Lady ‘Balers beat Salinas 21-36, boys fall 23-35

The San Benito Haybalers and the Salinas Cowboys split their cross country dual on Monday at Toro Park, as the Lady ‘Balers won 21-36, while the ‘Baler boys lost 23-35.

“It was a tough one,” boys coach Jess Morales said. “But we’ll work on that.

“Hopefully, we’ll run a better race the next time we meet them again. We just have to go back to the drawing board.”

Frankie Rivera and Adrian Rodriuez finished second and third overall with times of 16:43 and 16:54, respectively. But the Cowboys, led by first-place finisher David Perez (16:22), took fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth place.

San Benito’s Eddie Guzman finished ninth overall in 17:38, while Jose Castillo was 10th (18:02) and Jorge Agular was 11th (18:06) at the three-mile Toro Park course.

Courtney Allen led the Lady ‘Balers with a 19:39 to help defeat the Cowboys on Monday, as teammates Rachel Shimabukuro (20:40) and Ana Rosa Duarte (20:57) finished in third and fourth place, respectively.

Dayna Casillas (21:04) and Grace Tobias (21:29) finished in sixth and seventh place, and Kristina Vasquez (21:53) rounded out San Benito in ninth place.

“It was a good run,” girls coach Josh Morales said. “We’re trying to surprise Gilroy for the (TCAL) finals. We want to catch up to Gilroy.

“Hopefully, we’ll have two or three girls besides Courtney (Allen) under 20 (minutes).”

The Salinas dual meet came just two days after the Haybalers competed in the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto on Saturday, where the Lady ‘Balers finished ninth out of 27 teams and the ‘Baler boys were 11th out of 35 teams.

The following are the results from the Stanford Invitational:

Boys Team

1, Mountain View, 81:57; 5, Palma, 84:32; 11, San Benito, 87:42.


1, N. Lema, Willow Glen, 15:38; 31, A. Rodriquez, 17:02; 50, F. Rivera, 17:20; 67, E. Guzman, 17:34; 75, J. Castillo, 17:40; 106, J. Agular, 18:06; 146, O. Vasquez, 18:29; 158, L. Ruiz, 18:44

Girls Team

1, Mountain View, 97:10; 9, San Benito, 107:00.


35, C. Allen, 20:31; 45, R. Shimabukuro, 20:55; 69, A. Duarte, 21:24; 79, D. Casillas, 21:42; 113, V. Farias, 22:28; 119, G. Tobias, 22:35; 152, L. Shorey, 23:25.

San Benito is off until Oct. 11 when they’ll compete at the Pacific Grove Invitational.

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