News: Women's Cross Country Reaches New Heights With 10th At SoCal Meet
The Pasadena City College women's cross country team took 10th place at the Southern California Championships Friday, the school's highest finish this century at the annual event. It was another feather in the hat of head coach Armand Crespo, who has raised the Lancers to become one of the region's top programs in his seven years in charge at PCC.
The Lancers competed in the 5-kilometer race at the Central Park course in Santa Clarita as they placed three runners in the top 50. Two-hundred racers and 27 teams scored at the event.
Just as she did in becoming an All-South Coast Conference performer, freshman Brenda Grate was the highest individual finisher from PCC in placing 37th at 20 minutes, 20 seconds flat. Teammate and sophomore Christina Shamirian was a split second behind her in taking 38th in a time of 20:20.6. Freshman Tansica Sunkamaneevongse hit the finish line at 20:29 even. Sophomore Kailadnni Chavez was a solid 67th at 20:52.8 as the only other Lancer to crack the top 100.
Also placing for Pasadena were Emely Garcia (124th, 21:52), Ashley Medina (145th, 22:25.3), and Edna Bailon (161st, 22:55).
"I'm excited about our prospects at the state meet because we have four runners who are peaking at the right time," Crespo said. "If we can get our secondary runners to just move up a bit we can have a great 2013 finish. Brenda has been really running well and surpassed both Christina and Tansica, but I expect Christina to use her experience at the Fresno state course to her advantage in her final meet."
As a freshman in 2012, Shamirian placed a team-best 61st at SoCal and 94th at the CCCAA state meet. PCC hopes to surpass its 10th place state finish in 2011.
MEN QUALIFY TWO RUNNERS FOR STATE MEET
Two runners were able to qualify for the CCCAA state meet in sophomore Brendan Greene, who took a Lancers' best 85th place at 22:53.4 and freshman Ruben Torres, who was 100th at 23:10.5. The season ended for Faustino Gil (118th, 23:36), Abraham Esparza (135th, 23:56), David Moreno (149th, 24:26), Russell Yu (174th, 25:25.9), and Chris Alagala (180th, 25:52).
San Bernardino Valley won the men's team SoCal title while Orange Coast was the women's champion.
The CCCAA Championships take place on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Fresno's Woodward Park course.
[Photo--Brenda Grate (middle, wearing a cap) has emerged as PCC's top harrier after a 37th place finish here at the SoCal Championships in Santa Clarita, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 11/10/2013