By Fred Baer
College of San Mateo
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Cerritos College women and Mt. San Antonio College men are looking to defend their California Community College Athletic Association track and field team titles at American River College in Sacramento on Friday and Saturday, May 19-20. Both colleges won Southern California team crowns last weekend in qualifying for this week’s all finals meet. College of the Sequoias, which won both Northern California crowns, figures as a strong challenger – along with the other top regional placers.
In the women’s regionals, Cerritos won in the south with 195 points, ahead of Mt. San Antonio (117), and Riverside (99). Sequoias took the north title with 149 points, followed by Laney (103) and De Anza (100).
In the men’s regionals, Sequoias scored 154 points in the north, ahead of Hartnell (104) and American River (78). Mt. SAC took the south men’s title with 185 points, followed by Riverside (104) and Cerritos (55).
U.S. LEADER: When Sequoias freshman Quincy Hall ran the 400 meters in 45.12 to win the elite invitational race at the Mt. San Antonio Relays last month, it was the fastest time by anyone in the USA this year. Although since surpassed, Hall is still by far the community college national leader in both the flat 400 and the 400 meter hurdles (49.39).
--Other 2017 U.S. Community College Leaders in finals at American River:
100 - Tarika Moses, Sequoias, 11.31 (is competing in the 200 and 400 meters, not the 100).
200 - Meleni Rodney, Sequoias, 23.25.
Heptathlon - Juanita Webster, Cerritos, 5,471 points.
Pole vault - Jeff Jordan, Golden West, 17-3.
SCHEDULE: Competition each day begins with the combined events -- on Friday with the women’s heptathlon 100 meter hurdles at 11:30 a.m. and the men’s decathlon 100 meters at 12 noon.
On Saturday, the decathlon 110 hurdles are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and the heptathlon long jump at 11:45 a.m.
In individual championship competition, three field events each for women and men will be held on Friday: the javelin throw, long jump, and hammer throw, starting at 3:25 p.m. The only running event finals on Friday are the women’s and men’s 10,000 meters, starting at 7:45 p.m.
Saturday’s individual competition begins at 3:30 p.m. in the field with the women’s pole vault and on the track at 4 p.m. with the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase. The meet concluding 4 x 400 relays are at 8:55 p.m. (women) and 9:10 p.m. (men).
LIVE HD WEBCASTS: Both days of competition will be streamed live in HiDef on baosn.tv and also be available on bayareasports.tv
Friday’s webcast begins at 7:45 p.m. with the 10,000 meters and is scheduled to include earlier field highlights.
Saturday’s coverage starts at 4 p.m. with the opening final races for the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
LIVE HAMMER COVERAGE: Special Live and On-Demand Coverage of Friday’s Hammer Throw, starting at 3:30 p.m., is being provided by Big Push, which allows viewers to experience track & field in an immersive panoramic view: www.BigPush.org/Live-Stream
Returning 2016 individual champions (and 2016 winning mark):
100 - Strangenae Campbell, Diablo Valley, 11.44 (was also second in the 200).
400 - Meleni Rodney, Sequoias, 54.16.
Heptathlon - Juanita Webster, Cerritos, 4,846 points.
4x100 relay - Cerritos, 46.00.
4x400 relay - Mt. San Antonio, 3:46.27.
1,500 - Joshua Silva, Riverside, 3:55.65.
4x100 relay - Mt. San Antonio, 39.56.
4x400 relay - Mt. San Antonio, 3:09.80.
Long jump - Bryce Huggins, Sequoias, 24-9 3/4.
2016 TOP 10 TEAMS
WOMEN: 1. Cerritos 92; 2. Riverside 80; 3. Sequoias 75.3; 4. Mt. San Antonio 55; 5. Fresno 48.8; 6. West Los Angeles 45.5; 7. Santa Rosa 43; 8. Diablo Valley 30.3; 9. American River 30; 10. De Anza 27. (40 colleges scored)
MEN: 1. Mt, San Antonio 148; 2. Riverside 99; 3. Modesto 63; 4. Sequoias 62; 5. American River 61; 6. Cerritos 43; 7. Glendale 32; 8. Yuba 28; 9. Cuesta 24; 10. West Los Angeles 19. (36 colleges scored)