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Robinson Stadium Site For Track And Field Pasadena Relays Saturday, April 2

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For the first time in five years, the Pasadena City College men's and women's track and field teams will host an invitational meet on campus--The Pasadena Relays--this Saturday, April 2 at Robinson Stadium. Field events begin at 10 a.m. and track events at 12 noon. 

The non-team scoring meet will feature a variety of California Community Colleges, including some of PCC's fellow South Coast Conference teams. The all-day event will show off PCC's top track and field stars in women's distance runner Tracee van der Wyk (pictured at the Occidental Distance Carnival) and men's high jumper Steven Williams. 

Van der Wyk is the state leader in the 800 and 10,000 meter races, second in the 1,500 and 3,000, and fourth in the 5,000.

Meet director and PCC track and field head coach Larry Wade hopes the event will raise awareness of the Lancers program.

"Robinson Stadium has traditionally been used for our home football and home soccer games, but becomes a place for outside events during the spring season," Wade said. "I wanted to bring back a true PCC-hosted event for track and field. We practice here every day, so it will be fun to show fans our student-athletes in action. My hope is that The Pasadena Relays becomes an annual event here."

Event Schedule for Pasadena Relays at following link:


March 25-Riverside Community College RCC Open Meet

Women's runner Tracee van der Wyk won the 1,500 meters race with a time of 4:48.76, edging second place runner Meghan Foley of Orange Coast (4:50.35). Elizabeth Lyons was third her heat and 15th overall (5:19.08) while Cassandra Lew took 24th (5:42.45).

Tenia Sebastian finished third in the 400 meters (58.57, eighth in the state currently) and won her heat, taking seventh place overall in the 200 meters (26.64). RaeAnna Bowlin was 21st overall at 28.70 and Jonice Rivers 22nd (28.78). In the 4x400 relay, the Lancers squad of Bowlin, Lyons, Natasha Nicholson and Trela Taylor took third (4:11.73). 

Two PCC basketball players, Melanie Samvalian and Kim Wong, showed their talents in the shot put. Samvalian placed fourth at 11.77 meters and Wong was 11th (10.22 meters). Wong took ninth in the javelin with a throw of 24.21 meters. Nya Monroe was 22nd in the long jump (4.04 meters). 

In men's competition at the RCC Open, the 4x100 relay team of Ron Spears, Stephen Peevy, Eddie Tripp and Korey Brown placed third with a time of 41.55 seconds and now have the state's No. 5 best time.

Daylon Wright, Brown, Vincent Bryant and Spears also took third in the 4x400 relay at 3:18.58. The 4x800 relay squad of Richard Zarazua, Alejandro Esparza, Chris Le, and  Enmanuel Vera was fifth in their race.

Marques Stanley won his heat and took 10th overall in the 100 meters (10.95), Robert Pachorek was 22nd (11:22), and Mike Sower also won his heat to take 26th (11.35). Peevy excelled winning his heat and taking sixth in the 200 meters (22.41) while Brown was seventh overall and second in his heat (22.43). Stanley was 17th overall (23.13).

Wright placed 10th in the 400 meters (51.17), Bryant 14th (51.44), and Booker 22nd (52.29). Tripp was 10th in the 110 hurdles (15.67). In the 1,500 meters, Zarazua finished 12th overall (4:13.70), Le 28th (4:32.82), and Herminio Flores 34th (4:41.58). 

Jordan Sanders grabbed fifth place in the shot put (14.10 meters) and Khambrell Gomez was 11th (13.86). Daniel Walker was eighth overall in the javelin with a throw of 42.71 meters, and Pachorek 13th in the long jump (6.31 meters).

March 18--California Relays at Cerritos College

Van der Wyk bolted to victories in the 800 meters (2:17.04) and 5,000 meters (18:51.81) to highlight PCC track results at the California Relays meet. 

Sebastian was third in the 400 meters (59.47) and Lyons was 12th overall (second in her heat) in the 800 (2:34.03). Lyons took seventh in the 1,500 (5:21.73) and Lew was 10th (5:36.10). Marissa Morales placed third in the 5,000 (21:26.14). 

In the 4x200 relay, PCC was third behind a run by Stephanie DeFrance, Marquetta Stokes, Rivers and Sebastian (1:46.06) and the Lancers grabbed third in the 4x400 relay of Sebastian, Natasha Darkuah, van der Wyk, and Rivers (4:15.37). 

Samvalian was fifth overall in the shot put at 11.46 meters and Wong was 17th (9.48). In the discus, Samvalian placed 15th (30.85 meters) and Wong 19th (30.40). 

In men's events at the California Relays, Williams had the state's eighth-best jump to date at 6-feet, 6.75 inches (took third place). The 4x400 relay of Tripp, Peevy, Wright and Brown ran a 3:18.46 for third place, sixth best in the state this year. Tripp was seventh in the 110 hurdles (15.35) and holds the 19th top mark in the state. Zarazua finished fourth in the 1,500 (4:02.14). 

Walker took seventh in the javelin (43.73 meters) and Pachorek was 12th (39.01). Gomez placed 12th in the discus (39.12) and eighth in teh shot put (13.67 meters). Bryant won his heat and was 11th in the 400 meters race (50.37). Stanley placed 12th in the 100 dash (11.18). Pachorek was 19th, but won his heat at 11.36. Pachorek also was 13th in the long jump (6.51 meters).

Zarazua ran a strong 1:57.74 to take sixth overall in the 800 meters. Thomas won his heat in the same event and was 29th with a 2:09.03 mark.

Release Date: 03/30/11
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