Vaqueros Track Runs Up New WSC Records

Andres Aguila

The sun was shining, the air wasn’t too hot or too cold and it was the perfect spring day – to break some records at Sartoris Field.

And that’s exactly what freshman Samantha Bogatz did in the fourth Western State Conference track meet of the season held on March 27.

Bogatz broke her own school record for the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.91 seconds and also helped win the 4×100 meter relay event along side Ashley Baucham, Melani Artoun-Livaskan and Janette Morfin with a time of 47.91 to set another school record.

Bogatz also came first in the women’s 200-meter dash, winning a total of three events.

The colleges that were competing alongside GCC were Citrus, Ventura and Bakersfield.
The Vaquero men clinched the third place spot after winning two events.

Nathan Sellars won the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:00.75 and Johnathan Alpizar won the very close 1500-meter run with a time of 4:03.37, one millisecond ahead of second place winner Cesar Mireles of Bakersfield College, who had a time of 4:03:38.

“It was outstanding,” said track and field head coach Ed Lopez. “There was a good balance.”

While there was a good balance for both men and the women, the Lady Vaqs outshined the men by winning 12 of the 17 events and finishing in first place with a total of 98 points.

There were a total of 17 events for both the women and men, which started after 2 p.m. and ended before 6 p.m.

Bakersfield placed first in men’s by winning a total of nine events with a total of 65.3 points and placed second in women’s with a total of 38.5 points.

The next meet for the track and field team will be at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut for the Mt. Sac relays on April 11.