The Southern California Roadrunners competed at the SCA USATF Association Track and field championships at Cerritos College in Norwalk on June 10-12 with outstanding results. Many athletes ran PRs or ran National qualifying marks along with National leading marks. Phillip Rocha was the top athlete taking 4 golds.
On June 10th, Micaela Penaloza (Redlands) competed in the Midget (born 1999-2000) girls 1500 meter race walk taking 4th place overall. The rest of the evening the team competed in the 3000 meter run. Kayden Darney (Upland) competed in her first race ever running 12:35. Charlie Davis (Claremont) ran 11:34 in the Midget boys 3000 meter run. Claire Graves (Highland) placed third in the Youth Girls 3000 meter run.
Phillip Rocha (San Gabriel Valley) had a monstrous weekend by first winning the Youth Boys 3000 meter with a Meet record and National leading time of 9:11.84 holding off former Junior Olympic XC champion Ryan Alexander. Austin Tamagno (Brea) finished 5th overall with 9:36. Trevor Capestany (Highland) ran 9:46 for 7th overall as the top 8 qualified for the USATF Regional Junior Olympic championships. Zafir Abou Zamzam (Redlands) finished in 10:05. Sebastian Puraci (Highland) placed 4th in the Young mens division in the 3000 meter run.
Jack Lansford (Claremont) placed first in the Sub Bantam 1500 meter run with 5:19.43 leading from the start to finish. Olivia Paez (West Covina) ran a PR in the Bantam girls division of the 1500 with 5:41 to finish among the top 8. Noah Tamagno (Brea) ran 5:33.31 to finish among the top 8 in his 1500 meter Bantam boys race. Kessy Uribes (Redlands) placed 11th in her heat of the Midget Girls 1500 meter run with Kaden Darney taking 13th. Claire Graves ran a PR for third overall in the Youth Girls 1500 meter run with 4:54.15. Phillip Rocha ran the Nations fastest 1500 meter time in the Youth division (age 12) with a 4:15.82 Austin Tamagno ran a PR of 4:26.85 for 4th overall. Trevor Capestany pladed 6th with 4:33. Yajaira Zarate (Lynwood) ran 5:14 to place among the top 5 in the Intermediate girls 1500 meters. Hannah Valenzuela (Apple Valley) placed 3rd overall in the Young woman 1500 with 4:47.07. Carmille Garcia (Fountain Valley) placed 4th in the same race.
Natalie Penaloza (Redlands) competed in the Bantams girl mini javelin but did not make the final round. Mikey Leong (Highland) placed 6th overall in the Mini javelin for Bantam boys with a throw of 21.78 meters.
The youth boys team upset the defending Junior Olympic champion Speed City track club in the 4 x 800 meter relay on Saturday night. Trevor Capestany led the team off with a 2:11 split to keep the team in 3rd and close to the top 2 teams in the nation as both teams ran their strongest legs first. Austin Tamagno nursing a sore ankle kept the team in third with a 2:17 relay leg and handed the baton to Jonathon Jimenez . John ran 2:17 to keep the team in third of the 10 team field and handed the baton to Phillip with the Wildcats 60 meters ahead and the Speed City club 80 meter ahead. Phillip ran a 60 sec split to catch the Wildcatteam within the first 200 meter mark and passed the Speed City team with 300 meters to go and finished with a 2:03 leg as the team ran 8:50.03 .
The final day of competition Jasmin Alexander (Rialto) ran 2:51 for a PR and Jalena Lindstrom ran 3:05 in the Bantam girls 800 meter run. Jzsanessa Lindstrom ran 2:55 in the Midget girls 800 for a PR. Phillip Rocha ran for his 4th gold by winning the Youth Boys 800 despite being boxed a majority of the way with a PR of 2:04.89. Jon Jimenez ran 2:17 in his heat.
The Roadrunners concluded the day with wins the Young man and woman 2000 meter steeplechase. Sebastian Puraci and Carmille Garcia ran 6:51 and 7:50 to take the gold.
So Cal Roadrunners at Association Meet06/13/11
Courtesy By: Dr. Mike Leong