News: Track and Field Continues String of Top Times/Marks
The Pasadena City College men's and women's track and field teams continue to improve their standing in many events after competing in a pair of meets on March 15 and March 16.
The Lancers participated in the Occidental College Distance Carnival on Friday evening. Kevin Cano placed 15th overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and his new season best time of 9 minutes, 40.96 seconds places him No. 5 in the state in the event. Cano was third in a 16-runner field during heat No. 2.
Diane Lombardi is 14th in the state in the women's 800 meters after racing a 2:22.84 time, finishing in 16th place against top 4-year university runnners. In the mixed 10,000 meters, Arielle Barragan-Steimer ran a 39:29.88 mark, third best among state distance runners. Lancer Linda Barillas-Flores is sixth with a 42:42.27 time.
Omhunique Browne took the state lead in the women's 200 meters to highlight the teams' accomplishments at the Northridge Invitational held Saturday at CSUN. Browne won the event in a blazing 24.04 seconds. The freshman is currently competing with Laney College racer Khadija Suleman as they fight for the top spots in both the 200 and 100 dashes.
Suleman, who is right behind Browne with a 24.07 mark in the 200, jumped ahead of Browne in the 100 rankings with an 11.58 time at a Sacramento meet. Browne remains in second in the 100 with her 11.63 time set a week ago at the Ben Brown Invitational. However, Browne's mark has dropped from No. 2 in the nation to 12th since her exciting race on March 9 at Cal State Fullerton.
Also for the women at Northridge, the 4x100 relay team of Breanna Clark, Browne, Kia Smith, and Taylor Matthews placed third in the event and moved to third in the state with a new team top time of 47.71. Meanwhile, the 4x400 relay unit of Marquetta Stokes, Sabrina Martinez (fresh from playing on the women's basketball team), Essence Foreman, and Smith posted a 4:00.73 time for fourth at the meet. That mark would be ninth in the state except that PCC already is fifth in that event with four different racers (3:56.79) set at the UNLV Classic on March 2.
Clark won her heat No. 3 in the 400 meters at 58.11, good enough for No. 10 on the state list and eighth overall at CSUN. Sophia Amodia also won her heat in the 400 hurdles (sixth overall) and is ninth in the state at 1:07.98.
For the men at CSUN, the 4x400 relay team soared to No. 2 in the state with a second place finish behind new state leader College of the Sequoias, 3:13.64 to PCC's 3:14.94 mark. The Lancers raced Christian White, Aaron Harris, Kameron Burch, and Kymoni Bellamy. It was a big meet for Bellamy, who won his heat and was fifth overall in the 400 hurdles. His 54.45 second time is now ninth in the state.
Farhaad Zinnamon was the only PCC male athlete to win at Northridge, capturing the triple jump title with a leap of 47 feet, 1 inch. Zinnamon jumped to No. 6 in the state. Caleb Wood placed fourth in the javelin with a season-best throw of 171-8 (15th in the state). Steven Williams, who is No. 4 in the state in the long jump, placed fifth at CSUN with a jump of 6-3. His best jump so far is 6-6.75 set at the Ben Brown Invitational.
In the 400, Bryant Johnson took sixth overall and moved to No. 16 on the state chart with a time of 48.80. Chineek Favors was eighth in the same event and is 20th in the state at 49.13. In the 110 hurdles, Khaleel Green took sixth and jumped to 15th in the state at 15.22.
[Photo--Kevin Cano (right, 13) and teammate Francis Lee are in action during the Occidental College Distance Carnival Friday in Eagle Rock, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 03/18/2013