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Track and Field: Long Beach qualifies 22 to South Coast Conference Championship Finals

Freshmen Bayron Manuel (left) and Malika Spencer (center) both qualified for the South Coast Conference Finals (Photo by Julio Jimenez)
Freshmen Bayron Manuel (left) and Malika Spencer (center) both qualified for the South Coast Conference Finals (Photo by Julio Jimenez)

Long Beach City College will be well represented at the South Coast Conference Track and Field Championship Finals as the Vikings have qualified for 22 events for Saturday's event. Also at Tuesday's SCC Prelims meet, LBCC already earned three top-10 finishes.

On the men's side, sophomore Jose Ochoa earned the Vikings eight points toward the final standings thanks to his second-place finish in the javelin after a toss of 47.90 meters. Also, sophomore Omar Torres's seventh-place finish in the 10,000 meters (33:40.00) was good for two points towards the team standings.

The Long Beach men will send 15 to Saturday's finals, with freshman Damond Burns leading the way in three individual events. He was eighth overall in the 100 and 200 meters and 10th in the long jump to earn spots in the finals.

Freshman Phillip Powell is a double qualifier, as he was first in his heat of the 800 meters (third overall) and led a group of four LBCC qualifiers in the 1,500 meters by finishing seventh overall. Joining Powell in the 1,500 will be sophomore Justin Weaver and freshmen Jordan Horton and Tylor Wallace.

Freshman Bayron Manuel cruised to the top time in his heat of the 110-meter high hurdles and will look to capture a SCC title on Saturday.

The LBCC women will send seven to the conference finals. Freshman Chantel Dunson got the Vikings started with a third-place finish in the triple jump. Her mark of 10.91 meters has already earned the Viking women six points towards the final team standings.

Sophomore Danasia Richard is a double qualifier in the 100 and 200 meters. She was first in her heat of the 100, 2nd in her heat of the 200 to earn her spots in those events.

Sophomore Deborahnay Love will also compete in two finals. She finished sixth overall in both the 400 meters and the long jump.

Viking SCC qualifiers and finals results listed below. The SCC Finals are set for Saturday (Apr. 25) at Cerritos College. Field events begin at 1:30 p.m. with the 3,000-meter steeplechase kicking off the running events at 2:00 p.m.

South Coast Conference Championships – Preliminaries
April 21, 2015

Jose Ochoa, Javelin, 2nd place, 47.90m
Omar Torres, 10,000 meters, 7th place, 33:40.00
Finals Qualifiers - 15
Damond Burns 100 meters, 2nd heat, 8th overall, 10.99
Damond Burns 200 meters, 2nd heat, 8th overall, 21.86
Damond Burns, Long Jump, 6th flight, 10th overall, 6.10m
Phillip Powell, 800 meters, 1st heat, 3rd overall, 1:57.27
Phillip Powell, 1500 meters, 4th heat, 7th overall, 4:13.64
Bayron Manuel, 110-meter hurdles, 1st heat, 2nd overall, 14:51
Travis Thomas, 400-meter hurdles, 2nd heat, 4th overall, 55.75
Kedrick Miller, 400-meter hurdles, 2nd heat, 6th overall, 56.54
Justin Weaver, 1500 meters, 4th heat, 8th overall, 4:17.78
Jordan Horton, 1500 meters. 5th heat, 10th overall, 4:20.00
Tylor Wallace, 1500 meters, 6th heat, 11th overall, 4:21.12
Jordan Noble, Long Jump, 5th heat, 9th overall, 6.18m
Jared Jones, 3000-meter Steeplechase
4x100 Relay
4x400 Relay

Chantel Dunson, Triple Jump, 3rd place, 10.91m
Finals Qualifiers - 7
Danasia Richard, 100 meters, 1st heat, 2nd overall 12.11
Danasia Richard, 200 meters, 2nd heat, 4th overall 25.05
Deborahnay Love, 400 meters, 3rd heat, 6th overall 1:00.98
Deborahnay Love, Long Jump, 4th flight, 6th overall, 5.09m
Malika Spencer, 800 meters, 4th heat, 7th overall, 2:28.23
4x100 Relay
4x400 Relay