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 women’s 200-meters. She won the 200-meter dash with an impressive time of 24.04.

“We 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,” said Head Coach Larry Wade.

Breanna Clark won her heat No. 3 in the 400-meter dash at 58.11. “This puts Clark as number two in the conference and in the top ten in the state,” 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.

“The season is pretty shocking for me, better than I expected,” said Amodia. “In this event there is a lot of competition we are versing Division I schools so it’s a good experience for me.”

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. “We were making a late push and now they are showing they are ready to come out and be competitive,” 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.

“Bellamy stepped out today, with a run putting him on the top ten in the state and conference…just want to show we still have the talent,” said Wade.

Freshmen Khaleel Green, Te’von Mitchell and Shian Hale stood out placing in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles races. “It was a good day, building up more speed going over the hurdle,” said Mitchell. “PCC is a great team, we push each other and we are good as a unit.”

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. “We have a couple more races before we get ready for conference and so we are using these races to tune-up,” 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.

“Today I thought I could have done better…but I got next week at the Pasadena Games so I got another chance,” said Amodia.

Pasadena Games will be March 22 and March 23 at Robinson Stadium with between 20 to 25 college universities. “We have a big crew coming this year and we’re really excited,” said Wade.

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