Despite all the uncertainty that has been circulating amongst PCC sports teams, due to the relentless COVID-19 virus that has drastically changed college athletics, the runners and coaches of the cross-country team continue to hope for the best and wait patiently for what the Spring 2021 season has in store.
Meline Minasian was a former junior Olympian and one of three PCC cross-country runners chosen for state last year. A track and field star, swimmer, bicyclist and just an overall athlete, Minasian’s hard work ethic and can-do attitude make up someone whose talent could take her to the professional level. But with COVID-19 impacting her second season, Minasian says she may never compete again, and that’s OK with her.
The Lancers eagerly raced at the Golden West Invitationals Friday Sept. 20, at Central Park in Huntington Beach. The women’s team participated in the 5k run, placing eight out of 10, while the men’s team ran the four mile, placing eight out of 14.
The Lancers raced at a steady pace competing against 4-year universities at the Biola Invitational Saturday morning at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton. The women’s cross country team placed 21st overall out of 22 teams, and the men’s team placed 15th out of 18 teams. Runner Olivia Ruiz, a freshman out of San Marino High School, lead the women’s team placing 135 out of 216 runners with the time of 20:58.28 during the 5k run. Following Ruiz was teammate Meline Minasian, with a time of …
On Friday, Aug. 30 the Lancers kicked off their 2019 campaign at the Ventura Invitational held at Arroyo Verde Park in which the men’s Cross Country team placed fourth overall and the women’s team was unable to place due to not having enough eligible participants available to race.
Despite a stomach cramp and some vomiting, the men’s and women’s cross-country teams found success at the Southern California Championships last Friday.
In less than a year the cross country and track and field team has gone through two head coaches. One was terminated before the cross country South Coast Conference Championships and the other left for another coaching position at East Los Angeles College. The lack of access to a proper coach is harmful to an athlete’s career, which was why PCC was eager to hire Innocent Egbunike as someone who could bring his experience and stability to a floundering team.
PCC cross country head coach Armand Crespo was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with a student in the GM building last month and has been relieved of his coaching duties.
On a gloomy Friday morning, the Pasadena City College cross country team took their talents to the 68th annual Mt. SAC invitational where the greatest athletes in the area compete. Over 23 schools showed up looking to achieve one goal: completing one of the most difficult courses in cross country.
The Lancers men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Carbon Canyon Regional Park Saturday to participate in the season opener hosted by Cal State Fullerton.