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California State Championship - November 23rd

Sophomore Michael Ramirez recovered steadily from a mid-season foot injury to finish the season which forced him to miss two weeks of competition and training to place ninth overall at the California Community College State Championship at Woodward Park in Fresno. Just shortly after the start, a large group of runners were involved pile-up that saw the entire Hartnell College team fall to the ground. With no recall from the starter, the Panthers along with Ramirez would have to spring back up quickly and spend the rest of the race trying to play catch up. Michael Ramirez, who prepped at Salinas High School, would recover well enough to complete the four mile course in 20:32 making him the third best performer in school history behind former state champion Daniel Tapia and fellow All-American Miguel Gallegos. With the help of Diego Leon (21:28), Omar Vasquez (21:43), Luis Romero (21:45), and Andres Guerrero (21:51), the Panthers placed 10th out of 27 teams for the second consecutive year. In addition, the Panthers bested Santa Rosa Junior College to place as the second highest Northern California team. Also running for the Panthers were Felix Cervantes (22:03) and Justin Carrancho (22:08).

For full State Championship results

Northern California Championship - November 9th

The Hartnell College men's cross country team was looking to improve on last year's third place performance at the Norcal Championship in this year's edition. Despite all-region performances from sophomore Michael Ramirez and freshman Diego Leon, the Panthers repeated last year's place by just 4 points conceding second place to Santa Rosa Junior College 82-86. American River College won on its home course with 42 points. The race was highlighted by the duo Ramirez and Leon working their way into third and fourth place overall in 20:25 and 20:28 besting Coast Conference individual champion Abraham Espinoza at 20:40 on the four mile course.Both times were better than the previous championship record set in 20:29 by Alejandro Garcia of Modesto Junior College. Ramirez improved on his eleventh place finish last year and Leon was the highest placing freshman in the race making him the favorite for the overall title in 2014. Also competing for the Panthers were Andres Guerrero (25th-21:32), Omar Vasquez (29th-21:39), Luis Romero (31st-21:41), Robert Valencia (32nd-21:46) and Felix Cervantes (33rd-21:50). This was the fourth consecutive top three team finish for the Panthers since 2010.

For full Norcal Championship Results

Coast Conference Championship - October 30th

Top L to R: R. Osorio, E. Gomez, C. Montano, J. Carrancho, G. Pelayo, S. Hernandez, C. Preciado, A. Gutierrez, R. Valencia, L. Vargas, T. Chaidez, M. Sanchez, J. Becerra, B. Sloan, A. Bravo
Bottom L to R: M. Ramirez, D. Leon, O. Vasquez, A. Guerrero, S. Hernandez, L. Romero, F. Cervantes, D. Vasquez

For the fourth consecutive year the men's cross country team for Hartnell College was victorious at the Coast Conference Championship meet. Hosting the event at Toro Park, Hartnell College enjoyed not only the team victory but seven all-conference men.

Sophomore Michael Ramirez was hoping he has enough preparation coming back from a mid-season foot injury to bring home the individual title in the four mile championship race but did not have quite enough fitness to overtake conference foe Abraham Espinoza of Las Positas College. Espinoza crossed the line in first in 20:26 with Ramirez right behind at 20:37. The time by the former Salinas High School Cowboy was an outstanding improvement of 54 seconds over his time last season and fifth best all-time in school history. The fastest time run at Toro Park by a Panther was Cristian Soratos at 20:30 in 2011. After Ramirez it was predominantly Panthers crossing the finish line with Diego Leon taking third (21;03), Omar Vasquez fourth (21:16), Andres Guerrero seventh (21:29), Said Hernandez ninth (21;35), Luis Romero thirteenth (21:50), and Felix Cervantes in fourteenth (21:51). All told the Panthers had nine of the first 20 finishers in the race. In winning, the Hartnell College tallied a low score of 25 points to runner-up Las Positas College at 52 points and DeAnza College in third at 66 points.

Top 14 Men's Finishers All-Conferencr Team

For full Coast Conference Championship results

The Panthers will look to improve on their third place for the men and fourth place for the women at last year's Northern California Championships on Saturday, November 9th at Beal's Point Recreation Area at Folsom Lake.

Mt. SAC Invitational - October 18th

The Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational is billed as the "biggest cross country meet on the planet" with 25,000 runners competing ranging from elementary and middle school through community college runners. The community college races were held last Friday under a clear, sunny, and warm Southern California sky. Hartnell College made the trip down the Ventura Highway for just the fourth time in school history and almost recorded the second individual win in as many trips.

Sophomore Michael Ramirez waited patiently for a small foot injury to heal the past two weeks missing the Norcal Preview meet and Toro Park Invitational. That patience paid off as Ramirez came back to action with little to no loss in fitness. Making a strong move after the "poop-out hill" and before the "reservoir hill", Ramirez took the lead and held it all the way until the final quarter mile of the race before being overtaken by Miguel Lopez of Southwestern College. The second place time of 20:59 was the only other mark under 21 minutes in the field of 200 runners and bested former state champion Daniel Tapia's 21:08 winning mark from 2008. Freshman Diego Leon also made his way into the top seven with his 21:26 run on the course. Omar Vasquez (22:07), Robert Valencia (22:27), Andrews Gutierrez (22:28), Andres Gutierrez (22:32), and Felix Cervantes (22:39) rounded out the scoring seven. As a team, Hartnell College placed fifth out of nineteen scoring teams and fourth amongst California community colleges. The Panthers narrowly missed upsetting #6 state ranked host Mt. SAC. Hartnell College is currently ranked twelfth in the state.

For full Mt. SAC Invitational results: http://events.mtsac.edu/ccinvite/results.htm#CommunityCollegeDivisionResults

Hartnell College will host the 2013 Coast Conference Championship at Toro Park on Wednesday, October 30th. Women will run the 3 mile course at 2:30 followed by the men's 4 mile race at 3:15pm.

Toro Park Invitational - October 11th


Freshman Diego Leon solidified his status as a top individual in Northern California by handily winning on his home course Friday at Toro Park. Hartnell College hosted the Toro Park Invitational with seven teams competing including Santa Rosa Junior College, West Hills College, Diablo Valley College, Las Positas College, San Jose City College, DeAnza College. Leon, who was the CCS Division V champion for Anzar High School on the same trails last fall, caught leader Jaime Silva of Santa Rosa JC with a quarter mile remaining in four mile race. His winning time of 20:45 was comfortably ahead of Silva who was second at 20:53. Leon's mark is the second best mark for a freshman to Daniel Tapia's 20:35 in 2008 and the fifteenth best by all-performers in the 17 year course history. The Panthers were victorious as a team placing all seven scoring runners in the top 16. Hartnell College tallied a low winning score of 31 points to second place Santa Rosa Junior College at 47 points and DeAnza College third at 87 points. In addition to Leon, the scoring seven runners were comprised of Omar Vasquez (21:20), Luis Romero (21:26), Said Hernandez (21:33), Robert Valencia (21:44), Andres Guerrero (21:45), and Felix Cervantes (21:58).

For full Toro Park Invitational results http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/5151.html

The Panthers will venture to Southern California to compete in the historic Mt. SAC Invitational on Friday, October 18th.

ARC Invitational - October 5th

Freshman Diego Leon stepped up for the men in Michael Ramirez absence in the race. Ramirez is resting an injury in preparation for the championship meets in the coming weeks. Leon placed fifth in 20:54. The time is the fastest recorded on the course by a Hartnell Panther bettering all-american Miguel Gallegos at 20:58 in 2010. Omar Vasquez (21:49), Andres Guerrero (21:59), Luis Romero (22:04), Luis Vargas (22:11), Said Hernandez (22:11) and Andrews Gutierrez (22:20) helped the Panthers to a fourth place team finish.

For full results http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/5013.html

The Panthers will compete at home on Friday, October 11 at Toro Park. The meet will serve as the Coast Conference Championship course preview.

