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Track and Field: Long Beach advances 14 to Southern California Championship Finals

Freshman Jared Jones ran the ninth fastest steeplechase time in LBCC history at the SoCal Preliminaries (Photo by Dean Lofgren)
Freshman Jared Jones ran the ninth fastest steeplechase time in LBCC history at the SoCal Preliminaries (Photo by Dean Lofgren)

Long Beach City College Track and Field will send 14 on to the 2015 Southern California Championship Finals following some impressive finishes at the SoCal Prelims meet on Saturday at Cerritos College.

The Vikings men will advance 11 to next Saturday's finals while the LBCC women will also move on three.

Leading the way for the men is freshman Damond Burns as he qualified in both the 100 and 200 meters. He will also team with Anterio Bateman, Jordan Noble, and Jacob Thorton for the 4x100-meter relay. Burns, along with Phillip Powell, Noble, and Travis Thomas will also compete in the 4x400-meter relay.

Freshman Jared Jones finished won his heat and was first overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to secure a spot in the finals. His time of 9:32.52 ranks No. 9 on the all-time LBCC performance list.

Thomas also won his heat of the 400-meter hurdles and was third overall to earn his spot in the finals. Also moving on is Powell in the 800 meters, Jose Ochoa in the javelin, Justin Weaver in the 1500, Omar Torres in the 5000, and Thorton in the high jump.

On the women's side, Chantel Dunson and Danasia Richard will both move on individually and as part of the 4x100-meter relay team. Dunson had the top prelim mark in the triple jump at 11.47 meters while Richard was second in her heat and sixth overall in the 100 meters.

The duo will team up with Deborahnay Love and Sharone Nora for the 4x100-meter relay final.

The Southern California Finals are set for May 9 at Cerritos College. Field events begin at 11 a.m. with track events getting started at 2 p.m. The Vikings will look to qualify for the CCCAA State Championship meet on May 15-16 at College of San Mateo.

Complete LBCC-SoCal Prelims results below:

Southern California Championships – Preliminaries
May 2, 2015
*- SoCal Finals qualifier

*Damond Burns, 100 meters, 3rd heat/8thoverall, 11.03
*Damond Burns, 200 meters, 2nd heat/5th overall, 21.85
*Phillip Powell, 800 meters, 5th heat/9th overall, 1:56.51
*Justin Weaver, 1500 meters, 6th heat/11th overall, 4:05.86
Phillip Powell, 1500 meters, 9th heat/18th overall, 4:12.23
*Omar Torres, 5000 meters
Omar Torres, 10,000 meters, 10th overall, 32:16.44 (Final)
Bayron Manuel, 110-meter hurdles, DQ
*Travis Thomas, 400-meter hurdles, 1st heat/3rd overall, 54.09
*Jared Jones, 3000-meter steeplechase, 1st heat/1st overall, 9:32.52
*4x100-meter relay, 2nd heat/3rd overall, 41.69
*4x400-meter relay, 3rd heat/6th overall, 3:18.85
*Jacob Thorton, High Jump, 14th, 1.92m
*Jose Ochoa, Javelin, 7th, 47.03

*Danasia Richard, 100 meters, 2nd heat/6th overall, 12.31
Chantel Dunson, 200 meters, 4th heat/12th overall, 25.52
Danasia Richard, 200 meters, 6th heat/17th overall, 26.09
Deborahnay Love, 400 meters, 5th heat/14th overall, 1:00.71
Malika Spencer, 800 meters, 7th heat/20th overall, 2:29.62
*4x100-meter relay, 5th heat/8th overall, 48.69
4x400-meter relay, 5th heat/11th overall, 4:11.90
*Chantel Dunson, Triple Jump, 1st, 11.47m
Danasia Richard, High Jump, 17th, 1.41m
Deborahnay Love, Long Jump, 20th, 4.66m