(l-r) (top) Mariah Gonzalez, Sydnee Isom, Giselle De La Paz, Kiara Leon and Dezeray Zavala, (bottom) Cali Wyand, Kayla Carrillo, Lindsey Brown and Kiara Del Villar. Front and center is the All Tournament recipient, Karissa Ibarra holding the runner up trophy.
(l-r) (top) Mariah Gonzalez, Sydnee Isom, Giselle De La Paz, Kiara Leon and Dezeray Zavala, (bottom) Cali Wyand, Kayla Carrillo, Lindsey Brown and Kiara Del Villar. Front and center is the All Tournament recipient, Karissa Ibarra holding the runner up trophy.
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Carissa Rodriguez stepped up to the starting line representing the Fillmore Flashes at the Division 4 State Cross Country Finals held at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Carissa Rodriguez stepped up to the starting line representing the Fillmore Flashes at the Division 4 State Cross Country Finals held at Woodward Park in Fresno.
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On Saturday, November the 28th, Fillmore's top female runner stepped up to the starting line representing the Fillmore Flashes at the Division 4 State Cross Country Finals held at Woodward Park in Fresno. It was a cool 36 degrees at 9:05 a.m. and the individual qualifiers drew a poor lane at the extreme left of the start line.

Boom, and they were off. Carissa had a good start but found it difficult to maintain her pace. She had worked so hard to make the State meet and to lead her team during this season. In retrospect a fast start, then trying to work her way up to the front became a difficult task that along with the cold weather and tough competition sapped important strength and power from Carissa. Added to this, she ran for the first time this season without her team. Today, she was unable to move up and compete for a top spot, as has been her trademark this season. Carissa finished in 80th place running a 20:01.8.

Let me say that we are extremely proud of Carissa and the effort that she has put forth for us at State Finals and throughout her first season as A Flash. This was certainly a great learning opportunity for a promising young athlete who will have many more opportunities to represent the community of Fillmore in future post season competition.

Carissa is a determined young lady who has worked hard to achieve her successes. She is a front runner who competes to win. This year she led the girls team 8 out of 11 races. The other 3 race, she finished a close second. State Finals proved to be a tough one, but certainly a learning experience for future meets and Carissa let me say it again, you have made us proud.

 
Carissa Rodriguez
Carissa Rodriguez
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On November 24th both boys and girls cross-country teams traveled to Walnut, California to compete against some of the best Division 4 teams in the State. Their goal was to finish among the top 7 teams in Southern Section and thereby advance to the State Finals.

The girls ran at 8:05 and lined up against 16 other outstanding teams. Many of the teams were ranked among the top 10 teams in the Southern Section during the season. The highest ranking the Fillmore girls achieved this season was 13th. For the 8th time this season , the Flashes were led by front running freshman Carissa Rodriguez in a time of 18:36.1. Carissa was the lone State qualifier for the Flashes and was awarded a top finisher medal. Carissa placed 12th, followed by teammate Lupita Perez 23rd in 19:06.4, Andrea Marruffo 74th in 20:27.5, Jacqueline Chavez 96th in 21:26.1, Kimberly Vazquez 101st in 21:30.6, Erika Ruiz 106th in 21:59.5, and Irma Torres 111th in 22:25.1. Five out of seven of our girls ran a faster time than when they ran the same course at the Mt. SAC Invitational. Also, three of the top runners for Fillmore are freshman which bodes well for the future. The girls finished in 15th place.

The boys ran at 8:45. They qualified for CIF Finals even though they were not ranked during the season. This race would prove to be a formidable challenge for our boys who needed to run their best race of the season on the challenging Mt. SAC course. Top finisher for the Flashes was Jose Rodriguez who finished 62nd in 17:15.2. This is the 9th time Jose has led the boys this season. Jose was followed by Johnny Martinez 74th in 17:28.7, Adrian Orozco 92nd in 17:54.4, Michael Sanchez 108th in 18:30.8, Jonathan Ordaz 113th in 18:42.7, Christian Andrade 114th in 18:46,7, and Curtis Ponce 117th in 19:11.1. Four of the seven boys had personal best times on this course. The boys team finished in 16th place.

