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Cross Country Women Bolt To 2nd Place, Men 3rd At Brubaker Meet

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The Pasadena City College women's cross country team placed second out of eight teams competing Friday morning at the Brubaker Invitational meet held at Orange County's Irvine Park. The Santa Ana College-hosted meet also featured a third place by PCC in the men's race.

The Lancers women, who this week were anointed No. 11 in the regional Top 15 rankings, showed their worth at the Brubaker 5-K course as seven PCC racers finished in the top 25 individually (66 runners competed). For the third consecutive meet, a different lead harrier emerged as sophomore Elizabeth Lyons placed a PCC best sixth with a time of 19:51.3. The letterman Lyons (pictured), from Rosemead High, has shown a strong improvement from last season.

Freshman Diane Lombardi crossed the line next in 11th at 20:24.5. Rookie Zahina Rios, last meet's top PCC finisher, followed in 14th (20:38). Others cracking the top 25 were Arielle Barragan (18th, 20:57), sophomore Cassandra Lew (19th, 21:08), sophomore Rebecca Nunez (22nd, 21:25), and Tessa Chandler (25th, 21:43). Michelle Escamilla (44th, 23:10.5), and Andrea Mejia (51st, 24:18) also competed for the Lancers.

"This was an important meet in that we finished ahead of Palomar and Fullerton, two teams that were ranked ahead of us," said PCC Head Coach Armand Crespo. "We have a goal to go as a team to the state meet, and we're positioning ourselves well."

In the 77-runner, seven-team men's 4-mile race, the Lancers were paced once again by their top runner Brian Sacripanti, who placed 23rd overall at 22:13.9. The rest of the Pasadena runners in order were: Angus Leung (27th, 22:33.6), sophomore Chris Le (34th, 23:11), Julio Garcia (41st, 23:30), the aptly named Hamilton Ran (44th, 23:52.6), sophomore Robert Carbajal (48th, 24:15), Taylor Toyotome (49th, 24:23), and Anthony Huerta (66th, 26:32).

San Bernardino Valley won the men's race while Mt. San Antonio captured the women's meet.

The PCC teams now prepare for the Big 3 meets, beginning with the South Coast Conference Championships on Saturday, October 29 at Cerritos Regional Park.

Release Date: 10/08/11
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