Cross-Country runners still find success despite ‘tough morning’


M. Cisneros

Colton’s Cross-Country crew poses before the big invitational in Beaumont.

Jeremiah Dollins, Pepper Bough Adviser

Beaumont, CA—With a blazing sun and temperatures exceeding 90 degrees, the Colton High Cross-Country team took to the three-mile course at the Beaumont Invitational for a day defined by poor organization and inaccuracies.

Unlike the Colton Swarm, which took place last week, the Beaumont Invitational did not attend to as many details, the most egregious of which was the lack of directional arrows on the course. This resulted in several athletes, including Colton’s, running off course, which, in some cases had a devastating impact on their times.

In addition to poor course management, there were few volunteers on the course guiding and supporting runners. The only silver lining is that this was not a league event for any of the teams involved.

Despite the problems created by the event management, several of Colton’s athletes still had good mornings. Freshman Brianna Jimenez, running varsity for the first time, shaved over two minutes off her time for a personal best of 27:08.9. On the boys’ side, freshman Vincent Solis posted a time of 20:58.5, crushing last week’s time at the Swarm by nearly nine minutes.

In team play, boys’ varsity became the first of Colton’s teams to place at an invitational this year, taking ninth in the varsity boys’ category on the strength of its five runners, Osvaldo Contes, Marcus Perez, Anthony Garcia, Daniel Montes, and Adrian Negrete. They put together a collective team time of 2:03:57.

“It was a tough morning,” Assistant Coach Mateo Cisneros said, “Overall, for the athletes who did participate, it was a great practice running three miles.”

The Yellowjacket Cross-Country team begins league play next week on Wednesday at Rim of the World.


Colton High School Times

Name Grade Time Place
Diana Vera 11 23:20.7 30th
Daniel Montes 11 26:03.6 57th
Marcus Perez 10 25:46.9 55th
Anthony Garcia 11 26:01.9 56th
Vincent Solis 9 20:58.5 19th
Briana Ortiz 10 30:49.4 51st
Adrian Negrete 12 26:16.8 58th
Alanna Anderson 12 27:19.9 49th
Carlos Marariegos 9 30:09.6 60th
Brianna Jimenez 9 27:08.9 48th
Elizabeth Hernandez 9 30:22.8 47th
Christopher Acero 9 26:40.3 49th
Osvaldo Cortes 11 19:47.7 32nd


Top Times, Girls – All Schools

Name School Grade Time
Mackenzie Browne J.W. North 11 18:30.6
Hannah Butterfield Beaumont 9 19:47.3
Brooke Beaucaire Beaumont 12 19:51.1
Lily Richardson Rim of the World 9 19:51.2
Morgan Smith Chaparral 11 20:07.1
Laurissa Carrillo Xavier Prep 12 20:13.5
Ashleigh Schein Xavier Prep 10 20:27.7
Melanie Garcia Esparza San Jacinto 12 20:54.6
Kylie Wilkins Chaparral 9 20:58.1
Alejandra Villegas Beaumont 10 20:58.8


Top Times, Boys – All Schools

Name School Grade Time
Ethan Parcells Rim of the World 9 15:41.2
Vicente Quiroz, Jr. Cajon 11 15:54.9
Marcus Shin Beaumont 12 15:57.5
Mike Martinez Chaparral 12 16:06.6
Braxton Havard Chaparral 12 16:58.6
Sullivan McNair-Ba J.W. North 10 17:07.2
Caden Ellsworth Beaumont 12 17:20.9
Lawrence Eastland Beaumont 12 17.25.0
Jesse Ocampo Elsinore 11 17:25.7
David Romero Beaumont 12 17:27.5