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2014 Track & Field News

Lizaola Wins State Title In 400-Meter Hurdles

May 17, 2014


CrystalSophomore Crystal Lizaola led the El Camino women's track and field team to a fourth-place team finish at the State Championships at Mt. SAC over the weekend. Lizaola won the 400-meter hurdles in a new personal-best 60.20 which ranks third all-time in school history. That time also ranks her second in the nation among community college runners.

Syrea Hicks competed in three individual events at the meet earning second in the triple jump (37-10), third in the long jump (18-4 ½) and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (13.95) which is the second-best time in school history.

Raven Nunez took second in the 400-meters in a time of 55.49. Haley Heinemann took third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (11:38.24).

The women's 4x400 meter relay team of Jaylynn Branch, Liliana Lopez, Nunez and Lizaola took third in a season-best 3:47.90 which was a very tight race between the Warriors, Delta and Riverside.

Branch took sixth in the 400-meter (57.28) and Lopez was 11th in the heptathlon in the third-best performance in school history (3919).

For the men, Teddy Kassa was sixth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (9:40.84). Teammates Austin Van Biezen and Brennan Megeff finished 10th and 11th, respectively.

Chris Street took ninth in the shot put and Tomas Snur placed 10th in the 10,000-meters (34:45.47).

Heinemann Sets School Record In Steeplechase

May 10, 2014


HaleyFreshman Haley Heinemann set a new El Camino record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Southern California Regionals May 9-10 in a time of 11:22.54 at Riverside City College. She placed second in the event to advance to the State Championships May 16-17.

The women's track and field team finished fourth with 54 points and qualified six individuals and the 4x400-meter relay to state. The men's team placed 13th and qualified five individuals.

Heinemann also qualified in the 5,000-meters placing eighth overall.

Crystal Lizaola continued her hot streak in the hurdle events. She ran a personal best 14.68 in the 100-meter hurdles and finished second in the 400-meter hurdles in 62.11.

Two Warriors qualified in the 400-meters as Raven Nunez placed third in a time of 56.00 and Jaylynn Branch in a new personal best of 56.45 placed fifth.

Syrea Hicks placed third in the triple jump with a personal best 37-1. She was the Southern California leader in the 100-meter hurdles but ended up not qualifying in that event after hitting the second hurdle in her race.

The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Branch, Lizaola, Nunez and Liliana Lopez finished fourth in a season-best 3:50.55.

Chris Street advanced by placing fifth in the shot put.

Teddy Kassa advanced to state by placing fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a personal best 9:37.33. He joins teammates Brennan Megeff and Austin Van Biezen who qualified with their times last week.

Several Warriors Qualify For SoCal Finals

May 3, 2014


ParkerThe El Camino track and field teams competed at the Southern California Regional Prelims on Friday and Saturday in hopes to qualify for the finals May 9-10. The meet was held in Riverside, Calif. In all, the women qualified 15 entries and both relay teams and the men had 18 entries and one relay.

Crystal Lizaola continued her unbeaten streak in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 62.61. She also was a member of the winning 4x400-meter relay team (Jaylynn Branch, Liliana Lopez and Raven Nunez) which ran a season best 3:51.71.

Syrea Hicks won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.16 (third all-time at ECC). She also qualified in the triple jump and long jump and as a member of the 4x100-meter relay (48.95) with Branch, Nunez and Shelby Bassman.

Lizaola moved into eighth all-time in ECC history with a time of 14.76 in the 100-meter hurdles which was good enough for fourth place in the meet.

Individually, Nunez placed third in the 400-meter hurdles in 56.72 and Lopez also qualified in the hurdles and triple jump.

Branch is one of the top seeds going into the finals in the 400-meters (58.64) and 200-meters (24.78).

The men's 4x400-meter relay qualified in a time of 3:18.60 which included Antwon Parker, William Ingram, Christopher Rasmussen and Khalil McClain.

Parker qualified in the 200-meters as well with a time of 21.71.

Blaize Ali-Watkins qualified in three events: the 100-meters (10.76), the 200-meters (21.72) and the long jump (22-6).

Two men, Rasmussen and Khalil Flemister qualified in the triple jump.

