Rosas wins two conference titles

Track and field: Glendale college women's distance runners excel at Western State Conference Finals.

April 30, 2011|By Charles Rich,

GLENDALE — Karen Rosas absorbed all of the advice given to her and then proceeded to enjoy one of the biggest outings of her collegiate career.

It came during a time when the Glendale Community College women's track and field athlete wanted to prove herself. The recommendations served Rosas well.

Rosas won a pair of events Friday afternoon at the Western State Conference Finals at Bakersfield College.

Despite battling windy conditions throughout most of her races, the sophomore prevailed in the 10,000-meter race in 38 minutes 55.79 seconds and the 5,000 in 18:21.98. In addition, she placed third in the 1,500 in 4:56.55.


"I talked to my coaches about how to go out there and run my best and they said to be confident and run strong throughout," said Rosas, who won the conference crowns for the first time in each event after securing All-American status in each and advancing to the state championship last season. "In the 5K, I tried to go around six minutes per mile and I picked it up in the last couple of miles.

"In the 10K, my coaches told me about mainly being able to pace myself and then take off in the last mile. I was really impressed with it. I just trust my coaches and training. You go out there and put in quality workouts because it all comes down to your mindset."

Rosas will next participate Friday in the 10,000 at the Southern California Championships at Mount San Antonio College.

The top six finishers from each event qualified for the prelims, which will be held Friday at Mt. SAC.

Also, picking up a first-place finish for the Vaqueros was Alyssa Selve. Selve clocked 4:50.75 to take the 1,500 race.

"Alyssa just ran a smart race and she's an excellent runner," Lopez said. "She can continue to do better because she's that good.

"We did well as a team in  a lot of the races. We still have to get better in a lot of the field events and we need more weight people."

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