Hartnell successfully defends Northern California men's cross country banner

Hartnell successfully defends Northern California men's cross country banner

Complete Results

SALINAS, Calif. - Led by Ricky Esqueda's individual title, the top-ranked and host Hartnell College men's cross country team repeated its regional championship won in 2016, marking the third time the Panthers have won at least back-to-back titles.

Esqueda's winning time of 20:15 on the four-mile course ranks second all time to 2005 CCCAA champion Oscar Uribe (20:09) of Butte College and helped the Panthers scored 44 points for the win. Esqueda also bettered the Hartnell College record of 20:16 set by 2014 CCCAA champion Diego Leon. For the remaining trophies, it was a replay of 2016 with Las Positas College earning its second consecutive second-place and perennial power American River College earning yet again another top-three trophy in its storied history. 

In the individual race, Esqueda and CCCAA All-American David Frisbie set the early pace to the 1.6 mile crossover point where racers passed the finish line. At that point in the race, the Panthers were leading with a low score 28 points. They would give back some of the points in the second half of the race but with the help of sophomore Sergio Coronel's fifth (20:46), Patrick Olson in eighth (20:55) and Christian Aldape (20:58) in 11th, the Panthers would better Las Positas by 34 points.
 
Sophomore Jaime Garcia (21:25) completed the team scoring in 19th. American River's Christian Woolfolk was the surprise runner-up (20:35), followed by Frisbie (20:42) and Roman Munoz of  Monterey Peninsula College at 20:44. 
All-Region Honors (top 14 finishers)
1. Ricky Esqueda (Hartnell) 20:15
2. Christian Woolfolk (ARC) 20:35
3. David Frisbie (Las Positas) 20:42
4. Roman Munoz (MPC) 20:44
5. Sergio Coronel (Hartnell) 20:46
6. Iman Bayat (De Anza) 20:49
7. Logan Dodge (ARC) 20:54
8. Patrick Olson (Hartnell) 20:55
9. De'vyd Lawson (Sequoias) 20:55
10. Dalton Douglas-Hiley (ARC) 20:57
11. Christian. Aldape (Hartnell) 20:58
12. Zach. Connolly (Las Positas (21:05)
13. Christopher Tose (Santa Rosa) 21:12
14. Isaac Oseguera (Fresno) 21:14
Top 7 Teams Advancing to the CCCAA Championship
1. 44  Hartnell College
2. 78  Las Positas College
3. 94  American River College
4. 115 Diablo Valley College
5. 169 College of the Sequoias 
6. 186 Fresno City College
7. 199 Santa Rosa Junior College

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