Kate Manzke competes in the Rio Hondo Classic on Friday Sept. 5, 2014. The Classic was held in El Monte.(Paul Ochoa/Courier)
Kate Manzke competes in the Rio Hondo Classic on Friday Sept. 5, 2014. The Classic was held in El Monte.(Paul Ochoa/Courier)

The Pasadena City College women’s Cross-Country team took 10th place in the 5K Cross Country race at the Whittier Narrows Regional Park Friday.

The women’s team raced with spirit and tenacity and put up some competition for the other schools. There are only 10 awards given out of all the runners competing, and Ashley Medina, a sophomore at PCC, was the top finisher for PCC by placing 10th. Medina beat her best personal record at the race by 10 places.

“The team was more aggressive. Today was a better day,” head coach Armand C. Crespo said . “Ashley placed well today.”

The scoring for the individual teams is based on the second gap between finishers. During the race, there was a 60-second gap between the first and fifth place runners.

Crespo was overall very pleased with the performance of his teams. He feels, however, that they could have done better.

“We had a full team, but we were missing Tansica Sunkamaneevongse. She was our top finisher last season,” Crespo said.

Crespo believes that with Sunkamaneevongse on the team they would have had a chance to take the race.

The race consisted of two full laps around the park and once around the lake for the women’s team and two laps around the park with two around the lake for the men’s team.

The men raced hard and with ferocity but ultimately faced difficulty in placing in the top ten. They started off with a good lead then slowly started to fall behind. They felt confident though that they gave their all and are hopeful for the next race.

“Learning from our mistakes is our goal for the future,” said Celso Sandoval, a freshman on the team, in an e-mail.

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