By Tadzio Garcia
The 2012 South Coast Conference prelims and some finals, held at El Camino College Compton Center Tuesday April 24, produced some personal records that are top-10 results in the state for community colleges.
East Los Angeles College’s Shawnta Barnes won in the 100-meter dash, in 11.92 seconds. It is the fourth fastest time in the state. Barnes advances to the SCC finals.
Barnes won two other prelim events for the Huskies to advance to the finals. Her first place win in the 200 dash was done in a blistering 24.87. Barnes won the long jump in 5.40 meters.
Barnes owns top-10 statewide results in the 200 dash (No. 5) and the long jump (No. 9).
Pasadena City College’s Tenia Sebastian’s win in the 400-meter hurdles, in 1:04.15 minutes, qualified her for the finals and is the fourth fastest time in the state.
Ariel Burch of Mt. San Antonio College took first place in the women’s 400 dash, in 57.35, also a personal record, which is the 10th fastest time in the state. Burch advances to the finals.
The scores for the women’s teams entering the finals on Friday, also at Compton include: Mt. SAC – 52 points, Cerritos -51, LA Trade Tech – 19, El Camino – 15, Long Beach – 14, Compton – 9, East Los Angeles – 8 and Pasadena – 6.
SCC women’s champions
SCC champions include Rukayah Bent-Mikail from El Camino in the women’s triple jump, who leaped 11.85 meters.
Michelle Jimenez of Mt. SAC won the steeplechase in 12:43.51 just getting by Amalia Erazo of Long Beach City who finished in 13:15.07.
Both women ran to their best times this season.
Lucia Trejo of LA Trade Tech is the SCC champion in the 10,000-meter run in 40:39.92
Angel Sifuentes of Cerritos won the javelin title in 37.90 meters followed by teammate Tuki Sauvao who threw 37.75 meters.
Barnes took third place after only throwing twice.
Fourth through sixth places were Sharica Pleasant of Compton (34.16 meters), Priscilla Gardner from Cerritos (33.69) and T’Keyah Gray from Mt. SAC (32.75).
Raquel Acosta of East LA (30.86) placed seventh in the javelin and Ashley Waldmen of Compton (28.85) placed eighth.
Pleasant, Gardner and Acosta all threw personal records.
The women’s SCC champion in the hammer throw is Asti Gonzalez of Mt. SAC. Teammate Brittany Segovia took seventh place in 38.20 meters.
Second through sixth places were won by Cerritos Falcons. They are, respectively, Carissa English (43.50 meters), Larrisha Fields (43.46), Destini Poplar (41.94), Garder (41.66) and Veronica Sosa (39.20).
Falcon Youstina Makary (34.99) won eighth place.
Men’s event also produced top-10 statewide results
In the men’s events, Compton’s Leon Dilihunt ran to the state’s top time with his win in the 400 run, in 46.72.
Dilihunt ran to the 9th best time in the state with his victory in the 200 run (21.75). Dilhunt advances to the SCC finals in both events.
The strength of the SCC was showcased in the 400 hurdles with three top-10 results produced.
Compton’s Kivon Grant’s first place finish in the 400 hurdles, which is now the second best in the state.
Grant edged teammate Jordin Andrade who owns the top time in the state, which he recorded last week at the 54th Annual Mt. SAC Relays.
Seth George (54.14) from Cerritos and teammate Dominique Pearson (54.35) took 3rd and 4th places in the 400 hurdles, respectively, also cracking the state’s top-10.
Daniel Herrera of Cerritos College owns the top time in the state after posting a time of 30:19.48 in the 10,000 run. Herrera’s teammate, Munir Kahassay’s second place finish at 31:23.19 is the third fastest in the state.
Mt. SAC’s Johnny Garcia win in the hammer throw at 46.16 meters, which is the 10th best throw in the state.
Cherry tops Bragg for bragging rights in men’s long jump
Marquise Cherry of Mt. SAC jumped 7.02 meters taking first place in the men’s long jump and advancing to the SCC finals.
Cherry edged runner-up Darren Bragg, from East Los Angeles College. Bragg upset six men to take second place with a leap of 6.88 meters, a personal best.
Following Bragg include Dionbrea Norris of Cerritos (6.85 meters) who took third.
Fourth through seventh places belong to four Mt. SAC Mounties in Dominic Jones (6.83), Ryan Sanders (6.72), Camren Woods (6.70) and Darrell Freeman (6.53). Robert Pachorek of Pasadnea (6.49) placed eighth in the prelims.
Caleb Wood is SCC champion in the javelin
Caleb Wood of Pasadena is the men’s javelin champion winning the event with a throw of 51.98 meters.
He was followed by Tomek Czerwinski (51.05), Allan Andrews (46.24), David Perez (46.00) and Tristan Wentworth (43.81), all of Mt. SAC, who won second through fifth places, respectively.
Giovani Leon of East Los Angeles took sixth place with a throw of 43.58 meters.
Rounding out the scoring positions in the men’s javelin were Pasadena’s Daniel Walker (43.22) who won seventh place and teammate Pachorek (42.05) who took eighth.
The scores for the men’s teams after the SCC prelims are:
Mt. SAC – 84 points, Cerritos – 51, Pasadena – 32, East LA – 10, El Camino – 9, LA Trade Tech – 7 and Long Beach -1.