The State Meet will be held at Woodward Park on November 28th. Carissa will run in the Division 4 race at 9:05 a.m. We are all looking forward to supporting her.

It certainly has been a wonderful season of hard work and personal best performances for the rest of our boys and girls teams. They have grown in so many ways, and have formed a bond that will last a lifetime. As coaches and staff we are proud of their accomplishments, and it has been a privilege to get to know them and to work with them. You are our Champions and have represented your community well.

 
For the first time football players from Fillmore youth football have been selected to participate in this years PYFL All Star football games on November 28th at Palmdale High School. Players were nominated by their respective head coaches and selected by opposing coaches. This year the West All Stars hail from Moorpark, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Camarillo, Ventura, Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Agoura and Fillmore Bears. They will take on the best from the East All Stars which hail from Santa Clarita, Burbank, Calabasas, Palmdale, Highland, Lancaster, San Fernando, Canyon, and West Valley. Representing Fillmore this year will be Nicholas Andrade, Anthony Albanez, Jakob Medina, Victor Jimenez, Ethan Gomez, Justin McElroy, and Hugo Virto. We want to congratulate this years All Stars and wish them the best of luck in their respective games. Please visit our website for game times this Saturday November 28th at Palmdale High School.
For the first time football players from Fillmore youth football have been selected to participate in this years PYFL All Star football games on November 28th at Palmdale High School. Players were nominated by their respective head coaches and selected by opposing coaches. This year the West All Stars hail from Moorpark, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Camarillo, Ventura, Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Agoura and Fillmore Bears. They will take on the best from the East All Stars which hail from Santa Clarita, Burbank, Calabasas, Palmdale, Highland, Lancaster, San Fernando, Canyon, and West Valley. Representing Fillmore this year will be Nicholas Andrade, Anthony Albanez, Jakob Medina, Victor Jimenez, Ethan Gomez, Justin McElroy, and Hugo Virto. We want to congratulate this years All Stars and wish them the best of luck in their respective games. Please visit our website for game times this Saturday November 28th at Palmdale High School.
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On Saturday the 14th, the boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Riverside to compete on the Riverside City Cross Country course at CIF Prelims. The teams goals were to run well enough to qualify for CIF Finals a week later at Mt. San Antonio College.

The first race of the day for the Flashes, race #5 featured the boys team competing against 18 other Division 4 teams. These are the top teams in the Southern Section. To qualify for the Finals, Fillmore had to finish among the top 8 teams. The boys ran perhaps their best race of the season to finish in 8th place and qualify for CIF Finals. For the 8th time this season, the Flashes were led by senior Jose Rodriguez who finished in 34th place in a personal best of 16:26.3, he was followed by Michael Sanchez 38th in 16:38.6, Johnny Martinez 41st in 16:41.3, Adrian Orozco 54th in 16:56.2, Curtis Ponce 64th in 17:02.9, Johnathan Ordaz 75th in 17:22.5, and Christian Andrade 96th in 17:43.4. Johnathan Ordaz and Christian Andrade ran personal best times.

In the girls race, race #7, the girls competed against 21 teams. To advance to CIF Finals they had to finish among the top 8 teams. Helping the girls achieve this goal and advance to CIF Finals was the one two punch of Lupita Perez and Carissa Rodriguez. Lupita led the girls finishing in 6th place in a time of 18:15.2, and teammate Carissa finished right behind in 18:17. Freshman Andrea Marruffo continues to improve and impress, she finished in 29th place in fine time of 19:19.7. She was followed by Irma Torres 40th in 19:43.5, Kimberly Vazquez 57th in 20:15.8, Erika Ruiz 58th in 20:16 and Julissa Martinez 103rd in 21:29.6. Another highlight was that the top 6 girls ran a personal best season time.

The Fillmore boys and girls will next travel to Walnut, California and compete on the historic Mt. San Antonio College course. This meet will take place on Saturday the 21st, with our girls toeing the starting line at 8:05 and the boys following at 8:45. Both teams will need to finish among the top 7 teams in their respective race to qualify for State Finals in Fresno at Woodward Park on November 28th.

 
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Irma Torres
Irma Torres
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Christian Andrade
Christian Andrade
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On Thursday, the boys and girls cross-country teams competed on the Lake Casitas Course in Ojai in the third league meeting of this season. This final meeting determined league standings for the 2015 seasons and which Varsity teams would earn the privilege of representing the Tri-Valley League Schools at CIF Prelims on November 14th.

The first race of the day was the boys JV. First place team in this race was the Foothill Technology Dragons with Fillmore capturing second place. Leading the Flashes was John Chavez finishing in 14th place in a time of 18:38.53, followed by Nick Villela 16th in 18:45.98, Everardo Garcia Magana 19th in 19:04.18, Sergio Perez 26th in 19:23.25, Gustavo Valdez 28th in 19:26.42, Mario Hurtado 35th in 19:53.52, Steven Valencia 42nd in 20:10.31, Roberto Magana 44th in 20:15.14, Jaime Malagon 45th in 20:15.23, Josue Baez 54th in 20:34.73, Jorge Acevedo 61st in 20:46.53 , Dean Lomeli 62nd in 20:58.24, Louie Rodriguez 81st in 21:45.36, Eric Hernandez 86th in 22:23.35, Andrew Hernandez 91st in 22:33.13, Antonio Villalobos 96th in 23:33.64, Misael Ponce 100th in 24:02.50, Daniel Cruz 101st in 24:04.10, Luis Leon 104th in 24:42.75, and Allen Inda 110th in 27:11.94.

The most competitive race of the day featured Fillmore varsity girls versus Foothill Technology girls. Both these teams are currently ranked among the top teams in Southern Section CIF with Foothill holding the 7th spot and Fillmore ranked 12th.

Even though the Flashes had their best showing of the season against Foothill Technology, improving by more than 3 and a half minutes, they were unable to overcome the 1-4 placing of the Foothill dragons. Front runner for the Flashes was Carissa Rodriguez who finished in 3rd place in 18:45.47, a personal best on this course for her. With this performance, she earned a First Team All-League selection. She was followed by teammate Lupita Perez who finished in 4th in 19:02.97 also a personal best by 33 seconds, and a First Team All-League selection. The next finisher, another freshman, Andrea Marruffo finished in 14th place in 20:38.99, a 35 second improvement. Andrea was also a Second Team All-League selection. Kimberly Vasquez finished in 18th in 20:57.60, a 46.60 second improvement and was an All League Honorable selection. Next in the queue was Irma Torres 19th in 20:58.61, a 23 second improvement, she was also awarded Honorable Mention by the league coaches. Erika Ruiz followed in 22nd in 21:05.85, a 47 second improvement, and Jackie Chavez 28th in 21:33.11, a 37 second improvement.

The boys varsity race also proved to be an excellent outing for the Flashes with most of them improving their times. Once again they finished second to an excellent Foothill Technology team.

Leading the Fillmore Charge was Senior Jose Rodriguez who finished in tenth place and earned Second Team All-League Honors in 17:02.95, sophomore Michael Sanchez finished in 14th place in 17:26.16 and also earned Second Team All-League Honors, Adrian Orozco finished in 17th in 17:31.36, Jonathan Ordaz 21st in 17:48.54, Johnny Martinez 23rd in 17:53.91, Curtis Ponce 33rd in 18:09.29, and Christian Andrade 35th in 18:23.55. Johnathan Ordaz and Adrian Orozco both received Honorable Mention.

In the girls JV race Fillmore finished second. They were led by freshman Julissa Martinez who ran an excellent 21:09.55 to finish in 3rd place. Susie Garcia also ran well and finished in 12th place in a time of 22:29.29, followed by Cecilia Cisneros 19th in 22:46.81, Lauren Magdaleno 20th in 22:54.74, Emma Orozco 21st in 23:05.45, Maria Ruvalcaba 23rd in 23:13.03, Briana Lopez 29th in 24:02.63, Marisol Martinez 36th in 24:45.11, and Yakeline Magana 45th in 25:42.94.

