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Repeat PCC Athletes of the Year: van der Wyk, Alaoui Highlight 2010-2011 Season

Repeat PCC Athletes of the Year: van der Wyk, Alaoui Highlight 2010-2011 Season image

Time will tell if they will become future Pasadena City College Sports Hall of Famers, but sophomores Tracee van der Wyk and Sharif Alaoui will always share a spotlight in the school's athletic history. The Lancers' pair was selected for the second straight year as the PCC Athletes of the Year for the 2010-2011 sports season.

The selections were part of the annual Elizabeth J. Jensen scholarship awards, named after the former PCC administrator and coach. Each student-athlete will receive a $1,500 award from the Kinesiology, Health & Athletics Division.

Van der Wyk etched her name for the second time as PCC Women's Athlete of the Year after sharing the award last year with volleyball player Patti Blasco. A two-sport star from Temple City High, van der Wyk accomplished feats this past season in cross country and track and field that far exceeded her freshman campaign.

In cross country, she set PCC records for the highest finishes in all three of the major meets. Van der Wyk placed second individually at the 2010 South Coast Conference, Southern California, and CCCAA State Championships. Her state meet 17:57.40 time is the fastest mark ever by a PCC harrier. She became just the ninth runner in the past 10 years to break the 18-minute plateau at the 3.1 mile, Fresno Woodward Park course. Van der Wyk had placed fourth at the 2009 state meet.

In track and field, van der Wyk recently accomplished another PCC first as she became the first Lancer women's athlete to ever win a running event at the CCCAA Championships (held at American River College in Sacramento). She captured the gold medal in the 1,500 meters race, becoming just the fourth PCC athlete to win an event in state meet history and first in 10 years. The three previous winners all performed in field events. 

She had earlier collected her second SoCal 1,500 meters title after being named the South Coast Conference Track Athlete of the Year. At the SCC Finals, van der Wyk won both the 800 and 1,500 meters events. Van der Wyk raced for PCC cross country coach Armand Crespo and track and field coach Larry Wade. She has indicated she may transfer to University of California-Riverside.

Alaoui once again picked up the PCC Men's Athlete of the Year award after leading a strong season for the Lancers swim team. Although he did not win a state title like he had in grabbing the gold in the 200-yard freestyle as a freshman, Alaoui did repeat as South Coast Swimmer of the Year in winning three events at the conference championships.

The Crescenta Valley High product led the Lancers to their best dual meet placing in 12 years under head coach Terry Stoddard. Pasadena took second place with a 6-1 SCC meet record thanks in part to the leadership of Alaoui. At the 2011 CCCAA Championships, Alaoui captured two medals, including a fifth place in the 200 butterfly. The school's eighth place finish at the championships is the highest finish by a PCC swim team since the Lancers last won the state title in 1978.

Alaoui will transfer to continue his swim career and education at UC San Diego. He extended a streak of four straight sports seasons in which a swimmer was named the PCC Athlete of the Year.

Anna Shahinian, a sophomore on the women's basketball team, received the President's Award for athletic performance, scholarly achievement, and sportsmanship. Shahinian's 3.73 grade point average was the highest among PCC women student-athletes. She was twice selected to the All-South Coast Conference Second Team as a shooting guard. In the past season, she tied a PCC record for most 3-point baskets in a game with 10 and her 39 points v. LA Southwest was the second highest scoring total in the school's basketball history. Prior to PCC, Shahinian attended Glendale High.

Winners of the highest GPA awards went to baseball player Robert "RJ" Pabon and softball player Maycee Murphy. Pabon, a reserve outfielder-pitcher, earned a school-best 3.78 GPA while Murphy, the Lancers' starting centerfielder, put together a 3.69 GPA (note-Shahinian earned the President's Award and student-athletes only qualify for one award). Pabon attended Western Christian High while Murphy came to PCC from Rio Hondo Prep. 

[Photo--PCC Athletes of the Year--Tracee van der Wyk (left) and Sharif Alaoui.]

Release Date: 06/13/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu