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PCC's van der Wyk Keeps Up With 4-Year Runners At UCR Meet

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The return of Tracee van der Wyk to the Pasadena City College women's cross country team didn't affect the Lancers' team performance at the UC Riverside Invitational Saturday morning. It did allow the sophomore to finally strut her stuff during the 5-kilometer race against four-year university runners.

Van der Wyk was the 2009-2010 PCC Women's Co-Athlete of the Year and finished fourth overall at last year's CCCAA state meet. This was her first scoring meet after being cleared for eligibility by obtaining a required doctor's team physical.

PCC's top racer took 61st place individually with a time of 18 minutes, 14.5 seconds going up against runners from 21 four-year universites and two sponsored clubs. Pasadena was the only California community college in the event and took last place in 24th as a team.

Following van der Wyk (pictured) for PCC was Raquele Cardozo, who ran 19:35.4 to finish in 136th place. Also for the Lancers, Marissa Morales placed 151st (20:15.9), Cassandra Lew 162nd (21:06.3), Elizabeth Lyons 164th (21:23.3), and Natasha Nicholson 173rd (22:43.7). The meet hosted 179 runners overall.

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

The Lancers men's team placed 19th among 25 teams despite being the only California community college in the UCR Invitational's 8-K race.

Once again, PCC was led by Will Zentmyer, who ran 77th overall with a time of 25:45.7. The sophomore's performance was particularly strong as 322 runners took part in the event.

Next for the Lancers were Herminio Flores (204th, 27:23.8), Chris Le (224th, 27:42.7), Enmanuel Vera (260th, 28:32.5), Esteven Zarazua (283rd, 29:21.3), Oscar Hernandez (296th, 30:21.5), and Gilbert Ramirez (297th, 30:25).

The PCC men's and women's teams will next take part in the Foothill Invitational on Friday, October 1 at Cucamonga-Gusti Regional Park in Ontario. Races begin at 9 a.m. The Pasadena cross country program is directed by head coach Armand Crespo.

Release Date: 09/18/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu