Orange Empire Conference Meet
RIVERSIDE — The Orange Coast College men's and women's teams each won team titles at the meet hosted by Riverside College Friday.
For the OCC women, it was the 16th consecutive OEC title, dating back to 1996. On the men's side, the Pirates won their seventh conference title over the past nine seasons.
Led by sophomore standout Meghan Foley, the OCC women nearly pulled off the perfect top-five score and totaled 16 points, with Fullerton (77) taking second place and Riverside (82) placing third.
Foley won the OEC title with a winning 5K time of 20 minutes, 14.5 seconds. Close behind was teammate Analicia Silva, who took second with a time of 20:28.5. Placing third was Chelsea Clifford (20:31.6), while teammate Grace Adams-Andy (20:52.7) finished fourth.
Carmille Garcia nearly cracked the top five, but settled for sixth place with a solid time of 21:02.
For the OCC men, it was a five-man, top-10 performance that led the Pirates to the title, finishing with 25 points. Defending champion Riverside took second place with 43 points, while Saddleback (64) finished third.
Leading the Pirate runners through the four-mile course was sophomore Zachary Ellis, who finished third with a time of 21:39.8. Saddleback's Ricardo Campuzano won the OEC individual title with a time of 21:28.7.
OCC sophomore Michael Taylor was close behind Ellis with a fourth-place time of 21:42 and he was followed by the trio of Matt Bottomley (fifth, 21:49.9), Austin Little (sixth, 21:50.5) and Hugo Gutierrez (seventh, 21:51.4).
Next up for the Pirates will be the Southern California Regional Meet, set for Friday at 9 a.m. at Gusti Park in Rancho Cucamonga.
Orange Coast 3, Irvine Valley 2
IRVINE — Chase Nugent, Dong-Gi Shin and Antonio Gonzalez scored for the visiting Pirates in the Orange Empire Conference game Friday.
Jose Rodriguez, Brandon Bauman and Victor Lopez had assists for OCC (20-6, 6-4 in conference).
IVC is now 10-5-2, 6-3-1.
Orange Coast 6, Irvine Valley 0