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PCC Men's Track And Field Finishes Rare 3rd At SCC Finals

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While the Pasadena City College men's track and field program has had many highlights in its storied history, the Lancers as a team have not achieved much success in their years as a member of the South Coast Conference. With second-year head coach Larry Wade directing the program along with assistant distance coach Armand Crespo, it appears a change for the better is starting to take place.

At the SCC Prelims/Finals April 24 and 27 held at El Camino College-Compton Center, the Lancers placed third with 85 points. It matched the highest finish ever by PCC at the SCC event and it was the first time the college has finished that high in the men's standings since 1997. PCC has been a member of the South Coast since 1987.

Even the 2004 team, a squad that originally captured the state title only to have PCC placed third due to an ineligible athlete, finished just fourth at that year's conference finals. 

While the only Lancer to win an individual event was Caleb Wood in the javelin, PCC managed to score team points in a bevy of other events. Khambrell Gomez, who played two years on the PCC football team as a lineman, was conference runner-up in the shot put with a throw of 47 feet, 6.5 inches. Wood also scored a second-place medal in the discus with a throw of 134-5 while Gomez was fifth in that event.

Wood was selected the SCC Men's Field Athlete of the Meet by coaches.

The 4x100 meter relay team grabbed second place (season best 41.47 seconds) behind the sprinting of Devin Rojas, Ron Spears, Robert Pachorek, and Keiton Winston. Conference team champion Mt. San Antonio barely held off the Lancers in winning that event at 41.05. Another PCC second was turned in by Ismail Naaem in the triple jump with a leap of 45-6.5.

Luis Dorantes, who was third in the 10,000 meters, ran third in the 5,000 as well with a time of 15:23.05. 

PCC appeared to have another SCC champion in the making until Spears pulled his hamstring after leading the first 60 meters of the 100 dash. Winston placed fifth at 11.12 seconds. Spears was the top conference seed during the prelims.

Alfredo Folgar was fifth (4:05.13) and teammate Oswel Caal seventh (4:10.47) in the 1,500 meters. 

PCC WOMEN PLACE 6TH AT SCC FINALS

The Lancers' smaller women's team finished sixth out of eight teams at the SCC Finals with 45.5 points.

Tenia Sebastian raced the state's third fastest current time in finishing second in the 400 hurdles with a 1:03.62 mark. 

Diane Lombardi raced to second in the 1,500 with a time of 4:54.63 and teammate Arielle Barragan-Steimer took fourth (4:58.63). Melissa Hadloc scored eighth (5:34.94). Lombardi also finished tied for fifth in the 800 at 2:24.57, far slower than her 2:20.02 that she ran during the prelims.

In the 5,000 meters, Elizabeth Lyons placed fourth at 19:09.99 while Barragan-Steimer was seventh (19:38.94).  Yvette Bastidas took sixth in the discus with a toss of 110-4.

Several PCC men and women will participate Saturday, May 5 in the Southern California Prelims Meet at San Diego Mesa College.

[Photo--PCC track and field distance runner Luis Dorantes in action during a recent meet, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 04/30/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu