Watsonville High’s Sonya Cervantes nears the finish line during the Monterey Bay League Pacific Division Center Meet on Wednesday at Toro Park. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)
SALINAS — Sonya Cervantes and several other Watsonville High cross-country runners headed to Toro Park a few days ago to get an idea of what the course is like.
For a first-timer like Cervantes, she didn’t want the three-mile course to be overwhelming.
Cervantes did well, taking fifth overall in the second Monterey Bay League Pacific Division Center Meet on Wednesday afternoon.
But in finishing with a time of 22 minutes, she injured herself.
Cervantes said she was coming down the final hill of the course and twisted her ankle.
“I thought I wasn’t going to finish,” she said. “I wanted to stop. I couldn’t breathe because I wanted to cry. It hurt so much.”
When she entered the final stretch, she was in the top five and maintained that spot.
Cervantes said she hopes she can get some more practice at the course, which is the site of the Central Coast Section Championship Meet in a few weeks.
Watsonville teammate Crystal Ramirez was four seconds behind her, taking sixth place.
Pajaro Valley’s Dyani Jacobo was 24th with a time of 25:11. Elizabeth Hernandez clocked in at 27:37.
Michelle Gaubatz of Monte Vista Christian finished the race at 27:29.
Christopher High’s Jamie Boutteau won the race for a second consecutive time, taking first at 19:56. She was the only runner under 20 minutes.
Much like the girls race, the boys race followed a similar pattern as a few weeks ago in Gilroy. North Salinas’ Ivan Pina won again, taking first with a time of 16:13. Behind him were three Seaside runners and then Watsonville’s Justin Carrancho, who took fifth at 17:02.
Abraham Ortiz and Saidi Jarquin both crossed the finish line at 17:33; Ortiz was declared eighth place.
Dane Miller was the top runner for Monte Vista Christian, finishing with a time of 19:58. He was the last of 24 runners to clock under 20 minutes. Teammate Felix Watson finished at 20:34.
Pajaro Valley’s Zackry Davis was the top Grizzly runner, coming in 22nd at 19:45.
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