Next Saturday the boys and girls varsity teams will travel to Riverside to compete on the Riverside City Cross Country Course. They will compete against other top Division 4 teams in the Southern Section with the goal of advancing to CIF Finals on November 21st. In order to advance to the Finals the Flashes must finish among the top 16 teams or as individuals they must finish among the top 6 individuals in their heat. It should be an exciting meet, join us to cheer on you CIF team representatives. We are proud of our young men and women.

 

We are having our first sign ups on Tuesday December 8th from 5-8pm at the Veterans Memorial Building. This year early registration is $225 per player and can be paid in 3 payments of $75. We also offer a $20 discount per sibling for football. We will have 2 fundraisers this year that involve selling tickets. Our first one is our annual carwash which is now just selling 5 tickets and our PYFL 10 raffle ticket sale which doesn’t start till August. We offer our early registration not only to returners but to all kids that want to play football. In 2016 every football player will receive 2 game jerseys home and away, spirit t shirt, picture package and trophy. We will be accepting applications for new Head Coaches and board members at our first sign ups as well. We would like to thank the community of Fillmore, Santa Paula, and Piru for making the Fillmore Bears the biggest youth football and cheer organization and still the most affordable.

Thank you for your support,
Robert A. Medina
President So Cal Fillmore Bears

 
Kimberly Vazquez
Kimberly Vazquez
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Andrea Marruffo
Andrea Marruffo
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Jonathan Ordaz
Jonathan Ordaz
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On Thursday, the boys and girls cross-country teams competed on the Lake Casitas Course in Ojai in the third league meeting of this season. This final meeting determined league standings for the 2015 seasons and which Varsity teams would earn the privilege of representing the Tri-Valley League Schools at CIF Prelims on November 14th.

The first race of the day was the boys JV. First place team in this race was the Foothill Technology Dragons with Fillmore capturing second place. Leading the Flashes was John Chavez finishing in 14th place in a time of 18:38.53, followed by Nick Villela 16th in 18:45.98, Everardo Garcia Magana 19th in 19:04.18, Sergio Perez 26th in 19:23.25, Gustavo Valdez 28th in 19:26.42, Mario Hurtado 35th in 19:53.52, Steven Valencia 42nd in 20:10.31, Roberto Magana 44th in 20:15.14, Jaime Malagon 45th in 20:15.23, Josue Baez 54th in 20:34.73, Jorge Acevedo 61st in 20:46.53 , Dean Lomeli 62nd in 20:58.24, Louie Rodriguez 81st in 21:45.36, Eric Hernandez 86th in 22:23.35, Andrew Hernandez 91st in 22:33.13, Antonio Villalobos 96th in 23:33.64, Misael Ponce 100th in 24:02.50, Daniel Cruz 101st in 24:04.10, Luis Leon 104th in 24:42.75, and Allen Inda 110th in 27:11.94.

The most competitive race of the day featured Fillmore varsity girls versus Foothill Technology girls. Both these teams are currently ranked among the top teams in Southern Section CIF with Foothill holding the 7th spot and Fillmore ranked 12th.

Even though the Flashes had their best showing of the season against Foothill Technology, improving by more than 3 and a half minutes, they were unable to overcome the 1-4 placing of the Foothill dragons. Front runner for the Flashes was Carissa Rodriguez who finished in 3rd place in 18:45.47, a personal best on this course for her. With this performance, she earned a First Team All-League selection. She was followed by teammate Lupita Perez who finished in 4th in 19:02.97 also a personal best by 33 seconds, and a First Team All-League selection. The next finisher, another freshman, Andrea Marruffo finished in 14th place in 20:38.99, a 35 second improvement. Andrea was also a Second Team All-League selection. Kimberly Vasquez finished in 18th in 20:57.60, a 46.60 second improvement and was an All League Honorable selection. Next in the queue was Irma Torres 19th in 20:58.61, a 23 second improvement, she was also awarded Honorable Mention by the league coaches. Erika Ruiz followed in 22nd in 21:05.85, a 47 second improvement, and Jackie Chavez 28th in 21:33.11, a 37 second improvement.

