The Santa Monica College Track and Field team is anticipating the Southern California Championships that will be held this weekend at Antelope Valley College after sixteen Corsairs qualified to participate in the track and field event Saturday afternoon.
SMC track and field head coach Larry Silva said that many of the Corsairs have gotten better over the course of their junior college careers. Silva singled out Terrance Luevano and Drew Brown as having progressed remarkably since their graduation from high school.
"Terrance is really coming into his own right now in terms of development," said Silva. "His last year in high school he didn't even qualify for the city championships and now he is ranked top ten in the state in the 800 meter and 1500 meters."
Brown, who ran track at Palisades Charter High School, also improved after joining the SMC Track and Field team.
"Drew wasn't very fast in the 400 at Pally," said Silva. "But he has come a long way and has improved his time from 53 seconds in the 400 meters to 48.2."
SMC qualifiers in the women's division for the 4x100 relay include Jenicie Thomas, Elia Sanchez, Kristin Kitabayashi, and Ariel Alexander.
Jocelyne Ferrufino will represent SMC in the women's 800 meters and Shaynah Patton qualified for the 400 meter hurdles.
Sanchez, Ferrufino, Kitabayashi, and Shaynah Patton will represent the Corsairs in 4X400 meters.
SMC qualifiers in the men's division include Brown who will run the 800 meters along with Luevano and Riddick. Riddick will also run in the men's 1500 meters.
For the men's 4X100 meter relays, Marcus Nembhard will take the first leg followed by Carzel Vickers, Justin Peters, and anchor Zachary Stern.
In the men's 4X400 meter relays, Zachary Stern will take the first leg followed by Vickers, Justin Peters, and anchored by Brown.
Vickers will also be participating in the triple jump and is ranked fourth in the state.
In the men's discus and javelin Jacob Trudahl qualified to represent SMC.
The SMC Track and Field team looks to advance in the So Cal Prelims all day Saturday, May 4 and to the So Cal Finals the following weekend Saturday, May 11 at Antelope Valley College.
For more information on the meet visit the Antelope Valley College website.