MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. – Vanguard men's cross country began 2013 on the right foot Wednesday morning as it defeated Cal State San Marcos by 17 points in team's first meet of the season. Lions' junior Cameron Barela (San Marcos, Calif.) notched the dual meet's top finish with his 18:22 time in the 6k.

Barela's mark bested the field by 15 seconds.

"The course was a nice downhill run, so we went out hard," Barela said. "It was tough in the beginning because of the high altitude, but I was able to adjust. I want to extend a big congrats to our boys! It feels great to start the season off with a win!"

CSUSan Marcos's Zach Laurenzana crossed the line second, but a stampede of Lions followed as Vanguard claimed third, fourth and fifth place. Junior Josh Espinoza (Glendale, Ariz.) ran a 19:09 in his first race for the Pride, while senior Daniel Okabe (Mbale, Uganda) and newcomer Zach Hunt (Sparks, Nev.) both clocked 19:28 races to round out the top five.

Zach DeAtley (Victorville, Calif.) (19:40; 7th), Jared Shohfi (Hayward, Calif.) (19:49; 9th), Christian Mora (Covina, Calif.) (20:26; 12th) and Caleb Meister (San Dimas, Calif.) (20:53; 14th) also logged their first competition and win of the year on the high altitude course.

On the women's side, the lone returner and only non-freshman on the 2013 Vanguard women's squad, junior Marline Estell (San Marcos, Calif.), led the way with a mark of 16:10 in the 4k race.

Freshman Bayleigh Porter (Riverside, Calif.) began her career with a 10th place (16:18) finish for the Blue and Gold, while Sarah Finch (Redondo Beach, Calif.) (17:41), Carly Earlywine (Corona, Calif.) (18:27), Stephanie Alvarez (Riverside, Calif.) (19:38) and Dominique Dayrit (Mesa, Ariz.) (22:15) also ran in their first collegiate competition.


Men's 6k Results

1. Cameron Barela  Vanguard 18:22

2. Zach Laurenzana  San Marcos 18:37

3. Josh Espinoza  Vanguard 19:09

4. Daniel Okabe  Vanguard 19:28

5. Zach Hunt Vanguard 19:28

6. Easton Tackett  San Marcos 19:39

7. Zach DeAtley  Vanguard 19:40

8. Anthony Girolamo  San Marcos 19:46

9. Jared Shohfi  Vanguard 19:49

10. Daniel Ybarra  San Marcos 20:23

11. Justin Washington  San Marcos 20:25

12. Christian Mora  Vanguard 20:26

13. Eric Brockhoff  San Marcos 20:45

14. Caleb Meister  Vanguard 20:53

15. Saul Oros San Marcos 21:57

16. Conner Smith San Marcos 22:09


Men's Team Score:

1. Vanguard 20

2. CSU San Marcos 37


Women's 4k Results

1. Heidi Swanson  San Marcos 15:22

2. Michelle Cruz  San Marcos 15:44

3. Salena Gallardo  San Marcos 15:50

4. Ciera Sauffer  San Marcos 15:54

5. Lauren Cortez  San Marcos 15:55

6. Tina Girolamo  San Marcos 15:56

7. Tera McGinnis  San Marcos 16:00

8. Anahi Soriano  San Marcos 16:03

9. Marline Estell  Vanguard 16:10

10. Bayleigh Porter  Vanguard 16:18

11. Sarah Finch  Vanguard 17:41

12. Carly Earlywine  Vanguard 18:27

13. Stephanie Alvarez  Vanguard 19:38

14. Dominique Dayrit  Vanguard 22:15


Women's Team Score:

1. CSU San Marcos 15

2. Vanguard 55