The boys varsity race also proved to be an excellent outing for the Flashes with most of them improving their times. Once again they finished second to an excellent Foothill Technology team.

Leading the Fillmore Charge was Senior Jose Rodriguez who finished in tenth place and earned Second Team All-League Honors in 17:02.95, sophomore Michael Sanchez finished in 14th place in 17:26.16 and also earned Second Team All-League Honors, Adrian Orozco finished in 17th in 17:31.36, Jonathan Ordaz 21st in 17:48.54, Johnny Martinez 23rd in 17:53.91, Curtis Ponce 33rd in 18:09.29, and Christian Andrade 35th in 18:23.55. Johnathan Ordaz and Adrian Orozco both received Honorable Mention.

In the girls JV race Fillmore finished second. They were led by freshman Julissa Martinez who ran an excellent 21:09.55 to finish in 3rd place. Susie Garcia also ran well and finished in 12th place in a time of 22:29.29, followed by Cecilia Cisneros 19th in 22:46.81, Lauren Magdaleno 20th in 22:54.74, Emma Orozco 21st in 23:05.45, Maria Ruvalcaba 23rd in 23:13.03, Briana Lopez 29th in 24:02.63, Marisol Martinez 36th in 24:45.11, and Yakeline Magana 45th in 25:42.94.

Next Saturday the boys and girls varsity teams will travel to Riverside to compete on the Riverside City Cross Country Course. They will compete against other top Division 4 teams in the Southern Section with the goal of advancing to CIF Finals on November 21st. In order to advance to the Finals the Flashes must finish among the top 16 teams or as individuals they must finish among the top 6 individuals in their heat. It should be an exciting meet, join us to cheer on you CIF team representatives. We are proud of our young men and women.

 
The Carpinteria Warriors football team won Friday's home conference game against Fillmore by a score of 35-6. Photos courtesy Crystal Gurrola
The Carpinteria Warriors football team won Friday's home conference game against Fillmore by a score of 35-6. Photos courtesy Crystal Gurrola
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Fillmore Raiders Freshman team. Photos courtesy Crystal Gurrola
Fillmore Raiders Freshman team. Photos courtesy Crystal Gurrola
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Photos courtesy KSSP Photographic Studios and Crystal Gurrola.
Photos courtesy KSSP Photographic Studios and Crystal Gurrola.
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Fillmore Flashes XC at the Mt. Sac Invitational.
Fillmore Flashes XC at the Mt. Sac Invitational.
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Senior Irma Torres charges up the hill.
Senior Irma Torres charges up the hill.
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Freshman Andrea Marruffo
Freshman Andrea Marruffo
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Photo courtesy Selby Photography
Photo courtesy Selby Photography
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On Friday, the Fillmore Cross Country teams competed at the Mt SAC Invitational the worlds largest cross country invitational. Five full teams stepped to the line for the Flashes with three partial teams also competing.

The freshmen girls were the first team to toe the starting line and ran well enough to finish in 4th place among 63 teams, missing the podium by a mere 3 points. Leading the group was Julissa Martinez who finished 22nd in 22:55, followed by Emma Orozco 29th in 23:32, Susie Garcia 36th in 23:42, Cynthia Hurtado 68th in 25:14, and Briana Lopez 77th in 25:53.

The freshman boys team followed and also finished in 4th out of 45 schools missing the last podium spot by 10 points. Leading the pack was Nick Villela 12th in 19:00, Sergio Perez 22nd in 19:48, Roberto Magana 23rd in 19:51, Jorge Acevedo 46th in 21:00, and Daniel Cruz 144th in 24:50.

Two individuals represented Fillmore in the sophomore girls division. Maria Ruvalcaba finished in 59th and posted a time of 24:44. She was followed by Yakeline Magana who finished in 112th in 26:43.

