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Vaqs move on to state

Track and field: Bogatz repeats as So. Cal. champ in 100- and 200 dashes.

May 17, 2010|By Charles Rich

MISSION VIEJO — With a sharp pain in her right leg, Samantha Bogatz set sail for the finish line with plenty at stake.

Competing in the 200-meter dash, the standout Glendale Community College track and field athlete crossed the finish line in a school-record time and breathed a sigh of relief.

Bogatz captured the event in 24.09 seconds to repeat as champion at the Southern California Championships on Saturday afternoon at Saddleback College. Bogatz earlier repeated as champion in the 100, clocking 11.85.

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“I felt a sharp pain most of the 200, but I knew that I had to go out there and do it,” said Bogatz, who broke her own school record of 24.23, which was set May 8 at the Southern California prelims at Saddleback College. “I had to come out of the pack and I knew I had to get a lead from there.”

Bogatz was one of a handful of Glendale college athletes who qualified for the California Community College Athletic Assn. Track and Field Championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Antelope Valley College.

Joining Bogatz from the college’s women’s team are Angie Gonzalez, Rosa Del Toro, Nina Moore, Karen Rosas, Vivian Ochoa, Alina Jabourian, Carissa Porter and Daniela Pollard. Two Glendale men’s athletes — Jonathan Alpizar and Frankie Quijada — also qualified for the state meet.

Bogatz, who repeated as champion in both events at the Western State Conference Championships on April 30 at Moorpark College, began her day by winning the 100 by .05 seconds. Uchechi Anunkor of Mount San Antonio College finished second in 11.90.

“I was scared in the 100,” Bogatz said. “Coming off the block, I was with two others and it came down to who would tire first.

“Last year, it was a surprise to win both events. This year, there’s a lot of good competition. I’ve had to work hard all year.”

Gonzalez finished sixth in the 3,000 steeplechase in a personal-best time of 11 minutes 26.8 seconds to advance to the state meet. Two Vaqueros reached the state meet in the 1,500, as Del Toro was fourth (4:4.56) and Moore placed sixth (4:47.82).

Also moving on were Moore, Del Toro and Rosas in the 5,000. Moore placed third in 17:51.2, Del Toro was fourth (17:54.6) and Rosas clocked 18:00.2 to take sixth.

Glendale’s 4x100 relay team of Jabourian, Porter, Pollard and Bogatz clocked 47.97 for fourth.

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