Four Glendale Community College track and field athletes sprung in to action Friday night looking to capture some state hardware.
Raymond Lopez, Alejandro Ambrosio, Matthew Velasco and Fabiola Naranjo took part in the two-day event, which was held at American River College in Sacramento.
Unfortunately for the quartet, none were able to capture any of their events.
Lopez finished seventh in the 10,000-meter race in 33 minutes 3.92 seconds and Ambrosio took eighth in 33:07.01. Orange Coast’s Danny Dominguez won in 32:10.89.
Lopez captured Western State Conference and Southern California Championship titles in the 10,000.
“The conditions were pretty hot up here,” Glendale coach Eddie Lopez said. “For Raymond, I think it just came down to a little bit of inexperience and he’s run in so many races lately that he’s just run out of gas.
“Alejandro ran a tactical race and he did what he could to hang in there.”
Naranjo clocked 39:37.07 to finish seventh in the 10,000.
Jordyn Zorn of Shasta won in 36:33.68.
“Fabiola’s goal was to get a top-six mark and she just missed out on doing that,” Lopez said. “She was in fourth place for part of the race, but she also just ran out of gas.”
Velasco, a sophomore, finished 10th in the javelin. Velasco’s best throw came at 153 feet 4 inches (46.74 meters).
Velasco took second in the Southern California Championships with a mark of 163 feet 11 ¼ inches.
“He competed as best he could,” Lopez said. “He started around 3:30 p.m. and it was very hot out. He did everything he could competing in a big meet.”
Shasta’s Brian Burg won the event at 182-7 (55.65 meters).
The meet will wrap up Saturday, with several Vaqueros set to compete.
For the women, Nona Boyajyan will race in the 800, Giselle Masedo and Leanna Setian in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters and Angelica Salas in the 3,000 steeplechase.
Ambrosio, Shane Thompson and Lopez will run in the 5,000.