WALNUT — While completing the final 250 meters of the 5,000-meter race, something spooked Karen Rosas.
Rosas had built a comfortable lead in the event during the Southern California Championships at Mount San Antonio College on Friday night. However, she saw a pair of shadows, one of which she recognized and the other she thought was that of her closest competitor.
It turned out that both shadows were indeed Rosas, herself, though they were reflected from separate stadium light fixtures.
And there was no competitor that Rosas had to worry about during her victorious run.
"That tricked me, because I thought somebody else was going to pass me," said Rosas, who clocked 17 minutes 36.43 seconds to finish first and qualify for the California Community College Athletic Assn. Track and Field Championships next Friday and Saturday at American River College in Sacramento. "I just didn't know the light.