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1,500 Race Win For van der Wyk At Mt. SAC Relays

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Pasadena City College women's track and field racer Tracee van der Wyk ran the state's third fastest time in winning the 1,500 meters race at the 53rd Mt. SAC Relays Saturday. 

Already holding the current second fastest mark in the event, the sophomore van der Wyk crossed the finish line in 4:38.70, beating Glendale's Alyssa Selve at 4:42.02. Van der Wyk's biggest challenger for the future SoCal and CCCAA state titles should come from Orange Coast College runner Sara Toberty, whose team did not participate at the Mt. San Antonio College event. 

Van der Wyk ran a then state-best time of 4:35.24 at the March 5 Ben Brown Invitational since broken by Toberty, who ran a 4:28.85 at the UC Irvine Invitational March 19.

For the state's No. 6-ranked Lancers, Tenia Sebastian took 10th in the 400 meters at 59.19. In the 800, van der Wyk was a disappointing 11th overall at 2:25.21 while Rebecca Nunez was 20th (2:29.91). Holding the state's fastest mark back at the March Occidental College Distance Carnival, van der Wyk raced more than 13 seconds slower in this race.

PCC continues to climb among top teams competing in the 4x400 relay. The squad of Jonice Rivers, Sebastian, van der Wyk, and Marquetta Stokes placed fourth with a mark of 4:02.72. The Lancers ran slightly faster at the Pasadena Relays last week. They currently stand 11th in the state in that race.

In the 5,000 meters, Elizabeth Lyons placed 22nd overall at 19:39.90. In the shot put, Melanie Samvalian threw 36 feet, 1.25 inches for 16th place.

MEN RANKED NO. 8 IN STATE

PCC Head Coach Larry Wade has successfully helped placed his Lancers in the Top 10 state rankings for both men and women. The PCC men's team was rated for the first time all year in the No. 8 spot.

At the 53rd Mt. SAC Relays, Eddie Tripp ran a 14.84 seconds to place fourth in the 110 hurdles. It was his fastest time this season and is No. 6 on the current state list. In the 400 hurdles, Tripp won his Section 2 heat at a season-best 54.72 seconds, taking seventh overall in the event. He is 11th in the state.

In the high jump, Steven Williams placed fourth at 6-6. He is tied for sixth in the state with an earlier season jump of 6-8. Jordan Sanders took 12th place in the shot put with a throw of 47-4.5.

In the 4x400 relay, Wade split up his state-leading squad to make up two formidable fours. The result was nearly identical times turned in by the Section 3 heat winning team of Korey Brown, Ron Spears, Vincent Bryant, and Mark Booker (3:22.09) and Section 1 eighth place finishing group of Stephen Peevy, Marques Stanley, Tripp, and Daylon Wright (3:22.13).

Will Zentmyer finished eighth in the 5,000 meters at 15:42.67. In the 200 dash, Stanley won his Section 3 heat at 22.02, a time that was 13th overall. Richard Zarazua took 14th in the 800 (1:57.82) and 17th in the 1,500 (4:02.92). 

[Photo--Tracee van der Wyk (left) and Eddie Tripp (right) in action during recent meets, image created by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 04/11/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu