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News: Women's Sprinter Browne 2nd Fastest In Nation in 100

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Omhunique Browne is fittingly unique in women's track and field history at Pasadena City College. While the Lancers have had some seen throwers, jumpers and middle distance runners excel over the years, PCC hasn't really cultivated a truly great sprinter. That is until this season in Browne, a freshman from San Marino High, who is setting her sights on some big sprint prizes by May.

Racing against four-year university sprinters, Browne ran an electrifying 11.63 seconds to win the 100 meters at the Ben Brown Invitational at Cal State Fullerton March 9. The time not only is the fastest in the state this year, but the second fastest in the nation, including all NCAA Division I level racers. Only Dariel Jackson of the University of South Florida has raced a faster time at 11.61 (also accomplished Friday at a USF, Tampa-hosted meet). 

All the more remarkable about Browne's race was that it was the first time this season she ran that particular event.

At Fullerton, Browne outraced heralded USC sophomore Coco Ndipagbor (11.77) for the wire. The 100 victory comes on the heels of her state No. 2 time in the 200 at the UNLV Invitational. Browne is a leading candidate to now win both events at the CCCAA State Championships in May. 

Arielle Barragan-Steimer ran a ninth fastest state time to take fifth in her 5,000 meters heat "C" at 18:33.71. Diane Lombardi ran her season-best 18:49.98 mark in the 5,000 meters "A" heat (25th place v. many top competitors), 40 seconds faster than her mark at the same event a year ago. 

Sophia Amodia was second in her heat and 10th overall in the 400-meter hurdles (1:08.54) and 11th overall in the 100 hurdles (15.90 seconds). Corey Pachorek had a 32-feet, 7-inch leap in the triple jump for 14th place. 

MEN'S HIGHLIGHTS AT BEN BROWN INVITATIONAL

In a true definition of track and field's spectacular competitive side, PCC and Riverside finished in a virtual dead heat in the 4x400 relay. The Tigers were awarded the victory at 3:15.04, just ahead of the Lancers' 3:15.05. 

The PCC team of Bryant Johnson, Chineek Favors, Tywon White, and Christian White now has the state's No. 2 time. Christian White (no relation to Tywon) also placed second overall with the state's No. 3 current mark in the 400 meters with a time of 48.09 seconds. In the relay, White cut down a 10-meter deficit in the anchor leg and held a lead at one point before Riverside's anchor man just edged him to the finish line. White was a state prep champion in Maryland at Laurel High.

Favors won heat no. 4 in the 200 meters and was ninth overall in the event with time of 22.08 seconds. Lancer Derrick Shepherd took second in his heat and ninth overall in the 100 at 10.94. Kevin Cano ran the 5,000 meters in 15:44.04, 18th in his heat but third best among community college runners. 

The PCC track and field teams are directed by head coach Larry Wade and assistant and distance coach Armand Crespo. The Lancers will be in action on Friday, March 15 at the Occidental College Distance Carnival and also may participate in the Cal State Northridge Invitational March 15-16.

[Photo--Omhunique Browne is PCC's track and field freshman sensation. She is seen here in a recent meet, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 03/12/2013
Contact: Robert Lewis , Sports Information
Phone: (626) 585-7018
Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu