I championships, not to add to her already impressive running resume, that motivated Pasciuto to excel. Yes, she was pleased to win her first section championship and second consecutive Inland Empire Challenge title.
November 24, 2002 |
Since the state cross-country championships began in 1987, no City Section runner has won an individual title. That could change next weekend, when Manuel Ruiz of North Hills Monroe High makes his run at history and tries to continue a story line that reads like a Disney movie. Two years ago, Ruiz arrived from Mexico to live with his brother. He spoke little English and had never engaged in any running except for racing to catch the bus in Mexico City. Basketball was his sport.
September 22, 2002 |
Juniors Michael Haddan of Irvine Woodbridge and Liza Pasciuto of Murrieta Valley had the top individual boys' and girls' times in the Woodbridge Invitational cross-country meet on Saturday. Haddan, defending state champion in the 800 meters, outkicked Babey Wagnew of La Mesa Helix to win the Division II junior boys' race with a 14-minute 25-second clocking over the flat three-mile course.
November 7, 2001 |
The UC Santa Barbara men's cross-country team is ranked 13th in the latest NCAA Division I poll heading into the West region championships Saturday at Randolph Golf Course-North in Tucson, but only one of its top seven runners was a standout in high school. Senior Aaron Sharp, Santa Barbara's No. 5 runner, was a state Division V cross-country champion at Oxnard Santa Clara High and placed ninth in the 3,200 meters in the 1998 state track championships.