News: Omh-Unique! Browne Sets PCC Women's Track First With 2 State Titles
Omhunique Browne completed her own triple crown Saturday by becoming the first Pasadena City College women's track and field athlete to win two state titles at the CCCAA State Championships held at College of San Mateo. Browne's feat of winning the 100- and 200-meter state sprinting golds follows her wins in each event at both the South Coast Conference and Southern California Championships.
Browne's accomplishments helped the Lancers place ninth overall at the state meet, the highest finish by a PCC women's team in 12 years when it finished in eighth place. Overall, 38 colleges scored at the championship event.
Browne joins a short list of PCC women's athletes to win state crowns that consists of PCC Sports Hall of Famer Sarah Goodlaw (1996 hammer throw), Amber Roberts (1997 high jump), Elizabeth Heskett (a then national record in the 2001 pole vault), and Tracee van der Wyk (2011, 1,500 meters).
Browne, a freshman from San Marino High, won the 100 with a time of 11.34 seconds, defeating her NorCal rival Khadija Suleman of Laney College by .09 of a second. The national leader in the 100 and 200, Browne's fastest time ended up being her 11.30 mark, a PCC school record, at the conference championships.
In the 200, Browne used a strong finishing kick to capture the gold with a time of 23.97 seconds. Browne again left Suleman in second (24.26). Her school record and top national time was also set at the SCC finals of 23.46.
In the relays, Browne (in the second slot) joined teammates Breanna Clark, Taylor Matthews, and Sophia Amodia to score a third place in the 4x100 event with a 47.69 mark. She added a sixth place in the 4x400 relay (3:56.91) as she anchored the quartet of Clark, Amodia, and Lai Launi Cox.
PCC also scored points with freshman Amodia's fifth place finish in the 400 hurdles at 1:04.08. Amodia attended Glendale High. In all Browne was a part of 29 of the Lancers' 33 scoring points. Fellow conference foe Cerritos College won the state team title
"We came here with a goal to reach the top 10 in the state and we accomplished it," said a proud PCC head coach Larry Wade. "Omhunique continued to prove why she is the best community college sprinter in the nation. To give her all in four events, winning two of them, is a testament to her endurance and talents. She responded with one of the great days ever by any PCC track athlete, man or woman."
In the 10,000 meters, Arielle Barragan-Steimer (Gabrielino High) closed out her Lancers' career with a personal best time of 39:11.93 to take ninth. She missed out of a scoring point by only one place.
[Photo--Lancer Omhunique Browne in the final turn of her 200-meter state title-winning sprint at the CCCAA State Championships held Saturday at College of San Mateo. The Laney racer is Khadija Suleman, image by Richard Quinton, PCC sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 05/18/2013