Freshman runner Ulysses Orozco (above) gave Saddleback its best finish at the OEC Finals in 17 years when he finished second in the men’s four mile run. (Photo courtesy of Saddleback Sports Information)
In a Saddleback College first, sophomore and cross country harrier Ulysses Orozco captured the Mt. San Antonio College Cross Country Invitational.
Not only was Orozco able to run the four-mile course in an astonishing 20:35, which narrowly beat out the previous Gauchos runner Dan Gaston’s record by a mere five seconds at 20:40, but was also able to set the new school record in the process.
Saddleback head coach Matt Sherman commended the teams’ performance.
“This is a tremendous achievement, an absolutely amazing finish,” Sherman said. “We have never had an individual winner at the Mount Sac Invitational and (Ulysses) did it by setting a school record.”
Of the schools competing, Mount Sac took first place at 37 points, lower points placing higher, followed by Canyons College and Hartnell College at third place.
Saddleback, despite its students’ outstanding pace in running the course, finished fourth at 121 team points while Pima College of Arizona followed in fifth place.
Of the 190 cross country students involved in the course, notable runners such as Bryce Callender, who placed 27th at 22:05, and Miles Brubacher, who placed 28th at 22:08, ran together. Another three runners, Wyndal Skarsten, Mark Delgado and Ronen Skarsten also ran as a group, placing 38th at 22:26, 39th at 22:26 and 42nd at 22:29, accordingly.