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Runners make strides at meets

Women’s team ends season with confidence.

By Joi McAllister / Staff writer
On December 8, 2011

LBCC women's cross country team has been working hard at keeping it's pace, competing in the South Coast conference along with teams from the Orange Empire, Foothill, Pacific Coast and Western State conferences.

The team of 12 are all freshman runners with the exception of Alondra Canchola who ran the year prior.

Even though they are a team, five individual ladies that were making progress as each time. Amalia Erazo, 18, marine biology major placed first among Viking runners every time out.

Her finishing time starting at the beginning of the season was 28:53 and finished the season with the time of 21:55.

"Cross country has made me stronger as a person. I know it's a challenging sport and being able to complete each day of practice makes me feel as if I can do anything." Erazo said.

The other four leading runners are, Alondra Canchola with her best time being 22:17 at the Golden West invite, Laura Sefcik who's best time was 22:43 at Golden West, Nailah Gwynn who's best time was 23:26.56 at the Orange Coast Classic invite and Nelli Ramirez who's best time was 24:30.9 also at Orange Coast.

Although the team did not make it to the state championships this season.

The Viking women will be moving forward to run track and field this upcoming spring semester.

They will also be returning to cross-country next fall.

Canchola said,"This season I have gained more confidence in myself. This makes me proud of myself because I know I have the potential to get better."

Coach Karen Vigilant had this to say regarding her runners she trains daily, " I often tell my team that they are better than they know.

If they believe in themselves more great things will occur. As a team we started off from behind, but now I think we are becoming more competitive."

"Victory starts in the mind," said Vigilant.


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