The Pasadena City College cross country team had a subpar season even due to head coach Armand Crespo being terminated before the South Coast Conference championships.
The women’s team had 11 freshmen on the team and finished 21st overall in Southern California, running exceptionally well for a young group.
Freshman Christina Elizadale, along with Freshman Franceska Millaponce, were the only female Lancers to qualify for the state championship held in Fresno.
Elizadale finished 100th overall at 20:36.5 and Millaponce finished 107th at 20:41.3.
“I feel like I did pretty well for my first season in college. I have improved so much since high school and I am pretty happy overall with my performance,” said Millaponce.
The women’s team looks to have a strong team next season if everyone returns.
Freshman Veronica Mejia, who just missed the state championships, is another runner with excellent talent. Mejia’s best time this season was 20:49 at the Mt. San Antonio College invitational.
“I think next year the women’s team will be in good shape since we will have more experience racing,” said Millaponce.
The women’s team next year looks to be a powerhouse with all of the talent, especially Elizadale.
“I don’t know who will coach us or how we’ll train and what our goals will be but my main goal is to hit under 19 minutes,” said Elizadale.
Elizadale is staying in shape for the 2016 track and field season where she looks to transfer over her wonderful season to the red top.
On the men’s side, the Lancers struggled at times, but had great performances from sophomore Emilio Barragan-Steimer and freshman Felipe Lorea.
Barragan-Steimer finished in 10th place at the Rose City Running classic with a time of 23:49.9—the best finish for the Lancers this season. Lorea’s best race was at the South Coast Conference where he finished 30th with a time of 24:55.6.
The Lancers will get help from state qualifier from 2014, Nathan-Michael Guzman, who redshirted the 2015 season and also Samuel Garcia, a transfer from Cal State Fullerton.
The men’s team could do a lot better with Guzman and Garcia in the meets scoring some points for the Lancers.
The biggest concern for the cross country team is who will replace Coach Crespo. As of Wednesday, there have not been any announcements regarding a new head coach for both cross country and track.