News: Men's Track and Field's Williams Takes 4th In High Jump At State Meet
For the Pasadena City College men's track and field team, the various accomplishments of the regular season didn't parlay as well at the CCCAA State Championship meet May 18-19 at College of San Mateo. The Lancers settled for a tie for 22nd place out of 38 colleges who scored points after scoring fifth at the SoCal Championships.
Sophomore Steven Williams leapt 6 feet, 6 inches to score a fourth place medal in the high jump. PCC teammate Tevin Polk jumped as high as 6-2, but was left out of the scoring field in ninth place. Williams never matched his season-best jump of 6-9 set in April at the Beach Invitational. Southwestern's Branden Greene won the state title at 6-9.75.
Caleb Wood, the two-time South Coast Conference top field athlete, saved his best throw for his final meet. The sophomore Wood fired a career-best throw of 184-10, but it only gave him sixth place (second among SoCal throwers).
The Lancers' 4x400 relay squad of Chineek Favors, Bryant Johnson, Christian White and Kameron Burch raced a 3:15.23 mark to also snare sixth place in that event.
It was a tough meet for freshman triple jumper Fharhaad Zinnamon, who fouled on several of his attempts and couldn't surpass the 44-feet plus range. Zinnamon placed 12th after his exciting 47-7.25 leap for third place at SoCals.
PCC can still look back at a year where it took a strong third at the conference finals and five individual SCC titles, a hard-fought fifth at the regional meet, and an improvement of 12 team standings places from last year's state meet. PCC hadn't finished that high (22nd) at the CCCAA Championships since finishing 18th in 2008.
"The events where we were strong in just had too many better performers across the state," PCC head coach Larry Wade said. "Our sprinters showed some sparks at various meets, and we can build on that for the returning lettermen in 2014. We did okay in the field events, but that's an area we plan on improving as well. We feel like we are going in the right direction. If anything, people now know we have a thriving track and field program for both men and women."
[Photo--Lancer Steven Williams goes over the high jump bar during the CCCAA State Championships held at College of San Mateo on Friday, image by Richard Quinton, PCC sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 05/20/2013