COS' Ramirez places first at NorCal preview meet

COS' Ramirez places first at NorCal preview meet

By Nick Giannandrea

COS Athletics

Ismael Ramirez (Redwood High) was the individual champion to lead COS to a second-place finish at the Toro Park Invitational on Oct. 4 in Salinas.

Ramirez crossed the finish line of the 155-runner field in 20:30.5, nearly 4 seconds faster than second place Luis Ramirez of Diablo Valley (20:34.3). American River's Jesus Guerra-Reyes was third in 20:45.3.

The race was dubbed a preview of the Northern California Championships, which will be held on the same course Nov. 8.

The NorCal No. 2-ranked Giants finished with 88 points, behind only NorCal No. 1 American River, which had 31.

COS' top-five runners also included Oscar Perez (Dinuba), who was seventh in 20:53.8; Evan Loftin (El Diamante), who was 20th in 21:19.5; Cristobal Vasquez (Lindsay), who was 29th in 21:47.0; Victor Cisneros (Lindsay), who was 32nd in 21:50.1; and Christian Gonzales (Corcoran), who was 35th in 21:54.4.

The Giants also had Lucian Linares (Exeter) place 44th in 22:10.2, Angel Barajas-Galindo (Mt. Whitney) place 53rd in 22:27.7, Dominic Izquierdo (Hanford) place 60th in 22:42.8 and Jacob Garcia (Farmersville) place 72nd in 23:10.2.

COS had two runners in the women's field, with Courtney Santos (Hanford West) leading the way by placing 38th in 21:19.5.

Sky Garcia (Mt. Whitney) was 51st in the 96-woman field in 22:12.8.

The Giants' next meet is Oct. 19 at UC Riverside.