Runners Making Strides as Season Heats Up

Photo courtesy John Hernandez
Photo courtesy John Hernandez

A seven member group of the SBVC distance team traveled south to San Diego on March 23 to compete in the Aztec Invitational and left with numerous seasonal and personal bests.

Leading the Wolverines was freshman Eduardo Toris (Hemet), who took his first attempt at the grueling 3,000 meter steeplechase. Toris did not disappoint as he nearly broke 10 minutes for the distance clocking an official time of 10:00.41 for third in the open mens race. This time ranks Toris second in Southern California and fifth in the state. Freshman Fernando Vidrio (Bloomington) ran 11:09.03 to take 11th in the same race as Toris.

Also running PR’s were Carlos De La Torre who took eighth in heat one of the open men’s 1500 at 4:03.34, Humberto Guzman who claimed sixth in heat two at 4:07.54 and John Hernandez who finished behind Guzman in seventh at 4:09.55.

Also running a personal best was Mauricio Ramos (Big Bear) who took fourth in the open 3,000 meters at 9:20.95, knocking nearly 12 seconds off his previous best.

Also competing for Valley was Brandy Ayala (Big Bear) who made her season debut in the 1500 clocking 5:23.65.

The Wolverines travel to UCLA this coming weekend to compete in the Bob Larsen Distance Carnival Friday and the Legends of Track and Field Invitational on Saturday.