Riverside County Cross Country: 2005 Highlights

Murrieta Valley's Patrick Milloy Tops Our 2005 Boys' Riverside All-County Squads
Congratulations to all of the awesome athletes that particapated this Cross Country season. Here are our 2005 All-County Teams. We based our assessments on several factors 1) their times on the Mt. SAC Course, 2) how well they ran in the postseason as opposed to the regular season, 3) head-to-head competition if applicable. Congratulations to Murrieta Valley's Patrick Milloy on being our 2005 Riverside County Athlete of the Year. Patrick, heading for a strong Louie Quintana Arizona State program, led his squad to another Southwestern League Title, a new Riverside County team time record (78:05) on the Mt. SAC course, a 3rd place finish at CIF Finals and a 4th place finish at the California State Meet. Here are our teams...browse to the bottom to see our 2005 Final Season Team Rankings!

1st Team All-County
-Tim Burdett (Woodcrest Christian)
-Geron Craig (Corona)
*Dylan Knight (La Sierra)
*Spencer Knight (La Sierra)
-Patrick Milloy (Murrieta Valley)
-Mike Munoz (Murrieta Valley)
*Kody Peterson (Woodcrest Christian)

2nd Team All-County
*Josh Acosta (Paloma Valley)
-Franklin Coopersmith (Hemet)
-Eric Larios (Corona)
*Edwin Ortiz (Rubidoux)
*Jeff Pelarde (Riverside Poly)
-Kyle Russell (Temecula Valley)
-Stephen Rutgers (Murrieta Valley)

3rd Team All-County
**Raul Arcos (Corona)
-John Ashley (ML King)
*Jose Blanco (Canyon Springs)
*Matt Cummins (ML King)
**Zach Marx (Santiago)
*John Matson (Vista Murrieta)
**David McCutcheon (Murrieta Valley)

Top seniors: Tim Burdett (Woodcrest Christian), Geron Craig (Corona), Eric Larios (Corona), Patrick Milloy (Murrieta Valley), Mike Munoz (Murrieta Valley), Kyle Russell (Temecula Valley), Stephen Rutgers (Murrieta Valley)
Top juniors: Josh Acosta (Paloma Valley), Jose Blanco (Canyon Springs), Dylan Knight (La Sierra), Spencer Knight (La Sierra), John Matson (Vista Murrieta), Edwin Ortiz (Rubidoux), Kody Peterson (Woodcrest Christian)
Top sophomores: Raul Arcos (Corona), J.R. Barreto (Woodcrest Christian), Stephen Crum (Santiago), Patrick Gonzalez (ML King), Zach Marx (Santiago), David McCutcheon (Murrieta Valley), Chase Welch (Vista Murrieta)
Top freshmen: Ray Dominguez (Paloma Valley), Jesse Dorado (Rancho Verde), Francisco Fuentes (Desert Hot Springs), Jake Jeanson (Woodcrest Christian), Daniel Knauer (Murrieta Valley), Andy Pascuito (Murrieta Valley), Eric Saucedo (La Sierra), Michael Stefanyshyn (Temecula Valley)

2005 Final Team Rankings:
DISCLAIMER: This was tough in rranking our #3 through #8 squads! In our mock scoring sheet (taking the best marks on the Mt. SAC course), there was only 31 points separating the #3 through #8 squads. We'll explain more soon enough...

1. Murrieta Valley (3rd year in a row)
2. Corona
3. Woodcrest Christian
4. Hemet
4. La Sierra
4. Vista Murrieta
4. Martin Luther King
8. Rubidoux
9. Santiago
10. Temecula Valley
others: Indio, Canyon Springs, Rancho Verde