The distance runners also had a good showing as Haley Heinemann won the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:53.09.

Teddy Kassa and Brennan Megeff were second and third in their heats in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in personal bests of 9:44.15 and 9:46.16.

Austin Van Biezen also qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 9:53.00.

Chris Street threw a personal best in the shot put of 50-10 ¾ to qualify and was fifth in the javelin at 172-0.

Tomas Snur placed seventh in the 10,000-meter final and Reo Miranda-Lavertu was ninth. The two are waiting to hear if they earned a spot at state based on their times.

Four Warriors Honored At HOF

May 2, 2014

Four current El Camino student-athletes were honored at the ECC Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, May 2 at the Ayres Hotel in Hawthorne, Calif. Liliana Lopez (track & field) and Clarizzah Macatugal (women's basketball) were honored with the Norm Verry Scholarship and Crystal Lizaola (track & field) and Roy Powell (men's volleyball) were named the ECC Athletes of the Year.

Norm Verry Scholarship

Liliana Lopez - Track and Field/Cross Country

Liliana Lopez has established herself as one of the most versatile athletes in the history of the El Camino College women's track & field program. A heptathlete, Liliana is one of Southern California's best in many events, including the 400-meter hurdles, triple jump, 100-meter hurdles, and as a member of the 1600-meter relay team. In the recent Southern California Heptathlon competition, Liliana placed eighth in the field with 3,804 points, scoring for the Warriors and placing herself in a potential state-qualifying position. Her performance places her number three on the ECC All-Time Top-10 Performer List.

Academically, Liliana has excelled and currently maintains a superb 3.72 grade point average in her transferrable business and economics coursework and has been a Scholar-Baller throughout her tenure at ECC. Recently, she was accepted to UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and UCLA and is waiting to hear from UC Berkeley and USC.

In addition to her outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments, Liliana has maintained involvement in the ECC Associated Students Organization and served as director of finance for the 2013-14 academic year. She is truly one of the nicest, most dedicated student-athletes we have had the pleasure of working with at El Camino College.

Clarizzah Macatugal - Women's Basketball

Clarizzah graduated from North Torrance High School in June of 2012 and began training with the ECC women's basketball team that summer. She earned a spot in the regular rotation and was a leading rebounder and scorer for the Warriors during her first season.

She immediately established herself in the classroom and achieved a 4.0 that fall semester, earning recognition as an ECC Scholar-Baller. Through dedication and hard work, she has maintained her 4.0 GPA while carrying a challenging academic load. This past March she was recognized at the CCCWBCA's Banquet of Champions as one of only 11 members from the state selected to the Women's Basketball Academic All-State Team.

Clarizzah's drive for excellence continued on the basketball court, as well as in off-season training. She expanded and improved her skill set as she transitioned to a perimeter player. Her commitment to the team and her leadership during these workouts led her to be named co-captain of the 2013-14 team. She started every game during her second season on a team that was ranked as high as No. 10 in Southern California. Her effectiveness in scoring and rebounding continued, but her ability on the defensive end of the court in particular was recognized by other coaches and she was selected to the All SCC team.

Student-Athletes of the Year

Crystal Lizaola - Track and Field/Cross Country

In her two years at ECC, Crystal Lizaola has been one of the most integral athletes competing for our women's track & field program. Along with being one of the state's premier 400-meter hurdlers and middle distance runners, she has been a strong emotional, instructional, and experienced leader of our women's team. In addition to having so many outstanding competitive and leadership qualities, she is genuinely a nice young woman.

Last year, her freshman season, Crystal established herself among the state leaders in the 400-meter, 800-meter, 400-meter hurdles, and 1600-meter relay events. She ended the season with the third fastest 400-meter hurdle time and helped lead our women's 1600-meter relay team to a fourth-place finish in the state championships.

Crystal currently ranks No. 1 in the US in the 400-meter hurdles with the fifth best time in ECC history of 61.02. In addition, she currently ranks No. 3 in the state in the 1600-meter relay; No. 7 in the state in the 800-meters; and No. 10 in the state in both the 400-meter and 100-meter hurdles events.

