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Grace Zamudio takes home title

DAILY ROUNDUP:

September 08, 2012|From Staff Reports

WOMEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY

Glendale Community College at the Fresno Invitational: It was a strong afternoon for sophomore Grace Zamudio, who triumphed at Saturday morning’s Fresno Invitational.

Zamudio turned in winning mark of 18 minutes 34 seconds at Woodward Park, the home course for the upcoming state finals.

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“It was a good race. I’m actually really, really, really happy I won. I think that was the first time I broke 19 minutes on that course,” said Zamudio, who entered with a previous personal best around 19:30. “It’s great that I’ve improved a minute since last year.”

According to Zamudio, she was in third at the one-mile mark, while running with her teammates before taking the lead shortly after and never relinquishing it.

“Honestly, I wasn’t focused on winning. I was just focused on making my time,” Zamudio said. “I knew I would have a chance to win, but I didn’t want to think too much about it and psyche myself out.”

Zamudio’s finish helped the Vaqueros take third overall with 72 points, trailing only Orange Coast College (54) and Moorpark (66).

Zamudio’s scoring teammates finished in order of Lizzette Gonzalez (eighth, 19:28), Elizabeth Nelson (15th, 19:52), Abril Ramirez (25th, 20:16) and Charlene Quintanilla (27th, 20:22).

MEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY

Glendale Community College at the Fresno Invitational: Only American River College turned in a better effort as a team than did the Vaqueros, who finished second at the four-mile Fresno Invitational, which ran Saturday morning.

The Vaqueros were second with 70 points, behind American River, which totaled 20 points, and ahead of third-place Orange Coast College, which finished with 104 points.

Sophomore Kurt Lutz led the way for Glendale, taking sixth in 21:07 with the rest of the scoring squad of Isaac Diosdado (11th, 21:22), Enrique Ramirez (16th, 21:42), Vladimir Diaz (18th, 21:44) and Yeltsen Vasquez (19th, 21:45) following.

American River’s Luis Luna won the race in 20:47.

BOYS’ CROSS-COUNTRY

Burbank at Fastback Shootout: The Bulldogs finished fifth overall out of 40 teams competing at Saturday morning’s event on Mt. San Antonio College’s 1.9-mile course.

Arsen Mkrtchyan led the Bulldogs with a mark of 10:16, which was good enough for fourth in the junior race. Bernie Correa claimed 14th among seniors with a time of 10:26.41, which was 27th overall.

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