News: Cross Country Teams Both Qualify For State Meet
For the first time in 11 years, Pasadena City College will send both the men's and women's cross country teams to the CCCAA State Championships. The teams qualified Saturday with similar finishes at the Southern California Championships as the Lancers' women placed 15th while the PCC men took 16th. The top 18 teams for each gender qualified for the state meet.
It's also the first time in his six seasons as PCC head coach that Armand Crespo can bring his teams (in other years, individuals qualified, or one team qualified, but not the other) as a pair to the state meet, held annually at Fresno's Woodward Park. The meet takes place Saturday, Nov. 17.
"It's a big deal because we train as a team, and we try to get our athletes to understand that your individual placing affects the entire team," Crespo said. "Would we have liked to have finished higher this meet? Yes, but now we have the opportunity for everyone to put up their best marks in Fresno. It's what you prepare for and it's the ultimate team goal. We have a rich cross country history here. Now that we've accomplished this feat, we want to continue that for years to come."
The biggest surprise came in the women's race where top racer and All-South Coast Conference sophomore runner Diane Lombardi struggled, allowing a few other unheralded PCC runners to take center stage. Freshman Christina Shamirian (Burbank High) placed 61st overall and tops among the Lancer racers with a time of 20:38.35 in the 5-kilometer race held at Costa Mesa's Fairview Park.
Four PCC runners placed in the top 100 out of the 205-runner field with freshman Tanya Hossain next fastest to Shamirian in 78th place (21:00.80). In 92nd was sophomore Arielle Barragan-Steimer (21:19.64) and then Lombardi in 96th at 21:22.57. Lombardi was ninth at the SCC Championships, but was 27th among conference racers at the SoCals. Shamirian was 19th in that grouping.
Also placing for PCC were sophomore Melissa Hadloc (112th, 21:42.39), first-year racer Kailadnni Chavez (133rd, 22:10.58), and frosh Linda Flores-Barillas (164th, 23:17.27). Orange Coast College won the SoCal meet and Glendale's Grace Graham-Zamudio won the individual race at 18:09.43.
MEN'S LEE SHINES AT SOCAL MEET
After a disappointing finish at the conference meet, freshman Francis Lee led the men's charge at the SoCal Championships by placing 34th individually (21:01.70). An Arcadia High product, Lee was 10th among South Coast Conference racers (18th at SCC) over the 4-mile course.
Sophomore Kevin Cano was next for the Lancers in 89th place (22:09.45). In the 197-runner field, letterman Brian Sacripanti placed 109th (22:26.29) and freshman Faustino Gil took 117th (22:36.48). The rest of the Lancers finished as follows: rookie Oswel Caal, 125th, 22:49.98; freshman Juan De La Rosa, 131st, 22:57.77; and first-year Charlie Camacho, 138th, 23:12.46.
LA Trade Tech's Omar Cortes won the individual men's race at 19:48.44 while San Bernardino Valley College captured the regional team title.
[Photo Combo--On the left is Christina Shamirian in a recent face and on the right is Francis Lee during the front part of the SoCal Championships held Saturday at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 11/04/2012