GLENDALE — After pouring her all into winning a state title in the 10,000-meter race on Friday night, Glendale Community College distance runner Karen Rosas admitted she didn't know if she had enough left to vie for a second state crown in the 5,000 Saturday night at the second and final day of the California Community College Athletic Assn. Track and Field Championships at American River College in Sacramento.
Turns out the sophomore did have just enough left in the tank to prevail down the stretch of a literally rough and tumble race for the 5,000 crown, becoming the first Vaqueros athlete to win two titles at the state meet since Tove Berg doubled in the 10,000 and 5,000 in 2007.
"It feels great," said Rosas, who won the 5,000 in 17 minutes 37.67 seconds. "I had faith, but after [Friday] I was very sore, especially my back. It was so much pain I didn't know if I was going to be able to keep up."