Women's Trackster Clark Is 400 Meter Conference Champion
Leading the state this year in the event, Pasadena City College sophomore sprinter Breanna Clark became a conference individual champion in the 400 meters race Friday at the 2014 South Coast Conference Finals meet held at Long Beach City College.
Clark won the race in a time of 56.10 seconds, a little slower than her state-best 55.33 mark set at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 12. Her 10 points scored were part of the Lancers' 48 team points, enough for fourth place in the 8-team conference standings. Clark's title is the first by a PCC women's athlete in conference at the 400 distance.
Clark really made noise in the 200 meters as she ran a personal best 24.51 seconds, the state's second fastest mark of the season. However, the state leader happens to be Mt. San Antonio's Sarah Dunmore, who edged out Clark at 24.31 for the SCC title. Dunmore's top time is 24.12, but Clark served notice that she could challenge her at SoCal and possibly the CCCAA state meet. Clark scored eight team points with her second place finish in the event.
Thrower Yvette Bastidas represented the Lancers well with a third place finish in the discus (a season-best 121 feet, 10 inches), fourth in the javelin (approximately 110 feet, her best is a 117-5), and a sixth in the shot put (approximately 33 feet). Christina Shamirian placed fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:03.04 (her best is 12:01). Freshman Tansica Sunkamaneevongse (5:05.76) and sophomore Kailadnni Chavez (5:12.12) placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 1,500 meters.
Cerritos College won the team title with 285 points.
The PCC track teams are under the direction of Cedric Hill.
MEN FINISH FIFTH IN SCC
The PCC men's track and field team scored just 16 points, but still took fifth place in the 7-team, SCC Finals meet held Friday.
Freshman Brinten Reed raced his season-best 56.35 to take third place in the 400-meter hurdles for the Lancers' highest finish in any event. Reed is 30th in the state in the event. Thrower Nathan Wolitarsky placed fourth in the shot put at 43-3.75 (41st in state, season best) while the 4x400 relay team was a pedestrian fifth at 3:38.04.
Mt. San Antonio won the men's team title with a whopping 306.5 points.
[Photo--Breanna Clark (center) wins the 400 meters conference title Friday in the SCC Finals meet held at Long Beach City College, image created by Richard Quinotn, sports information photographer.]