Saddleback runs to second place at OEC finals

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)

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)

Saddleback College’s men’s cross country team finished second at the Orange Empire Conference Finals on Oct. 31. This is the Gauchos best finish at the OEC Finals in 17 years. The event took place at Craig Park in Fullerton, California.

Freshman Ulysses Orozco finished with the best performance for the Gauchos. His time in the men’s four-mile run was 20:22.8, which was nearly 23 seconds behind first place runner, Lucio Ramirez from Orange Coast College.

Another notable runner for the Gauchos was Scott Curran, freshman, who finished in sixth place with a time of 20:36.9. Saddleback freshmen Brain Aguirre and Miles Brubacher finished eleventh and twelfth respectively, with nearly identical times of 21:11.4 and 21:15.0.

On the women’s side, freshman, Sara Fleming finished in first place in the women’s 5k run. Fleming’s time was 18:00.0 and finished a full 13 seconds ahead of the other competitors.

Gauchos freshman, Gabrielle Delayo finished sixth with a time of 18:37.7 and freshman, Brooke Dorsey placed eighth with a time of 18:52.7.

Had the Gauchos won first place, it would have been the first time since 1997.

Saddleback will participate next in the California Community College Athletic Association Southern Regional on Friday, Nov. 7.  The event will take place at Woodly Park in Van Nuys, California.

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