Track and field impressive against four-year universities

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TAKING FLIGHT—Jose Arreola leaps in the men’s long jump at the 70th Annual Pasadena Games. Arreola leaped 18’ 6” in the non-scoring meet held at Pasadena City College yesterday. CN/Tadzio Garcia


By Diego Linares & Tadzio Garcia



The Huskies continued competing against four-year universities for the third consecutive week at the 70th Annual Pasadena Games last weekend at Pasadena City College. Fifteen records were broken at the meet by university, college and high school athletes as well as over a dozen Husky personal records.

The Huskies competed well in a slew of diverse events that pinned the track and field team against hungry competitors.

Husky Armendarez Avanti walked away with three personal records. Two of them came in the long and triple jumps. Avanti was a state semifinalist last year in both events.

Avanti also ran his best 100-meter sprint of the year placing third in his heat edging two runners from Cal State Northridge, Tawauan and Dawaun Lucas.

Fernando Sandoval finished in sixth place in the first heat for the Huskies edging Anthony Dunlap of El Camino College Compton Center 11.73 to 11.98 seconds.

Assitant Coach David Loera commented on the preparation of a two day event and said, “We try to give them (the Huskies) more stamina training to get them ready to go. The only thing we can do is build their confidence so that they’re ready to go for the second day.

“A lot of them are not used to the two day competitions. This is preparing them so they go to conference then to state which are the same type of competitions. It’s very good for them and it keeps them motivated,” Loera said.

Gonzalo Ceja proved his middle distance runs are no fluke by debuting in the 1,500-meter run and placing sixth overall out of 96 runners.

Another highlight for the Huskies was Kris Chacon’s third place overall in the men’s 5,000-meter run. Chacon beat all four of Cal State Northridge’s entries.

In one of the most exciting events of the day, based on the reaction from the crowd, ELAC took second place in the second 4 x 100 heat. The Huskies were disqualified for a lane violation.

Loera cleared the confusion. After a review of the tape, the Huskies were award back their second place finish. The ELAC team of Antonio Oropeza, Avanti, Nelson Lucia and Sandoval ran a 2013 best time in their record second place finish.

In the men’s 400-meter dash the Huskies finished fourth through sixth places in the first heat. All three Huskies finished with their best times of the year – Ryan Angel, Arturo Tejeda and Alejandro Collazo.

Top ELAC finishes in the 800-meter relay belonged to Salvador Ascensio and Oscar Jasso. Jasso ran a career best time.

Adding to another ELAC 2013 record was Nelson Lucha who ran a personal best in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. Lucha edged Montel Anderson of San Diego Mesa College 58.98 to 59.61 for second place in the first heat.

Lucha placed 14th overall out of 30 competitors. Andrew Torres and Omar Alvarenga ran their fastest times ever in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.

In the men’s throws, Eduardo Encarnacion took care of business with a personal record in the men’s javelin as did Cesar Gutierrez. Encarnacion threw 16 feet 8 inches farther than previously, not easily accomplished. Abraham Islas threw a personal best in the discus.

On the women’s side, Vanessa Moore tied Juliet Summers of the University of Nevada Las Vegas for 10th overall in the long jump out of 42 athletes. Moore leaped to a lifetime best.

Olivia Reyes edged Christina Shamirian of host Pasadena for fourth place in the women’s steeplechase.  Reyes has the fourth fastest women’s steeplchase time in the state among community colleges.

Yadira Abarca ran two personal records while placing fourth in her heat in the 400-meter hurdles and sixth in her heat in the 100 hurdles.

In the 5,000-meter run, Annai Jimenez and Rosa Lima placed 10th and 12th while both debuting in this long distance run of more than a dozen laps.

Megan Magdaleno also debuted for the Huskies taking on the 1,500-meter run. She placed third in her heat rounding out to an 11th place overall finish out of  27 runners.

The women’s team ran impressively in the 800-meter run with Olivia Reyes and Amy Herrera running personal bests, finishing second and seventh in the first heat. Megan Magdaleno finished seventh in the second 800 run heat.

 Moore and Pee Lee blasted out the gates in the 100-meter sprint finishing third and fifth respectively in their heats also running the their career best times.

 Adriann Crespo and Jessica Herrera both competed in the discus and shot put throws finising ninth and 10th in their shot put flight. They finished third and ninth in their discus flights. Crespo threw a personal record in the shot put.

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