By Michael Leong

July 10, 2010 Number 6



The Southern California Roadrunners competed at the 2010 Youth Outdoor track and field championships held June 29 – July 4, 2010 at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois coming home with 19 medals including 4 gold. Many runners achieved personal records (PRs) and Phillip Rocha was a three time winner sweeping the distance events in the Midget boys division.

On day 1 June 29th Elizabeth Lyons (Rosemead) led off for the team placing 7th in the Young Women 2000 meter steeplechase with a PR of 9:25.0. Enrique Lopez (Rialto) ran well with perfect landings in the water barrier to place third with a PR of 6:31.09. Elizabeth Lyons then returned several hours later to win the Young women 3000 meter race walk with a PR of 24:32.29. At the end of day 1 the Roadrunners were in first place in team competition in the Young Women division and third in the Young men division..

On day 2 June 30th the boys 4x800 meter relay team of Efrain Vargas (Huntington Beach) , Austin Tamagno (Brea), James Lindstrom (Apple Valley) and Daniel Vargas (Huntington Beach) placed 4th of 8 teams with a PR of 9:9:19.21. Three of the top 4 teams were from the Southern California Association.

On day 3 July 1st was 800 meter prelims with only the top 8 runners advancing to finals. Olivia McKenzie (Redlands) finished 21st overall in the Midget girls division with a time of 2:55.69. There were 28 competitors. Phillip Rocha (Azusa ) had the fastest time of the day in the Midget boys heat easily winning his heat with 2:17.48. There were 31 competitors.

On day 4 July 2nd was the 1500 meter qualifying rounds for the youth and older age groups. In the Youth girls division three heats were run with only the top 3 in each heat and the next fastest three times qualified for the finals. Fernanda Rodriguez (Riverside) ran PR but was only good enough for the 14th fastest time of the day for Youth girls with 4:59.82. There were 31 competitors. The Youth boys division was very competitive with lots of depth with 37 runners in the event. Three heats were run and Jeremiah Bias (Riverside) was the lone RR to qualify with a PR of 4:26.54. James Lindstrom had the 15th fastest qualifying time with 4:37.90 , Efrain Vargas 17th with 4:39.36 and Daniel Vargas (22nd) with 4:4:46.27.

On day 5 July 3rd the Roadrunners showed their stuff in the 3000 meter run. Claire Graves (Highland) led most of the Midget girls race taking the field out at a very brisk pace before being outkicked the last lap and running a PR of 10:25..95 for a silver medal. Olivia McKenzie finished in 18th 13:13. The 800 meter leading qualifier tried to run with Claire before collapsing 110 meters before the finish and not completing the race. Phillip Rocha led from start to finish to take his first National championship in the Midget boys division with a time of 9:48.12. Zafir Abou Zamzam (Redlands) ran a PR in the same race to take 5th overall with 10:24.13. There were 16 competitors. Premeet favorite Justin Lidke withdrew from competition. Fernanda Rodriguez ran a PR of 10:31.31 for 4th place in the Youth girls division in the 3000 meter run. There were 17 competitors. The Youth boys competed in the most talented and deep field of runners in the Youth boys 3000 meters with last years defending champion taking 5th with a PR and the winner setting a National record of 9:04. There were 26 competitors all running in 1 heat. Daniel Vargas was the first RR taking 11th with 9:56.29 followed by James Lindstrom (12th 9:56.60), Austin Tamagno (13th 9:59.41), Jeremiah Bias (14th 10:03.89, Efrain Vargas (15th, 10:04.54) and Michael Lowrie (LaVerne 18th 10:12.89). Hannah Valenzuela (Apple Valley) led the Young women group through with a 5:35 1st 1600 meters and took 3rd with 10:37.22) as the temperatures rose in the 90s during this time slot.

Phillip Rocha won his second gold for the day in the Midget boys 800 meter finals several hours after the 3000 meter run with a time of 2:13.47. Second place was 3 seconds back.

On the final day of competition on July 4th the Roadrunners did well as most of the runners competing in finals ran PRs. Claire Graves ran a PR of 4:56.47 to take home the bronze in the Midget girls 1500 meter run. Philip Rocha ran a tactical race sitting behind the leader for most of the race until the final lap taking the lead with a strong last lap for his third gold of the meet with 4:35.07. Zafir Abou Zamzam ran a PR for 7th place and a medal with 4:55.72. Jeremiah Bias ran another PR in the Youth boys 1500 meters to take 8th with 4:22.61. Hannah Valenzuela ran a PR out kicking a 800 meter medalist for third and a PR in the Young women 1500 meter run with 4:48. 23. Enrique Lopez ran a PR of 4:09.75 for 6th overall in the Young men 1500 meter run.

