By Jaime Cárdenas
SWC Sports Information Director
CHULA VISTA “We are ready... We are ready... We are ready!”
As you can tell by the tone of head coach Duro Agbede’s voice, the Southwestern College cross country team is ready for this Friday’s Southern California Regional Championships at Mt. San Antonio College.
The regionals, which will send the top 10 schools and the top 15 individuals to the state championship in Fresno on the 22, will also crown the Pacific Coast Conference champions.
The PCC championships, which were originally schedule for Friday, Oct. 30 at Cuyamaca College, were cancelled due to the fires that struck San Diego County last week. Rather then setting another date for the meet, the PCC has decided to crown the top finisher from the conference in the regional as their champion.
Southwestern College, which is the defending women’s PCC champion, is ranked third in the state among women’s teams and 10th among men’s teams.
The women’s team is led by last year’s PCC player of the year Rose Serna and Yvonne Li, a one-two punch that is difficult for most college’s to beat.
Vanessa Bird, Celene Reyes, Yenissa Kaeg, Lizette Villasano and Lynette Zeckva round up the team.
Yafet Abraha and Oswaldo Alvarez, the fastest runners in the PCC, will lead the men’s team. Which also includes twin brothers Apolinar and Edwardo Mariscal, Oscar Garcia, Mukhta Abdulle, Isimail Kawuki, Joe McCollam, Edgar Torrez and Jose Rivera.
Both Abraha and Alvarez recorded the fastest time in the PCC this season, when they finished a four mile course in 21:08, on September 27 at the Golden West Invitational.