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Rodriguez SCC Steeplechase Champion For PCC Men's Track and Field

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Pasadena City College sophomore Ernesto Rodriguez, a top cross country runner the past two seasons, used his distance ability when it counted with a thrilling victory in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase at the South Coast Conference Track and Field Championships held April 27 and May 1 at Mt. San Antonio College. 

Rodriguez was the only individual men's champion as PCC improved on last year's finish with a fourth place (61 points) out of nine colleges at this year's conference meet. The Lancers finished fifth last year. 

Rodriguez (pictured) won with a time of 9:49.9, just edging Cerritos College runner Jason Zapien (9:50.2) at the finish line. 

Also for the men's team, sophomore sprinter Isaiah Sims ran the state's sixth fastest time of the season to date with a 10.63 seconds mark to finish second in the 100 meter dash. Freshman Richard Zarazua placed third in the 1,500 meters (4:00.04) with Rodriguez in fourth (4:04.50). Zarazua is currently sixth in the state in that event with an earlier faster time of 3:57.78 at the Beach Invitational held April 16.

In the 5,000 meters, Rodriguez also placed fourth at 15:24.28. Zarazua took seventh in the 800 meters (1:58.35). In the 4x100 relay, PCC's foursome of Jonathan Cushman, Sims, Alexander Brown and Demetrius Hinton reached second place at 42.57, just behind Mt. San Antonio (42.02).

In the 4x400 relay, PCC finished fourth at 3:23 even behind the racing of Brown, Cushman, Hinton and Zarazua. 

In field events, not a strength for the team in recent years, Cushman was fourth in the long jump (22 feet, 8.75 inches) and Brown was seventh (21-9.75). Michael Olivares grabbed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 165-1.

Mt. San Antonio won the SCC team championship. The Lancers will be in action Saturday, May 8 at the Southern California Prelims meet at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. 

Release Date: 05/04/10
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