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Ochoa is 2nd in discus, Kimumba 3rd in 200 at Southern Cal Finals

Marie Kimumba qualified for the State Meet in two sprints, taking third in the 200 and fifth in the 400 in a personal-best 56.97. (Photo by Scott Santella)
Marie Kimumba qualified for the State Meet in two sprints, taking third in the 200 and fifth in the 400 in a personal-best 56.97. (Photo by Scott Santella)

SBCC sent four athletes to the Southern Cal Women's Track & Field Finals on Saturday at San Diego Mesa and all four finished in the top six to qualify for next weekend's State Championships.

The Vaqueros were eighth out of 26 teams with 24 points. Mt. SAC was the winner with 202.5 points. Cerritos was second 178.5 and Riverside was third with 89.

Alana Ochoa finished second in the discus with the No. 3 all-time throw (42.16 meters, 138-3¾) in school history. Marie-Aime Cochet took sixth at 40.54m, the fifth-best mark at SBCC. Amber Hart of Cerritos was the winner at 51.25m.

Marie Kimumba placed third in the 200 (25.13) and fifth in the 400 in a personal-best 56.97. It's the first time she's gone under 57 seconds this year and it's the No. 4 time in school history. Tatyana Pooler of Mt. SAC won the 200 in 24.16 and Lonsha Bradford led a 1-2-3 Mt. SAC finish in the 400 in 55.09.

Christy Chavira recorded a PR for the third straight race, running 4:51.25 to take sixth in the 1500.

Four of the five Vaquero marks were season bests. They all earned spots in the CCCAA State Championships, which will take place Friday and Saturday at Bakersfield College.