The Pasadena City College women’s cross country team continued its impressive team season by taking 13th place at the Southern California Championships Friday at Ontario’s Guasti Regional Park. It is the highest team SoCal finish by the Lancers since taking 12th in the 2003 meet, and the performance allowed the Lancers to qualify as a team for the CCCAA State Championships.
PCC sophomore Elizabeth Lyons, an All-South Coast Conference top 10 runner, once again ran the Lancers best time at 19:30.1 to place 47th out of 198 racers. Lyons’ mark was remarkable considering how much faster she ran in comparison to her race at the SoCal Preview Meet on the same 5-kilometer course last month. Lyons was 91 seconds quicker and ran faster than three other Lancers who placed ahead of her at the Preview meet.
Her rise to the top of the Lancers race chart is part of the reason why PCC is having its best women’s harrier team season since the early 2000s. Lyons was one of three Lancers to break the 20-minute mark (none of the team reached that at the Preview meet) as freshman Diane Lombardi raced 59th (19:48.5) and sophomore Rebecca Nunez (19:58.4) was 69th. Next for PCC was freshman Arielle Barragan in 98th (20:33.9), followed by freshman Zahina Rios in 105th (20:39). Ironically, Rios was the team’s top runner at the Preview Meet (36th overall) and ran 32 seconds slower.