Crystal Springs Invitational - September 27th

With the help of the scoring seven all placing in the top twenty overall in the men's race, the Hartnell College men easily outdistanced Coast Conference foe DeAnza College for top team honors at the Crystal Springs Invitational in San Mateo on Friday. The Panthers tallied just 37 points to the Dons 87 and Southern California program Cuesta College at 99. A total of ten scoring teams competed in the meet host by College of San Mateo.

Sophomore Michael Ramirez and freshman Diego Leon took the top two individual spots on the 4.195 mile course. Ramirez took the win with a time of 21:41 followed by Leon at 21:58 as the only other runner in the field to eclipse the 22:00 mark. Michael Ramirez moves into the top 20 performers in school history on the course. Panthers placing in the top 20 were Omar Vasquez ninth (22:36), Robert Valencia twelfth (22:51), Andrews Gutierrez sixteenth (23:01), Said Hernandez seventeenth (23:04), and Luis Romero twentieth (23:10).

For full Crystal Springs Invitational Results: http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/5135.html

The Panthers will travel north next Saturday to Folsom Lake for the Northern California Preview meet hosted by American River College.

Lou Vasquez Invitational - September 19th

Sophomore Michael Ramirez is inching closer to the names of some of Hartnell College fastest runners in history. With his sixth place overall performance on Friday at the Lou Vasquez Invitational in San Francisco, only two previous Panthers have run faster at Golden Gate Park. Ramirez, who only ran one season of track at Salinas High School his senior year, covered the four mile course in a swift 20:19 making him the third best performer in school history. His time trails only former state champion and US marathoner Daniel Tapia at 19:45 and 1500 meter school record holder Cristian Soratos at 20:06. An all-regional runner with his tenth place finish as a freshman, Ramirez was the fifth regional finisher on Friday. Also running well as an individual was freshman Diego Leon. Leon's thirteenth place finish overall in 20:41 ranks him eighth on the school's all-time performance list. As a team the Panthers placed third overall and second amongst Northern California regional teams. Also performing well were Andres Guerrero (21:15), Omar Vasquez (21:16), Luis Romero (21:25), and Said Hernandez (21:31), and Felix Cervantes (21:48). The Hartnell College men's cross country team is currently ranked eighth in the state and second in Northern California.

For full results from the Lou Vasquez Invitational http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/5060.html

Both programs will compete next Friday at the Crystal Springs Invitational hosted by College of San Mateo.

Fresno Invitational - September 7th

The Hartnell College cross country teams competed in the Fresno Invitational on Saturday at Woodward Park. The annual fall competition serves as an early season course preview for the state championship later in November. Both the men and women placed as the second regional team with both also in the top 10 teams overall. This year, both squads are looking to build on the top 10 state finishes they earned last fall.

Sophomore Michael Ramirez has enjoyed a steadily climb since last fall. He lead the Panthers over the final two competitions and was the highest placing individual at the state championship in 2012. On Saturday, Ramirez placed sixth overall solidifying himself as one of the top individuals in the state this year. His time of 20:56 was just 21 seconds behind the winner Will Reyes of American River College. The sophomore's performance was the ninth best in school history. Following Ramirez was first year runner Diego Leon in eleventh. Leon, last fall's CCS Division V champion while a prep at Anzar High School, toured the course for the first time in 21:10. That mark makes Leon the twelfth best performer in school history with several more opportunities to lower his mark during his two year career. Rounding out the Panthers scoring seven were Omar Vasquez in 30th (21:53), Luis Romero in 48th (22:17), Andrews Gutierrez in 53rd (22:22), Robert Valencia is 55th (22:24), and Andres Guerrero in 59th (22:29). As a team, the Panthers placed sixth overall with 140 points and were the second Northern California team. The men were the highest placing Coast Conference team as they look to win their fourth consecutive team title this fall.

Full results for the Fresno Invitational can be found at http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/4971.html

The Panthers will enjoy a bye week to prepare for the Lou Vasquez Invitational on Thursday, September 19th at Golden Gate Park.