This year's Bakersfield College cross country team is young, but BC coach David Frickel feels they have a chance to be really good.

That's particularly true of his women's team.

"I think this has to be one of the better group of female runners since I've been here, so I have big hopes for them," Frickel said. "They are very tough and aggressive, so I think this is a team that will just get better and better."

The top runners on the women's team are sophomores Moriah Millwee from Shafter and Orieth Rodriguez from Golden Valley, and freshmen Jessica Campbell from Frontier, who Frickel believes is the best runner on the team right now. Other runners include: Leah Theroux from West, Estefani Perez from North, Ambar Cruz from Frontier and Paola Silvestre from Golden Valley.

The women's team took seventh place out of 18 teams in the first meet of the season at the Fresno Invitational last weekend. The men's team took 14th place, but Frickel believes that as the season progresses they will continue to get better.

"Their ability to want to train hard is great," said Frickel on the men's team. "A lot of determination to get better, so I think it will translate to better performances."

The men's team is led by sophomores Roberto Duvalos Armando Ulloa from North, and freshmen Juan Calderon from Arvin, Aldo Gil from Shafter, Edgar Gonzalez from East, Richard Vega from Wasco and David Coston from Independence.

The next meet will be the Bakersfield Invitational on Sept. 27 at the Kern Soccer Park.