Three athletes competed in the sophomore boys race. Leading the way was Christian Andrade, a medal winner who finished in 8th place in a fine 18:53. He was followed by Everardo Garcia Magana 22nd in 19:47, and our third runner Mario Hurtado finished 39th in 20:34.

Two individuals competed in the girls JV race. This race had 149 competitors. Lauren Magdaleno led the way finishing in 11th and medaling in a time of 23:33. Marisol Martinez finished in 72nd in 26:09.

In the boys JV race the team finished 8th among 54 teams. John Chavez was the top finisher for the Flashes in 8th place running a time of 18:35 and medaling, he was followed by Josue Baez 23rd in 19:28, Steven Valencia 90th in 21:17, Dean Lomeli 129th in 22:17, and Misael Ponce 193rd in 23:31.

The boys varsity finished in 3rd place, there by making the podium and winning team medals. Top finisher and individual medal winner was Jose Rodriguez who finished in 11th in 17:01, followed by Michael Sanchez 17th in 17:05, Curtis Ponce 37th in 17:48, Johnny Martinez 46th in 18:02, Adrian Orozco 54th in 18:14, and Johnny Ordaz 64th in 18:26.

The final race of the day showcased Fillmore's varsity girls who did not disappoint finishing 1st in their division of 34 schools. The Lady Flashes were led by freshman Carissa Rodriguez. Carissa finished 2nd overall in 19:04, followed by Lupita Perez 4th in 19:23, Andrea Marruffo 24th in 21:17, Irma Torres 32nd in 21:31, Jackie Chavez 35th in 21:42, Erika Ruiz 39th in 21:59, and Kimberly Vazquez 43rd in 22:08.

Friday, October 30th, the Flashes will travel to Ojai to compete against some of the top teams in California at the Ventura County Cross Country Championships at Lake Casitas. For more information visit our website at Fillmorecrosscountry.com.

 
 
 
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Carissa Rodriguez
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Julissa Martinez
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Juan Ramirez
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For the first time ever Elkins Golf Course hosted 13 TCAA teams in the second of 3 league meets. Running on this beautiful course proved to be a formidable challenge for all competitors as they had to navigate two major climbs. One of the climbs came early in the first mile and the final climb came in the last mile of this course. All 4 races will determine league championship teams and which boys and girls varsity teams will represent TCAA at the Southern Section CIF prelim meet on November 14th at the Riverside City Cross Country Course.

The first race of the day saw a powerful Foothill Technology boys JV team dominate the race by claiming the first 7 places followed by Fillmore claiming the next 4. Foothill won the team race scoring aperfect 15 points followed by Fillmore 52 points and Thatcher rounding out the top 3 with 103 points. Top runner for Fillmore was Juan Ramirez 8th in 19:21.51, followed by Nick Villela 9th in 19:27.11, John Chavez 10th in 19:48.02, Everardo Garcia Magana 11th in 19:48.31, Sergio Perez 14th in 20:13.67, Steven Valencia 18th in 20:42.54, Dean Lomeli 21st in 20:45.79, Mario Hurtado 23rd in 20:50.15, Jorge Acevedo 30th in 21:18.38, Roberto Magana 31st in 21:25.58, Jaime Malagon 49th in 22:22.32, Misael Ponce 53rd in 22:46.81, Andrew Hernandez 66th in 24:09.40, Eric Hernandez 69th in 24:51.03, Daniel Cruz 70th in 24:53.49, Antonio Villalobos 71st in 24:55.82, and Luis Leon 82nd in 26:34.94.

The most exciting race of the day was the girls’ varsity race. This race feature two determined competitors, 11th grader Abby Blackwood of Malibu High School and 9th grader Carissa Rodriguez of Fillmore High School. These ladies battled side by side and traded a slight lead multiple times before Abby Blackwood was able to pull away and win in a time of19:04.65, Carissa followed finishing in 19:06.29. The team battle was claimed by Foothill Technology with 46 points, Fillmore claimed 2nd with 69 points, and Malibu was 3rd with 96 points. Top scorers for the Flashes were Lupita Perez 11th in 20:34.86, Andrea Marruffo 17th in 21:40.31, Irma Torres 19th in 21:47.75, Erika Ruiz 20th in 21:55.92, Jackie Chavez 26th in 22:20.95, and Kimberly Vazquez 29th in 22:32.21.

