first_img– La Mirada High School’s Stephanie Felix emerged from the pack with an eye-catching performance at Saturday’s Warren Invitational. Felix, a sophomore, set a course record of 17:15 at the event, which was held at Hollydale Park in South Gate. Her performance helped lift the Matadores to a third-place finish. “The team has been doing well,” Casas said. “They’ve been working hard. “The girls’ goal is to reach the CIF finals. They have made the prelims 19 straight years and have never made the finals. They are very focused on that goal.” El Rancho continued its strong season at Saturday’s Brea Invitational, which was held at Craig Park in Fullerton. The Dons won the boys’ event with a total time of 82:09 while the girls took home a second-place finish (103:06). Manny Mejia turned in the Dons’ top individual time of 15:54. Luis Guevara (16:04), Julio Jimenez (16:14), and Jesus Sanchez (16:57) also clocked in under 17 minutes. Tania Mendoza was the top performer for the El Rancho girls, who finished second to Brea-Olinda High’s 101:03 mark. Mendoza recorded a time of 19:51. Lupe Ramirez (20:22), Mary Rojas (20:44), and Cynthia Martinez (20:54) also contributed to the Dons’ good showing. “It was a really good team effort,” El Rancho coach Ray Elliott said. Both El Rancho teams opened their Del Rio League season with a win over La Serna last Thursday. Jimenez won the boys’ race in 16:36 while Mendoza took first in the girls’ event with a 20:47. The Dons’ next league meet is scheduled for Thursday against Santa Fe. On Saturday, they will participate in the Clovis Invitational in Fresno. “We’re looking forward to those meets,” Elliott said. “I think we’re really focused especially after what we did at Brea. We’re confident and focused.” The Montebello High boys team also turned in a pretty good showing at the Warren Invitational. The Oilers finished with a seventh-place time of 1:22.04. Leading the way was Javier Ceja, who took second place with a 15:13 mark. David Santana (fourth, 15:29) and Chris Teran (17th, 16:05) also turned in top-20 finishes for the Oilers. Eric Terrazas can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2801, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Destinie Martin also broke the 20-minute barrier for the Matadores, taking 15th place with a time of 19:14. Andrew Diaz was La Mirada’s top boys performer at the Warren meet, posting a fifth-best overall time of 15:37. The Matadores wound up with a 14th-place showing. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Last Thursday, the Matadores competed in their first of three Suburban League cluster meets. Felix led the La Mirada girls to a first-place finish by setting another course record 19:29 at Cerritos Regional Park. Diaz won the boys race in 17:10, as the Matador boys turned in a fourth-place finish. What makes Felix’s strong start all the more impressive is that this is her first year of cross country competition. In her first-ever meet, she set a sophomore course record (18:14) at the Long Beach Invitational on Sept. 10. Felix followed that with another strong performance at the Fall Classic Invitational Sept. 24 at Huntington Beach. She ran a 17:17, which was second to Newport Harbor’s Whitney Blue, last year’s CIF-Southern Section Division II runner-up. La Mirada coach Ralph Casas hopes the Matadores’ good start can lead the even bigger things later this year. last_img