Sunday, December 14, 2008

USATF National Club Cross Country Championships

Sat: December 13, 2008
Spokane, WA
USA Open & Masters Men's 10K
USA Open & Masters Women's 6K

Saturday, December 13, 2008

USATF National JO Cross Country Championships

Sat, December 13, 2008
Mechanicsville, VA

SCA 10K Championships Results

Dana Point Turkey Trot 10K
Thu: November 27, 2008
Trafeh and Berg Hydro-Plane Their Way to So Cal 10K Titles

DANA POINT, CA--The inaugural 2008 Southern California Road Championship Series concluded on November 27 with the 31st running of the Dana Point 10K Turkey Trot—America’s largest Thanksgiving Day road race. With rain threatening during the early morning hours, it was not until just after the 7:00am 10K start that that the skies unleashed a torrential downpour that turned the technically challenging course into a series of intertwining rivers. Within minutes, the driving rain had more than 3,200 runners in ankle-deep in water, barely able to see, as they negotiated the twists and turns that make the Dana Point course so unique.

Mohamed Trafeh (Photo: Brightroom)

Incredibly, front runners Mohamed Trafeh, (29:22), Ben Bruce, (29:23) and Brandon Bethke (29:27) came within seconds of setting a new course record despite the conditions. Trafeh had just returned from training in Morocco, but showed no signs of jet lag en route to winning the So Cal USATF 10K Road Crown.

Tove Berg (Photo: Alan Wickstrom)

Unlike the close finish in the men's division, in the women’s division the winning time of 35:49 by Tove Berg was well over a minute faster than 2nd and 3rd place finishers Adrienne Schumm (37:06) and Emily Mitchell (37:17).

In the Masters age-groups, the most competitive men’s division was M50-54, lead by local runner John Loftus who won in 35:55. The field in the women's master division was also deep, with Rosalva Bonilla winning in 40:21. 12-days earlier, Bonilla had won the Southern California USATF Masters Women's 6K Cross Country title at Kenneth Hahn Park in West Los Angeles.

Overall, there was an enthusiastic turnout by USATF runners in all age-groups despite the forecast for rain, as more than forty Southern California Association members won USATF Championship Medals in age-groups ranging from 15-19 to 55-59. As predicted, the 10K race sold out this year and, in total, a record-breaking 10,000+ runners participated in the Dana Point 5K, 10K and kiddie run Turkey Trots.

For 2008, participation in the Southern California USATF Road Championship Series increased with every race, beginning with the 5K Road Championship at the Coaster Run in Buena Park. 2009 promises to be even more popular with the addition of the first SCA Marathon Championship at the Orange County Marathon on May 3, 2009.

The 2009 Road Championship Series kicks-off on March 15 with the Southern California 5K Championship at the flat-and-fast Coaster 5K in Buena Park, CA.


Interview - Mohamed Trafeh - Winner Male Overall
(Video: Wayne Joness)

Interview - Tove Berg - Winner Female Overall
(Video: Wayne Joness)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tribute to Al Minturn - USATF Official

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of the best officials and human beings that our sport has ever known.

Al Minturn died peacefully in his sleep during the last night of the USATF Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada on December 7, 2008 doing one of the things he loved—working to enhance and expand the officiating that makes participation in our sport possible for hundreds of thousands of track & field athletes.

Visit our tribute page, and post your own tribute or comment:

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

SCA Annual General Meeting

Sat, January 17, 2009
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Apollo Park Senior Center
7810 Quill Drive
Downey, CA 90242

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

SCA Half Marathon Championships Results

Long Beach International City Bank Half Marathon
Sunday: October 12, 2008
LONG BEACH, CA – Runners from the Southern California Association of USA Track & Field dominated the Long Beach International City Bank Half Marathon, held in Long Beach, California, on Sunday, October 12, 2008. Selected as the 2008 Southern California USATF Half-Marathon Championship, the results once again supported the reputation of the Long Beach Half-Marathon as one of the most popular and fastest half-marathon races in the West. At the front of 4,439 finishers, the top-10 male finishers all ran under 1:13:00.

Christian Hesch (Photo by Wayne Joness)

In a thrilling finish to the men’s race, Los Angeles residents Christian Hesch and Brian Livingston battled for the 13.1 miles with Christian prevailing at the finish for a :02 second win with a course record time of 1:06:2. Last April, Christian also won the Southern California USATF 5K Road Championship at the Coaster Run 5K in Buena Park.

