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PCC's Shamirian Wins SteepleChase At 71st Pasadena Games

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Last year, Pasadena City College women's track and field runner Christina Shamirian missed out on qualifying for the CCCAA State Championships despite finishing in eighth place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Southern California finals meet. This year, the sophomore is determined to reach state and her steeplechase victory on her home track Friday during the 71st Pasadena Games was a step in that direction. College-only events took place all day at Robinson Stadium. 

Shamirian ran a 12:01.03 minute time to win the event and in the process vaulted to No. 10 in the state rankings. 

Breanna Clark, also a sophomore, won her heat (and was sixth overall) in the 200 meters with a season-best 24.95 time. Clark moved to No. 4 in the state fastest times, the same spot she occupies in the 400 meters. 

Sophomore Yvette Bastidas won the discus throw (held at Caltech) with a toss of 33.93 meters. She also placed second in the javelin and third in the shot put. Other placed performances were turned in by Edna Bailon, third in the 5,000 meters (19:42.42), Tansica Sunkamaneevongse, fifth in the 1,500 (5:05.59), and Kailadnni Chavez, fifth in the 800 (2:30.44). 

Former PCC state champion Tracee van der Wyk, running unattached, won the open 1,500 at 4:28.13.

For the PCC men's team, thrower Nathan Wolitarsky won the discus at 37.31 meters and was second in the shot put at 12.99m. In the 3,000 steeplechase, Russell Yu cracked the state top 50 (No. 48) with a time of 10:59.28, fourth place in the event. 

Complete results from the 71st Pasadena Games, college/open events from March 28 at the following link:

[Photo--Christina Shamirian makes a leap over a hurdle during her 3,000-meter steeplechase victory at Robinson Stadium Friday during the Pasadena Games, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 03/29/14
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