Bogatz makes it a repeat

Track and field: Glendale college women’s sprinter wins two conference championships Friday afternoon.

May 01, 2010|By Charles Rich

MOORPARK — Samantha Bogatz didn’t want to stray from the lofty expectations she had set prior to the Western State Conference Finals on Friday afternoon.

First, the standout sprinter on the Glendale Community College women’s track and field team wanted to repeat as conference champion in the 100- and 200-meter races. Secondly, she wanted to accomplish the feat by at least equaling her season or personal-best marks.

Bogatz had no trouble meeting her expectations, as she captured both events at Moorpark College. Bogatz, a Glendale High graduate, took the 100 in 11.77 seconds and the 200 with a season-best mark of 24.38.


“My main focus is on the state meet, but [Friday] was a good day for me,” said Bogatz, who equaled her personal-best mark in the 100 and teamed with Hoover graduate Shannon Azizi, Carissa Porter and Glendale graduate Daniela Pollard to take first in the 4x100 relay in 47.87. “On the 200, my blocks were OK and I felt some of the other runners coming out toward me and I had a good kick going into the last half.

“In the 100, it was the same thing. Every team has got somebody good in these races, so you can’t make any mistakes.”

Glendale finished second in the women’s portion of the meet with 175 1/2 points, while West Los Angeles College won the overall competition with 188 1/2 . In the men’s part of the meet, the Vaqueros placed sixth with 60 points.

Glendale’s women’s team had two other individual first-place efforts. Angelina Gonzalez captured the 3,000 steeplechase in 11 minutes 44.21 seconds and Rosa Del Toro took the 1,500 (4:36.35).

They will move on to the Southern California prelims, which will be conducted May 8 at Saddleback Community College. The top six finishers from each event qualified for the prelims.

Azizi finished second in the javelin with a throw of 111 feet 9 inches and tied for sixth with Brittney McKinley of West L.A. in the pole vault (8-7). Porter placed third in the 100 (12.19), Caitlin Kelly took third in the steeplechase (11:54.15), Karen Rosas was third in the 1,500 (4:47.48), Nina Moore took fifth in the 1,500 (4:53.81), Diana Sanchez finished third in the 800 (2:21.42) and Laura Pleumer placed fourth in the 800 (2:21.51).

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