Sophomore runner Vahagn Isayan is the first men’s athlete from Glendale Community College in more than a decade to win an individual championship at the California Community College Athletic Association Track and Field Finals.
On May 20, Isayan won the 10,000-meter during the first day of two of the season ending meet at San Diego Mesa College. Isayan won in 31 minutes, 19.65 seconds, just one second faster than the runner-up Ulysses Orozco of Saddleback.
Isayan is the first Vaquero to win a men’s title since 2003 and is first ever to win a 10K for GCC.
Heading into the event, Isayan was seeded at number four. He started off slow but as the race continued it eventually became a two-man competition for the win between Isayan and Orozco.
At last year’s meet at College of San Mateo, Orozco finished at sixth place and Isayan at ninth.
It wasn’t until the 22nd lap that Isayan caught up to Orozco and pulled ahead to victory. With this win Isayan earned the Glendale team another 10 points for the season total.
California State Championship winners:
MEN’S 100-METER: Cravon Gillespie Mt. San Antonio College, 10.21
MEN’S 200-METER: Cravon Gillespie Mt. San Antonio College, 20.86
MEN’S 400-METER: Tubotein Taylor Mt. San Antonio College, 46.64
MEN’S 800-METER: Gerardo Castro City College of San Francisco, 1:52,45
MEN’S 1,500-METER: Joshua Silva Riverside College, 3:55.65. Eighth place, Matthew Manalo Glendale College, 4:02.02
MEN’S 5,000-METER: Michael Tehran San Bernardino Valley College, 14:57.05. Second place, Vahagn Isayan Glendale College 15:01.64. Fifth place, Shane Thompson Glendale College, 15:04.18
MEN’S 10,000-METER: Vahagn Isayan Glendale Community College, 31:19.65
MEN’S 3,000-METER STEEPLECHASE: Jason Hillquist College of the Canyons, 9:16.04
MEN’S 400-METER RELAY: Mt. San Antonio College, 39.56
MEN’S 1,600-METER RELAY: Mt. San Antonio College, 3:09.80
MEN’S 110-METER HH: Cameron Akins Mt. San Antonio College, 14.05
MEN’S 400-METER IH: Dylan Atencio Mt. San Antonio College, 51.50
MEN’S HIGH JUMP: Joseph Bryant Mt. San Antonio College, 2.14m (Best mark in the state this year)
MEN’S POLE VAULT: Giovanni Hernandez Mt. San Antonio College 5.04m
MEN’S LONG JUMP: Bryce Huggins College of the Sequoias; 7.56m
MEN’S TRIPLE JUMP: Zain Palacio West Los Angeles College, 15.03m
MEN’S SHOT PUT: James Jones Riverside College, 16.96m
MEN’S DISCUS: Daniel Roberts Modesto College, 54.55m (Roberts is a two-time state champion)
MEN’S HAMMER: Daniel Roberts Modesto College, 62.87m (Roberts is a two-time state champion)
MEN’S JAVELIN: Alvin Sung College of San Mateo, 57.70m
MEN’S DECATHLON: Kasey Mancini Santa Rosa College, 6572 points (Most points in the state this year)
WOMEN’S 100-METER: Strangenae Campbell Diablo Valley College, 11.44
WOMEN’S 200-METER: Najia Hudspeth Cerritos College, 23.69
WOMEN’S 400-METER: Meleni Rodney College of the Sequoias, 54.16
WOMEN’S 800-METER: Crystal Tejada Riverside College, 2:10.59 (Fastest time in the state this year)
WOMEN’S 1,500-METER: Malena Grover Hartnell College, 4:37.49. Ninth place, Giselle Masedo Glendale College, 4:49.87
WOMEN’S 5,000-METER: Jenica Dodge American River College, 17:23.57
WOMEN’S 10,000-METER: Jenica Dodge American River College, 36:33.44
WOMEN’S 100-METER HH: Deshaunda Morrison College of the Sequoias, 13.76
WOMEN’S 400-METER IH: Brittany Mitchell Mt. San Antonio College, 1:02.59
3000 METER STEEPLECHASE: Michelle Perez-Lopez De Anza College, 11:22.94 (Fastest time in the state this year)
400-METER RELAY: Cerritos College, 46.00
1,600-METER RELAY: Mt. San Antonio College, 3:46.27
WOMEN’S HIGH JUMP: Bria Palmer Cerritos College, 1.69m
WOMEN’S POLE VAULT: Agusta Thomason Cuesta College 3.79m (Thomason is a two-time state champion)
WOMEN’S LONG JUMP: Moesha Davidson Fresno City College, 5.98m (Davidson is a two-time state champion)
WOMEN’S TRIPLE JUMP: Destinee Widgins Riverside College, 12.18m
WOMEN’S SHOT PUT: Destiny Talalemotu Cerritos College, 14.72m
WOMEN’S DISCUS: Destiny Talalemotu Cerritos College, 47.45m
WOMEN’S HAMMER: Destiny Talalemotu Cerritos College, 53.31m
WOMEN’S JAVELIN: Melody Harris Fresno City College, 49.56m (Top distance in the state this year)
WOMEN’S HEPTATHLON: Juanita Webster Cerritos College, 4846 points