Wayne Akiyama


Class of 1970


Wayne was a four year runner at Westminster. He ran on the Junior Varsity team as a freshman that was in the midst of a 10 year undefeated streak. As a sophomore, he placed 7th in the Sunset League meet and helped the team finish at the top of the league standings undefeated. They placed 8th at the CIF/SS 3 A team standings and 2nd at the Mt SAC Sweepstakes race. In 1968, the team again won the Sunset League title without a defeat and placed 9th at the CIF 3-A Finals. In 1969, Wayne placed 5th in the Sunset League meet and helped the team to their highest finish in CIF since 1966, placing 4th. During Wayne’s four year career the Westminster cross country team never suffered a loss in Sunset League competition. Wayne was voted Westminster’s Most Inspirational Athlete in 1970. Cross Country’s second and last selection. He still holds the number nine marathon time in Orange County History (number 3 in WHS history) with a 2:37.51 clocking in 1970.

      Wayne is one of the most versatile distance runners in Claremont-Mudd-Scripps history. He graduated with the marathon school record (2:28.36) and was also on the CMS top ten list in the 800 (1:56.7), 1500 (4:01.9), 5,000 (15:01.4) and 10,000 (31:22.0). He was a two time NAIA All-American in the marathon and was the track team captain in 1974.

As a cross country athlete, Akiyama earned First Team All-SCIAC honors three times, and was the team captain in 1972-73, and ran on the first CMS cross country team to compete at a national championship meet. He lettered in both cross country and track all four years.

Wayne was inducted in 2004 in the CMS Hall of Fame/Wall of Fame. (Minimum 3.0 GPA at graduation and first team SCIAC)