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State Best 4x400 Time Turned In By Host At 1st Pasadena Track Relays

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Explosive relay teams have been a constant during the history of Pasadena City College men's track and field. The 2011 team couldn't have picked a better place to record the state's current fastest time in the 4x400 relay in a race held during the inaugural Pasadena Relays invitational meet at PCC's Robinson Stadium Saturday.

The Lancers squad of Eddie Tripp, Korey Brown, Ron Spears and Stephen Peevy ran a blistering 3:13.40 mark to top the new leader board in California Community Colleges for the event. Ironically, the time was only good enough for second place at the meet, losing to the private track club DoublePillar Athletics (3:11.06).

PCC's 4x100 relay team of Marques Stanley, Spears, Peevy, and Brown won that event, edging out Long Beach with a 41.44 finish to 42.02 by the Vikings. Pasadena moved up to fifth in the state listings.

It was a banner day overall for the Lancers, who entertained the home crowd with two event wins by sophomore distance runner Richard Zarazua, a fast victory by Brown in the 400-meter dash, and a first place by Jordan Sanders in the shot put.

Zarazua ran a 1:57.81 to capture the 800 and easily won the 1,500 by 13 seconds over the next best finisher at 4:01.57. In what might have been the race of the day--the 400, Brown dashed a blazing 48.45 seconds to beat Chaffey's Jaylan Mabry (48.54). The times stand as the No. 5 and No. 6 top marks, respectively, in the state this year.

Sanders won the shot put with a throw of 14.45 meters as teammate Khambrell Gomez was second with a toss of 13.67.

"Considering we ran the meet at a stadium named after PCC historic athletic greats in Jackie and Mack Robinson, I hope people can see that our track and field program is alive and well on our campus," said PCC men's and women's track and field head coach Larry Wade, who also was meet director for the Pasadena Relays.

"We've been practicing hard to improve our relays times. I had a feeling we might turn in a great time here. Going up against an experienced club team gave the 4x400 guys some added incentive to compete. Now we've established that we could be a winner in this event at the big three meets."

Wade was referring to the South Coast Conference Finals (April 29 at East Los Angeles College), the Southern California Championships (May 13 at Mt. San Antonio College), and the CCCAA State Meet (May 20-21 at Sacramento's American River College).

WOMEN'S HIGHLIGHTS AT THE PASADENA RELAYS

It was business as usual for PCC women's track and field distance runner Tracee van der Wyk, who recorded the Lancers lone wins at the Pasadena Relays in the 800 and 1,500 meter races. Van der Wyk won the 800 at 2:15.22 and the 1,500 in a time of 4:45.62, a mark that was more than 30 seconds faster than the second place finisher.

Melanie Samvalian, who joined the track team after helping PCC's women's basketball team reach the SoCal quarterfinals, had to settle for second place in the shot put. Her 11.75 meters toss was just short of Cerritos thrower Destini Poplar's mark of 11.82.

Tenia Sebastian took fifth place in the 400 meters at 59.43 seconds. Wade recently put together a new 4x400 relay team of Jonice Rivers, Sebastian, van der Wyk, and Marquetta Stokes (also a basketball player) that placed second in 4:00.93. The time is 11th in the state.

The PCC women's team was rated No. 6 in the Top 10 state rankings, based on a combination of the top listed times for individual events located on www.directathletics.com

[Photo--The men's 4x400 relay team of (clockwise from top) Eddie Tripp, Korey Brown, Ron Spears and Stephen Peevy racing during the Pasadena Relays at Robinson Stadium, images created by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 04/03/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu