The Southern California Roadrunners competed at the USATF Youth National track and field championships held at the College of Brockport near Rochester, N.Y. with outstanding results. The team took 17 runners to compete in 2-year age brackets starting at age 7-8- to 17-18-year-old age groups bringing home 38 medals, 5 gold, 10 silver and 2 bronze. The top eight in each age group received medals.
The 9-10 boys 2-man team of Ahris Mayorga and Richard Olivares placed fourth overall with 25 teams scoring. Mayorga led off the meet winning the 9-10 boys 1,500-meter race-walk in 8:21.69 and Olivares placed third overall with 10:39.33. Mayorga then placed eighth overall in the mini javelin with 24.75 meters. Olivares ran personal records of 2:34.87 to placed second overall in the 800-meter run and second overall in the 1,500-meter run with 5:06.50. Mayorga placed sixth overall in the 1,500-meter run with a personal record of 5:15.41.
The 11-12 girls team of distance runners and racewalkers placed second in team scoring with over 32 teams scoring. The girls team consisting of Isabella Bravo, Dhannasshy Sanchez, Skye Hanes and Gabriella Romero won the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 10:53.73, finishing 35 seconds ahead of second place to become national champions. Sanchez placed second overall in the 1,500-meter racewalk with 9:57.78 and Hanes placed fifth to score points.
Gabriella Romero ran a PR of 11:09.03 to place third overall in the 3,000-meter run and Bravo placed fifth. Sanchez scored with an eighth place finish in the aero javelin with a mark of 18:02 meters. Bravo placed fifth overall in the 1,500-meter run with 5:11.53 and was the fastest 11-year-old in the race division.
The 13-14 girls team placed ninth overall with over 30 teams scoring. The girls team consisting of Allura Markow, Jennifer Lopez, Itzel Del Rio, Genna Rice placed fourth in the 4x800 meter relay and fifth in the 4x400 meter relay. Markow had a great meet taking second both in the 1,500-meter and 3,000-meter runs with marks of 4:58.65 and 10:36.89 and is running at the bottom of the age group this year. Lopez placed sixth overall in the javelin with 20.84 meters on her final throw of the day.
The 13-14 boys team placed sixth in team scoring with over 36 teams in competition. The team of Juan Montes, Gabriel Rice, Ethan Romero and Gavin Hanes placed second in the 4x800 meter relay. Gavin placed second in the pole vault after clearing opening height of 2.95 meters but withdrew from competition due to injury.
The boys performed well in the 3,000-meter run with three runners in the top nine overall.
Ethan Romero moved up each lap to place third overall with 10:01.24 as the boys ran in 90 percent humidity with temperatures in the mid 90s during 3,000-meter competition. Montes placed eighth overall and Rice ran a tough race running with the leaders in first several laps and finishing in ninth overall.
Jalina Lindstrom was the lone Roadrunner representative in the girls 15-16 1,500-meter run placing sixth overall with 5:13.74.
The 17-18 boys team consisting of Humberto Guzman and Joseph Martinez placed 11th in team competition. Guzman placed second in the 3,000-meter run (9:07.24) and 1,500-meter run (4:12.03). Martinez placed eighth in the 1,500-meter run (4:22.53) and seventh in the 3,000-meter run (9:36.23).
The team was able to visit the Seneca Zoo in Rochester and visit Niagara Falls aboard the Maid of the Mist.
The team is now switching training to cross country and new runners are welcome to join and tryout.
Workout locations are at 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in Aurantia Park in Highland and at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Hulda Crooks Park in Loma Linda .
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