DOWNEY - The Warren High School boys' cross country team competed at the C.I.F. cross country championships last Saturday at Mt. SAC and finished in fourth place in Heat 4, with 79 points, in a team time of 1:19:19.Trabuco Hills was the Heat 1 winner in a time of 1:18:09. The Bears were 1:10 seconds off the winning pace. Second place went to Dana Hills, third place went to Roosevelt and fifth place went to Yucaipa, respectively. For their efforts, the Bear cross country team has qualified to run again Saturday, at 8:00 a.m., at Mt. SAC to qualify for the state meet. Sophomore Benjamin Gonzalez was the first Bear to cross the finish line in eighth place overall with a time of 15:32. Senior Fortino Santana finished in 12th place with a time of 15:45, sophomore Andres Bernal finished in 22nd place with a time of 15:59, senior Ramiro Santana finished in 23rd place with a time of 16:01, sophomore Jonathan Rodriguez finished in 24th place with a time of 16:02, junior Michael Hernandez finished in 39th place in a time of 16:23 and junior Brandon Iraheta finished in 56th place in a time of 16:54. Coach Miranda was very pleased with his team's performance at C.I.F. and insists Warren will be even stronger next year due to the quality of runners he has as underclassmen returning next year. Where many schools need time to rebuild after such a strong year, Warren is in reload mode. Coach Miranda maintains that the state meet remains his runners' goal. Cross-town rival Downey also competed in Heat 4 and saw senior standout Andres Velasco cross the finish line in fifth place overall with a time of 15:30. Downey, as a team, did not finish in the top ten in Heat 4.
********** Published: November 15, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 31