Inland Empire Challenge met and exceeded by Yellowjackets

Annual meet of schools across the Inland Empire is held in Ontario, where 12 of Colton’s 13 runners set personal bests


Natalie Solis

Daniel Montes, Diana Vera, and Brianna Jimenez earned medals at the 2022 Fleet Feet Inland Empire Challenge, held in Ontario at Cucamonga-Guasti Park on Oct. 15.

Ontario, CA—With the threat of rain, Colton’s Cross-Country team made their way out to Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park to compete in the Fleet Feet Inland Empire Challenge on Saturday, October 15. The elements did not deter the success of the squad.

This event offered nothing new to Colton’s experienced runners, who participated in the IE Challenge last year. The location of the race was changed this year from Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino to Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario.

With two weeks left of the season, our runners gave their best performance with all the race factors in their favor,“ said head coach Roxana Lopez. ”The weather was cool, the course was flat, and everyone was determined to run a personal record.”

And they did just that, with 12 of Colton’s 13 runners setting personal records.

With 22 races scheduled throughout the day, Colton’s runners were spread out into 5 races, Sophomore Christopher Acero led the Varsity boys with a time of 18.09.2. Sophomore Brianna Jimenez (21:22.4) and Senior Diana Vera (21:24.4) continued their strong showing for the varsity girls, both earning medals for coming in 16th and 17th place, respectively. 

Senior Daniel Montes medaled in the Boys JV Race with a time of 20:22.5.

We got to see some really fast times this weekend, and everyone seems to keep on improving. I’m proud of everyone challenging and pushing their limitations.” Lopez said

With only two weeks left of the season, Colton’s runners continue keeping up their efforts for conference finals on October 29.


Colton High School Times

Christopher Acero Colton 10 18:09.2 47/91
Daniel Montes Colton 12 20:22.5 37/93
Brianna Jimenez Colton 10 21:22.4 16/41
Diana Vera Colton 12 21:24.4 17/41
Carlos Mazariegos Colton 10 21:24.6 48/67
Sebastian Tabares Colton 10 21:26.3 49/67
Marcus Perez Colton 11 21:41.9 58/93
Logan Martinez Colton 9 22:35.3 62/93
Abran Ramirez Colton 12 23:24.8 68/93
Dominic Rodriguez Colton 11 23:25.1 69/93
Steven Hernandez Colton 12 26:08.8 83/93
Sara Lopez-Lopez Colton 11 27:11.0 46/59
Natalie Solis Colton 11 28:03.9 50/59

Top Finishers

Varsity Boys – 3 Mile

Eyan Turk Woodcrest Christian Varsity Boys 14:37.8 1
Van Filek Santiago Varsity Boys 14:41.4 2
Dylan DeLoyola Santiago Varsity Boys 14:56.2 3
Gabriel Castillo Etiwanda Varsity Boys 14:57.3 4
Ethan Parcells Rim of the World Varsity Boys 14:59.0 5
Benjamin Rippe Norco Varsity Boys 15:04.1 6
Daniel Reza Chaffey Varsity Boys 15:09.0 7
Joel Fischer Etiwanda Varsity Boys 15:10.4 8
Aidan Gomez Chino Hills Varsity Boys 15:23.3 9
Dylan Peralta Rancho Cucamonga Varsity Boys 15:29.3 10

Varsity Girls – 3 Mile

Rylee Blade Santiago Varsity Girls 16:55.9 1
Mackenzie Browne John W. North Varsity Girls 16:57.7 2
Janelle Avilez Etiwanda Varsity Girls 17.11.7 3
Madilyn Siana Rancho Cucamonga Varsity Girls 17:13.7 4
Nicole Alfred Rancho Cucamonga Varsity Girls 17:15.0 5
Braelyn Combe Rancho Cucamonga Varsity Girls 17.24.3 6
Marjourie Lopez Shadow Hills Varsity Girls 17:26.2 7
Jaden Miura Rancho Cucamonga Varsity Girls 17:28.2 8
Malia Reinhold Rancho Cucamonga Varsity Girls 17:28.4 9
Audrey Buckley Santiago Varsity Girls 17:36.6 10