In any stage of cross country from high school to college to even professional leagues there remains a difference between the men and women: the distance.

For community colleges, the average distance women compete on is a 6-kilometre course while the men usually compete on an 8 or even a 10-kilometre course.

For Sophomore cross country star Destiny Diaz, 19, she believes that both men and women should compete in the same distances, “We both work hard, we even train together, it would only be fair that we should compete in the same distances whether we run more or the guys run less.”

Year after year at LBCC both the Men and Women’s cross country teams compete in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Championships, usually both go far into the championship.

Last year saw a historic year for the women’s cross country as they managed to place in the top ten at championships after they didn’t place in the top 15 overall going in.

Freshmen, Rafael Gonzalez, 18, commented on the difference in distances, “it’s not really fair with the distances being different. The women work just as hard as we do and a lot of times they do finish with better times or higher in competition than we do.”

Just last week both men and women qualified for CCCAA with women finishing in 7th place with 502 points with Destiney Diaz finishing in 61st with a time of 21:17 while the men finished in 20th place with 528 with Rafael Gonzalez being the top runner for LBCC finishing in 66th with a time of 22:37.5.

Men’s head coach Julio Jimenez who is in his fifth season as head coach, said, “They both work really hard to get where they are, we have both the men and women practice together and they train the same way, it would only be fair that the distances were to be similar.”