Sophmore Track Runner Breaks Record


LIKE A ROCKET: Matthew Lopez, launches during the men’s javelin competition during the Cal State Northridge Invitational.

Dustin Rivera, Staff Writer

The Vaqueros dominated the 3000-meter at the Northridge Invitational Saturday, despite early struggles in the javelin.

Jason Ahn, who won the javelin event at the North/South Meet at Moorpark College on March 1, finished fifth in the men’s javelin with a throw of 52.05 meters. Almost two meters shorter than his throw at the North/South Meet.

“I didn’t do as well as I expected” said Ahn. “My warmups felt amazing, but as the day went on I tightened up.”

Javelin thrower Chris Uribe remained optimistic though, after coming in 12th.

“It feels great to go against good competition, it’s a learning experience, it gives you something to strive for,” said Uribe.

Despite their setback in the men’s javelin, the Lady Vaqs dominated the 3000-meter race.

Grace Graham-Zamudio took first by almost a second in the 3000-meter, ahead of two runners from Cal State Northridge, and two runners from USC.

Graham-Zamudio’s run of nine minutes and 56.04 seconds set a new school record in the 3000-meter, previously held by Tove Berg.

Graham-Zamudio improved on her previous time of 10 minutes 24.15 seconds that won the 3000-meter at last week’s North/South Meet.

The men’s team also dominated in the 3000-meter race.

GCC took four of the top 10 spots, with Kurt Lutz finishing first with a blazing time of eight minutes 44.73 seconds. Almost 12 seconds ahead of his closest competition.

Enrique Ramirez, Mizrael Mendez, and Jorge Serrano rounded out the top 10 coming in third, fifth, and eighth, respectively.

Jourdan Honore, finished sixth out of a field of 75 runners in the 100-meter dash, improving by nearly a quarter of a second over his time from the North/South Meet.

Both teams will look to continue to improve at the Coastal/Inland Meet in Antelope Valley and the Long Beach Challenge in Long Beach.