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Glendale won its first Western State Conference Southern Division title since 2002 with with a pair of wins last week, 1-0 at Bakersfield last Tuesday and 8-2 at home against Bakersfield Thursday. Sean Spear and Erik Suarez had two hits each for Glendale and Sako Chapjian hit a grand slam homer to pace the Vaqs in the 8-2 win Thursday.
The Vaqueros finished the regular season 23-13 overall and 13-8 in the WSC South. They host Cypress College, 21-15 and 10-11 in Orange Empire Conference play in a Southern California Regional playoff series Friday at 1 p.m. at and Saturday at 11 a.m. at Stengel Field. If necessary, a second game Saturday will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Glendale is seeded No. 6 in the Southern California Regional playoffs.
TRACK & FIELD
The men and women's track and field teams turned in some outstanding perfromances last Friday at the WSC Championships at Bakersfield College. Karen Rosas won conference titles in the 5000 and 10,000 meters and Lyssa Selve won a title in the 1500 meters to pace the Lady Vaqs to a second place team finish with 139 points behind meet winner West Los Angeles College with 139 points. The men's team finished seventh with 60 points.
Another highlight on the day was Freshman Jennifer Dowty setting a new school record in the 400 meters of 57.78 to finihs fourth to quaify for the Southern California prelims. The previous record was 57.82 set by Stepanie Fabia in 2001.
For the women, Karen Rosas won the 10,000 meters at the WSC prelims on April 29 to qualify for the So. Cal prelims and also finished first in the 5000 meters last Friday in 18:21.98 to qualify for the prelims and finished third in the 1500 meters in 4:56.55. Alyssa Selve took first in the 1500 meters in 4:50.75 and took second in the 800 meters in 2:19.84. Laura Pleumer took second in the 1500 in a personal best time of 4:55.70 and was fourth in the 800 in 2:23.48 and Angela Martinez was fourth in the 1500 in 4:59.01 and was fifth in the 800 in 2:25.11. Cecilia Nicolas was third inthe 3000-meter steeplechase in 11:51.27, Catlin Kelly was fourth in the same race in 11:53.52 and Dianba sanchez was fifth in 12:06.96. The women's 4 a 100 relay team of Daniella Pollars, Carissa Porter, Rita Assoian and Jennifer Dowty was third in a personal best time of 48.77. The women's 4 x 400 relay team of Dowty, Porter, Pleumer and Rita Assoian finished third ina a personal best time of 4:05.51. Cariss Porter was third in the 100 meters in 12.43 and sixth in the 200 meters in 25.87. Vivian Ochoa was fifth in the4 5000 in 18:53.35, Diana Sanchez was sixth in 18:58.56 and cecilia Nicolas was seventh in 19:06.65.
For the men, Niel Jones was a double qualifier in the 1500 meters with a second place finish in 4:06.19 and a third place finish in the 800 meters in 155.92. Sam Winston was fourth in the 800 in a personal best time of 1:57.76 and Ramon Robles was fifth in the same race in 1:58.50. Robert Donahue was third in the 100 meters in 11.45 and Robert Weathers took sixth in 11.61. Trey Williams was fifth in the 200 in 22.47 and Weathers was sixth in 22.61. Arthur Papazyan was sevent in the 400 hurdles in 57.20 and the men;s 4 x 100 relay team of Donahue, Harold Tabora, Williams and Weathers finished fifth in a personal best time of 42.53. Erick Lopez finished third in the 3000-meters steeplechase in 10:13.74 and Nicolas Marquez took sixth in 10:25.88. The men's 4 x 400 relay team of Atabora Adrian Anderson, Jones and Trent Adams finished sixth in 3:21.89 and Donahue finished fifth in the long jump in 21-7 and Albert Sabateh finished sixth in the javelin with a personal best toss of 164-4.
The top six qualifiers and alternate qualify for the Southern California prelims Friday May 6 at Mt. San Antonio College at 10:00 a.m.
Glendale finished second in the WSC Tournament April 25 at the Los Serranos Golf Course in Chino Hills. Freshman Michael Timpson was low medalist with 145 on the day after shooting a scorching 67 on the first 18 holes of the 36 hole tournament. Timpson led glendale to a team score of 760, 13 shots behind WSC Champion Canyons at 347. Allan Hancoick was third with a 774.
Brennan Amirkhizi shot 73 and 75 for 148, Danny Fernandez shot 79 and 74 for 153, Vincent Lamb shot 80 and 77 for 157 and Chris Ramirez shot 77 and 83 for 160.
Glendale competes in the Southern California Regionals Monday May 9 at Bermuda Dunes.
Alex Sarkissian made history Sunday by winning the community college singles at the 111th annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, the first championshup ever in this prestigious tournament from a player from Glendale College. Sarkissian defeated Derek Siddiqui 6-2, 7-5 to run his re4cord to 26-0 this year.
Sarkissian and doubles partner Trevor Campbell also captured the doubles title by defeating the Cypress team of Torsten Keli-Long and Oliver Andrzejczuk 7-6 (5), 6-4. The dual victories for Sarkissian, Campbell and Glendale were the first for any commuynity college since Ventura turned the trick in 2004.
Sarkissian was also the first player from Southern California to win any community college title at Ojai since 1985.
Alex Sarkissian will represent Glendale College in singles at the Southern California regionals May 5-7 in Palm Desert. He will team up with Trevor Campbell in doubles as well.
Ended the regular season at 9-9 in WSC Blue Division play and 14-23 overall with a 10-7 loss at College of the Canyons last Tuesday. Nancy Pinedo led the LAdy Vaqs with two hits and Delfina Gonzales and Brittni Spear doubled. Starting pitcher Jennifer Meza got the win to finihs the season 7-14.
At a meeting of conference coaches alst week, several Glendale players led by sophomore Nancvy Pinedo, who was named to the All-Southern California team, earned All-WSC honors. Pinedo was named to the All-WSC first team and Rachael Allen and was named to the All-WSC Second Team. Brandy Morin and Brittni Spear were named honorable mention.
Four Glendale players competed in the 111th annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament last Thursday and Friday with mixed results. The doubles team of Samantha Sismundo and Sevana Zargarian had the deepest run to the round of 16 after winning three matches and losing the last one 6-2, 4-6, 10-7 to advance to the quarterfinals. Sismundo, Zargarian and Sindi Concebida all competed in singles and lost in the early rounds with before falling 6-2, 6-1 in the round of 32.
Sismundo will represent Glendale in singles and will team with Zargarian in doubles in the Southern California Regionals May 5-7 at Grossmont College.