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Locals Lyons, Yuen Run Well At Nationals

  • By Staff Reports
122910TrackAndField1HOOVER, Ala. - 12/29/10 - The Southern California Road Runners competed at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics Cross Country National Championships held at Veterans Park in Hoover, Ala. recently with outstanding results in the age group competition, said SCRR coach Mike Leong of Highland.

Locally, the team was led by Elizabeth Lyons (Rosemead/Pasadena City College), who placed 50th in the Young Women division, and Jessica Yuen (Monterey Park/Cerritos College), who placed 57th.

SCRR's Taylor Hebb (St. Lucy's High School/Alta Loma) placed 18th for All American Honors in the Young Women division. Linda Rodriguez (La Puente), placed in 58th place. SCRR Young Women's team won the Region XV Championship.

James McCreary (Diamond Bar) placed 48th overall in the Young Men division in a field of 126 runners.

Claire Graves (Highland) won the Midget Girls national championship as she lead the race from start to finish, culminating her undefeated cross country season in 2010. SCRR came home with three teams finishing among the top 3 to earn team trophies and 11 individuals achieving All American status by finishing among the top 25 runners in their respective age group race to win a medal and trophy.

A total of 57 SCRR runners traveled to compete after surviving preliminary rounds by either finishing among the top 25 runners or top 3 teams at the Southern California Association Championships held at Mt. SAC and the Region XV championships also held at Mt. San Antonio College against the top teams from Southern California, San Diego, Hawaii and Las Vegas.

SCRR's Bantam Boys team was a big surprise this year as many athletes were at the younger end of the division with only two athletes at the top of the age group, Leong said. SCRR won the SCA Championship and placed second in the region.

Many were running in their first national cross country championship.

The SCRR team placed eighth overall at the national championships and were led by All American Charlie Davis (Claremont) finishing in 12th among 231 finishers and 21 teams competing. SCRR runner Ryan Rummens (Glendora) finished 39th.

SCRR's Midget Girls team was led by Claire Graves (Highland) and Brittany Blackwell (Sunland) as they led together the first loop of the 3000 meter course. Graves ran 11:03 over the course for a 10 second victory for her first national title.

Blackwell finished fourth overall to also achieve All American status. Others placing for SCRR were Iesha Magallanes (Pomona) in 85th, Janeth Dominguez (Compton) in 119th, Andrea Diaz (Pomona) in 130th, and Kassandra Martinez (Pomona) in 135th.

There were 236 competitors and 17 teams competing for the team title. SCRR placed fourth as a team with 170 points as the Equalizers won the team title.

The Midget Boys SCRR team competed with an entire new cast of runners as last year's national championship team graduated to the next older age group. All SCRR first year cross country runners were the top five scorers, stated Leong. Phillip Rocha (Azusa) in third, Zafir Abou Zamzam (Redlands) in seventh, and Xolan Brown (Redlands) in 10th, achieved All American status in their first year of USATF Junior Olympics competition.

Brown improved from 20th to 10th place in the last 400 meters. Kyle Rummens (Glendora) placed 114th. There were 277 finishers and 24 teams as the SCRR team placed second overall just eight points behind the San Diego Road Runners and just ahead of the Equalizers.

"We did have the fastest team time for the 3000 meter course with a 10:59 average per runner," Leong said. "Our Road Runner Youth Boys team placed second against high school All-Star type teams in the largest field of the day with 304 runners and 27 teams. SCRR Youth Boys team proved they have the best youth team in the country as all five scorers are either in eighth or seventh grade in school."

Luis Ramos (Riverside) placed 17th and Jeremiah Bias (Riverside) placed 21st as both teammates earned All American status. Trevor Capestany (Highland) placed 31st overall and missed All American by six seconds.

Austin Tamagno (Brea) placed 49th. and James Lindstrom (Apple Valley) was the fifth scorer on the team taking 78th place.

The Intermediate Boys SCRR team was the big surprise of the day as they took home third place, said an enthusiastic Leong. John Dominguez (Compton/Don Bosco Tech High) placed 12th for All American honors. Karlan Smith (Barstow) placed 68th, Mark Pang (Rowland Heights) placed 89th, Mark Newport (Phillips Ranch, Diamond Ranch High) placed 92nd and Damon Payne (Glendora) placed 97th.

There were 197 runners and nine teams competing.

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