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The Pasadena City College men’s and women’s track and field teams wanted to do their best at the PCC-hosted, 69th Pasadena Games held Friday and Saturday at Robinson Stadium. In their lone home meet of the season, sophomore distance runner Luis Dorantes led a bevy of Lancers athletes who earned high places at the event.

In the men’s events, Dorantes continued to stand out as he was again the only PCC athlete to win an event–racing to first in the 5,000 meters with a slower than average time of 15:25.41. Dorantes also joined Alfredo Folgar, Kevin Cano, and Oswell Caal to PCC second place finishes in both the 4×800 relay (8:17.64) and 4×1,600 relay (18:38.33).

Ron Spears ran a strong third place in the 100 dash with a time of 10.92 seconds. Spears took eighth (22.41) and teammate Robert Pachorek ninth (22.49) in the 400 meters. Caleb Wood was fifth overall in the discus, but first among community college participants with a 38.33 meters toss. Matt Aikens placed 12th in the triple jump, but fourth of community college competitors with a 12.99 meters leap.

In the women’s events, Lancers sophomore Tenia Sebastian placed second in the 400 hurdles with a time of 65.63 seconds. Jackae Bridges was third in the 200 meters at 25.79. Bridges took sixth in the long jump, but was tops among community college athletes with a leap of 17 feet, 5 inches.

The relay team of Diane Lombardi, Elizabeth Lyons, Arielle Barragan-Steimer, and Cassandra Lew placed second in the 4×1,600 relay (22:35.18) and third in the 4×800 relay (10:05.17). Yvette Bastidas placed eighth in the shot put with a throw of 10.04 meters.

Larry Wade, PCC track and field head coach, was the meet director and the event featured the announcing from the press box by former PCC coach turned track and field historian Larry Knuth. PCC distance coach Armand Crespo also helped run the meet.

The complete results for the event, which also featured some top amateur track and field sprinters along with club and high school competition, can be found at the following link:


Tenia Sebastian goes up high over a hurdle during the 69th Pasadena Games held at Robinson Stadium Saturday, image by Richard Quinton.

Release Date: 03/25/2012

Contact: Robert Lewis , Sports Information

Men’s 4X100 Relay Become State Track Contenders

PCCTrackTenia Sebastian put herself among the state’s top contenders in the 400 hurdles as the Pasadena City College women’s track and field sprinter raced the current fourth fastest state time at the Cal State Los Angeles Tommy Lister Classic held April 7.

Racing against 4-year university and club hurdlers, the sophomore Sebastian took third place overall in the 400 hurdles with a season-best 1:04.33 mark.

In the men’s competition, the squad of Devin Rojas, Ron Spears, Robert Pachorek, and Keiton Winston raced to second place in the 4×100 meter relay, just being edged by Cal State LA’s squad at 41.33 to 41.68. The Lancers now own the fifth fastest state time in the event.

Ismail Naeem placed second in the triple jump (45 feet, 3.5 inches), which put him in the state top 20 in the 18th position. Naeem’s fifth place in the high jump at 6-3.5 is now 16th in the state in that event. Naeem is a product of Arcadia High.

Luis Dorantes won his heat in the 800 meters and placed 16th overall at the meet with a 2:01.48 time. Alfredo Folgar placed fourth overall in the 1,500 meters with a community college best time (at the meet only) of 4:00.95. Dorantes, who holds the state’s fastest 10,000 meter mark, took fifth at the meet in the 3,000 meters on a mark of 8:53.72 (now 17th in the state).

Caleb Wood placed fifth in the javelin at 168-2 and 14th in the discus at 137-8.

In the women’s competition, Diane Lombardi took seventh in the 1,500 meters (4:55.93) and teammate Elizabeth Lyons was 12th (5:00 even). Lyons was 15th overall in the 3,000 meters (11:06.61), an event that was won by former Lancer Tracee van der Wyk, who running unattached, posted a 10:24.16 finish.

Long Beach Dual Meet

Winston, who played on the 2011 PCC football team, ran the state’s 15th fastest mark in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.82 at an unscored team dual meet at Long Beach City College April 2.

PCC’s track and field teams, coached by Larry Wade and assistant Armand Crespo, are scheduled to participate in the Mt. SAC Relays Saturday, April 14 in Walnut.

Release Date: 04/10/2012

Contact: Robert Lewis, Sports Information

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