Kevin Trudgeon, Staff Writer Posted: 10/04/2009 09:47:57 PM PDT

By KEVIN TRUDGEON

YUCAIPA - Different course, same result for the Redlands High School girls' cross country team.

Competing in the 39th annual Yucaipa Invitational with teams from Redlands East Valley and Citrus Valley high schools, the Terrier girls' team captured yet another meet title, following wins at the Golden Eagle Invitational and the eight-way CBL Meet at Prospect Park.

Paced by juniors Robyn Arnold (18:25) and Megan Crowley (18:45), who finished second and third, respectively, RHS totaled 57 points as a team to edge second-place finisher Rancho Cucamonga, 81 points, and third-place finisher Yucaipa, 85 points.

Freshman Justine Jacobs came in 13th with a time of 19:45, Citrus Valley freshman Dominique Gonzales, No. 3050, and teammate Abby Cariaga, No. 3048, make their way around the first loop at the Yucaipa Invitational. Gonzales finished 14th overall with a time of 23:09 and Cariaga 11th with a time of 22:55 to help the Blackhawk girls' cross country team take fifth in their division. (Kevin Trudgeon) sophomore Ana Knight placed 14th with a time of 19:46 and sophomore Kirsten Montgomery finished 27th with a time of 20:27.

As far as from a coach's perspective, this is probably one of the best invitational wins for the team we had to put together today, said RHS girls' coach Rod Anzai, who was without top runners Lauren Zabaleta and Holly Resh.

This not only shows our depth but also the resiliency of our freshmen and sophomores. I talked to Justine and Kirsten about having to step it up today and they did.

Racing in the same Blue Division as the Terriers, the REV girls' team placed fifth overall with 114 points behind a ninth-place finish from junior Brittany Fellows with a time of 19:32.

Sophomore Advertisement Learn the trick Kaitlyn Herrin (20:21) followed in 24th place, senior Kaitlyn Nelson (20:24) took 27th, junior Allyson Swan (20:29) placed 28th and senior Katie Wagner (20:56) came in 36th.

We're still trying to figure out who our hill runners are and who our speed runners are, said REV head coach Andrea Johnson-Bernardy. I was extremely happy with how our lower levels ran today. Some people who should have been up were down today for different reasons, but we're just trying to build up some confidence and get things going on the lower levels to enhance our varsity.

Running in the Blue Division junior varsity race, REV senior Johnna Randazzo took first overall.

Competing in the Red Division, the Citrus Valley girls' team placed fifth overall with 112 points.

Sophomore Abby Cariaga led the way with an 11th-place finish with a time of 22:35 and freshman Dominique Gonzales followed with a 14th-place finish with a time of 23:09.

Fellow freshman Destini Johnson took 35th in 27:24, sophomore Elaina Ayala finished 36th with a time of 27:35, freshman Vivian Ortiz placed 38th in 28:16 and freshman Amanda Grantham came in 39th with a time of 28:29.

I was very pleased with how the girls ran, said Citrus REV junior Brittany Fellows works her way up a treacherous hill on the first half of the course, on her way to a ninth-place finish with a time of 19:32, helping the Wildcat girls' team to take fifth overall. (Kevin Trudgeon) Valley head coach Lorenzo Mota. It was a little disappointing because we found out later that we were one place away from receiving a plaque as a team, but all of the girls medaled and that was exciting.

On the boys' side, the Citrus Valley team also placed fifth, with 121 points, despite running without a number of their top runners.

It was tough today because I didn't have my top three runners, said Mota, who was without sophomore Nathan Davidson, freshman Michael Cantos and freshman Jordy Llana. Looking at how the race went, I think if we had those guys, we would have taken first or second. But I was happy with how the guys ran.

Freshman Terry Caffrey (20:47) led the way for the Blackhawks with a 25th-place finish and fellow freshman Garrett Strong (27th) followed with a 27th-place finish.

Freshman Tyler Summers (24:39) place 52nd overall, sophomore David Scott (25:31) took 54th and freshman Stephen Donahue (26:14) finished 59th.

The REV and RHS boys' teams faced off in the Blue Division varsity race, with the Wildcats getting the better of the matchup.

Behind sophomore Connor Vigil's 22nd-place finish in a time of 16:17, REV placed sixth overall with 158 points, well off of first-place finisher Yucaipa, 32.

Vigil was followed by fellow sophomore Jharynd Cecil in 30th place with a time of 16:29, senior Michael Puchalski in 34th place with a time of 16:40 and sophomore Jonathan Carillo in 36th place with a time of 16:41.

Seniors Connor Sousa and Patrick Young rounded out the scoring for the Wildcats with 46th and 49th place finishes, respectively, in times of 16:58 and 17:12.

It was nice for the boys to run against some ranked teams like Rancho Cucamonga and Yucaipa today, Johnson-Bernardy said. A lot of the sophomores, we kept them in the lower levels last year to build up their confidence, so now they're running with some of the top runners and they're learning.

On the Terrier boys' side, RHS finished 10th overall with 282 points.

Junior Marcus Evans (16:26) was the top Terrier finisher, coming in 28th place, and was followed by junior Eddie Landeros (16:29) in 31st, junior Parker Lovett (17:42) in 69th, junior Taylor Westerfield (17:55) in 76th, senior Robbie Grenda (20:02) in 96th and junior Andy Jones (20:04) in 100th.

We saw some more gradual improvement today, said RHS boys' coach Manuel Gonzalez. A lot of guys are improving and we're still working towards the overall goal of building a strong foundation and peaking at the end of the season. I didn't run all of our varsity guys on the varsity team. I had three run in the frosh/soph so they could be in their own race.

In the boys' frosh/soph Blue Division race, the Wildcats took first overall with 38 points and RHS placed seventh with 179 points.

The complete results of the junior varsity races were not known at press time.

Both RHS and REV will next compete in the Inland Empire Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 10, while Citrus Valley travels to take on Bloomington High School at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

E-mail Staff Writer Kevin Trudgeon at ktrudgeon@redlandsdailyfacts.com