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Ochoa nabs a first and two seconds at Sunshine Open

Alana Ochoa won the discus and took second in the shot put and weight throw at Westmont's Sunshine Open.
Alana Ochoa won the discus and took second in the shot put and weight throw at Westmont's Sunshine Open.

Alana Ochoa won the discus and took second in the shot put and weight throw on Saturday as SBCC opened its women's track & field season in the Sunshine Open at Westmont College.

The Vaqueros were the only community college competing against NAIA schools and athletes from the Santa Barbara Track Club.

Ochoa, a sophomore from San Marcos High, won the discus at 40.33 meters (132-4), which was 8½ feet beyond the runner-up, Grace Bruschi of Fresno Pacific. Ochoa was sixth in the discus at last year's state meet.

Bruschi was a fraction better than Ochoa in the shot put with a winning heave of 10.62m that was a mere ¾-inch further than Ochoa's 10.60m. SBCC's Marie-Aime Cochet was fourth at 10.05m and Taylor Finn placed fifth (10.02). Stephanie Keenan set PRs in the discus (25.11m) and the shot put (9.65m).

Kristen Germann of Westmont won the weight throw at 12.49m (40-11¾) and Ochoa was a close second at 12.19m (40-0).

Marie Kimumba, a freshman from Sweden, was fourth in the 60-meter dash (8.16) and Isabella Molony was sixth (8.29).

The Vaqueros will compete in the Soka Invitational on Saturday in Aliso Viejo.