Mary Akor (Photo by Wayne Joness)

In contrast, the winner of the women's race, Hawthorne’s Mary Akor, broke away from the field very early and crossed the finish line in 1:17:54—more than five minutes ahead of the next female finisher. Amazingly, just 7-days earlier Mary had run the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis, MN—where she placed 4th with a time of 2:40:00! Last April, Mary also competed in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Boston.

The first Masters female finisher (over age-40) was Carlsbad’s Stacy Schafer. After the race, the ebullient Schafer could not stop smiling after running almost three minutes faster than her previous half marathon PR of 1:28:13. The first Masters male finisher was Brea’s Kevin Broady who finished 10th overall in 1:12:32.

In total, 24 Southern California runners won received gold, silver, or bronze USATF Association Championship medals for finishing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their age-groups—including runners as young as 23 and as old as 73!

Next Southern California USATF Road Championship

For those runners who missed the excitement of the Long Beach International City Bank Half Marathon, the final race of the 2008 Southern California USATF Road Championship Series will be the Dana Point Turkey Trot 10K. The largest Thanksgiving Day race in America, more than 10,000 runners participated in the race in 2007! Once again, Southern California USATF members will be able to compete for USATF championship medals in 13 men’s and women’s 5-year age groups.

In addition to being a fast course, the scenic 10K course takes runners on a tour the beautiful beaches, majestic cliffs and coves of Dana Point. Participants will feel the pounding surf and cool ocean breezes as they wind through the Dana Point Marina and Doheny State Park. The 10K also features chip timing and the following prize money:

1st Place Male & Female $1,000
2nd Place Male & Female $ 500
3rd Place Male & Female $ 250

After November 1, the 10K registration fee increases from $30.00 to $35.00.

For registration information visit

SCA Board Meeting

Wed, November 12, 2008
  • 7:30pm
  • Conference Call
  • (712) 775-7100
  • Access code 394121#
  • All are welcome to attend
Meeting Minutes Archive

Saturday, August 30, 2008

SCA Cross Country Championships

SCA Cross Country Open
Saturday, November 1st

Kenneth Hahn Park
  • 9:00am - Open Men’s 8K Race
  • 9:45am - Open Women’s 6K Race
  • 10:30am - Masters 6K Race (Men & Women combined)
  • 11:15am - Open 4K Short Course Race (M&W combined/No team scoring)
SCA Masters & Open Cross Country Championships
Saturday, November 15th
Kenneth Hahn Park
  • 9:00am - Open Men’s 8K Race
  • 9:45am - Open Women’s 6K Race
  • 10:30am - Masters 6K Race (Men & Women combined)
  • 11:15am - Open 4K Short Course Race (M&W combined/No team scoring
SCA Masters & Open Cross Country Championships

Friday, August 22, 2008

2008 Olympic Games - Beijing, China

August 15-24, 2008: Track & Field

Mahurin Named New SCA Open XC Chair

LOS ANGELES, CA-The Southern California Association of USA Track & Field has announced the appointment of Mike Mahurin as the new chairman of its Open Athletics Cross Country Committee.

A native of Seattle, Washington, Mike Mahurin’s running career began after he had become a practicing attorney, not when he was in high school or college.

After becoming active in the Southern California road running scene, he took a brief break from running-only to compete in triathlons, including the 2003 Hawaii Ironman World Championship. In 2005, Mike joined Track Club L.A. and returned to competing in long distance races throughout Southern California.

His primary focus has been on the marathon, where his best time to date has been 2:38:00 at the Tucson Marathon in December of 2006. It was while training for that race that Mike had his first real exposure to cross-country, competing in several races that fall as part of his marathon training.

Mike is 38 years old and a Los Angeles-based real estate attorney. He received B.A. degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Washington in 1992 and a J.D. degree from Pepperdine University Law School in 1995. Mike hopes to use his newfound excitement for cross-country running to help revitalize the Southern California cross-country scene in a way that will attract more of the great distance runners in our area to the sport.

