Pirates Cross Country opens season at Fresno Invitational

Pirates Cross Country opens season at Fresno Invitational

The 2019 cross country season officially got underway on Saturday for Porterville College at the Fresno Invitational at Woodward Park. The Pirates had a full men's team of five runners compete at the event while the PC women were represented by two student-athletes.

The Porterville men earned a combined team score of 558 points to finish in 18th place. Leading the way for the Pirates was freshman Rafael Hurtado. He cleared the four-mile course with a time of 24:18.1 to finish in 142nd place overall.

Other finishes for the Pirates:
Angel Roman, 25:51.9, 177th
Eli Gonzalez, 30:23.8, 192nd
Daniel Alvarado, 32:10.3, 194th
Nasario Gomez, 39:43.1, 195th

On the women's side, freshman Veronica Buckman ran the 3.1-mile course with a time of 29:07.9 to finish in 127th place. She was followed by freshman Arlette Rodriguez in 128th place at 29:10.1.

Both the men's and women's squads will be back in action next Saturday (Sep. 14) at the Chabot Invitational in Hayward.