Trojan runner shatters course record at tournament

The Trojan cross country team won five medals in an away tournament on Saturday at UC Santa Barbara.

SANTA BARBARA — Yucca Valley High School distance runners collected five medals, topped 10 personal best times and conquered one school course record at the UC Santa Barbara Gaucho Invitational Saturday.

As a team, the boys tied for sixth and the girls placed fifth out of 18 competing schools.

“On the girls side, Emma Mills shattered our course record by 58 seconds, covering the 3 miles in 19:23 and placing fifth overall,” head coach Jay Stepp said.

Mills is a returning athlete in her senior year.

She was followed by Cadence Youngman in 20th place with a time of 20:27, Sara Mills in 25th place with a time of 20:36, Cynthia Angeles in 39th place with a time of 21:36 and Markina Evdokimoff in 125th with a time of 26:06.

There were 136 runners in the race.

The boys were led by Elijah Ocegueda, placing eighth in a time of 16:08, only 2 seconds off the Trojans’ course record.

He was followed by Andy Tamayo in 22nd place with a time of 16:37, Alan Campos in 46th place with a time of 17:27, Blake Stewart in 87th place with a time of 18:45 and Stephen Goddard in 91st with a time of 18:55.

“The early meet gave us a good indication of where we are in CIF and the work that needs to be done over the next 10 weeks,” Stepp said.

The Trojans will compete again this Saturday at the Beaumont Invitational. Start time is 8 a.m. for junior varsity and 9 a.m. for varsity.

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