By Tadzio Garcia
The women’s track and field team advanced to the Southern California Championships in seven events, six from Shawnta Barnes, out of the SoCal prelims held last Saturday at San Diego Mesa College.
East Los Angeles College and the Southwestern College women’s teams are deadlocked in third place with eight points apiece entering the finals.
ELAC’s eight points are from Barnes’s second place finish in the SoCal Heptathlon Championships last month.
The Glendale (16 points) College and Golden West (10) College teams are holding on to first and second places.
Shawnta Barnes and Raquel “Bianca” Acosta advanced to the SoCal finals in the women’s javelin.
Acosta is the first Husky from the women’s team to advance in the javelin finals, other than Barnes, in several years.
Acosta threw a personal record of 101’ 7.25” feet to advance.
Barnes advances in the javelin, high jump, long jump and 100-meter dash finals for the second year. She also advanced in the 200 dash and the 100-meter hurdles.
Barnes placed first in the 100 dash in the prelims. She placed second in the long jump, jumping over 19 feet for the first time in her career.
Barnes ran to a personal record in the 100 hurdles, in 14.88 seconds, while upsetting Brittany Hollie of Southwestern who has the sixth fastest time in the state.
Barnes also placed second in the 200 run, 10th place in the high jump and seventh in the javelin.
Daniel Zaragosa-Rincon ran a personal record in the 10,000-meter run, finishing in 33:35.78, erasing 47.78 seconds off his previous best time.
In doing so, Rincon placed 16th, outsprinting Rico Gutierrez from Glendale College by 2.25 seconds.
Iris Abrego fell short one-place of qualifying for the SoCal finals in the pole vault.
Abrego ended her Husky career with a lifetime best leap in 2.6 meters, 9’ 07” feet.
“It’s all about the coaches who I have to mention,” Abrego said.
Giovani Leon threw 143’ 11.95” feet in the javelin for the Huskies to beat Ben Kingsley of host Mesa by for 23rd place.
Leon ended his season as the top Husky in the all four throwing events, the shot put, discus, hammer and the javelin.
Bette Bosch ends her two-year ELAC career with a showing in the 100-meter hurdles, placing eighth in her heat.
Darren Bragg placed 18th in the long jump with a jump of 6.49 meters. Bragg edged teammate Avanti Armendariz in the triple jump for 23rd place with a jump of 11.98 meters.
Armendariz jumped 11.96 meters after confusion from a water pipe releasing a jet stream of water.
Officials worked quickly to prevent the outflow of water from flooding the triple jump area. At least one athlete was disqualified from competition in another event because of the delay.
The outflow of water was completely stopped after the water was shut off in the stadium.
The SoCal finals are next Saturday all day at Mesa College.