All season, Lancer runner Breanna Clark has been consistently climbing the ranks in the women’s 400-meter race and finishes the season the first Lancer to have the title of Conference Champion in the event.
Clark won the event with a time of 56.10 seconds, missing her personal record by a second. Clark was not done for the day though; she also broke a new personal record in the 200-meter and finished in second place. Mt. San Antonio’s Sarah Dunmore beat out Clark by only .20 seconds.
“Clark did what she has been doing all year,” assistant head coach Armand Crespo said. “She ran well. All she has to do is qualify at the SoCal Prelims Friday, which we expect her to do.”
“All these athletes worked hard everyday,” head coach Cedric Hill said. “They get out of it what they put into it. Clark works hard to be where she is at.”
On the field, thrower Yvette Bastidas placed third in the discus with a season-best 121 feet, 10 inches and fourth in the javelin. Bastidas broke her records in the discus and shot put. She will be competing in the discus, javelin and shot put at the SoCal Prelims on Friday.
“As always, I wanted to break my [personal record]” Bastidas said. “And I did just that. I feel like I did well overall. It was a god day for the throwing team.”
Freshman runner Brinton Reed took third place in the 400-meter hurdles, placing the highest in the men’s events for the Lancers.
“I was injured all year,” Reed said. “This was really a break out race for me. There was a point earlier this semester that I doubted I would be able to race at all this season. Coach Hill was patient for me and helped motivate me to get well and perform on the track.”
The Lancers will be sending 12 athletes to the SoCal Prelims this Friday at Riverside City College.
“The only thing these athletes have to focus on is qualifying into the next round after the prelims,” Crespo said. “At this point, this is more of a mental game. Physically, there is nothing more they need to do. They have prepared for this moment and I think they are ready.”
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