Phillip Rocha ( San Gabriel Valley) took home three gold medals sweeping the distance events with meet and national Indoor records at the Youth USATF Indoor track and field championships held at Illinois State University n Normal, Illinois on March 10 and 11. Teammate Andrew Wilson (Redlands) also brought home 2 medals. The first event for the duo was the Youth boys 3000 meters. Phillip led from start from finish running a meet record 9:23.53 breaking the old mark set in 2011 by Brayden Law (9:54.24). Andrew Finished in 10:14.33 for 6th place in the 13 runner field. Phillip then ran the 800 m run several hours later taking 1st with 2:05.27 breaking the previous record of 2:13.51 set in 2011 by Marvin Franklin of Michigan.
The following day Phillip and Andrew broke the old record of 4:40.49 ( Law) with Phillip 1st in 4:19.21 and Andrew 5th with 4:39.15 in the 12 runner field. Both runners qualified for the meet by competing at the West Zone Indoor Championships held at the University of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff at 7000 feet altitude. The runners had to place in the top 6 in their event to qualify for the National championships. Phillip won the 3000, 800 and placed 2nd in the 1500 that day. All races were run in 1 day. Andrew placed 4th in the 3000 and 6th in the 1500m.
ROADRUNNERS WIN BREA 8K TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
The Southern California Roadrunners competed at the SCAUSATF 8k championship taking 1st place in the 13-under Youth division with 4 members scoring and at least 1 female scoring on the team. The race was held at the Brea Mall with over 2853 runners competing. The Team consisting of Phillip Rocha (27:26), Xolan Brown(29:07), Zafir Abou Zamzam(31:01), Claire Graves(32:03), Andrew Wilson (32:15)and Noah Tamagno were crowned team champions. Top perormances were turned in by Jack Keogh Lansford (31:17) age 8 and Alexandria Gushsu (31:17) 1st in the 13 and under age group. The team time was 1:59.37. (4 person score).
Newport Mesa Spirit run March 4, 2012
Youth 5k (220 runners)
Philip Rocha age 13 1st div. 16:30
Audtin Tamagno 14 2nd div. 17:24
Erik Gonzalez 12 1st div. 18:00
Tyler Flores 12 2nd div. 18:11
Noah Tamagno 10 1st div. 20:34
1 mile (75 runners)
Erik Gonzalez 12 1st div. 5:20
Tyler Flores 12 6h div. 6:12