The Southern California Roadrunners competed at the USATF Youth Track and field championships in Durham, North Carolina June 25 to June 30, returning home with 19 gold medals, 54 medals and three team awards including the team national championship in the 11-12 boys division and runner ups in team competition with the 13-14 boys and girls teams.
The first day of competition the racewalkers ruled the day as they performed well. Irvan Montes (10:26.80) and Ryan Bravo (11:44.08) placed frost and second in the 9 -10 age group in the 1500 meter racewalk. Ahris Mayorga (8:17.40) won the 11-12 boys 1500 meter racewalk with Joel Mendoza (8:17.51) a close second, Prince Watkins (9:06.75) in third and Smooth Watkins (9:55.50) in fifth.
Skye Hanes (10:58.55) placed third in the 11-12 girls division of the 1500 meter racewalk. Dhannassy Sanchez placed fourth in the 13-14 girls 3000 meter racewalk. Jennifer Lopez placed 4th in the 15-16 girls 2000 meter steeplechase with a PR of 9:00.26.
On day two, the teams all won gold medals in the 4x800 meter relays. The 11-12 girls' 4x800 relay team consisting of Isabella Bravo, Katie Hornung, Skye Hanes and Hannah Butterfield ran 10:45.09 to defend their title from 2018.
The 11-12 boys team consisting of Richard Olivares, Ahris Mayorga, Joel Mendoza and Prince Watkins ran 10:45.70 to win their division race by 44 seconds. The 13-14 boys team consisting of Edgar Haro, Vincente Quiroz Jr, Ethan Romero and Juan Montes ran 9:08.65 to win their division.
On day three of competition all the runners qualified for the finals. Dhannassy Sanchez placed fourth in the 13-14 javelin throw.
On day four of competition, Gavin Hanes won the 15-16 boys pole vault with 13 feet, 4 inches. Allura Markow won her 13-14 girls 1500 m run heat with 4:55 and Gabriella Romero ran 5:08 to advance to finals.
Edgar Haro won heat one of the 13-14 boys 1500 m heat and Juan Montes won heat two as five Roadrunner boys qualified among the top 12 for 1500 m finals.
On day five, the Roadrunners ran their specialty; The 3000m run. Allura Markow (10:32.16) won the 13-14 girls race with Gabriella Romero (10:48.66) placing second . Dhannashy Sanchez ran a PR of 11:41.15 to place seventh in the same race. The 13-14 boys ran very well with Edgar Haro winning the race in 9:25.95 and Ethan Romero taking second with a PR of 9:34.13. Aidan Sturtevant placed sixth with 10:54.41. Katie Hornung place third in the 11-12 girls 3000m run with 11:33.28 and Skye Hanes racing a PR of 11:50.07 for fifth and Hannah Butterfield placing seventh. Richard Olivares led the the 11-12 boys team with a 10:47.09 third place finish. Ahris Mayorga ran a PR of 10:58.59 for fourth, Prince Watkins placed seventh and Joel Mendoza was eighth. Juan Montes placed third in the 13-14 boys 800 meter run with 2:07.39 and Vincente Quiroz Jr. placed fourth with 2:10.71. Paradise Watkins placed fifth in the 8-and-under girls 800 m run.
On the final day of competition Paradise Watkins won the 8-and-under girls shot put with 4.19 meters. She then placed fourth in the 1500m run. Isabella Bravo placed fifth in the 11-12 girls 1500m run and Katie Hornung was eighth. Richard Olivares placed fourth in the 11-12 boys 1500m run. Allura Markow ran her PR in the 13-14 girls 1500m run with a 4:48.33. Juan Montes (4:21.71) won the 13-14 boys 1500m run with four Roadrunners finishing in the top five. Edgar Haro was third with 4:25.18, Ethan Romero was fourth with a PR of 4:27.73 and Vincente Quiroz Jr was fifth witn 4:31.54. The same four then placed fourth in the 4 x 400m relay several hours later.
At the end of the day the Roadrunners received three team awards:
- The 11-12 boys team won the team championship with only five athletes with 57 points just 1 point ahead of the Police Athletic league of Hallendale Florida with 26 total teams.
- The 13-14 girls team placed second of 26 teams with 38 points behind the Police Athletic league of Hallandale.
- The 13-14 boys team with only 5 athletes were second with 72 points just 5 points behind the Miami Police Athletic league and 31 teams in competition.
The Roadrunners will begin training for Cross country July 18 at Aurantia park in Highland with workouts at the park Mondays and Wednesdays 6pm and at Hulda Crooks park in Loma linda Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Team is coached by Mike Leong and Stewart Boden. Team information is at scrrinlandempire.com.