A wet course and a light drizzle weren’t exactly the ideal elements to race in for Karen Rosas. Then again, it proved quite easy in comparison considering the standout Glendale Community College women’s cross-country runner had earlier battled food poisoning.
With rain drops falling on Rosas, she managed to pull away from the pack and finish first at the Southern California Championships at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario on Friday afternoon, just as her team did.
“It started to drizzle just before the race began and the course was wet, but not too muddy,” said Rosas, who clocked 17 minutes 54.6 seconds on the 3.2-mile course to help the Vaqueros grab the team title for the sixth time in the last seven years. “I had to take off fast because I figured everybody would be so close to each other.