SCA Open

Mike Mahurin
Chair, Open Athletics Cross Country Committee
Southern California Association/ USA Track & Field

Cellphone (310) 709-6756

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

SCA Job Opening

Association Office Manager

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the national governing body of the sport. The Southern California Association (SCA/USATF) is the local organization recognized by USATF to administer these sports in the counties of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo, and Orange—an area encompassing some 34,000 square miles with a population of 16.5 million. Within this geographic area, the Southern California Association acts as a service organization in creating, conducting and overseeing programs to provide opportunities for athletes of all ages and ability levels to participate in the five disciplines of our sport: track & field, cross country, road running, mountain/ultra-distance/trail running, and race walking. Our 4,700+ members include male and female athletes, the coaches and local clubs that support and develop them, hundreds of highly trained, certified officials, and many local colleges, universities, and other organizations interested in supporting track & field. At both the local and national level, USA Track & Field is a volunteer-based organization and a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Association officers and board members received no financial compensation.

Current Office Location:
13039 Florence Avenue, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Office Hours: 10:00-4:00pm, Monday-Friday
Primary Supervisor: Association President (not on site)
Starting Date: TBD. Applications will be accepted through October 1, 2008. Candidate will work under the guidance of the current office manager for the first 30 days.

Compensation & Benefits: Negotiable based on experience and qualifications.
Performance Evaluation: Candidate will be under a probationary period for the first 90-days of employment. A performance evaluation will be performed by the Executive Board after six-months, and annually thereafter. Salary increases or bonuses will be considered annually.

More Information and Job Description (PDF)


Dave Snyder
President, Southern California USATF
Ph/Fax 909-824-2336

Berntsen-Heber Named SCA Masters Road Running Committee Chair

LOS ANGELES, CA-The Southern California Association of USA Track & Field has announced the appointment Sissel Berntsen-Heber as its SCA Masters Road Running Committee Chair.

Originally from Norway, Sissel was a member of Big West Conference championship cross country and track teams at Fresno State. As a post-collegian, Sissel was the 1999 Pacific Association “Runner of the Year” and 3-times was the fastest female in the famous San Francisco Dipsea Race. As a masters athlete, she was the 2006 USATF West Region Cross Country Champion.

After working for many years as a project manager designing freeways and light rail systems, Sissel moved to Santa Monica in the spring of 2007 and became a member of the See Jane Run racing team. She recently became a stay-at-home mom and contacted SCA Open Road Running Committee Chair Wayne Joness about getting involved with Southern California USATF.

Sissel is 44 years old and has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Telemark College of Engineering in Norway, and a B.S. in Business Administration and an MBA from Fresno State. She has road PRs of 17:20 (5K), 35:56 (10K), and 1:18:58 (Half Marathon).

“Sissel participated in the widely successful Pacific Association Road Running Grand Prix and has some great ideas about initiating a similar program in Southern California, says Masters Athletics Vice President Mark Cleary. We believe she will be a great asset, both to our Road Running Committee and Southern USA Track & Field as a whole.”

SCA Masters

Sissel Berntsen-Heber
Chair, Masters Road Running Committee

Mark Cleary
Vice President, Southern California Association/
USA Track & Field
Chairman, SCA Masters Athletics Committee

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Results: SCA MUT 50 Mile Trail Championships

Mt Disappointment Endurance Runs
August 9, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

SCA Road Running Half Marathon Championships

Long Beach International City Bank Half Marathon
Sunday, October 12, 2008
LONG BEACH, CA – Wayne Joness, new Long Distance Running Committee Chairman for the Southern California Association of USA Track & Field, has announced another exciting championship race for 2008.

“We are extremely pleased that the Long Beach International Citybank Half-Marathon on Sunday, October 12th, will serve as our 2008 Southern California USATF Half-Marathon Championship, says Wayne. Now in its 2nd decade under the direction of Olympic Pole Vaulter and International City Racing CEO, Bob Seaman, the Long Beach Half-Marathon has grown to more than 6,000 runners. The Long Beach Marathon and Half-Marathon courses are widely considered to be among the most beautiful in the United States with spectacular oceanfront vistas, charming seaside communities, and metropolitan start and finishes. Flat, fast and scenic, 80% of the race courses traverse the oceanfront, or are within sight of it. We think the Long Beach Half-Marathon is the ideal Southern California Half-Marathon to serve as our Championship.”

The 2007 Men’s winner was La Habra’s James Lander (1:07:18) while the Women’s winner was Mesa, Arizona’’s Michelle Resendez (1:19:28).


Elite Male/Female Masters Male/Female (Age 40+)
1st Place $500 1st Place $250
2nd Place $250 2nd Place $150
3rd Place $100 3rd Place $100

Prize money available to all runners, with or without USATF membership.