In the boys varsity race Foothill Technology again claimed the top spot winning the team competition with 34 points. Fillmore finished in 4th place with 119 points. The top individual winner in this race was Isaiah Lozano from St. Bonaventure in an excellent time of 15:34.12. Fillmore was led by senior Jose Rodriguez 11th in 17:34.26, followed by Adrian Orozco 19th in 17:58.41, Curtis Ponce 20th in 17:59.42, Johnny Martinez 32nd in 18:48.96, Michael Sanchez 37th in 18:58.23, and Jesus Castro 38th in 19:00.72.

The final race of the day was the girls JV race. The winning team was Foothill Technology taking the first 5 spots and scoring a perfect score of 15 points. The runner up position went to Fillmore who was led by Susie Garcia 6th in 22:35.73, followed by Julissa Martinez 7th in 22:.57.90, Cecilia Cisneros 9th in 23:04.66, Lauren Magdaleno 11th in 23:36.24, Emma Orozco 12th in 23:38.62, Marisol Martinez 14th in 24:07.29, Maria Rubalcava 17th in 25:01.24, Briana Lopez 26th in 26:13.28, Yakeline Magana 28th in 27:05.63, and Maria Lopez 50th in 31:20.93.

Fillmore coaches were proud to host this meet on a perfect day and on such a wonderful venue that provided spectacular views and a challenging course for all competitors. It was great to see so many Fillmore fans and family come out and support the teams on this great day. A special thanks goes out to the Elkins Golf Course Board of Directors, staff, and Fillmore Rotary. Thanks for working with us to make this meet a great success.

The Flashes will next compete on Friday at the nations largest cross country meet at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. You are invited to visit our cross country website at Fillmorecrosscountry.com and peruse additional team information including our schedule.

 
Lady Flashes at The Nike Portland Invitational. (l-r) Jackie Chavez, Erika Ruiz, Lupita Perez, Kimberly Vazquez and Carissa Rodriguez.
Lady Flashes at The Nike Portland Invitational. (l-r) Jackie Chavez, Erika Ruiz, Lupita Perez, Kimberly Vazquez and Carissa Rodriguez.
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The Boys Varsity finished in third place behind Foothill Technology and Thatcher. Leading the Flashes for the first time this season was Jose Rodriguez 8th in 16:41.53.
The Boys Varsity finished in third place behind Foothill Technology and Thatcher. Leading the Flashes for the first time this season was Jose Rodriguez 8th in 16:41.53.
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On Thursday the Fillmore Cross Country teams competed in the 1st of 3 league meets. This meet was held at El Camino Real Park in Ventura and was co-hosted by Foothill Technology High School and Saint Bonaventure High School. A total of 13 schools competed in this 4 division meet that will be used to determine league standings and who will represent the TCAA at CIF post season competition.

The first race of the day JV Boys was dominated by Foothill Technology with a perfect score of 15 points. Fillmore was second with 64 points. Leading the Flashes was first year runner Juan Ramirez 9th in18:21.75, followed by Josue Baez 13th in 18:39.1, Jesus Castro in 22nd in 19:03.99, Sergio Perez 25th in 19:28.04, Nick Villela 28th in 19:34.71, Roberto Magana 30th in 19:38.51, Steven Valencia 33rd in 19:47.97, Christian Andrade 34th in 19:48.34, Everardo G. Magana 35th in 19:48.80, Mario Hurtado 44th in 20:12.85, Gustavo Valdez 47th in 20:13.79, Jorge Acevedo 66th in 21:03.84, Louie Rodriguez 81st in 21:58.07, Misael Ponce 83rd in 22:01.06, Jaime Malagon 94th in 22:29.81, Andrew Hernandez 100th, Daniel Cruz 106th in 23:49.24, Antonio Villalobos 110th in 24:38.06, and Luis Leon 116th in 25:18.68.

