Rancho’s Martinez qualifies for nationals

UC Riverside sophomore Brenda Martinez of Rancho Cucamonga broke the
school record in the 1,500 meters on Saturday at the NCAA Division I West
Regional hosted by Cal State Northridge, finishing third in the event
and advancing to the NCAA national meet in the process.

Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa will host the 28th annual
Women’s Division I Outdoor Track And Field Championships from June
11-14.

Martinez ran a 4:17.09, bettering her own record set earlier this
season. The Highlanders placed 16th as a team, with contributions
from other locals.

Lisa Lopez, out of Hesperia High School, placed eighth in the 1,500
(4:26.37). Danielle Evansm, out of Diamond Ranch, was 12th in the 800
meters (2;10.28) and Cristina Olivas, out of Bloomington, was 33rd in
tghe 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:03.59).

“This season has been a tremendous step forward for our track and
field program,” said Highlanders Head Coach Irv Ray of his squads
which sent a school record 13 athletes to Regionals. “I couldn’t be
more proud of the effort our athletes put forth this year and the
progress we’ve made, and we’re extremely excited about Brenda’s
chances at the NCAAs next week.”