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Rios Grabs 36th As Women's Cross Country 10th In SoCal Preview Meet

Rios Grabs 36th As Women's Cross Country 10th In SoCal Preview Meet image

Freshman Zahina Rios raced a 20:07 time to take 36th place overall in leading the Pasadena City College women's cross country team to 10th at the SoCal Preview Meet held Friday at Guasti Regional Park in Ontario.

Rios, from La Puente's Bassett High was among several Lancers who ran a strong race over the 5-kilometer course, the same one that will be used in November's Southern California Championships. Her finish was impressive as she was one of 257 runners and PCC's team finish in the top 10 was on the high side out of 29 teams that raced the event. (Rios is pictured).

Helping Pasadena's score were sophomores Cassandra Lew (58th place, 20:41), Rebecca Nunez (67th, 20:55), and Elizabeth Lyons (72nd, 21:02). The team's previous top-scoring runner, freshman Diane Lombardi, was fifth best on the squad in 102nd place (21:45). Freshmen Arielle Barragan (Gabrielino High, 110th, 22:01.6) and Tessa Chandler (Burroughs High, 115th, 22:13.7) also were PCC runners who finished in the upper half.

Other Lancers participating were Michelle Escamilla (142nd, 22:58), April Tiscareno (214th, 25:42), and Andrea Mejia (232nd, 26:44.6).

The Lancers were the fourth highest South Coast Conference team with Mt. San Antonio (second place), LA Trade Tech (fifth), and Cerritos (sixth) placing ahead of them.  Orange Coast won the race with five runners finishing in the top 10 individually. 

PCC MEN'S HARRIERS

Pasadena finished 18th place out of 30 teams at the SoCal Preview Meet. Once again, the Lancers were paced by freshman Brian Sacripanti (Maranatha High), who was 74th individually among 276 runners over the 4-mile course. Sophomore Chris Le was the only other Lancer to crack the top 100 in 97th place (23:11.7). 

Other Lancers participating were Hamilton Ran (129th, 23:49.6), Angus Leung (139th, 24:03), Julio Garcia (143rd, 24:06.7), Taylor Toyotome (183rd, 25:00), Robert Carbajal (199th, 25:25), and Anthony Huerta (244th, 27:20). SCC foe LA Trade Tech won the meet and Cerritos runner Daniel Herrera placed first individually at 20:09. 

PCC's cross country teams are coached by Armand Crespo. The Lancers squads will be back in action on Friday, October 7 at the Brubaker Invitational in Irvine. The women's 5-K race begins at 9 a.m. and the men's 4-mile race at 10 a.m. 

Release Date: 10/03/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu