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Hartnell College Men's  Cross Country

Tour de Cuesta Invitational
September 12

The Hartnell College cross country teams traveled south down Highway 101 to San Luis Obispo for the Tour de Cuesta hosted Cuesta College. Run on one of only dedicated cross country courses, the Tour de Cuesta follows a unique format similar to the cycling race Tour de France. Special awards are given to runners for reaching the first mile the fastest, the top of K.B. Hill first, for being the best freshman runner in the race, and for the overall champion. The meet was attended by not only the host and Hartnell College, but by College of the Sequoias, Citrus College, West Hills College, Saddleback College, Moorpark College, Santiago Canyon College, and a club team from Cal Poly SLO.

For the men, sophomore Diego Leon placed second overall in 21:35 over the challenging Fairbanks Cross Country Course four mile version. He was upset by Saddleback freshman Scott Curran who crossed the line in first at 21:25. The Panthers placed second as a team to the Southern California seventh ranked Gauchos from Saddleback 31 to 51. Also placing for the Panthers in the top fourteen were Justin Carrancho in fifth (22:04) and Rene Siqueiros at thirteenth (22:38).

The Panthers will compete next at the historic Lou Vasquez Invitational at Golden Gate Park
on Thursday, September 18.

For full Tour de Cuesta Invitational results

Fresno Invitational
September 6

Men's Start

Sophomore Diego Leon has waited patiently almost an entire year to prove he is one of the state's best community college cross country runners. Last November at the California Community College State Championship, Leon was involved in a fall that kept him from placing as well as he would have liked. Saturday at the Fresno Invitational, which is held on the same course as the state championship, Leon crossed the line in first ahead of 200 runners in the second best time in Hartnell College school history. He trails only former state champion Daniel Tapia's 20:05 set in 2009. Leon stopped the clock at 20:30 two seconds ahead of runner-up Rodrigo Ornelas of College of the Canyons. Fellow Panther Justin Carrancho had a breakout race placing eighth overall in 20:59 for the 4 mile layout at Woodward Park. Last November, Carrancho was the seventh scoring Panther at the state championship at 22:08. He placed as the third best runner from Northern California. Jesus Vazquez (22:31), Conrado Preciado (22:35), Rene Siqueiros (22:36), Javier Garcia (22:37), and Luis Vargas (22:41) completed the scoring seven for Hartnell College. As a team, the Panthers placed fifth overall and second for Northern California teams only behind defending State Champion American River College.

Men's top 14

The Panthers were travel to Cuesta College on Friday to compete in the Tour de Cuesta on the Fairbanks Cross Country Course in San Luis Obispo.

For full Fresno Invitational results