Despite Rain, Track Reaches Potential

CHRIS WALKER
El Vaquero Staff Writer

Competing in the Bakersfield Relays Saturday, the men and women’s track and field teams continued to show they are a force to be reckoned with.
Pilar Delgado continued to dominate even in wet and slippery conditions, taking first place in the 5,000 meters in 18:09.61.

“It was a tactical race between Pilar and Reyes of Cuesta,” coach Eddie Lopez said. “But Pilar came out on top.”

“It was really wet,” said Naira Bagumyan, who fell on the first water jump and still finished first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 12:00.43.

“I’m really proud of myself. All the hard work is paying off.”

Another one of Glendale’s top women, Sandra Prado, took third in the 800 meters in 2:31.84 and the 1,500 meters in 4:59. Stephanie Fabia placed a respectable fourth in the 400 meters in 59:52.

In the men’s portion of the meet, Humberto Espino continued to show why he is the fastest 3,000-meter steeplechaser in the conference, taking first in 9:53.89.

“Conditions were cold,” Espino said. “I’m proud of the way I ran, as well as the team.”

Henry Nunez took second behind Espino in 9:54.48, with Omar Limon rounding out the top three in 10:02.45
David Catchings ran a best time of 50.74 in the 400 meters.

“It was hard to warm up,” coach Lopez said of the race. “I think we did well considering the conditions.”

Glendale will compete in the LaVerne Invitational on Saturday.