PCC Alum Van der Wyk On Impressive Adams State Cross Country Team
Finishing her junior collegiate season, former Pasadena City College women's cross country great Tracee van der Wyk helped Adams State College (Colorado) to conference and regional titles as well as a third place at the NCAA Division II National Championships last month.
At PCC, van der Wyk established the highest individual finishes by a PCC women's racer ever in the 2010 South Coast Conference, Southern California Regionals, and CCCAA State Championships.
After taking a year off from college racing, van der Wyk accepted a scholarship at Adams State and was part of a tremendous Grizzlies' 2012 squad.
At the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Championships, van der Wyk ran ninth place overall, but only fifth on her own team as Adams State placed six runners in the top 11 in easily winning the team title. She posted a time of 22 minutes, 57 seconds over the 6-kilometer course at Colorado Springs.
At the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Championships in Denver, van der Wyk placed 10th out of 157 runners from more than 25 universities with a 22:38 finish.
Van der Wyk capped her year by placing 71st at the national championships in Joplin, Missouri. She ran a 21:53.6 as one of 249 participants. She impressed many by climbing 35 spots over the last half of the race. However, Grand Valley State (Michigan) won the national title with Adams State settling for third. Grizzlies' senior Alicia Nelson won the individual national title with a new Division II record time of 20:03.3.
[File Photo--Lancer alumnus Tracee van der Wyk at the 2010 CCCAA State Championships when she finished second overall.]