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Women's Cross Country Races 3rd, Lyons 9th At SCC Championships

Women's Cross Country Races 3rd, Lyons 9th At SCC Championships image

The Pasadena City College women's cross country team raced to its highest team finish in a decade--third place--at the 2011 South Coast Conference Championships Saturday morning at Cerritos Regional Park.

The Lancers, rated No. 11 in Southern California, scored 87 team points with five runners making it into the top 25 in the conference 5-kilometer race. Sophomore Elizabeth Lyons made it to the All-SCC Second Team by racing a PCC best ninth place individually at 19 minutes, 43 seconds.

The closeness of the race was exemplified in the Nos. 2-to-10 places as only 11 seconds separated that entire elite group. El Camino College-Compton Center's Robinea McClinton was conference individual champion well ahead of the group with a winning time of 19:13. Mt. San Antonio edged LA Trade Tech, 37-41, for the SCC team title.

After Lyons, PCC's scoring finishers were as follows: freshman Diane Lombardi, 15th place, 20:03; sophomore Rebecca Nunez, 17th, 20:20; freshman Zahina Rios, 22nd, 20:56; and sophomore Cassandra Lew, 24th, 21:02.  

With one of the deepest teams in Lancers' history under head coach Armand Crespo, other Lancers who placed in the eight-team, 74-runner event were frosh Arielle Barragan, 29th, place, 21:18; rookie Tessa Chandler, 34th, 21:45; freshman Michelle Escamilla, 44th, 22:47; sophomore Natasha Nicholson, 54th, 23:52; frosh Andrea Mejia, 66th, 24:54; and first-year Melissa Hadloc, 69th, 25:55.

The women advance as a team to the Southern California Championships this Friday, Nov. 4 at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario. In the past nine seasons, the Lancers have only qualified as a team for SoCal in 2003, 2009 and this year. The 2001 team, the last squad to finish third at the college prior to this 2011 unit, finished 11th that year at SoCal.

Last season, Crespo helped the guidance of Tracee van der Wyk to setting new school records for highest individual placings (all second places) at the SCC, SoCal and CCCAA state meets. Crespo was an assistant coach on the 1995 and 1996 teams that finished third and fourth in the state, respectively. 

Complete SCC Meet Results at the link below:

http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/3529.html

[Photo--Lancer Elizabeth Lyons runs during the South Coast Conference Championships Saturday at Cerritos Regional Park, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 10/30/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu