SANTA ANA -- The Orange Coast College women's track and field team notched several strong times and finished second overall on Friday at the 2019 Orange Empire Conference Track and Field Championships, hosted by Santa Ana College.
Freshman standout Charlotte Krushaar had an exceptional OEC Finals, taking home the gold medal in the long jump with a jump of 17-feet, 9-3/4 inches, five inches better than Fullerton's Myrna Gillas (17-4 3/4). She also finished second in the 100 hurdles (16.19), fourth in the high jump (4-feet, 4-inches) and third in the javelin throw (99-6).
In the triple jump, Pirate sophomore Julie Mariano blasted through her third jump for a winning mark of 33-5 3/4, nearly four FEET better than the rest of the field. She also earned a silver medal in the high jump (4-9 3/4) and fourth in the long jump (15-11 1/2).
In the distance events, OCC's Andrea Anaya earned three qualifications for the upcoming Southern California Regionals, finishing fourth in the 1,500 (5 minutes, 6.67 seconds), fifth in the 5,000 (19:33.84) and second in the 10,000 (40:15.38). In those same races, she will be joined at SoCals by teammate Meagan Silves, who finished third in the 10K with a time of 41:01.39, seventh in the 1,500 (5:16.94) and sixth in the 5,000 (19:37.81).
Raelynn Denson will also have herself a busy SoCal Regional experience next week. After leading a 2-3-4 Pirate finish in the javelin throw (100-4), she also placed fifth in the shot put (34-4 3/4) and third in the discus throw (119-7).
Other top-five performances were turned in by Paige Fults in the 100 (4th, 12.52), Andrea Anaya in the 1,500 (4th, 5;06.67) and 5,000 (5th, 19:33.84), Isabella Alston in the 400 hurdles (4th, 1:12.15), Sierra Browne in the high jump (5th, 4-4), Alison Young in the pole vault (3rd, 10-2), Yasmone Cocotis in the triple jump (2nd, 29-7 1/2) and Zulema Juarez in the hammer throw (5th, 109-4) and javelin (4th, 87-0).
Coast will take part in the 2019 Southern California Regionals, hosted by Riverside City College, beginning with the prelims on Friday (10 a.m.) and the finals on Friday, May 10 (10 am.).