The University of Redlands cross country teams took on top competition at the UC Riverside Invitational on Saturday morning, earning solid results in the women's 5000-meter race and men's 8000-meter race.
Sophomore Maria Ramirez (Orange, CA) topped the charts for the Bulldogs with a time of 18:37.8 to finish 33rd overall in the non-Division I open. This was a 22-second improvement from last year's outing.
Freshman Deena Kirrish (Fontana, CA) landed among the top 100 out of more than 240 racers by crossing the finish line in 19:42.7. Freshman Greta Jursch (Agoura Hills, CA) rounded out the Bulldogs' fastest five runners with a time of 19:57.1.
The Bulldog men took on an 8k course in the non-Division I open competition and the invitational race. Junior Joseph Esparza (Arcata, A) recorded the best time for the Maroon and Gray with his mark of 26:28.9 in the invitational. Junior Benjamin Casey (Highland Park, IL) followed in 26:38.4, while freshman Henry Tucker Cargile (Denver, CO) completed the race in 26:50.9. Seniors Sean Unger (Carlsbad, CA) and David Galindo (East Los Angeles, CA) finished out the team's top five with respective times of 27:03.2 and 27:20.2. Galindo's mark was more than a minute faster than his previous mark at the UCR Invitational.
In the open competition, sophomore Nolan Ridgeway (Long Beach, CA) paced the Bulldogs with his time of 27:22.0, while freshman Anthony Noble (Moreno Valley, CA) crossed the finish line in 27:58.1. Freshman Trevor Brouelette (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) and freshman Quentin Olive-Larson (Fort Collins, CO) quickly followed in 28:04.2 and 28:12.9, respectively.
Redlands heads to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Multi-Dual Meet at La Mirada on Friday, September 29, at 4:30 p.m.