Cool running up toward state


Christopher Macias

Gabor Fusick receives the baton in the 4×100 relay.

The Cerritos College track and field teams are nearing the completion of the first half of a long season, and continue to surge while looking at a run toward the State Championships.

The teams are coming off a meet where they faced universities such as California State University at Long Beach and the University of Southern California.

High jumper Dionbrea Norris is looking forward to the remainder of the season. He said his goal is, “(Get a) personal record again, and to get the school record.”

Norris took first at the Long Beach State Classic and second place at the Pasadena Games.

The Cerritos College record for men’s high jump is currently 6’11″ set 34 years ago by Dean Sears in 1979.

Though Norris has set his goal on holding the new school record by the end of the season, it is not the only thing on his mind as he also participates in the long jump and triple jump.

“My biggest obstacle is to come out and finish strong, win (the) State (Chapionship) in my events.”

Gabor Fusick, a sprinter who runs the 200 meter, the 400 meter, and the 400 meter relay, only has one goal this season for his 400 meter race, “Hit that 47 (second mark) and make it to state.”

Though track and field is largely focused on singles accomplishments there is an overwhelming sense of a team mentality on what the team needs to do in order to make it to the state championships.

Fusick said, “We’ve got a big target on our back, basically. We got to stay focused, and keep together, that’s our main obstacle. (If) we stay together we are going to win.”

The men’s and women’s track and field teams will face Mt. San Antonio College, American River College, and Sacramento City College at Mt. SAC Friday at 9 a.m.

The team will also be participating in the Ben Brown Invitational at California State University at Fullerton Saturday, which is an all day event beginning at 9 a.m.