To register, visit

Contact for Additional Information:

Wayne Joness
Chair, Open Athletics Long Distance Running Committee
Southern California USATF
Res (310) 390-5357
Cell (310) 600-5332

SCA Road Running 10K Championships

Dana Point Turkey Trot 10K
Thanksgiving Day - November 27, 2008
DANA POINT, CA – Wayne Joness, Long Distance Running Committee Chairman for the Southern California Association of USA Track & Field, has announced another exciting championship race for 2008.

“We are extremely pleased that the 31st annual Dana Point Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 27, will serve as our 2008 Southern California USATF 10K Championship, says Wayne. One of America's most scenic coastal road races, the Dana Point Turkey Trot is America’s largest Thanksgiving day road race drawing more than more than 10,000 participants.”

Sponsored by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and directed by International City Racing, the Turkey Trot benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. The race features chip timing and $3,500 of prize money for the 10K…which draws a very competitive field of elite runners.


1st Place Male- $1,000 1st Place Female- $1,000
2nd Place Male- $500 2nd Place Female- $500
3rd Place Male- $250 3rd Place Female- $250

Prize money available to all runners, with or without USATF membership.

The race’s 10K/5K courses tour Dana Point’s beautiful beaches, majestic cliffs and coves of the Dana Point Marina and Doheny State Park and passes by the historic tallship, Pilgrim, that is moored in Dana Point Harbor.

In 2007, the men’s 10K race was won in 29:55 by Fernando Cabado of Gray, TN, as the top-6 finishers runners broke 31:00. The women’s 10K was won Irvine’s Julie Swail in 35:23 with the first 8 women breaking 38:00. Both the men’s and women’s course records were set in 2006: Men- 29:20 by Noah Tavar (Oro Valley, AZ), Women- 33:23 by Lauren Fleshman (Canyon Country, CA)…28 minutes after winning the 5K in a course record 16:28!!

To register, visit

Contact for Additional Information:

Wayne Joness
Chair, Open Athletics Long Distance Running Committee
Southern California USATF
Res (310) 390-5357
Cell (310) 600-5332

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Results: USA 50 Mile Trail Championships

July 26, 2008

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Results: USATF JO National Championships

July 22-27, 2008

Results: USA 100 Mile Trail Championships

July 19, 2008

Results: USATF National Club Championships

July 18-19, 2008

Friday, July 11, 2008

Summer All-Comer Meets

June - August 2008

Monday, July 7, 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Thursday, June 19, 2008

LAUSD Summer All-Comer Meets

June 24 - July 31, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

2008 SCA Youth Scholarship

*Deadline Extended to 6/30*

Each year, the Youth Committee of the association awards scholarships to as many as six (6) graduating student/athletes. You are receiving this package from your coach, a mentor, or someone who cares enough for your name to be in the selection process. However, you can only become a possible candidate for one of the awards given for the 2008 graduation year, if you respond and submit a complete scholarship application.

This scholarship application includes athletic participation and achievement in track & field/cross country as criteria for award and may conflict with NCAA Bylaw Article 15, Financial Aid, Section 15.01.3. Potential applicants who anticipate receiving financial aid should check with their college's financial aid compliance officer to determine if you are eligible for this scholarship before applying.

ATTN: Denise Terrazas
Phone: (714) 529-5976

Scholarship Program Information (PDF)

Results: SCA Youth JO Track & Field

Monday, June 16, 2008

Friday, May 30, 2008

USATF Masters West Region Championships

July 12-13, 2008
* * * New Date * * *
Cal State San Marcos
Event Information

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

USATF Region 15 JO Championships

June 20-22, 2008
Hosted by the San Diego-Imperial Association

Friday, June 20, 2008
San Diego State University (SDSU)
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182

Saturday-Sunday, June 21-22, 2008
Escondido High School (EHS)
1535 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92026-2099

Event Information (PDF)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Video Highlights: SCA 5K Road Championships

The Coaster Run 5K
Knotts Berry Farm
April 13, 2008
New Race Video Highlights

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

So Cal High Performance Meet II

June 15, 2008
Specifically designed to provide athletes with a late-season qualifying or tune-up opportunity for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and a competition to achieve the Olympic Games “A” standard.
Event Information (PDF)

SCA Masters Championships

June 14, 2008
Cerritos College
Event Information

SCA Youth JO Championships

June 6-8, 2008
Serra High School
Event Information

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Volunteers Needed for Senior Olympics

Once again the Senior Games is approaching, and once again I am asking for volunteers to help conduct this wonderful event.

