After having a two-week break, The Pasadena City College cross country team took on the record breaking heat last Friday at Riverside College.
The whole day started off rough for The Lancers, having a 30 minute delay due to a few teams not being on time for the race. The women were supposed to start at 10 a.m. but did not until 10:30. Many of the women runners were not happy considering that they had to warm up again.
The race started at an aggressive pace with the Lady Lancers being bunched up in the middle of the pack. PCC learned from previous mistakes at the Rose City Running Classic and didn’t start off at a fast pace so they’d have something left in the tank for the end.
With half a dozen athletic trainers on standby due to the 96 degree heat, Freshman Christina Elizalde was the first to finish for the Lancers, shattering her personal record by 13 seconds with a finishing time of 20:39.21. She placed 10th overall.
“I was really proud of myself for my personal record, I had a better kick than last time,” said Elizalde.
Freshman Veronica Mejia was the second woman for the Lancers to finish with a time of 21:30.39, placing 15th overall.
The women’s team scored 80 points, placing 3rd out of five teams.
It was now the men’s turn to take on the heat.
The men did not start their race until 11:30 p.m. due to the delay earlier. It was 98 degrees at start time with a four-mile race ahead of them.
“It felt like 88 but apparently it was hotter as time went on” said Head coach Armand Crespo.
Sophomore Emilio Barragan-Steimer was the first Lancer to cross the finish line, placing 27th overall with a time of 24:37.07. Freshman Felipe Lorea was 31st at 24:46.30 followed by freshman Jared Perez, who finished 48th overall at 27:51.68. Freshman Jeremy Alvarenga finished 51st with a time of 29:16.79.
Freshman Alexis Arevalo completed half the course, leaving after the two-mile mark when he was taken to the medical tent to replenish his fluids.
“He looked really woozy at the two mile mark he started to slow down so we told him to stop,” said Crespo.
The men’s team placed last with only four Lancers finishing.
PCC heads to Mt. SAC Friday where they will compete against the best community college athletes in California.