PCC Track And Field's Caleb Wood Wins SCC Javelin Title At Prelims
Pasadena City College freshman Caleb Wood used his season-best throw of 170 feet, 6 inches to become South Coast Conference champion in the men's javelin event. Wood's victory highlighted the PCC men's and women's track and field teams' performance during the SCC Prelims held Tuesday at El Camino College-Compton Center.
Only a handful of finals events were performed at the SCC Prelims as most competitors were attempting to qualify for Friday's SCC Championships (also at Compton). Wood's teammates Daniel Walker (seventh) and Robert Pachorek (eighth) also medaled in the javelin for the Lancers.
The PCC men's team stood in third place with 32 points in the SCC team scoring.
In the 10,000 meters final, Lancer Luis Dorantes, who held the previous fastest state time in the event, was beaten by a school record run by Cerritos' Daniel Herrera as Dorantes settled for third place with a time of 32:13.28. Herrera's 30:19.48 mark overtook Dorantes' 31:04.62 time set at the Occidental Distance Carnival back in March.
In the 3,000 steeplechase finals, Kevin Cano placed fourth at 10:11.04. Chris Le just missed medaling in taking ninth at 10:23.63.
Among the top qualifying marks for the PCC men at the prelims were Khambrell Gomez, who threw a hair more than 43 feet to gain the top seed in the shot put. Gomez was fifth in the discus. In the 100-meter sprint, Ron Spears bolted to a 10.84 seconds time to also grab top seed going into Friday's finals. Ismail Naeem is the second seed in the triple jump with a prelims' leap of 45-6.5. Wood (pictured) was third in the discus toss at 133-10 and Gomez took fifth. Alfredo Folgar finished fifth in the 1,500 (4:10.35).
Diane Lombardi had the second fastest mark in the 800 meters race during the SCC Prelims April 24 at Compton. Lombardi raced 2:20.02. Tenia Sebastian also grabbed the second seed in the 400 hurdles (1:04.15). Yvette Bastidas was fourth in the discus throw of 113-3.
In the 10,000 meters final, Elizabeth Lyons was fifth (41:06.38) and Cassandra Lew took seventh (41:23.88) as both scored medals for the Lancers.