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SoCal Finals Up Next For Men's and Women's Track and Field

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Eleven PCC track and field athletes qualified in a number of events for the Southern California Championships to be held this Friday, May 13 at Mt. San Antonio College's Hilmer Lodge Stadium.

The Lancers were in action this past Friday, May 6 at the SoCal Prelims meet at Mt. SAC.

In the men's events, Korey Brown had the third fastest time in the 400 meters with a mark of 47.72. Stephen Peevy was sixth in that event at 48.22. The 4x100 relay team of Marques Stanley, Ron Spears, Peevy and Brown took fourth overall at 41.33 while the 4x400 relay squad qualified in fifth (3:15.94) on the sprinting of Eddie Tripp, Brown, Spears and Peevy.

Tripp had the third best time in the 400 hurdles (53.62) while Spears will race in the 100 dash finals after taking sixth with a 10.54 mark. In the high jump, Steven Williams' leap of 6-4.75 was good enough to qualify in a tie for fifth.

It was a tough day for Richard Zarazua, who failed to qualify for both the 800 (1:56.57) and 1,500 (4:00.68) despite posting strong times in those events. His 800 mark was 11th and 1,500 time 13th.

In the women's competition, sophomore Tracee van der Wyk found out that the field will be difficult in qualifying for the 800 and 1,500 meter events. Van der Wyk was second overall in the 1,500 (4:37.98) behind Orange Coast's Sara Toberty (4:35.23). In the 800, she was third at 2:18.10, but Danielle Low, her nemisis in cross country from LA Trade Tech, ran a top time of 2:10.11.

Van der Wyk helped the 4x400 relay squad qualify in seventh at 3:56.44. Jonice Rivers, Tenia Sebastian, and anchor Marquetta Stokes make up the rest of the squad.

Melanie Samvalian qualified for the shot put with a toss of 37-01.75, good enough for 11th place (12 qualify in field events)

Sebastian was deprived of making the 400 meters as her 57.99 time was just short of the last qualifying time of 57.74. Sebastian took 12th in the prelims (nine make it running events).

[Photo--Korey Brown in his 400 prelims heat at the SoCal Prelims meet held Friday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 05/09/11
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