News: Men's Track and Field Take 5th At SoCals
The Pasadena City College men's track and field team didn't win an event at the Southern California Championships Saturday, but what they did do is earn the respect of the region once again in placing fifth overall.
It was the program's best finish since they were third at the 2007 SoCals.
Steven Williams accomplished a bronze medal in the high jump with a leap of 6-feet, 8.25 inches. In the same event, Tevin Polk placed fifth at 6-6. Fharhaad Zinnamon leapt a season-best 47-7.25 to take third place in the triple jump. Caleb Wood fired a season-best 181-2 throw to finish fourth in the javelin. Wood was seventh in the discus at 146-11.
The 4x400-meter relay squad of Christian White, Bryant Johnson, Kameron Burch, and Chineek Favors placed fourth with PCC's season best time of 3:13.16. The Lancers 4x100 relay finished in a disappointing sixth despite a season best mark of 41.13. Christian White placed sixth in the 400 meters at 47.80.
In the 110 hurdles, the Lancers scored team points behind a sixth place from John Lee (14.84) and an eighth from Te'von Mitchell (14.94).
"The men have worked hard all season, led by our veteran sophomores Wood and Williams," PCC head coach Larry Wade said. "We had some great races, but it was a highly competitive SoCal meet. I'm proud of how we competed with Lancer pride."
PCC's qualifiers for the CCCAA State Championships to be held at College of San Mateo on May 18-19 include Williams (No. 2 seed) and Polk in the high jump, Wood (javelin only), Zinnamon in the triple jump, and the 4x400 relay squad. The 4x100 relay missed out as well as all three of the Lancers' South Coast Conference champion sprinters in Vivaswan Shetty (200), White (400), and Khaleel Green (400 hurdles). Derrick Shepherd, who took ninth in the 100 at 10.78, also did not qualify for state.
WOMEN'S QUALIFIERS FOR STATE MEET ANNOUNCED
The Lancers qualified both of their relays as the 4x400 relay squad of Breanna Clark, Amodia, Browne and Lai Launi Cox (Erica Payne alternate) are the No. 3 seed and the 4x100 quartet of Clark, Browne, Amodia and Taylor Matthews are No. 6 in that event.
One heartbreaking exclusion from qualifying was 3,000 steeplechaser Christina Shamirian, whose personal best 12:11.01 was not enough to make it in despite two NorCal qualifiers making it with slower times. However, Moorpark's Christina Wentworth was also left out of the 12-runner state field in the South with a 12:00.15 time.
"We feel pretty good about our chances to finish in the top 10," said PCC assistant coach Armand Crespo. "It's been a great year for the women's team and we would love to finish it on a high note. We've come a long way from some past years when our roster numbers in women's track were low."
Release Date: 05/14/2013