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Former Falcons still running strong at next level

Torres takes 10th for UCLA at Stanford invite, while Sellers leads powerhouse Adams State.

September 27, 2011|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level.

Zack Torres (Crescenta Valley High, 2009) junior, UCLA cross-country: Torres and the Bruins appear to be hitting their stride in the two-time News-Press Male Athlete of the Year's junior season.

On Saturday at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Torres, making his season debut, finished 10th overall in the men's 8K and third for the Bruins, who took second behind Stanford.

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Stanford tallied 27 points with four top-five finishers, while the Bruins took second with 52 points, led by Dustin Fay (seventh, 24 minutes 4 seconds) and Kent Morikawa (eighth, 24:15), who finished just in front of Torres, who clocked 24:20. The race was won by Stanford's Chris Derrick in 23:15.

The Bruins opened their season with a victory Sept. 3 at the Nevada Chase Rase, though Torres and the rest of UCLA's top runners did not partake. The Bruins also won the Aztec Invitational on Sept. 17, but Torres and the team's top runners were also shelved for that race.

The Bruins will return to the course Friday at the Notre Dame Invitational.

Nathan Sellers (Crescenta Valley High, 2006) senior, Adams State College cross-country: A standout at Crescenta Valley and Glendale Community College, Sellers has once again inserted himself as his team's top runner.

A two-time Division II All-American, Sellers notched his first-ever Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Cross-Country Runner of the Week honor after a stellar senior debut.

On Sept. 10 at the Joe I. Vigil Open in Colorado, Sellers was the second overall finisher and top collegiate runner, finishing the race in 24 minutes 28 seconds to lead Adams State to a 27-28 win over Western State, the No. 2-ranked team in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches' Assn. rankings. The Grizzlies, ranked No. 1, have won three consecutive NCAA titles.

Sellers and Co. return to action Saturday, with the squad split to take part in both the Cowboy Jamboree in Oklahoma and the Rocky Mountain Shootout in Colorado.

Ava Sadeghi (Glendale native) freshman, Vassar College tennis: Sadeghi has quickly made history, as the freshman from Glendale who attended Campbell Hall became Vassar College's first-ever singles entrant in the Intercollegiate Tennis Assn. Small College Championships in Alabama from Oct. 13-16.

Sadeghi achieved the honor by winning the ITA Northeast Regional Championships on Monday, taking down the University of Rochester's Frances Tseng, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, in the finals.

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