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Women's Cross Country Beats Heat, 7th Place At Coast Classic

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Freshman Jessica Nunez finished 15th place overall as the Pasadena City College women's cross country team endured 100-plus degree running conditions to take seventh place at the Coast Classic meet in Costa Mesa held Saturday. The meet was a preview for SoCals, which will also be held at Orange Coast College's Fairview Park course, on Nov. 3. 

The Lancers participated along with 25 other scoring colleges in the 5-kilometer race. Nunez was one of 19 overall runners to break 20 minutes as she hit the line in a swift 19:43.86. PCC sophomore Diane Lombardi was next to finish with a 20:03.10 in 24th place. Rookie Christina Shamirian followed in 60th (21:23.49). The other Lancers scoring runners were letterman Arielle Steimer-Barragan (65th, 21:27.01) and freshman Tanya Hossain (82nd, 22:16.29).

Other PCC finishers were sophomore Melissa Hadloc (105th, 22:56) and freshman Kailadnni Chavez (151st, 24:30). The Lancers were third of the six South Coast Conference schools participating while host Orange Coast (Orange Empire Conference) won the team title.

"Considering the conditions, it was a strong race for us," said PCC head coach Armand Crespo. "We've established that we can be a top 10 team in the region and we have plenty of room for improvement."

LANCERS MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

The Pasadena men's team took 12th place of 25 scoring schools, but were directly affected by the hot conditions at the 4-mile course.

Crespo said: "We had a tough time. Our No. 2 runner Juan De La Rosa could not finish and our projected No. 3 guy Brendan Greene ran fifth for us because of the heat. The race was not a true indicator of our ability."

De La Rosa, who has fully recovered and will be healthy to run future races, was one of eight different runners from all the colleges who were treated for heat exhaustion in the grueling race. No racer suffered any serious health issues although some were treated at the scene by Costa Mesa firefighters and taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons, according to a news account by the Daily Pilot.

For the second straight meet, PCC freshman runner Francis Lee was the fastest Lancer, placing 28th individually with a time of 21:48.39. Following Lee were freshmen runners Alfredo Folgar (52nd, 22:25.41), Faustino Gil (60th, 22:38.88), Oswel Caal (94th, 23:30.80), and Greene (126th, 24:25.59). Also finishing the race was first-year harrier Abraham Esparza (129th, 24:36.45). The Coast Classic held an additional overflow race. PCC times were as follows: Charlie Camacho, 23:54; Jack Serna, 24:34; Oscar Gardea, 25:08; Chris Paidimukkala, 27:07; and Paul Ingram, 27:13.

[Photo--Tanya Hossain (238) helped the Lancers take seventh at the Coast Classic Saturday morning at Costa Mesa's Fairview Park, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 09/17/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu