Glendale Community College at the Fresno Invitational: It was a strong afternoon for sophomore Grace Zamudio, who triumphed at Saturday morning’s Fresno Invitational.
Zamudio turned in winning mark of 18 minutes 34 seconds at Woodward Park, the home course for the upcoming state finals.
“It was a good race. I’m actually really, really, really happy I won. I think that was the first time I broke 19 minutes on that course,” said Zamudio, who entered with a previous personal best around 19:30. “It’s great that I’ve improved a minute since last year.”
According to Zamudio, she was in third at the one-mile mark, while running with her teammates before taking the lead shortly after and never relinquishing it.
“Honestly, I wasn’t focused on winning. I was just focused on making my time,” Zamudio said. “I knew I would have a chance to win, but I didn’t want to think too much about it and psyche myself out.”
Zamudio’s finish helped the Vaqueros take third overall with 72 points, trailing only Orange Coast College (54) and Moorpark (66).
Zamudio’s scoring teammates finished in order of Lizzette Gonzalez (eighth, 19:28), Elizabeth Nelson (15th, 19:52), Abril Ramirez (25th, 20:16) and Charlene Quintanilla (27th, 20:22).
Glendale Community College at the Fresno Invitational: Only American River College turned in a better effort as a team than did the Vaqueros, who finished second at the four-mile Fresno Invitational, which ran Saturday morning.
The Vaqueros were second with 70 points, behind American River, which totaled 20 points, and ahead of third-place Orange Coast College, which finished with 104 points.
Sophomore Kurt Lutz led the way for Glendale, taking sixth in 21:07 with the rest of the scoring squad of Isaac Diosdado (11th, 21:22), Enrique Ramirez (16th, 21:42), Vladimir Diaz (18th, 21:44) and Yeltsen Vasquez (19th, 21:45) following.
American River’s Luis Luna won the race in 20:47.
Burbank at Fastback Shootout: The Bulldogs finished fifth overall out of 40 teams competing at Saturday morning’s event on Mt. San Antonio College’s 1.9-mile course.
Arsen Mkrtchyan led the Bulldogs with a mark of 10:16, which was good enough for fourth in the junior race. Bernie Correa claimed 14th among seniors with a time of 10:26.41, which was 27th overall.
The big breakthrough came from senior Andres Vasquez, Burbank’s usual No. 10 runner, who finished 14th in the senior race with a time of 10:36. Bulldogs No. 5 runner Chris Huevl was 18th in the senior race with a 10:41.
Burroughs at Bronco Invitational: The Indians took fifth place overall at the race hosted by Cal Poly Pomona, led by senior Ricky Mendez, who was 13th in 16:11. Luis Celeya was next in 14th in 16:14, while Everth Vargas clinched 30th in 16:48.
Bellarmine-Jefferson at Morro Bay Invitational: Javier Molina ran the fastest time of any Guards athlete, taking 18th place in 19:23. Charles Sullivan took 22nd (19:38) and Anthony Zapata earned 30th in 19:49 for the Indians.
Burbank at Fastback Shootout: The Bulldogs clinched ninth overall out of 40 teams competing at Saturday morning’s event on Mt. San Antonio College’s 1.9-mile course.
Arlette Movession paced the Bulldogs with a mark of 12:45, which placed her 12th in the junior race, ahead of fellow Bulldog Linda Park, who was 14th in 12:49.
Not to be forgotten was freshman Candela Fernandez, who was eighth in 13:17 and she, along with Park, set their school records for fastest mark in each’s respective division.
Burroughs at Bronco Invitational: The Indians took eighth place overall at the race hosted by Cal Poly Pomona, led by Gracia Innocentia, who was eighth in 19:14. Sammantha Fajardo was 43rd with a mark of 20:59 and Johanna Reyes took 49th in 21:02.
Bellarmine-Jefferson at Morro Bay Invitational: Sophomore Mackenzie Dowling was Bell-Jeff’s top finisher, taking 55th in 25:32.
Hoover at Chatsworth Tournament: The Tornadoes notched a victory over North Hollywood, 14-25, 25-22, 15-12, but lost in three other matches to Van Nuys (25-19, 25-16), Agoura (25-10, 25-14), and Chatsworth (25-22, 25-23) in tournament action Saturday.