The men’s and women’s Track and Field teams opened up their season with a first place finish in the one mile race at a meet on Feb. 10 at Mt. San Antonio College.

The SCC All-Comers meet included Cerritos College, Santa Barbara, El Camino, Long Beach, and East Los Angeles colleges.

“We are starting our season off strong,” said Distance Coach Armand Crespo. “We opened up with PRs (personal records), and all of our training leads to us building up. That’s how professionals train and that’s the right way to train.”

One standout athlete during the meet was distance runner Brian Sacripanti, who won first place in the one mile race with a time of 4:45.

“It felt great to be able to go out and win my heat of the mile this early in the season. I felt comfortable and in control the whole time,” Sacripanti said. “Despite not running one of my best times, winning the heat was a big confidence boost for me.”

Fellow distance runner Angus Leung followed up Sacripanti’s strong run with a fourth place finish and a mile time of 4:50.

On the women’s side, distance runner Diane Lombardi ran the mile in 5:34, placing fourth. “I feel like I needed to work on my strength at the end of the race because I didn’t kick as well as I should have,” Lombardi said. “But it feels good to know that I was close to my PR in the beginning of the season.”

Arielle Steimer-Barragan also had a strong finish, placing sixth with a time of 5:40.

Lancers Robert Pachorek, Devin Rosas, Daniel Walker, and Mike Sprinter placed third in the men’s 4×400 relay, while the women’s 4×400 team of Tenia Sebastian, Diane Lombardi, Arielle Steimer-Barragan, and Michelle Escamilla placed seventh.

Sprinter Davin Rosas competed in the 800-meter run—finishing in 2 minutes and 3 seconds.

                “Overall it was a great first meet, and most of the runners ran a lifetime (personal records)  or close to it. All the track and field coaches are expecting athletes to continue improving and working on racing mentality—meaning being tough under pressure,” Crespo said. “We’ve seen the quality of our student-athletes and we are excited to see the great things these athletes will do.”

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