GLENDALE — The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level.
Vivien Wadeck (Glendale Community College, 2008) junior, Cal State Los Angeles track and field: Wadeck capped off a monster season by finishing second in 16 minutes 49.51 seconds in the 5,000-meter race at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in San Angelo, Texas on May 23.
As a result, the former Vaquero was awarded All-American honors, the latest in a long line of accolades for Wadeck this year.
A two-time California Collegiate Athletic Assoc. champion, in the 1,500 and 5,000, Wadeck was named CCAA Newcomer of the Year and made the All-CCAA third team in the 800.
The Golden Eagles women’s team enjoyed its best season in 13 years, finishing second in the CCAA and seventh in the nation with 34 points at the NCAA Division II Championships. Cal Sate L.A. finished third in the nation in 1996 with 54 points.
Tiffany Turner (Crescenta Valley, 2005) senior, Cal Poly Pomona track and field: Turner became the first Bronco All-American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, when she captured that honor by placing eighth in 11 minutes .55 seconds in the event at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in San Angelo, Texas on May 23.
“I had the 16th-best time coming in and knowing I was among the 12 in the finals was a big goal,” Turner, who holds the school record of 10:52.91 in the 3,000 steeplechase, said in a press release issued by the school. “Today, my coach told me, ‘Don’t count the bodies, but just run,’ and that kept me focused on the moment.
“It was pretty neat to come off the track and see the smiles on my coaches’ faces.”
Turner also finished fourth in the 3,000 steeplechase at the California Collegiate Athletic Assoc. Championships on May 2 to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Dylan Walker (Flintridge Prep, 2008) freshman outside hitter, University of the Pacific: The two-time All-Area Boys’ Volleyball Player of the Year took on a supporting role in his first year with the Tigers, who wrapped up their season April 18 with a 3-28 overall record and a mark of 0-22 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
Walker, who led the Rebels to the semifinals for the first time in program history as a junior, appeared in 27 matches for University of the Pacific, recording 57 kills and averaging just over a kill per game.
He also recorded six service aces and 45 digs.
Zev Bernard (Glendale Community College, 2007) senior catcher/designated hitter, Spalding University: Bernard wrapped up his season with a solid offensive game on May 1, going three for five with a run batted in and a run scored in a 6-5 road loss to Centre College.
On the season, Bernard batted .265 and slugged .368 with 15 RBIs and 13 runs scored for Spalding, which finished the year 11-28.
He made four errors on the year for a fielding percentage of .970.
GABRIEL RIZK covers sports. He can be reached at (818) 637-3226 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.