Total medals won were 19 with 4 gold.


The Southern California Roadrunners competed at the SCA USATF Youth track and field championships at Cerritos College, June 11-13 running PR’s and Youth National championship qualifying times. On Friday night Micaela Penaloza (Redlands) led off the night winning the Midget girls 1500 meter race walk with a PR of 10:11. Chase Bernardy (San Bernardino) placed 5th in the boys Midget 1500 meter race walk with 10:18 with a national qualifying mark. Elizabeth Lyons placed 2nd in the Young Women 3000 meter race walk in her first attempt with 25:20.20.

The Midget girls 3000 meter run was one of the fastest in the Nation with many runners in the race achieving the National standard . Claire Graves (Highland) placed second with a PR of 10:28.77. Sarah Hebb (Alta Loma) ran a PR of 11:32.44 to qualify. Olivia McKenzie (Redlands) ran a PR of 12:20.05 . Andrea Diaz (Pomona) ran a PR of 12:11.

Phillip Rocha (Azusa) ran PR leading from start to finish the Midget boys 3000 meters with a then National leading mark of 9:49.37. Zafir Abou Zamzam (Redlads) finished 4th overall with a PR of 10:29.28 Kyle Rummens ran in heat 1 to take 1st with a PR of 11:11.13.86.

Fernanda Rodriguez (Reiverside) finished 2nd overall in the Youth girls 3000 meter run with 10:35.18. Yajaira Zarate (Lynwood) ran a season best of 11:19.57 and Alyssa Hebb (Alta Loma) running 11:47.18 for a PR.

The Youth boys ran in one of the fastest 3000 meter heats in the country prior to Nationals as 6 Roadrunners finished among the top 12 that broke the 10 minute barrier. Jeremiah Bias (Riverside) ran a PR to finish 3rd overall with 9:41.96. Daniel Vargas (Huntington Beach) placed 4th with 9:43.16 PR, Efrain Vargas 5th with 9:45.28, Austin Tamagno (Brea) 8th 9:52.65 , Michael Lowrie (LaVerne) 9th 9:52.90 and James Lindstrom (Apple Valley) 12th with PR of 9:56.40.

Kristyn Hebb (Alta Loma) placed third in the Intermediate girls 3000 meters with 11:28.84 and Taylor Hebb 2nd inwith 11:00 in the Young women 3000 meter and a PR of 12:31.76.

James McCreary (Diamond Bar) and Sebastian Puraci (Highland) placed 1st and 3rd in the Young men 5000 meters running National qualifying marks.

On Saturday the Roadruners ran well with may PRs. Charlie Davis (Philllips Ranch) ran a PR of 5:18 to finish among the top 4 in the bantam boys 1500 meter run. Claire Graves placed 2nd in the Midget girls 1500 meters with a PR of 4:59.10. Philip Rocha continued to detroy his PRs and ran a national leading mark of 4:31.12. Zafir Abou Zamzam placed 8th with 5:01.52.

Fernanda Rodriguez placed 8th in the Youth girls 1500 with 5:06.40 and Yajaira Zarate running 5:12.94. the Youth boys ran as a pack. Jeremiah Bias outkicked his group to place 6th overall with a PR of 4:33.45 with Efrain Vargas 10th 4:35.08. Daniel Vargas (11th) in 4:35.35, James Lindstrom in 12th 4:35.83 for PRs.

Jharynd Cecil (Highland) placed third in the Intermediate boys 1500 with 4:20.63 . Connor Vigil (Highland) ran a PR in the Young men 1500m with 4;18.51.

The Youth boys 4x800 meter relay team of Daniel Vargas, Austin Tamagno, James Lindstrom and Efrain Vargas ran a qualifying mark to qualify for the Nationals.

Phillip Rocha dominated the field in the Midget boys 800 meter for a triple win and a National leading time of 2:12.31 with his third PR.


Mondays/ Wednesdays 6pm Aurantia Park , (Dog Park) off Greenspot road in Highland.

Tuesdays/ Thurdays 6pm Hudda Crooks Park off Mt. View exit 10 freeway 6pm

Important dates

July 17-18 Track city International Classic Hayward Field, Eugene, Oregon

July 25 - So Cal Roadrunner Track Pool party 2pm

Aug 1-5 SoCal /SD Roadrunner running camp Big Bear

Aug 15 Roadrunner 50th anniversary 2/3 mile XC runs and reunion

8am Creekside park Walnut . Potluck picnic following awards of races. Please notify all

Alumni of Rialto and SoCal Roadrunners.