The San Bernardino Valley College women’s cross country team scored its highest team finish in its 35-year existence at the State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. Returning All-American Alyssa Benavides had a solid back-half of the course, helping PCAC Champion Alissa Johnsonstay near the front, coach Eric Abrams said. Benavides, the first SBVC woman to reach All-American, was the top finisher for the Wolverines, clocking in at 19 minutes, 18.4 seconds on the 5K course, good for 24th. Johnson finished less than seven seconds later in 27th at 19:25.4.

“I’ve coached cross country for 19 years, and this is the most impressive group of women I have ever been around,” Abrams said. “This goes way beyond their accomplishments on the course. America’s future is bright knowing that these 10 women and two amazing assistant coaches are in it.”