The second race of the day featured the girls' Varsity team. Leading the team to a second place team finish was Sophomore Carissa Rodriguez who finished second over all in a time of 19:01.58, followed by teammate Lupita Perez 3rd in 19:11.66. A cluster of Fillmore girls finished next with Irma Torres 18th in 20:52.67, Erika Ruiz 19th in 20:55.51, Kimberly Vazquez 20th in 20:56.11, Andrea Marruffo 21st in 21:03.29, and Julissa Martinez 28th in 21:30.18.

The boys Varsity finished in third place behind Foothill Technology and Thatcher. Leading the Flashes for the first time this season was Jose Rodriguez 8th in 16:41.53, followed by Michael Sanchez 10th in 16:51.05, Johnny Martinez 12th in 15:56.03, Curtis Ponce 20th in 17:29.43, Adrian Orozco 26th in 17:48.91, Jonathan Ordaz 29th in 17:56.26, and John Chavez 34th in 18:12.94.

In the final race of the day the girls JV team finished in second. They were led by Jacqueline Chavez in 3rd place in a time of 20:50.08. She was followed by Susie Garcia 8th in 21:45.45, Lauren Magdaleno 15th in 22:38.10, Cecilia Cisneros 17th in 22:46.93, Emma Orozco 19th in 22:53.85, Marisol Martinez 20th in 23:12.83, Maria Rubalcava 24th in 23:26.76, Brianna Lopez 26th in 23:39.33, Cynthia Alvarado 28th in 23:46.19, Allison Recancoj 33rd in 24:06.20, Yakeline Magana 49th in 25:45.22, and Adanari Rosales 74th in 28:19.89.

Personal best times for the season were run by Jackie Chavez, Daniel Cruz, Cynthia Hurtado, Mario Hurtado, Luis Leon, Everardo Garcia Magana, Lauren Magdaleno, Juan Ramirez, Allison Recancoj, Louie Rodriguez, and Antonio Villa. Special recognition goes to Misael Ponce and Steven Valencia who ran their fastest time ever.

Five members of the girls team and two members of the boys team followed their league performances by competing out of state at the highly competitive Nike Portland Oregon Pre-National Meet on Saturday.

The girls team ran well enough to claim a podium spot and win a 5th place team plaque and individual medals. Leading the girls to this fine team performance was Senior Lupita Perez who led the race into the final 100 meter before finishing in second overall in the Division 2 race in a time of 19::04.48. Not to be outdone, Freshman teammate Carissa Rodriguez finished 4th in 19:18.78, followed by Kimberly Vazquez 40th in 21:19.63, Jacqueline Chavez 43rd in 21:21.22, and Erika Ruiz 45th in 21:26.26.

The two boy representatives also earned medals. Jose Rodriguez was the top runner for the Flashes finishing in 29th place in a time of 17:07.8 and Michael Sanchez 35th in 17:23.75.

The team also enjoyed a tour of the Nike World Campus, a coaches presentation by Coach Rob Conner at the University of Portland, a trip to Multnomah Falls and the Columbia Gorge, and a 7 mile run on the hilly Leif Erickson Trail.

The next competition for the Flashes will be a split squad competition with some athletes competing on October 7th in the Ventura County Twilight Invite at Lake Casitas. Another group will be traveling to the State Cross Country Course in Fresno to compete at the Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park on October 10th. Additional information and highlights can be found at Fillmorecrosscountry.com

 
The Fillmore Flashes football team lost Friday’s away non-conference game against Hueneme by a score of 42-6. Their next non-conference game will be October 16, 7:30pm, against Mission Pred (San Luis Obispo). Photos courtesy Crystal Gurrola.
The Fillmore Flashes football team lost Friday’s away non-conference game against Hueneme by a score of 42-6. Their next non-conference game will be October 16, 7:30pm, against Mission Pred (San Luis Obispo). Photos courtesy Crystal Gurrola.
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