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Women's X-Country van der Wyk 3rd At SCC Finals: Highest PCC Finish Of Decade

Women's X-Country van der Wyk 3rd At SCC Finals: Highest PCC Finish Of Decade image

Tracee van der Wyk accomplished something Saturday that hadn't been done previously this decade in Pasadena City College women's cross country. The freshman took third place individually and recorded the highest finish by a Lancer in more than 10 years at the South Coast Conference Championships held at the Whittier Narrows Legg Lake course.

Van der Wyk, from Temple City High, ran a 5-kilometer time of 18 minutes, 49 seconds to become the first All-SCC First Team selection for the Lancers since 2001. Her placing helped PCC take fourth place out of six teams at the conference meet, also the highest team finish in the SCC since Pasadena took third place also in '01.

In one of the smallest fields in recent SCC competiton, van der Wyk raced among 52 total runners. The Lancers had four of their scoring runners finish in the upper half as Lidia Garcia (19th, 20:45), Abby Read (23rd, 21:04), and Rebecca Nunez (25th, 21:12) each complemented van der Wyk's speedy trek. Also at the meet, sophomore Ashley Hernandez took 36th (22:32) and Marissa Morales was 40th (23:20).

PCC improved thre team places from its seventh place run of 2008. Hernandez had the team's best finish last year when she took 25th.

Mt. San Antonio won Saturday's conference team title behind the racing of individual champion Lenore Moreno (18:39) and second-place Mallory Celaya (18:43).
 

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

The Lancers men's team placed fifth among seven teams at the SCC Championships in its 4-mile race. It was the first time PCC placed higher than sixth place since 2004 when it took fourth.

Freshman Wil Zentmyer upstaged the team's consistently top runner, sophomore Ernesto Rodriguez, scoring the top PCC finish in 16th place individually. Zentmyer, from La Canada High, crossed the finish line in a time of 21:54. Rodriguez placed 22nd at 22:06.

In 34th was Kevin Cano (22:52), who was followed by three Lancers racing in a pack in Richard Zarazua (49th, 23:30), Antero Barrantes (51st, 23:37), and McKinley Murphy (53rd, 23:49). Also racing among the 79-runner field were Herminio Flores (58th, 24:20) and Rosello De Guzman (75th, 28:02).

Mt. San Antonio and El Camino Colleges each shared the team championship with 45 points each (PCC scored 146). El Camino's David Carona won the individual race at 20:27.

Pasadena hasn't had an All-SCC First or Second Team finisher (top 14 places overall) since Joaquin Gomez (sixth) in 2006.

The Lancers teams take part Friday, November 6 in the Southern California Championships meet at Mt. San Antonio College. The races begin at 10:30 a.m. PCC's cross country teams are coached by Armand Crespo.

[Photo--Tracee van der Wyk (No. 555, center) raced one of the top finishes in PCC women's cross country history when she took third here Saturday at the South Coast Conference Championships, competed at Whittier Narrows' Legg Lake course in El Monte, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 11/01/09
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu