Lancer runner Breanna Clark is quickly becoming a standout star this season out on the track and she didn’t disappoint at the Mt SAC Relays on Saturday.
Clark ran for the state’s fastest time in the 400 meters race with a time of 55.33 seconds. She beat the state’s three previous top performers in the event, including El Camino’s Raven Nunez and the Terry twins, Shebanet’te and Shemanet’te from Riverside.
“Clark is doing an outstanding job out on the track,” Head Coach Cedric Hill said. “I am confident that she will make it to the championships and do extremely well.”
Clark went from No. 4 to No. 1 in the state rankings on Saturday. She also came in second place in the 200 meters race, moving up to No. 3 in the state in that event.
“It was really fun winning,” Clark said with a smile. “I was running fast and had to keep pumping my arms. I really hope to make the championships, that’d be great.”
Thrower Yvette Bastidas, who didn’t place in the top three for the first time in three events, came in fifth in the javelin but broke a new personal record with a throw of 111 feet and 5 inches.
“I’ve been trying to beat my person records all season,” Bastidas said. “I’m really glad I was able to break that record. It shows that I keep improving. I’ll keep motivated and continue to try to beat myself.”
Hill said that he was happy with his team’s overall performance at Mt. SAC.
“I have no doubt that we will be sending some great athletes to the state championships,” Hill said. “What they have been able to do while juggling school and their personal lives is amazing. I really like our chances.”
The Lancers will compete at the Cal State Los Angeles Twilight Open meet today at 3 p.m. Assistant coach Armand Crespo said that he expects it to be a day filled with personal records.
“The athletes have been consistently getting better,” Crespo said. “Their hard work should payoff at Cal State LA.”
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