Academically, Crystal is one of ECC's many Scholar-Ballers, maintaining a GPA above 3.0 in transferrable coursework. She is currently being recruited by numerous major universities, including UC Irvine, Cal Poly SLO, University of Minnesota, Cal Poly Pomona, San Diego State, and others.

Roy Powell - Men's Volleyball

Roy Powell came to ECC from San Benito High School in Northern California. He was the ECC men's volleyball team captain and a two-year Scholar-Baller with a 3.7 GPA. Roy recently led the team to its very first Mountain West Title.

During Roy's first year at El Camino College, he was one of four middle blockers who contributed to a successful season. The competition to stay on the court was fierce. Roy always kept a positive attitude and supported his teammates when it was their time to shine. He worked hard all summer and came into the season ready to compete. He was not going to sit on the sidelines another match without going down swinging.

Roy was first in the Western States Conference with 288 kills, a conference record. He averaged 4.7 kills a game, hit at a 273 percent mark, dug 152 balls, and blocked 94 balls to lead the team. He led the team and conference in service aces. Roy did not miss a day of practice or a match in two years playing for ECC. His work in the classroom and the gym both show outstanding dedication to academics and athletics.

Men & Women Third At SCC Championships

April 26, 2014


StreetThe men's and women's track and field teams each placed third at the South Coast Conference Championships at Long Beach City College over the weekend.

The men had 119.5 points behind Mt. SAC and Cerritos and the women scored 111 points behind Cerritos and Mt. SAC.

The men's team automatically qualified in 17 individual events and both relays to the Southern California Championships with eight possible at-large qualifiers. The women automatically qualifiedin 14 individual events and both relays to the Southern California Championships with seven possible at-large qualifiers.

Sophomore Crystal Lizaola won the 400-meter hurdles (62.11) and was on the winning 1600-meter relay team (3:55.14) with Jaylynn Branch, Liliana Lopez and Raven Nunez.

Nunez individually won the 800-meters in 2:22.63 and Branch was second in the 400-meters (57.36) and 200-meters (25.32).

Freshman Syrea Hicks won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.17 and placed second in the long jump with a personal best 18-0 feet.

Chris Street picked up a conference championship in the shot put with a personal best throw of 49-11. He also placed third in the javelin (171-4).

Haley Heinemann was third in the 3000-meter steeplechase (11:53.74).

Teddy Kassa earned two second-place finishes in the 3000-meter steeplechase in a personal best 9:43.18 and in the 5000-meters (15:39.16).

The Warriors also took third in the 5000-meters with Michael Nakahara coming in with a time of 15:41.74. Sophomore Tomas Snur was third in the 10,000-meters (32:54.06).

Antwon Parker was third in the 400-meters (49.16).

Warriors Compete At Mt. SAC

April 12, 2014


relayThe men's and women's track and field teams competed at Mt. SAC on Saturday. Several Warriors posted top times and marks at the meet.

Freshman Syrea Hicks won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.07 which leads Southern California and ranks second in state. She also won the long jump in a season-best 17-3 ½. .

Sophomore Crystal Lizaola won the 400-meter hurdles lowering her state-leading mark to 61.02. She was also a member of the winning 1600-meter relay team which ranks No. 3 in state (3:52.14).

Another member of that relay team, Raven Nunez, lowered her personal best and No. 2 ranked time in state in the 400-meters to 55.66.

Haley Heinemann placed second in the 3000-meter steeplechase to rank third all-time in school history in a time of 11:33.48. She was also second in the 5000-meters (18:44.37).

Chris Street improved his personal best in the shot put to rank in the top 10 in the state with a throw of 49-1/4.



Lopez and McClain Compete At SoCal Multi Events

April 9, 2014


McClainLiliana Lopez and Khalil McClain competed in the two-day SoCal Multi Event Championships at Mt. SAC both posting solid scores.

McClain finished seventh in the decathlon out of 22 competitors with a new personal best 5975 points. He won the final event of the day, the 1500-meters in 4:24.16.

Lopez finished eighth out of 18 in the heptathlon beating out her previous personal best score by nearly 300 points with a total of 3804.

Lopez and McClain will find out next week if their scores were good enough to qualify them for the State Championships in May.




