Alongside top universities from around California, the PCC track and field team competed at the CSUN invitational on Saturday, snatching up first places and several personal records.
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Fharhaad Zinnamon won first place in the triple jump with a leap of 47 feet and 1 inch.
Omhunique Browne took the state lead in the womenâ€™s 200-meters. She won the 200-meter dash with an impressive time of 24.04.
â€œWe trained really hard this past week and I wanted the athletes to come out and compete but at the same time stay injury free and prepare for next week,â€ said Head Coach Larry Wade.
Breanna Clark won her heat No. 3 in the 400-meter dash at 58.11. â€œThis puts Clark as number two in the conference and in the top ten in the state,â€ said Wade.
Despite an unfortunate fall the previous weekend Sofia Amodia set a personal record and won her heat in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:07.98 and placing in the top five in the 100-meter hurdles at 15.92, putting her as ninth in the state.
â€œThe season is pretty shocking for me, better than I expected,â€ said Amodia. â€œIn this event there is a lot of competition we are versing Division I schools so itâ€™s a good experience for me.â€
The competing schools included host CSU Northridge, USC, Caltech, Pepperdine, other CSUs and various southern California community colleges.
Coach Wade explained the direction his runners devised for the hurdles. â€œWe were making a late push and now they are showing they are ready to come out and be competitive,â€ he said.
For the men, the 4×400 relay team sprinted to No. 2 in the state making the best times in all the heats. The Lancer team of Christian White, Aaron Harris, Kameron Burch, and Kymoni Bellamy placed second at 3:14.94.
â€œBellamy stepped out today, with a run putting him on the top ten in the state and conferenceâ€¦just want to show we still have the talent,â€ said Wade.
Freshmen Khaleel Green, Teâ€™von Mitchell and Shian Hale stood out placing in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles races. â€œIt was a good day, building up more speed going over the hurdle,â€ said Mitchell. â€œPCC is a great team, we push each other and we are good as a unit.â€
Tywon White and Sophomore Vivaswan Burch placed first and second in their heats respectively in the 200-meter dash.
This meet was meant to train runners for the upcoming PCC games and races. â€œWe have a couple more races before we get ready for conference and so we are using these races to tune-up,â€ Wade said.
The long distance runners did not compete in this event as they had participated in a big meet at Occidental College the night before.
â€œToday I thought I could have done betterâ€¦but I got next week at the Pasadena Games so I got another chance,â€ said Amodia.
Pasadena Games will be March 22 and March 23 at Robinson Stadium with between 20 to 25 college universities. â€œWe have a big crew coming this year and weâ€™re really excited,â€ said Wade.