News: Women's Trackster Amodia Climbs To 2nd In State in 400 Hurdles
Omhunique Browne continued her impressive season as one of the state's top sprinters during the 70th Pasadena Games on Saturday. And while her stock is rising, another Pasadena City College women's track and field star emerged over the weekend in hurdler Sophia Amodia.
Amodia ran a season-best 1:04.11 against top club and university performers to place her No. 2 in the state in the 400-meter hurdles. The run was only 12th place overall at the Robinson Stadium home meet, but the freshman from Glendale High won her open No. 2 heat as she ranked among top club and unattached professionals. Amodia's race was remarkable in that she shaved nearly four seconds off her early season times.
Meanwhile, Browne (San Marino High) took second place overall ahead of a host of Cal State University runners on her home track, and moved back into No. 1 on the state list for top times in the 200 meters. Browne soared to a 23.77 seconds mark (20th in the nation among all NCAA sprinters). Browne is now ahead of the previous top state mark set by Laney College's Khadija Suleman (24.07).
Browne was the second leg of the state's third fastest mark this year in the 4x100 relay (47.65) as she joined Breanna Clark, Kia Smith and anchor Taylor Matthews in placing fifth overall in the event. The Lancers ran second in the rare 4x1,600 relay behind the talents of Diane Lombardi, Arielle Barragan-Steimer, Christina Shamirian, and Kailadnni Chavez at 22:38.38.
Clark posted the state's No. 6-ranked time of 57.04 in placing eighth in the 400 meters. Matthews was the fastest community college sprinter (17th overall) in the 100 dash at 12.64 seconds. Lai Launi Cox ran 12.87 (24th).
Lombardi was sixth with a season-best 2:22.59 in the 800 meters (17th in the state rankings). In that same event, former Lancer Tracee van der Wyk, running unattached, won the competition with a mark of 2:13.83. Van der Wyk edged out UNLV runner Auzsane Crowe-Carter at 2:14.71. In 2011, van der Wyk was the state champion in the 1,500 meters, PCC's only track event champion in women's history (three other winners in field events).
Shamirian took fifth in the 3,000 steeplechase (12:39.90), putting her 17th in the state in that event. Rossha Harris was third overall (114-10 feet) in the javelin while Kia Smith was 19th in the 100 hurdles (15.55). Linda Barillas-Flores took ninth in the 5,000 (22:04.06) and Crystal Yanez was 16th in the 1,500 (5:25.96). The 4x400 relay unit of Clark, Browne, Erica Payne and Tatyana Powell was fifth at 3:58.85.
[Photo--Lancer Sophia Amodia (No. 2) in action during her blistering run in the 400 hurdles Saturday in the 70th Pasadena Games at Robinson Stadium, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 03/25/2013