The 10K will take place tonight, as Zamudio will try to duplicate her championship performance at May 5th's California Community College Athletic Assn. Southern California 10K Finals at San Diego Mesa College, which took place a week ahead of the rest of the SoCal finals in San Diego, where the GCC women took a program-best second-place finish.
"She has a chance to win, if she's right there at the end, she's got to go for the win, but she's got to make sure [the other runners] do the work," Lopez said. "She has probably the most speed out of the whole group. That's been her advantage."
Glendale's Nohemi Martinez is seeded fourth in the 10K.
When the meet resumes and concludes on Saturday, the Vaqueros will be well-represented in the 5K by the second-seeded Zamudio, fifth-seeded Angela Martinez, sixth-seeded Nohemi Martinez and seventh-seeded Cecelia Nicolas.
"They're going to run well," said Lopez of his 5K group, which employed a pack strategy in Saturday's SoCal Final, where Zamudio finished runner-up. "They've been running at this level for the last month. They're rested, they're focused. ...That's probably our best event."
Shank is riding the momentum of setting a new school record in the SoCal finals (5 feet 7 inches) and winning the SoCal title, but Lopez said the goal will simply be to shoot for first place rather than an eye-popping mark.
"She looks good in practice," Lopez said. "Again [she needs to] go in there and just make sure that she starts at a good height, not too high and get a good warm-up. She's one of the favorites there, so we expect her to be All-American.