The site will be at Cal Tech---a site familiar to most of you. The nice, shady park there will be a big plus. This year the meet will be called the “2008 California State Senior Olympics.” It is going to be a huge meet. It is our state championship, and the qualifying meet for the 2009 National Championships, which will be right here in California---possibly for the last time in our lifetimes.

Volunteers Needed: June 7 and June 21st

Contact Jim Hanley
(805) 496-1829 home
(805) 807-1687 cell

Sunday, April 13, 2008

2008 USA Masters 15K Race Walk Championships

May 18, 2008
Fairmount Park - Riverside
Event Information

Thursday, March 20, 2008

2008 Jim Bush Track & Field Championships

2008 Southern California USATF Championships
2008 San Diego USATF Championships
2008 USATF West Region Track & Field Championships

Bill Henry Track at Occidental College

Event Information

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

So Cal USATF High Performance Meet I

This meet is specifically designed to provide athletes with a late-season qualifying or tune-up opportunity for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and/or a competition to achieve the Olympic Games “A” standard.

SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2008
Santa Monica College

Event Information (PDF)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

USA Masters / West Region 15K / 5K Race Walk

USATF West Region Open & Masters 15K Race Walk Championships
Mayfest 5K Grand Prix

MAY 18, 2008
Fairmount Park • Riverside, CA

7:30am: 15K Race Walk Championships
9:30am: Mayfest 5K Grand Prix

Event Information

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Coaster Run ~ SCA 5K Road Championships

LOS ANGELES, CA – Wayne Joness (JO-ness), newly appointed Long Distance Running Committee Chairman for the Southern California Association of USA Track & Field, has announced the first USATF Road Championship for 2008.

The COASTER RUN 5K on Sunday, April 13th, in Buena Park will serve as the 2008 Southern California USATF 5K Road Championship. Produced by Renegade Racing, the race is a fund-raiser for the Speech & Language Development Center and also includes a 10K (which is not a USATF Championship) and a 1K Kids Walk/Run.

Race day registration, the start & finish, and post-race Expo are all located at Buena Park’s famous Knott's Berry Farm at 8039 Beach Boulevard. Last year’s 5K drew 655 runners and the 2007 men’s and women’s 5K winners over the flat, fast course were Julio Jimenez (16:08) and Ceci St. Geme (17:47).

This year’s race will feature a separate Elite 5K Race featuring cash prizes for the top-5 male and female finishers. Entry standards for the elite race are 17:00 for men and 20:00 for women. (Those running in this race will be exempt from receiving age-group division awards.)

In the Elite Race, all entrants must be 2008 members of USA Track & Field. In the Open 5K race, the top-3 USATF member finishers in the following 13 different men’s and women’s age groups will receive gold-silver-bronze USATF Championship Medals:
13 & under, 14-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70+.

What’s more, all 5K/10K participants will receive 1/2 price entry to Knotts Berry Farm. Those raising $100 or more in donations for the Speech & Language Development Center will earn free entry to the park.

Elite Men: Elite Females:
1st Place $400 1st Place $400
2nd Place $250 2nd Place $250
3rd Place $150 3rd Place $150
4th Place $100 4th Place $100
5th Place $50 5th Place $50
USATF Championship
Medals to places 1-10 USATF Championship
Medals to places 1-10

6:00am Race Day Registration Opens:
7:30am 5K Elite Race
7:45am 5K Open Race
8:00am 10K Open Race
9:00am Kids 1K Walk/Run
9:30am Awards Presentations
6:00am-11:00am Finish Line EXPO

To register for the 2008 Southern California 5K Road Championships,
please visit

$25.00 5K Elite Race
$25.00 5K Open Race
$35.00 10K Open Race
$15.00 Kids 1K Walk/Run
$5.00 Late Fee Applied after March 30

“This is the first Southern California USATF Road Championship in more than 2 decades, says Wayne Joness. So we are very excited to partner with the Buena Park Speech & Language Development Center and Renegade Racing on their Coaster Run and hoping to grow both their race and our Southern California Road Championship Series.”

