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TRACK & FIELD
Karen Rosas capped off the 2011 track and field season by winning two state championships in the 5000 and 10,000 meters at the state championships Friday and Saturday at American River College. Rosas won the 10,000 meters Friday night in 37.19.69 and won the 5,000 meters in 17:38.67 Saturday night in the final event of the meet. Rosas earned All-American honros for both races as the top six finishers in each event earned that honor.
Other top finishers for the Vaqueros were Neil Jones, with third place finishes in the 800 meters in 1:53.39 and in the 1500 meters in 3:52.15 to earn All-American honors for both races as was sprinter Carissa Porter in the 100 meters in fourth place in 12.25 and in fifth place in the 200 meters in 25.08. Cecilia Nichols finihsed third in the 3000-meter steeplechase in 11:20.09 and Catlin Kelly finished fifth in the same race in 11:33.23 as both were named All-American.
Alyssa Selve took fifth in the 1500 meters in 4:42.63 and Vivian Ochoa was sixth in the 10,000 meters in 38:49.09 to round out the All-American performances. Laura Pluemer finished seventh in the 1500 in 4:47.97 and Angela Martinez was 10th in the same race in 4:59.48.
Glendale finished third in the state tournament last weekend at Bakersfield College to finish the season 29-16. They won the Western State Conference Southern Division title as well as the Southern California Regional first round series and the So. Cal Super Regionals. The Vaqueros fell to San Jaoquin Delta College 21-9 Friday but rebounded to beat Santa Ana College 13-6 Friday to set up a second meeting with Delta, which the Vaqs dropped 7-3 to the eventual state champs from Stockton.
The Vaqueros won the Southern California championship by virtue of their elimination victory over Santa Ana and Head Coach Chris Cicuto was named Southern California Coach of the Year.
The Vaqueros concluded their 2011 season with a seventh place finish at the state tournament at Kings Country Club in Hanover, CA. Glendale posted a team score of 768 to finish 14 strokes behind the state champs from Chabot with College of the Desert finishing second with a 756 and Santiago Canyon College was third with 758.
Brennan Amirkhizi was the low medalist for Glendale with a 36-hole total of 149. Michael Timpson shot 150, Vincent Lam shot 153, Chris Ramirez shot 157, Danny Fernandez shot 159 and Jin Park shot 160.
Alex Sarkissian was named WSC Player of the Year and Bob MacKay was named Coach of the year at a meeting of conference coaches. Sarkissian, who was the Ojai Invitation singles champion as well as Southern California Regionals and state champion was undefeated with a 35-0 mark in singles and led Glendale College to a second place finish in the team standings. Joining Sarkissian all the All-WSC first team was his doubles partner Trevor Camblell. Both players were also named All-WSC first team doubles.
Named to the WSC second team in singles were Stephan Mamann and Grayson Frazier and honorable mention was Dro Mahmoudi. Michael Astorian and Grayson Frazier were named to the WSC second team in doubles.