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Sellers strives against the best

CV grad takes ninth at OK State meet.

October 04, 2011|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

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

Nathan Sellers (Crescenta Valley High, 2006) senior, Adams State College cross-country: Running among a field rife with NCAA Division I competition, the former Falcons and Glendale Community College standout once again shined for the Grizzlies.

Sellers finished ninth overall, leading the Grizzlies to a third-place finish on Saturday in the 8K Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree.

Sellers finished in 24 minutes 15.45 seconds in a race won by Northern Arizona's Diego Estrada in 23:34.34. Adams tied for third with Northern Arizona with 129 points apiece. The race was won by host and NCAA Division I top-ranked Oklahoma State (54 points) with NCAA Division I sixth-ranked Indiana (89) taking second. Adams is the No. 1-ranked team in Division II.

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Francis Herrera, another former Glendale college runner who competes for Adams State, finished 117th in the race in 26:07. On the women's side, Adams finished sixth overall in the 5K race and former Vaquero runner Vivian Ochoa was 104th overall (19:48.87).

The Grizzlies will be on hiatus until Oct. 22, when they look to defend their title at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships.

Luke Collis (St. Francis high, 2007) senior, Occidental College football: In the 68th rendition of the "Battle for the Shoes" between Occidental and Whittier College, Collis' Tigers prevailed Saturday night in Whitter, 31-17.

Collis was on his game, as the Tigers improved to 2-1 and opened their Southern California Interscholastic Athletic Conference season with a victory.

Collis, a former All-Area and All-Mission League standout on the Golden Knights, hit receiver Matthew Tuckness on five- and 49-yard touchdown passes — the first coming in the second quarter for a 17-3 lead and the second in the third quarter for a game-clinching 31-10 lead.

Collis completed 24 of 36 passes for 250 touchdowns and the two touchdowns to no interceptions.

On the season, Collis has completed 74 of 114 passes (65%) for 772 yards (257 per game). He's thrown eight touchdowns to two interceptions.

Oxy returns to nonconference play at Pomona-Pitzer at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Ian Sternau (St. Francis High, 2011) freshman, Simon Fraser University football: A former All-Mission League and All-Area standout as a kicker and punter, Sternau's putting his talents to use in the kicking game for the Canadian university right off the bat.

Sternau's earned himself a spot as the starting punter and kicker for the Clan.

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