News: Men/Women Cross Country Each Grab 3rd At Rio Hondo Meet
The Pasadena City College men's and women's cross country teams each took third place in their respective races Friday at the Rio Hondo Invitational meet held at the Whittier Narrows courses in South El Monte.
The Lancers men were paced by sophomore Brendan Greene, who took eighth place overall out of 75 runners from nine colleges participating over the 4-mile course. Greene ran a time of 21 minutes, 1 second. Pasadena placed seven different runners among the top 34 spots.
Other PCC finishers in order were sophomore Oswel Caal, 16th place, 21:37, freshman David Moreno, 22nd, 22:00, sophomore Chris Alagala, 26th, 22:15, sophomore Faustino Gil, 30th, 22:32, freshman Pedro Lopez, 33rd, 22:48, freshman Bryce Van Ross, 34th, 22:56.
"I think we are seeing some huge jumps by our sophomore runners from last season," said PCC head coach Armand Crespo. "Brendan is starting to take charge as our No. 1 right now and guys like Oswel, Chris, and Faustino all are stepping up early on. We have some other runners who when healthy should put us right up in the mix with other big programs."
Also running for the Lancers were freshman Sergio Andrade, 50th, 24:15, and freshman Adam Akopyan, 58th, 25:16.
Southwestern won the meet with Steven Lepe winning the individual race honors in 20:08. South Coast Conference foe Los Angeles Trade Tech was second while PCC placed ahead of other SCC opponents in East Los Angeles (sixth) and Long Beach City (eighth).
PCC WOMEN TAKE 5TH, 6TH INDIVIDUAL SPOTS
Lancers freshman Tansica Sunkamaneevongse ran a 19:10 time to grab fifth place and sophomore teammate Christina Shamirian took sixth at 19:29 as PCC's women took third out of six scoring teams. Fifty-eight runners participated in the 5-kilometer race.
PCC ended up with eight racers placing in the top 25.
Sophomore Kailadnni Chavez placed 11th at 20:15 and freshman Edna Bailon was 15th (20:47). Also placing for the Lancers were sophomore Linda Flores-Barillas (19th, 21:10), and freshmen in order Brenda Grate (21st, 21:17), Emely Garcia (24th, 21:25), Ashley Medina (25th, 21:28), and Marina Flores (32nd, 22:01).
"Tansica ran an exceptional race and it may have been her personal best," Crespo said. "It was a flatter course, but we excelled as a team with that many runners in the upper half of the field. I only see our team getting better each meet."
[Photo--PCC harriers Brendan Greene (far left) and Chris Alagala (second from left) in action during the Rio Hondo Invitational Friday at Whittier Narrows in El Monte, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 09/09/2013