The Southern California Roadrunners raced at the Lions Pride cross-country invitational held at Box Canyon Mountain reserve regional park in Moreno Valley coming away with three first-place and two second-place team awards. The event was held Sunday, Oct. 21, as the team is beginning to prepare for the upcoming Junior Olympic qualifying championship events in November with the goal of advancing to the National championships in Reno, Nev. on Dec. 8.

Abrielle Ontiveros of San Bernardino led off the meet placing second overall in the 8-under girls race over the 2,000-meter hill course. This is Abrielle’s first year as a runner and is following the footsteps of her mom Angie Vega Ontiveros who was a star at San Gorgonio High School and also a Roadrunner alumnus who won a national championship in 1997 in the 11-12 age group.

The 9-10 girls team placed second overall on the 3,000-meter hill course with Alondra Muro, Walnut, returning from a summer injury placing seventh. Selah Markow, Loma Linda, and Isabelle Castenada, San Bernardino, placed well to help the team. Castenada is also in her first year of running and is Abrielle’s cousin. Castenada’s mom is San Gorgonio hall of famer Terry Vega.

The 9-10 boys running without its top two runners still placed second as a team with Jamie Wallace, Bloomington; Nicholas Beltran, Highland; Ryan Bravo, Colton, leading the team. Others on the team includes Irvin Montes, Highland, and Jesus Saldana, Highland.

The 11-12 girls team were dominant winning the team race as the team took the early lead and was aggressive over the two loop hill 3,000-meter course placing three runners in the top five and five runners in the top 10.

Gabrielle Romero, Highland, flew over the hills taking first overall. Isabella Bravo, Colton, ran very aggressive leading the first lap and finished second overall to lead the team. Katie Hornung, Yucaipa, placed fifth overall. Skye Hanes, Riverside, placed ninth overall with teammate Dhannasshy Sanchez, Riverside, placing 10th. Others on the team included improving Isabella Negrete, San Bernardino, and Rosa Saldana, San Bernardino.

Emmanuel Wallace, Bloomington, controlled the 11-12 boys race leading from start to finish on the 3,000-meter race to win.

The 13-14 girls team placed first behind Allura Markow’s, Loma Linda, second place finish, Amanda Lynch ran her best race to place seventh overall and Itzel Del Rio, Highland, placed eighth overall. The girls raced 4,000 meters.

The 13-14 boys team dominated the race with 1-2-4-7-8 finish places. Ethan Romero, Highland, won the race flying the hills on the 4,000-meter course Juan Montes, Highland, placed second overall with Nikko Gutierrez fourth overall. Aidan Sturtevant was seventh overall and Nickolas Bawardi won his first medal as a Roadrunner taking eighth overall.

The Roadrunners will race next on Sunday, Nov 4, at Escondido Kit Carson Park and then begin Junior Olympic qualifying competition on Nov. 11 at Santa Clarita Central Park and on Nov. 18 at the regional competition in Las Vegas.

The team trains 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays in Highland and Tuesdays at San Gorgonio High school.

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