Track and Field Teams Combine For 15 Events Wins at Cerritos Invite
At the sparsely attended Cerritos College Invitational Feb. 15-16, the Pasadena City College men's and women's track and field teams continued to show depth and strength in many areas, evidenced by the 10 event wins turned in by the men's team and five first-place finishes by the women's squad.
During the men's meet that was made up of three colleges, Lancer Derrick Shepherd ran the state's current fourth fastest time to win the 100 meters in 11.11 seconds. Bryant Johnson captured the 200 dash in 22.63, edging out Shepherd's 22.73. Faustino Gil won the 800 in 2:01.88 while teammate Christian White was second at 2:02.14. In the 110 hurdles, Khaleel Green posted the state's No. 5 fastest time at 15.47 to win that event with teammate Te'von Mitchell taking second in 15.77.
Chineek Favors took first in the 400 hurdles (56.10), followed by Green's 57.92 and another PCC athlete Shian Hale at 58.06. The men had nothing but fun in the relays beginning with a state No. 2 time (3:18.30) in winning the 4x400 behind the racing of Kymoni Bellamy, Johnson, Mitchell, and Tywon White. The Lancers won the 4x100 (Shepherd, Keiton Winston, Johnson, and T. White) at 42.34 and did the same in the 4x200 (Winston, T. White, Kameron Burch, and Johnson) at 1:29.34. In two other specialty relays, PCC won the 4x800 (Charlie Camacho, David Chacon, Chris Paidimukkala, and Andy Garcia) in 8:30.97 and the 4,000 distance medley on the racing of Francis Lee, C. White, Gil, and Garcia in a time of 11:00.34.
Tywon White placed second in the 400 (51.28) and Kevin Cano was fourth in the 1,500 (4:11.12).
In the high jump, Steven Williams and Tevin Polk each recorded a 6-foot-2.75 inch mark to tie for second place (fifth best in state). Alex Tapia placed second in the shot put (41-2.25) and Demaree Lowe was third (40-4.75). Lowe was second in the discus at 121-5. John Lee placed third in the long jump (21-2.5) and Fharhaad Zinnamon was third in the triple jump (43-7).
The women's competition at the Cerritos Invitational attracted five teams as Breanna Clark posted the state's third fastest mark to win the 100 meters (12.42 seconds). Sophia Amodia ran the fourth best state time thus far in her first place finish in the 400 hurdles (1:08.01).
The Lancers also won the 4x200 relay (Clark, Marquetta Stokes, Taylor Matthews, and Omhunique Brown) in 1:43.92, the 4x800 relay (Diane Lombardi, Kailadnni Chavez, Christina Shamirian, and Arielle Barragan-Steimer) in 9:58.63, and the 4,000 distance relay (Lombardi, Erica Payne, Chavez and Shamirian) in 13:20.79.
PCC took second in the 4x100 relay (Clark, Browne, Stokes, and Matthews) at 49.12, but still hold the state's fastest time in that event with its 48.88 at the Mt. SAC Season Opener meet. Lombardi ran the state's No. 6 time in the 800, taking second place in 2:27.28. The 4x400 relay squad was second (sixth in state) behind Payne, Browne, Amodia and Stokes at 4:09.52.
Rossha Harris fired a 118-feet, 6 inch throw to take third in the javelin and move to No. 5 in the state rankings. Harris was sixth in the shot put at 35-5. Payne ran to third in the 400 meters (1:02.92) and Barragan-Steimer finished sixth in the 1,500 (5:16.24).
PCC hosts the Pasadena Relays on Friday, Feb. 22 with events beginning at 3 p.m. at Robinson Stadium.
[Photo--Lancer freshman sprinter Breanna Clark races during the 4x100 relay Saturday at Cerritos College in Norwalk, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]