Women Win At Orange Coast Invite

April 4, 2014


HeinemannThe men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Orange Coast Invite on Friday and the women came away with a four-point win over OCC (122-118). The men finished second behind Orange Coast College.

Sophomore Crystal Lizaola won the 400-meter hurdles with a new meet record (62.17). She was also a member of the winning 1600-meter relay team which is ranked No. 3 in the state.

Freshman Haley Heinemann debuted in the 3,000-meter steeplechase placing second (11:51.72) in the meet and third all-time in school history.

Freshman Syrea Hicks won the 100 hurdles (14.65) and the triple jump (36-9).

Sophomore Raven Nunez won the 400-meters in (58.18) and was also an anchor on the 1600-meter relay team.

Raphael Lawson-Gayle won the long jump (22-10) and teammate Khalil Flemister won the triple jump (45-0).

Chris Street continues to dominate the throws wins in the javelin (176-3) and the shot put (45-4).

The Warriors took first and second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as Teddy Kassa won in 9:47.18 and Austin Van Biezen was right behind in a time of 9:49.95.

Warriors Solid At Pasadena Games/Cal Tech

March 29, 2014


TarouThe men's and women's track and field teams competed at two sites on Saturday as the runners were at the Pasadena Games and the throwers were at Cal Tech University.

Sophomore Crystal Lizaola improved her 100-meter hurdles time to 14.91 which is eight all-time in school history. She also won the 800-meters in 2:17.01, a personal best.

The women's 400-meter relay team won in a time of 49.82.

Chris Street won the shot put (46-11) and the javelin (160-6) for the men's team. His teammate, Michael Orentia, placed third in the shot put.

Raphael Lawson-Gayle won the long jump (21-6) and sophomore Tarou Seki won the pole vault (14-0).

Lizaola New State Leader In 400-Meter Hurdles

March 15, 2014


The men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Ben Brown Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton on Saturday. The meet included teams from across the country in all levels: Division I, II and III and community colleges.

Sophomore Crystal Lizaola took second in the 400-meter hurdles posting a new state-leading time of 62.07 and to move up to fifth all-time in school history. She placed only behind Amalie Ieul of USC and defeated runners from Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, Utah Valley University, Pepperdine and others.

Lizaola also ran a personal best 57.41 in the 400 meters which is the sixth-best time in the state and was a member of the 1600-meter relay team that is now third in state (3:55.04).

Raven Nunez, also a member of the 1600-meter relay team, finished second in the 400 meters with a 55.98 that puts her No. 2 in state behind the winner from Riverside City College that is just ahead of her 55.95.

Another member of the relay team, Jaylynn Branch moved to No. 5 in Southern California with her 57.21 in the 400 meters.

Posting a huge personal best was Raynisha Franklin in the 800 meters and placing second with a 2:22.61.

For the men's team, freshman Austin Nuchols set a new personal best in the 400 meters winning his heat in a time of 48.24. He was also on the 1600-meter relay team that posted a season-best 3:20.96.

Freshman Michael Nakahara ran a personal best in the 5000 meters and his time of 15:18.52 is 11th in the state.

Austin Van Biezen knocked 13 seconds off of his 3000-meter steeplechase (9:54.5) moving him into fourth place in Southern California.

Lizaola Posts Best Time In 400m Hurdles

March 7, 2014

Sophomore Crystal Lizaola won the 400m hurdles at the Cerritos College on Friday against Canyons, Ventura , East LA and Cerritos. Her time of 63.26 is currently the best in Southern California and places her seventh all-time in school history.

Lizaola also placed third in the 100 Hurdles and was a member of the winning 1600m relay team (3:56.89) which also leads Southern California.

Sophomore Raven Nunez won the 800m (2:20.97) and was a member of the 1600m relay team.

Jaylyn Branch, another member of the relay team, placed second in the 200m (25.83).

Freshman Syrea Hicks had another solid meet winning the 100m hurdles and placing second in both the long jump (17-1) and triple jump (35-11).

On the men's side, freshman Teddy Kassa ran the 3000m steeplechase for the first time on the year and posted the best time in Southern California, winning the event with a 9:57.88.

