GLENDALE — Departures from both the women's and men's track and field teams of Glendale Community College leave some big shoes to fill. Vaqueros Coach Eddie Lopez remains confident, however, that his current squads, which began their season on Saturday at the Pomona-Pitzer All Comers meet, boast enough fast feet to do just that.
Four of the six All-American honorees who made headlines for Glendale's women's program at last year's state meet, where the Vaqueros finished fifth, are gone, with reigning 1,500-meters state champion Rosa Del Toro and distance standouts Nina Moore and Angie Gonzalez, as well as sprinter Samantha Bogatz, all having moved on.
But Karen Rosas, who was runner-up in the 5K and 10K at state last year, and Vivian Ochoa (fourth in the 5K at state) are back to head up a strong sophomore class that will be helped along by some promising freshmen.
"She's looking really good," Lopez said of Rosas, who is a co-captain. "She's our No. 1 girl. …She's probably favored to win the 5K and 10K [at state].