ARC women’s track and field take first place at NorCal championships

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Cheyenne Drury

Sophomore Siena Morgan launches herself over the bar in the pole vault event at American River College for the NorCal Finals. Morgan placed third in the event and will compete in in the State Championships in San Mateo on May 15 and 16.

The American River College women’s track and field team won the award for team champion at the 2015 CCCAA Northern California Track and Field Championships Friday, which ARC also hosted.

The men’s track and field team won second place, losing the team champion award to the College of the Sequoias in the men’s category.

Both men’s and women’s teams from 21 Northern California schools participated in the championships.

Sophomore Jocelyn Stillwell won the Women’s 3000-meter Steeplechase with a time of 11 minutes and 28.94 seconds.

“This race is about watching your form, knowing when to pick up and when not to,” said Stillwell.

Freshman Sean Gregg won the Men’s 3000-meter Steeplechase with a time of 9 minutes and 23.57 seconds.

“It feels good,” said Gregg. “First place is always nice, especially at the big meets.”

Gregg credited his victory to “being consistent and staying injury free.”

Sophomore Logan Stahl won the Men’s 800-meter run with a time of 1 minute and 52.87 seconds.

He competed against some of the top community college runners in Northern California.

“It was a good run. It was unusual because I usually don’t lead,” said Stahl. “I knew that if I could separate from the other guys I could win.”

The ARC men also won their 4×100 Meter Relay with a time of 40.70 seconds.

“We came home, brought it home,” said sophomore Devan Sawyer. “We’re going to go onto state and bring that home with us too.”

Sophomore Luis Luna won the Men’s 5000-meter run with a time of 14 minutes and 40.85 seconds.

Sophomore Kandace Compton earned second place in the women’s 1500-meter run, finishing one second behind Yesenia Silva, the favorite from the College of the Sequoias.

“I thought she was going to go out faster but she held back,” said Compton. “So my strategy wasn’t what I thought. I still feel like I raced strong. It was a personal record for the season and a personal record.”

The state championships for Track and Field will be held at the College of San Mateo on May 15 and 16.