Freshman Raphael Lawson-Gayle won the 110m in 11.18. He was also on the winning 400m relay team and placed third in the long jump.

Chris Street continued to perform strong in the throws winning the shot put with a personal best 48-0 and finished third in the javelin.

Tarou Seki won the pole vault clearing 14-0. Christopher Rasmussen was second in the high jump.

Another personal best came from Austin Nuchols in the 400m. He finished third with a time of 48.51. He also finished second in the 200m (22.21).

Freshman Michael Nakahara debuted in the 5000m and finished third (15:39.85).

Hicks Fourth All-Time In 100 Hurdles

March 1, 2014

Despite less than ideal conditions at Cerritos College on March 1 in the wind, rain, thunder and lightning, several El Camino track and field student-athletes posted top times and scores. It was a very competitive meet with athletes representing Riverside, Cerritos, Pasadena, Long Beach, Santa Ana, San Diego Southwestern, Santiago Canyon and Compton.

On the women's team, the Warriors were led by freshman Syrea Hicks who finished second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.57 which is the fourth-best all-time in ECC history. Teammate Aqeelah Muhammed posted the eighth-best time in school history with a 14.94.

Sophomore Raven Nunez won the 400 with a 57.91 and teammate Crystal Lizaola placed third at 59.21.

Liliana Lopez was third in the high jump clearing 4-3 1/4. Hicks also had a solid performance in the long jump, placing third with a jump of 16-8 3/4.

For the men's team, sophomore Antwon Parker won the 400 (50.48). Stephen Sansom won a tight 1500 closing in in the last 800 with a time of 4:13.04. Fellow freshman Teddy Kassa was third (4:16.38), Michael Nakahara placed fifth (4:16.94) and Austin VanBiezen was sixth (4:17.62).

In the throws, sophomore Matt Larson won the javelin with a toss of 171-10 and Christopher Street finished fourth (161-7). Street was third in the shot put with a throw of 47-6 1/4.

In the jumps, Tarou Seki finished third in the pole vault clearing 13-6 1/4. Blaize Ali-Watkins and Christopher Rasmussen tied for third in the long jump (21-0). The Warriors placed second and third in the triple jump with Khalil Flemister jumping 42-9 1/2 and William Ingram jumping 42-4 3/4.

View complete results here:

Lopez Fourth In Heptathlon At Mt. SAC

Feb. 22, 2014

The El Camino track and field teams sent three individuals to the Decathlon Invite at Mt. SAC on Feb. 22.

Liliana Lopez was the only member of the women’s team that went and placed fourth overall with 3550 points, just six points out of third place.

Lopez was second in both the 800 (2:32.41) and the 200 (27.57). She tied for third in the long jump with a mark of 15-02.25.

On the men’s side, Khalil McClain placed seventh overall (5885) and Austin Nuchols was 10th (5359) out of 22 competitors.

Nuchols won two events, the 100 (10.99) and 400 (48.52). McClain also got a taste of victory in the 1500 (4:27.40) while Nuchols was third in the race (4:38.63).




Three El Camino Multi-Event AthletesAustin Nuchols, Khalil McClain, and Liliana Lopez competed at this weekend’s two-day Mt. SAC Decathlon and Heptathlon Invitational.

AUSTIN NUCHOLS (frosh/West Torrance) began Friday - the first day - with big track personal bests of 10.99 in the 100m and 48.52 in the 400m. In the first event of the 2nd day, the 110HH, he was DQ’d and missed out on an approximate potential 600 points. Following the 10-event competition, he finished with 5359 points placing him 10th in the field of 20.  Of NOTE is that his 48.52 currently puts him at #2 amongst ALL 400m times in Southern California and his 10.99 100m 4th overall.  KHALIL McCLAIN (frosh/Mira Costa) performed solidly in all events and tallied 5885 points for 7th Place overall in the field of 20 . Khalil’s mark also places him #2 on the ECC All-Time Top 10 Performer List behind Austin Nuchol’s Dad, Steve Nuchol’s 6719 School-Record. LILIANA LOPEZ (soph/Warren) competed in the Heptathlon’s seven events over the two days and tallied 3550 points which placed her 4th overall in the field of 11 Heptathletes and had a couple personal bests over the two days.
(Liliana Lopez)
(Austin Nuchols)
(Khalil McClain)

All three athletes are eligible for participation in the Southern California Multi-Events Championships in April.


