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Men's Cross Country: Torres earns All-American honors, Vikings 23rd at State Championships

Sophomore Omar Torres (center) wrapped up his LBCC career with an 11th-place finish at the state championships to earn All-American honors (Photo by Dean Lofgren)
Sophomore Omar Torres (center) wrapped up his LBCC career with an 11th-place finish at the state championships to earn All-American honors (Photo by Dean Lofgren)

Long Beach City College sophomore Omar Torres (Warren HS) cruised to an 11th-place finish to lead the Vikings at the 2014 California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Cross Country State Championship on Saturday in Fresno.

Torres cleared the four-mile course at Woodward Park with a time of 20:34.4 to wrap up his LBCC career and was named All-American by finishing among the state's top 14.

As a squad, Long Beach totaled 585 points to finish 23rd out of 28 teams. Under second-year head coach Julio Jimenez, LBCC made its first appearance at the state championships in nearly 20 years.  

Other times for the Vikings at the state championships included:
Brandon Iraheta, 121st, 22:11.4
Tylor Wallace, 167th, 22:48.2
Christian Jezina, 178th, 23:01.9
Justin Weaver, 179th, 23:02.2
Gary Palacios-Espinoza, 181st, 23:02.3
Edgar Chacon, 203rd, 24:18.3

College of the Canyons won the team state title with 79 points and Hartnell College's Diego Leon was the men's individual winner with a time of 20:09.4.