By Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information Director
College of the Canyons cross country turned in a pair of top-five team finishes at the season-opening Oxnard College Invitational on Friday, with the men's squad running to third place honors and the women's lineup taking fifth overall.
COC entered eight runners in the four-mile men's race with freshman David Salazar leading the pack at a time of 22:30.05, good for 12th overall in the field of 63 entries.
Freshman Mathew Liebman was next to finish with a 15th place time of 22:47.01. He was followed closely by freshman Tarek Khezri (23:00.2) in 18th and sophomore Mauricio Abrego (23:03.07) in 19th. Frosh Edgar Pacheco (23:42.09) rounded out the scoring with a 23rd place run.
Canyons finished the men's event with 67 race points to trail runner-up Bakersfield College (65) and first place Glendale College (20).
COC's women's team was led by freshman Diana Perez' time of 20:42 on the 5K course, good for eleventh in the field of 57.
Glendale (24) won the event, followed by Ventura College (59), Moorpark College (82), host Oxnard (97) and fifth-place COC (117). Allan Hancock (172) and Bakersfield (177) also competed at the event which included only Western State Conference (WSC) schools.
Full race results are included here.
Canyons will next run at the Ventura Invitational scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Arroyo Verde Park in Ventura.
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