Boucher Leads All-County Selections and Murrieta Valley to the #1 Ranking for 6th Year in a Row!
Choosing the 2005 Riverside All-County Squads was much tougher than originally anticipated. But, we have them finalized and have them submitted for all of your viewing. In a tough decision, we congratulate Murrieta Valley junior Liana Boucher for being the 2005 County Athlete of the Year! Corona freshman Ashley Evans ran the fastest time (18:07) in the county this year and beat Boucher at the Inland Empire Invite to claim Riverside County MVP status. Meanwhile, Martin Luther King sophomore Carissa Bowman ran faster times than Boucher at the Mt. SAC Invite and at CIF Prelims. But, we leaned more towards Boucher for improving her time from the invite to prelims (despite the heat) and went on to beat the other two at CIF Finals and lead her team to a 5th place finish at the Division I CIF Finals! She than went on, despite suffering an injury during the race, and led her team to a 5th place finish (beating SS Finals #3 Saugus and #4 Royal) at the California State Meet! Here are our 2005 All-County squads...   

1st Team All-County
*Liana Boucher (Murrieta Valley)
**Carissa Bowman (Martin Luther King)
-Alma Escobar (Corona)
***Ashley Evans (Corona)
**Kayln Kenny (Temecula Valley)
**Taryn Pastoor (Murrieta Valley)
-Ashleigh Pratt (Woodcrest Christian)

2nd Team All-County
**Jana Basubas (Temescal Canyon)
*Danielle Calhoun (Murrieta Valley)
***Kendall Dye (Murrieta Valley)
**Katherine Gomez (Rubidoux)
**Nicole Matera (Vista Murrieta)
-Celia Pourtau (Murrieta Valley)
-Jessica Walker (Murrieta Valley)

3rd Team All-County
***Malaysia Alexander (Corona)
**Courtney DiNicola (Canyon Springs)
**Erika Lacy (Linfield Christian)
-Katie Marx (Santiago)
*Kendra Mueller (Hemet)
*Raylean Robles (Santiago)
***Heather Wilson (Great Oak)

Based solely on marks from Mt. SAC:
Top Seniors: Alma Escobar (Corona), Bridgett Gonzalez (ML King), Teresa Landwehr (Vista Murrieta), Katie Marx (Santiago), Celia Pourtau (Murrieta Valley), Ashleigh Pratt (Woodcrest Christian), Jessica Walker (Murrieta Valley),
Top Juniors: Liana Boucher (Murrieta Valley), Danielle Calhoun (Murrieta Valley), Lauren Campfield (Great Oak), America Islas (Norte Vista), Donnisha Johnson (Rubidoux), Kendra Mueller (Hemet), Raylean Robles (Santiago)
Top Sophomores: Jana Basubas (Temescal Canyon), Carissa Bowman (ML King), Katherine Gomez (Rubidoux), Kalyn Kenny (Temecula Valley), Nicole Matera (Vista Murrieta), Taryn Pastoor (Murrieta Valley), Susana Salazar (Palm Springs)
Top Freshman: Malaysia Alexander (Corona), Kendall Dye (Murrieta Valley), Ashley Evans (Corona), Jessi Jaech (Canyon Springs), Shannon Nestor (Valley View), Danica Rosendale (Vista Murrieta), Heather Wilson (Great Oak)   

1. Murrieta Valley (6th year in a row at #1)
2. Corona
3. Martin Luther King
4. Great Oak
5. Vista Murrieta
6. Santiago
7. Canyon Springs
8. Hemet
9. Rubidoux
10. Riverside Poly
others: Temecula Valley, Linfield Christian, Chaparral, Centennial, Norco

Woodcrest Christian Races to State Title; Murrieta Valley - #1 program in California Again
On a day that was the exact opposite of the Southern Section prelims and finals (well, it was dry), the California State Championships were held on a cold and blustery day in Fresno! With temperatures in the 50's and very dry and windy conditions, the Riverside County representatives did very well! All Riverside County entrants ran when it got windier and this effected times in a negative way. (not to make excuses, but early morning races ran under better conditions)

