Yucaipa girls won the Citrus Belt League finals cross-country meet on Saturday, March 27, at Yucaipa Community Park.
The event was held in a dual-meet format, with the first race of the day being the Yucaipa girls against the Citrus Valley boys. Other matchups were: REV boys vs. Citrus Valley boys, REV girls vs. Beaumont, Yucaipa boys vs. Beaumont, Redlands girls vs. Cajon and Redlands boys vs. Cajon.
Yucaipa swept to victory on the girls’ side with 21 points. The Thunderbirds took eight of the first 10 places, led by winner Kaitlyn Townsend (18:49.3). Also for the Thunderbirds, Clarissa Clark was second in 19:17.9, Cali Good was fifth in 19:27.4, Cassidy Jarish was sixth in 19:29.3, followed by teammates Savvanah Ganter (seventh, 19:29.6), Kyla Gomez (eighth, 19:32.7), Marisa Cole (ninth, 19:34.6) and Erica Mueller, 10th, 19:41.4).
Matt Hornung had the best boys time on the three-mile course, finishing in 15 minutes, 8 seconds. The Wildcats, who finished with 24 points, had the first three finishers, with Simon Osahi (15:17.1) taking second and Liam Mapes (15:49.7) third. Also finishing in the Top 10 for REV were Emmanuel Wallace (eighth, 16:23.8) and Sean Walker (10th, 16:25.9).
Overall, REV individuals took the 1-2-3-8-10-16-23 places.
Beaumont finished second with 59 points. Dustin Berger placed fifth in 16:16.7 and Marcus Shin was fifth in 16:16.9.
Citrus Valley finished third, paced by fourth-place individual Jake Caliva (15:54.7) and ninth-place Juan Montes (16:25.6).
Yucaipa placed fourth in the boys division, led by Brady Woods’ seventh-place finish of 16:23.1.