RIVERSIDE -- The Orange Coast College women's track and field team will have four of their athletes represent the Pirates at this weekend's State Meet after their strong performances at the Southern California Regional finals on Saturday at Riverside City College.
OCC freshman pole vaulter Alison Young earned a trip up to the College of San Mateo this weekend after clearing 10-feet, 10-inches on her first attempt. After nearly not making it past 9-10, Young finally cleared the bar on her third attempt, then, cleared 10-4 on her second attempt before her 10-10 clearing. Only a pair of Mt. San Antonio Mounties -- Darla Gonzalez (13-3 1/2) and Amy Campos (11-3 3/4) -- had higher marks than Young at the SoCal Regionals.
In the high jump, Pirate sophomore Julie Mariano went 3-for-3 on her first three attempts and finished fifth overall with a top jump of 4-11. Mariano passed on 4-5, but cleared 4-7, 4-9 and 4-11 before coming up short on three attempts at 5-1. Santa Monica's Anyese Kirkland topped the field with a mark of 5-3.
Distance runner Andrea Anaya took on the best in Southern California in the 10,000 meters and the Pirate freshman earned a top-8 time of 41 minutes, 31.26 seconds. Mt. SAC's Rebecca Ruiz outran the field with a time of 38:50.38.
Joining this OCC trio will be Charlotte Kraushaar, who already qualified for the State Meet in the heptathlon back on April 3, when she finished second overall with 3,901 points.