The men's cross country team opened the 2018 season with a third place finish at the Tour de Cuesta Meet in San Luis Obispo on Friday. The Gauchos had five runner finish in the top-30.
Saddleback opened the season with a solid finish, running just behind Hartnell College and Chabot College, two programs that should be in the mix for a Northern California championship later this fall.
Saddleback had top-10 finishes from sophomore Scott Hickman and freshman Carlos De Jesus, who finished 8th and 9th, respectively. They had one more just outside the top-10 in freshman Julian Lasting, who finished 11th.
Hickman covered the 4-mile event in 22:40.9, which was 18.6 seconds out of a top-5 finish. De Jesus was right on his heels by crossing the finish line in 22:43.0 while Lasting covered the trek in 22:58.8.
Saddleback will run again this Friday when they travel south for the Palomar College Invitational. The meet is scheduled to start at 9:00 AM at Guajome Park in Oceanside.