Sophomore distance runner Kate Manzke on the bell lap of the women's 1500 meter race at Mt. SAC, Friday, February 6, 2015. Mazke and fellow runner Marina Flores represented PCC in the distance events. (Max Zeronian/Courier)
Sophomore distance runner Kate Manzke on the bell lap of the women’s 1500 meter race at Mt. SAC, Friday, February 6, 2015. Mazke and fellow runner Marina Flores represented PCC in the distance events. (Max Zeronian/Courier)

The Lancers track and field team started their season with the South Coast Conference Opener hosted by Mt. San Antonio College on Feb. 6.

Head coach, Armand Crespo, was determined to make sure that his athletes, both new and returning, wouldn’t injure themselves so early in the season.

“We don’t run these types early in the season because we usually don’t like to sprint the athletes,” said Crespo, talking about the relays. “There’s a chance they might get hurt so normally we put them in long sprint events for endurance.”

Despite the Lancers low turnout for the track events, many of them did well in other events. Shua Yang placed fourth in the men’s high jump. Anthony Carter also placed fourth out of 25 opponents in the men’s long jump.

The Lancers women did not participate in any of the field events. However, they did have a strong presence on the track with Julia Sambvani placing sixth for the women’s 400-meter dash.

“I feel I finished strong,” said Sambvani. “I fell that if I had come out a little faster I could have gotten a better time, but it’s ok.”

Kate Manzke also managed to well in both the women’s 1,500-meter run and the women’s 3,000-meter run.

“It was a good start for the beginning of the season,” said Manzke.

Coach Crespo has high hopes for his athletes.

“They look good,” said Crespo. “If we can do well at conference then we can do well later in the season.”

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