Half Marathon Team Places Sixth At Nationals
The PHSC half marathon team placed sixth at the NJCAA Half Marathon championship in Topeka, Kansas for the second consecutive year. Freshman Alyssa Deligio finished in 1:37:11 to lead a group of eight PHSC runners. Sophomores Samantha Martinez (1:39:39) and Melody Yero (1:41:39) rounded out the top runners who scored in the event. Sophomores Katie Monds (1:42:06) and Elaine Gavallas (1:43:34) also ran a strong race. Other runners included freshmen Elise Cedre (1:45:39), Roxanna Cabellero (1:53:12) and Ava Thompson (2:01:19). El Paso Community College won the race.
Cross Country Team Places 18th in NJCAA 5k
The women's cross country team finished 18th place in the NJCAA 5k race. The course was challenging, the weather was cold and there were high winds but the ladies ran strong. The team was led by sophomore Melody Yero finishing in 19:58 and freshman Angela Cruz finishing in 19:59.
This is the first time all season the ladies broke into the 19s. Alyssa DeLigio was the third finisher for the team in 20:18. Rounding out the scoring were sophomore Kristen Dunlap in 20:43 and freshman Roxanna Caballero in 20:47. Samantha Martinez and Elise Cedre ran as sixth and seventh runners with times of 20:49 and 20:52.
The 18th place finish matches the 2013 team finish.
Run with the Quistas a Big Success
The 10th annual Run with the Quistas 5k event was a huge success. Over 120 runners participated in the 5k event. There were many alumni that came back to participate in the race. Tyler Mattera won the race in a time of 17:30. For the females, alumni Courtney McAuliffe took the title in 20:17. The first runner for the lady Quista cross country team was Elise Cedre in a time of 20:22. The next seven places were members from the team with sophomore Sammi Martinez setting a new personal best in 20:31 to take third female overall. Angela Cruz (20:44), Melody Yero (20:47) and Roxanna Caballero (20:58) rounded out the top five. This is the first time all season the top five runners have all been under the 21-minute mark.
The race also had a faculty division with 10 members of the PHSC faculty and staff participating in the race. Timothy Moore won the faculty division with Bobby Yancy and Steve Winterling taking second and third respectively.
The ladies were back into the top 25 rankings this week and will not have another 5k until the national meet held on November 8 in Texas.
Cross Country Competes in Disney Race
This past weekend the women’s cross country team finally faced some junior college competition when they raced at Disney’s Wide World of Sports for their Invitational. The ladies stepped it up a notch by placing eighth among 29 two- and four-year schools.
If you turned away for too long, you could have missed the top five runners as they finished within 28 seconds of each other. Leading the way was freshman Elise Cedre in a time of 20:55. She was followed closely by freshman Roxanna Caballero (21:02) and sophomore Melody Yero (21:04). Not too far behind were the Quistas' number four and five runners with Angela Cruz finishing in 21:08 and sophomore Kristen Dunlap in 21:23. The team ran an outstanding race.
Cross Country Places Eighth at FLRunners.com Race
It has been three weeks since the PHSC women’s cross country team competed due to a bye week and the canceled flight to Chicago on September 26, so they were ready to race at the flrunners.com Invitational on October 3. Humid temperatures and a soggy course left the times a little slower than planned but they edged out Florida International University by one point to place eighth out of 14 teams.
Leading the way, freshman Roxanna Caballero in 21:44 but followed closely behind by sophomore Kristen Dunlap in 21:46. Alyssa DeLigio ran a smart race to place third for the Quista runners in 21:53. Rounding out the scoring were freshman Angela Cruz (22:10) and Elise Cedre (22:34).
The next meet for the ladies will be October 11 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. This is the first meet all season where the team will face some other junior college competition.
For full results please see www.flrunners.com.
Cross Country Team Endures Tough Course at UT Invitational
The 20th ranked PHSC Cross Country team raced on a tough course for the second meet of the season at the University of Tampa Early Bird Invitational. The team was led by freshman Roxanna Caballero with a 38th place finish in 21:27. She was followed closely by sophomore Melody Yero (42nd) who finished in a time of 21:36. Rounding out the scoring for the team was Kristen Dunlap (55th) 22:01, Angela Cruz (58th) 22:09 and Alyssa DeLigio (62nd) 22:18. The team placed sixth among nine teams.
The ladies have an off week before heading to the College of DuPage Invitational in Warrenville, Ill. on September 26. They will face their first NJCAA competition at this race.
The team encourages everyone to sign up for the Tenth Annual Run with the Quistas which takes place on Sunday,October 19 at 8 a.m.
Cross Country Off to Good Start at USF Invitational
The 2014 season is off to a great start for the women’s cross country team. On Friday they participated in the USF Invitational on “The Claw” golf course in Tampa. The team ran well and freshman Elise Cedre led the way on the muddy course finishing in a time of 21:17. The next four runners were within 44 seconds of her with Roxanna Caballero (21:29), Melody Yero (21:45), Kristen Dunlap (21:46) and Angela Cruz (22:01) completing the scoring. Results were sent to the NJCAA and should put the Quistas in position to be ranked in the top 10 to start of the season.
Next up for the team is the University of Tampa Invitational on September 12 at Sydney Dover Trails in Brandon. The team runs at 6:40 p.m.
Cross Country Runner Wins Award
Sophomore Judith Young won the Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement for having an excellent grade point average for all four semesters while competing for the cross country and half marathon team.
Judith’s overall GPA while at PHSC was a 3.7. Judith was an integral part of the 2012 and 2013 Cross Country teams. She was also on the half marathon team for the 2013 season. Judith plans to continue her academic and athletic endeavors at the University of South Florida this fall.