News: Final Prep For Big 3 By Cross Country
The preparation is over for the Pasadena City College men's and women's cross country teams following their performances at the Cal State University San Marcos Cougar Challenge on October 19. The women's team placed fourth out of eight teams while the men's squad was seventh among nine squads participating.
The Lancers now get ready for the upcoming South Coast Conference Championships to take place November 1 at Long Beach's Heartwell Park. That will be followed by the Southern California Championships and the CCCAA State Championships as the three meets make up what is called the "Big 3" of community college cross country racing.
In the Cougar Challenge women's 5-kilometer race, Lancer Christina Shamirian placed 31st out of 155 racers (including unattached, non-college participants). Shamirian ran the San Marcos course in a time of 19:18. PCC teammate Tansica Sunkamaneevongse hit the finish in 33rd at 19:21.
Other women's harriers competing were Kailaddni Chavez (43rd, 19:56), Brenda Grate (49th, 20:04), Ashley Medina (60th, 20:29), Emely Garcia (73rd, 21:05), and Kate Manzke (86th, 21:38).
"Some top national runners from 4-year universities were in this event and we had four runners place in the top 50," said PCC head coach Armand Crespo. "Our two best racers are primed to have big performances at conference and beyond. We like how we progressed as a team. All year, Christina and Tansica have impressed as two of the better runners in Southern California."
Brendan Greene took 49th overall at 27:28 over the 8-k course to lead the PCC men's team at the Cougar Challenge. Greene was far ahead of his Lancers teammates as the other racers finished as follows: Abraham Esparza (81st, 28:35), Chris Alagala (85th, 28:43), Faustino Gil (94th, 29:03), David Moreno (98th, 29:32), Pedro Lopez (99th, 29:33), and Sergio Andrade (120th, 31:14). Lancer Oswel Caal did not participate in the165-runner field.
"While we don't have what you might call a star runner, what I like about our men's team this year is that our second tier athletes are being pushed by our upper tier," Crespo said. "The guys have run in a pack and it's beneficial to the entire team. We had five runners grouped within a minute span. Brendan ran a great race for us, one that could set him up to finish high at conference."
[Photo--Brendan Greene in action at a recent Lancers meet.]
Release Date: 10/23/2013