The Woodcrest Christian Boys Squad raced their 2nd State Title in five seasons. Always running to make the podium at this stage in the season, Coach York's crew easily outdistanced themselves from the competition with a strong 48-125 victory over Flintridge Prep and Mt. Shasta. From the first race we saw them (Fastback Shootout), we knew this squad was special. Keeping their focus on the BIG TIME, they laid low all throughout September and October, to emerge as one of the best schools in the state on the small schools level. Senior Tim Burdett and junior Kody Peterson ran together most of the race and finished 4th and 5th respectively. Junior David Branch cruised in with a strong 14th place finish. When sophomore JR Barreto and freshman Jake Jeanson 21st and 22nd, the rout was cemented. Woodcrest's #5 finished ahead of Flintridge's #2! Yes folks - they do return 4 of their top 5 going into the 2006 campaign! Is there talk of a repeat? Their victory was the 2nd largest of the day (Royal scored only 24 points in the boys Division I race) out of the ten races. Great job guys! Meanwhile, senior Ashleigh Pratt (attending UC Riverside next fall) ran to a strong 3rd place finish in a nice time of 19:04! Great job to this quiet off the course - loud on the course program! When you see Coach York (always with the Hawaiian shirts) give him a huge hand shake for his program and for representing Riverside County!

Not to be outdone, we feel that we're always writing about the Nighthawks from Murrieta Valley during Thanksgiving Weekend! Nothing wrong with that as they, again, proved to be the #1 program in the state of California for the 3rd consecutive season! Both squads became the first teams in Riverside County History to qualify for the State Championships four Consecutive years in a row! Both teams ended with the #7 team times in their respective gender, thus adding to 14 points. Royal High of Simi Valley was close as their boys finished #1, but their girls were #18 (thus giving them 19 points). Of course, this is a nonsanctioned awarding, and one some people will not recognize (right, Steve?). Well, this is our website! We WILL award them with this distinction! Running in less than ideal conditions, the Murrieta Valley finished two points from the podium! #5 Stephen Rutgers' effort propelled them from 7th place to 4th place from that last scoring position. Patrick Milloy finished just ahead of La Sierra's Spencer Knight for 13th place. (perhaps, that was the race for 2005 Athlete of the Year). On the girls' side, Liana Boucher led her team to another high finish at the state meet. Despite getting injured during the race, she toughed it out and almost put her team on the podium! One of the great stories of the season is junior Danielle Calhoun. Calhoun was injured all throughout August and September. Patience paid off as she ran to a new pr (19:09) on the Woodward Park course and placed 2nd on the team. She had not finished in their top 5 all season long so lots of respect over to Danielle! The usual suspects in Jessica Walker, Celia Pourtau, Kendall Dye,

we'll finish our thoughts as soon as possible..

Murrieta Valley and Woodcrest Christian Rule at CIF Finals!!
Reports of warm and dry conditions coming on Saturday's CIF Finals did not dissipate. After 9 am, the sun was out, ...

2005 CIF Prelims Results

King Sits Atop the Ivy League Throne

Hemet Shines Down on the Sunbelt League Finals!

Murrieta Valley Owns Southwestern League Titles

Big Sky League Finals

Indio Shines Brightest at the Desert Valley League Finals

De Anza League Finals

Corona Wears the Crown at Mountain View League Finals

Rubidoux Rules the Sunkist League Finals

Mt. SAC Rocks!!! Can We Order the Same Weather for the Post Season???

Escobar Highlights First Rubidoux Invite

Sunbelt League #2

Desert Valley League Meet #2

Southwestern League Meet #2

Sunkist League Meet #2

De Anza League Meet #2

Inland Empire Challenge a Huge Success!

Vista Murrieta Dominates the Yucaipa Invitational

De Anza League Meet #1

3rd Annual Bulldog Invite Shines Again

Riverside Athletes Travel to Flat and Fast Dana Hills Invite

Southwestern League Meet #1

Sunkist League Meet #1

Top Riverside County Girls from the Woodbridge Classic

Riverside County Boys Soar at the Woodbridge Classic

Sunbelt League #1

Fastback Shootout Results