In the fall of 2000, a Burbank High graduate named Kim Lorimer began making a name for herself by winning a few cross country races here and there. However, she quickly picked up the pace as a Vaquero, which won her a place in the history of Glendale College track and field.
Lorimer was a dream athlete; calm in her demeanor and supremely committed to her sport. She would never complain about getting up early and coming back to school to train the Saturday or Sunday after a race. In fact, she had to be reminded about not over-extending herself too much during the week so that she would be fresh for races on the weekends. Kim thought nothing of running from her home in Burbank to Griffith Park for a Glendale team training session. She did not want to bother anyone for a ride. Lorimer was also a good student in that she was able to keep up with her studies here at Glendale College.
“She was a coach’s dream and a real pleasure to work with. She made me a better coach because of her dedication to the sport,’’ said our current cross country and track and field coach Eddie Lopez. “Because of Kim, and the success she had, we started getting a second wave of talented women’s distance runners like we had in the 1970’s and 1980’s and our success today is a testament to her.’’
In 2001, Lorimer broke the school record three times in the 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Further, she was also the No. 1 ranked runner in the state in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters. However, at the state meet at American River College in Sacramento with temperatures hovering near 100 degrees, Lorimer finished third in the 5,000 meters. Former Coach Tom McMurray recalls that, “The conditions were really tough at American River that year so we hustled Kim back to the hotel after the 5,000 meters so that she could take an ice bath and be fresh for her 3,000 meter race. The fact that she not only came back to win, and did it in a Glendale College uniform, really showed how much heart and guts Kim had.’’
At that time no other long distance runner typified the excellence of the sport like Lorimer, who won the state championship in that 3,000 meter race with a time of 10:33.03, which was a full 15 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. She was also named All-American three times at Glendale College. Respected by her peers, Kim was voted WSC Athlete of the Year in cross country as well as track and field.
She had so much love for her team, and the coaches, that she continued to train with them years after she transferred to Adams State College in Colorado where she was a multiple All-American in cross country and track.
When the hall of fame was instituted in 2002, Lorimer’s picture was placed on the original mural that you see here behind the dais. Now, in 2008, we induct her into the Glendale Community College Athletic Hall of Fame for outstanding athletic achievement. Everyone close to the Vaquero track program are pleased about Kim Lorimer’s induction and all would agree that she is one of a kind.