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Garibay takes 23rd in WSC Championships

Yuliana Garibay took 23rd in the WSC Championships at Oxnard College. (Photo by Scott Fickerson)
Yuliana Garibay took 23rd in the WSC Championships at Oxnard College. (Photo by Scott Fickerson)

Yuliana Garibay placed 23rd in the Western State Conference Championships on Friday, leading SBCC to a sixth-place finish and a berth in the Southern Cal Championships.

Garibay, a sophomore from Santa Ynez High, covered the 5K course on the Oxnard College campus in a season-best 20:27. Miranda Dashian of Cuesta College won the race in 18:35 and Glendale captured the conference title with 30 points. Canyons and Cuesta were second at 81. SBCC totaled 154 points for sixth in the 13-team field.

Christy Chavira  and Karla Jaime were close behind Garibay, placing 26th and 31st, respectively, in 20:39 and 21:04. Bridget Cooke was the Vaqueros' fourth runner in 21:18. Myleka John ran her fastest time of the season with a 25:03 for 75th place. Lizbeth Zebadua suffered an injury, but still finished strong in 83rd place in the 98-runner field.

"I'm very proud of the girls," said coach Scott Fickerson. "The top 5 all ran their fastest times of the season. They ran aggressively and competed really well as a team. I look forward to seeing them compete like this again in two weeks."

The Vaqueros advance to the Southern Cal Championships on Nov. 4 at Irvine Regional Park, starting at 10 a.m.