Album of Images here:


Full Results here:




El Camino and Cuyamaca College at Orange Coast double-dual scoring



The Men’s and Women’s teams from ECC, OCC, and Cuyamaca met Friday for their traditional three-team meet under ideal conditions.

There were many outstanding performances from all teams in various events.

Final dual meet scores:

Men: ECC 116  Cuyamaca 45 / ECC 80  OCC 83 / OCC 122.5  Cuyamaca 45

Women:  ECC 108  Cuyamaca 30  / ECC 62 OCC 89  / OCC 118 Cuyamaca 23


 Highlights for the El Camino Women:


RAVEN NUNEZ (soph) 1st 400m @ 58.34 and 200m @ 26.77 200m
JAYLYNN BRANCH (soph) 2nd 400m @ 59.43
CRYSTAL LIZAOLA (soph) 1st 400m Hurdles @ 65.85 and 1st 100m Hurdles @ 15.43
1st 1600m Relay @ 3:56.98 (Aqeelah Muhammed-Lizaola-Branch-Nunez)
1st 400m Relay @ 50.75 (Shelby Bassman-Branch-Muhammed-Syrea Hicks)
 Raven Nunez (below left) and Crystal Lizaola

Highlights for the El Camino Men:

AUSTIN NUCHOLS (frosh/West Torrance)) 1st 400m @ 48.97

ANTWON PARKER(soph) 1st 200m @ 22.89 and 2nd 400m @ 50.47

MATT LARSON (soph) 1st in Javelin in personal best 179-7

CHRIS STREET (soph) 1st in Shot in personal best 47-5 3/4 and 2nd in Javelin in personal best 173-6

CHRIS RASMUSSEN (frosh/Torrance) 1st in Triple Jump @ 43-8 and 2nd in HJ @ 6-2

RALPHAEL LAWSON-GAYLE (frosh/Mira Costa)) 1st Long Jump @ 22-11 and 3rd 100m 11.21

TEDDY KASSA (frosh-right) and MICHAEL NAKAHARA (frosh-left) tie for 1st 3,000m @ 8:56.70 

1st 400m Relay @ 42.97 (Lawson-Gayle-Khalid Flemister-Parker-Blaize Ali-Watkins). 

 1st 1600m Relay @ 3:24.16 (Khalil McClain-Nuchols (49.1)-William Ingram-Flemister)


Link to album of 185 Images from the meet here:
Full Results Here:

Recent University of Arizona graduate and ECC 200m school-record-holder SHALE’ GARLAND won the 200m (25.37) and ran 2:20.34 in the 800m.



South Coast Conference Opener 2-7-14 @ Mt. SAC

A good early-season meet that allowed the Men's and Women's teams to get some variety.

We did have many OUTSTANDING early-season performances including:


1st place CHRIS STREET in the Shot @ 46-9 ½!

1st Place CRYSTAL LIZAOLA in the 100h (15.65); 800m (2:21.50); AND 1600m member in 4:06.99!!    

1st Place MATT LARSON in the Javelin (170-9)!

1st Place JAYLYNN BRANCH in the 400m 59.88!

1st Place Women’s 1600m Relay 4:06.94 (Aqueelah-Raven-Jaylynn-Alysha)

 2nd Places from:

RAPHAEL GAYLE-LAWSON in the Long Jump @ 22-3 ½

KHALIL MCCLAIN in the High Jump @ 6-4

STEPHEN SANSOM in the 1500m @ 4:07.99

TEDDY KASSA in the 3,000m @ 9:04.60

RAVEN NUNEZ in the 800m @ 2:22.07

….just to name a few of the many fine early-season performances!!

Below: Jaylynn Branch
Below: Crystal Lizaola
Below: Matt Larson
Below: Crystal and Raven Nunez
Below: Mutli-Event Athletes Khalil McClain and Austin Nuchols
Many Meet Images here:
Full Results here:


 Last Published 5/19/14