Ever since Tove Berg stepped on campus in September 2006, she has put up fast times in both cross-country and track and field.
Now she will go down as one of the greatest runners in Glendale College history after capturing state championships in the 5,000-meter and defending her crown in the 10,000-meter at the state championship meet at Cerritos College on May 16 and 17.
The two state championships bring her total up to four total state championships in her career; one in cross-country and three in track and field. What’s next for Berg? “I am going to keep running and hopefully improve on my longer distances,” she said. The Olympics? “No,” she said. “I like running just for fun.”
Berg was named co-athlete of the meet and earned All-American honors in both events for her impressive season.
However, Berg wasn’t the only Vaquero to be decorated. Zitlalic Ley was also named to the All-America team after a fifth place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and a ninth place finish in the 5,000 meter. James Poet also earned All-American honors for his sixth place finish in the hammer toss.
Sophomore Vivien Wadeck finished second for the first time all year in the 1,500-meters and she finished third in the 5,000- meters.
Although she did not win a state championship, her strong running helped the Lady Vaqs finish eighth in the overall team standings.
Freshman Ashley Baucham also finished sixth in the high jump for the Lady Vaqs this year and looks to continue the winning success in the future. “It feels good,” she said. “Hopefully we will be back here next year.”
Sophomore Michael Flowers finished his Vaquero career with an 11th place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase.