News: What Can Browne Do For PCC? Win SoCal 100, 200 Titles
Pasadena City College women's track and field sprinter Omhunique Browne is determined to be the best in the state in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and is one step away after her sterling performances at the Southern California Championships held Saturday at Antelope Valley College. Browne won the 100 and 200 titles in helping the Lancers finish a school best-ever sixth place in SoCal.
Already leading the nation with the fastest times in both the 100 and 200, Browne did not race her season best in either event. However, Browne exploded to significant leads to coast to victories in each sprint. In the 100, Browne won with a time of 11.50 seconds (11.33 her top time). The San Marino High graduate crossed the finish line .56 of a second ahead of the pack, a field that all ranged from 12.06 to 12.29 seconds. PCC's Breanna Clark placed sixth at 12.20.
In the 200, Browne raced a speedy 23.64 (her best is 23.46) and closed ahead of second place finisher Sara McDonald of Moorpark by .39 of a second. Clark scored eighth at 25.28.
Browne continued her fine racing in the 4x400 relay as she helped the Lancers take second place with the third fastest time in the state this year at 3:49.91. Anchoring the relay, Browne grabbed the baton with PCC in third and she passed up El Camino's anchor around the final turn to give the team the SoCal silver medal. Sophia Amodia, Clark, and Lai Launi Cox were the other racers on the relay. Cox was a late fill-in on the relay and a latecomer to the sport after being a member of the PCC cheer squad.
In the 4x100 relay, the Lancers took third with their season best of 47.24 (sixth currently in the state). Browne was the second leg in that relay. Clark, Amodia and Taylor Matthews were the other PCC sprinters in that race.
Amodia soared to the fourth fastest mark in the state this year with her third place in the 400 hurdles at 1:02.66. In the 3,000 steeplechase, Christina Shamirian tallied a team point with her eighth place finish at 12:11.01.
"I'm really proud of our sixth place finish for the women's team considering we hardly brought anybody here last year (24th place)," said PCC assistant coach Armand Crespo. "It was a really good day for us."
The Lancers' sixth place finish beats the 2001 team's eighth place mark. PCC was one of four South Coast Conference schools to finish in the top 7 with Cerritos College winning the SoCal team title.
Lancers' head coach Larry Wade said: "Omhunique raced like she was on a mission to win. She's a national talent. Sophia was phenomenal in the hurdles. You hope an athlete can run her best at this point and she did just that here at SoCal. The relays are qualified for state. You just want to get there, then you can worry about how well you do. There is no guarantee in relays. You can finish first one race and finish fifth the next, so we are right in the thick of the top squads."
The CCCAA State Championships take place Friday-Saturday, May 17-18 at College of San Mateo.
[Photo--Omhunique Browne starts to pull away from the other racers during her 100-meter dash title win at the SoCal Championships in Lancaster, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 05/13/2013