By Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information Director
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — College of the Canyons track & field is on the home stretch of the 2018 season and heading for the state championship meet once again after the Cougars claimed a total of nine state qualifying spots at last weekend's CCCAA Southern California Championships hosted by San Diego Mesa College.
In all, Canyons will send six athletes from the women's team to compete in six events (10,000m, 5,000m, 1,500m, high jump, 4x100m, heptathlon) at the state championship meet. The Lady Cougars placed 11th at the SoCal Championships with 14.5 event points.
Beard also tied for sixth place in the high jump with a leap of 1.55m and will move on to the state championships after previously winning the Western State Conference title in the same event. She will also compete in the heptathlon at the state meet after placing eighth in SoCal earlier this spring.
Additionally, COC sophomore Stephanie Martinez qualified in the 10,000m by placing third with a time of 40:57.65 at the SoCal Prelims on May 5. She will also compete in the 5,000m after recording an eighth-place time of 19:01.24.
Sophia Stephan placed ninth in the 1,500m at a pace of 4:53.63 to also nab a qualifying bid.
COC's men's team will also send six athletes representing three events (high jump, 4x100m, 4x400m) to the state meet.
Canyons finished tied for 10th in SoCal with 18 points. That total left COC even with Saddleback College and one point behind ninth-place Glendale College.
Mt. San Antonio College swept the event with both its men's and women's teams taking home regional titles.
The Cougars' 4x100m relay team of Leo Lambert III, Slade Cavallaro, Blake Beeler and Calel Christian was the top finisher for COC with a second-place time of 41.91. That result should position Canyons as a top contender for a state championship in the event.
The 4x400m team of Lambert, Steven Arrington, Beeler and Cavallaro will also advance to the state meet.
Marcel Sylvester settled for third place in the high jump with a mark of 2.05m, which tied for the event's top result. However, Sylvester was slotted into the No. 3 spot based on his previous jumps on the day. He should also be among the top competitors at the state championship meet.
Canyons will conclude its season by compete at CCCAA State Championships hosted by Bakersfield College May 18-19.
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