Juan Montes

Southern California Roadrunner Juan Montes runs to a 22nd finish in the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country National Championships in Madison, Wis.

The Southern California Roadrunners traveled to Madison, Wis. to compete in subfreezing temperatures at the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country National Championships with temperatures at 24 degrees with a wind chill of 11 degrees. The event was held at the Yahaira Golf course.

Paradise Watkins, competing in the 8-under division girls race, ran her 2,000-meter race in 9:24.32 finishing 60th with over 157 finishers. Christopher Quezada placed 114th with 9:26.35 in the 8-under boys race with 190 finishers. Natalie Gonzalez, competing in her first national race, placed 47th with 12:38.27 in the 9-10 girls division over the 3,000-meter course. Abrielle Ontiveros placed 89th with 13:07.29 with over 241 finishers. Both Gonzalez and Ontiveros are at the bottom end of their age group. Jesus Saldana placed 94th overall in the 9-10 boys division with 12:06.93 with 306 finishers.

Alyssa Creekmore finished 62nd overall in the 11-12 girls 3,000-meter race in her first national championship race. Hannah Butterfield placed 168th with 12:33.53 and Rosavette Saldana was 299th with 317 finishers.

The 11-12 boys team placed sixth overall of 26 teams, led by Bradley Quezada placing 27th with 10:37.22. Richard Olivares was 83rd with 11:09.78, Prince Watkins 105th with 11:14.96, Aidan Bodell 106th in 11:15.77 and Ahris Mayorga was 130th with 11:23.39. Others on the team were Smooth Watkins 239th with 12:03.15 and Joel Mendoza 324th with 13:12.70. There were 364 finishers in the race. Quezada, Olivares, Watkins and Mayorga are at the bottom end of the age group and return to race the same age division in 2020.

The 13-14 girls team placed 20th with several team members electing not to compete. Maya Estrad Garcia led the team over the 4,000-meter course, placing 42nd with 15:13.70. Hailie Lomeli, competing in her first national championship race, placed 104th with 15:48.10, and Gabreilla Romero was 118th with 15:51.60. Amanda Lynch placed 272 with 18:03.43, and Brooklyn Timm placed 282nd with 18:17.81. There were 316 finishers.

The 13-14 boys team placed fifth of 33 scoring teams behind All Americans Edgar Haro, who finished 10th in 13:10.60, and Juan Montes, 22nd with 13:19.60. Vincente Quiroz Jr. was 52nd with 13:41.37, Ethan Romero placed 71st with 13:55.15 and Aidan Sturtevant was 171st with 14:36.51. Chris Ontiveros placed 175th with 14:38.16, Nico Gutierrez was 181st with 14:40.32 and Nate Caliva was 198th with 14:48.82. There were 380 finishers in the race.

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