Wayne Joness
Chair, Open Athletics Long Distance Running Committee
Southern California Association/ USA Track & Field
Cell (310) 600-5332 Email:

Print Article

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Joness Named New SCA LDR Chair

LOS ANGELES, CA-The Southern California Association of USA Track & Field has announced the appointment of Wayne Joness (pronounced JO-ness) as the new chairman of its Open Athletics Long Distance Committee.

A native of Appalachian Virginia, in 1985 Wayne received a B.A. degree in English from the University of Virginia where he also studied music—the field in which he now works since moving to Los Angeles in 1990. He became a distance runner in high school and, after that, was a recreational runner until relocating to the Los Angeles running mecca.

Over the past 18-years, Wayne has been actively competing in road racing throughout Southern California. He’s run more than 200 So Cal races in total, including 111 10K’s, 26 marathons, and 14 half-marathons. 3-weeks ago, Wayne ran the Tokyo Marathon in 3:38 and he will be returning to run the historic Boston Marathon in April.

Wayne has been a member of Track Club LA since 2004 and participated with the club in numerous masters level cross country events.

“Wayne Joness is familiar with the Southern California road racing scene, and with its most prestigious events and those with the most promise for growth, says SCA Open Athletics Vice President, Skip Stolley. He is the ideal candidate to chair our Open Athletics Long Distance Running Committee. Wayne says he looks forward to expanding awareness of USA Track & Field development initiatives within the Southern California Road Running Community and in helping to expand our series of Southern California USATF Road Race Championships.”


Wayne Joness
Chair, Open Athetics Long Distance Running Committee
Southern California Association/ USA Track & Field
Cell (310) 600-5332 Email:

CONTACT: Skip Stolley
Vice President, Southern California Association/ USA Track & Field
Chairman, SCA Open Athletics Committee
825 16th Street /suite B
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Tel (310) 453-7655

Print Article

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Veterans Favored to Win 3,000M Race Walks

Johnson City, Tennessee-Sometimes in race walking, as in life, quality is better than quantity. As John Mayer sang, ìtwice as much ainít twice as goodî. This will certainly be true on Friday, March 7, at the NAIA Indoor National Track & Field Championships 3,000 meter race walks.

The fields are set at twenty one combined total for the walking event, set to go at noon local time. This year eight women and thirteen men will compete on the boards in Johnson City.

This is down from last yearís event when there were a total of twenty five competitors. The good news is that the quality the athletes bring to these championships translated to faster qualifying times than in the previous year.

To enter the championships the men had an A standard of 17:00 for 3k, and the women had a standard of 18:20. The NAIA is the only collegiate body that has the race walk as a national championship event.

In an interesting note, the womenís race is comprised of only freshmen and sophomores, the lone exception being Rachel Rhodes of Houghton the sole upperclassman, a senior. This bodes well for the future of not only collegiate walking but for USATF race walking on the female side if we can keep these young women walking past college.

The Veterans
Tina Peters, Goshen SO, (15:12.09) is the returning indoor and outdoor national
champion. She has won several meets this year indoors so looks to repeat.
Amanda Johnson, Lindsey Wilson SO, (15:50.70) has improved tremendously
from last year, racing regularly in USATF race walk events.
Rachel Rhodes, Houghton SR, (16:33.64) placed third at last years outdoor meet.
Katie Malinowski, Cornerstone SO, (18:11.78) ninth in Fresno, has cut her time
by over a minute.

The Challengers
Chelsea Adams, Houghton FR, (17:09.94) is the fastest of the freshman class.
Megan Wong, Westmont FR, (17:14.24) has set personal bests every time she has raced.
Emily Hansen, Concordia SO, (17:44.27) comes in with the sixth fastest time in the nation.
Janelle Brown, Cornerstone, FR (18:17.26) rounds out the field in eighth.
Tina Peters

Chris Tegtmeier, Concordia, is the overwhelming favorite in the menís race. Chris has qualified for the 2008 Olympic Team Trials-Menís 20km Race Walk to be held in Eugene. He has won several indoor meets this season in convincing fashion.

Thiago Ferreira, Missouri Valley, a newcomer, hails from Brazil and looks to make the race competitive.

Seth Campbell, Brad Sinick, Tom Stolee, Peter Muldoon, Nathan Dreher, and Geoff Karhoff are all veterans from last year's races and look to be in the hunt again this year.

For more information on the 2008 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championship 3,000 meter race walks and results go to


1 Peters, Tina SO Goshen 15:12.09
2 Johnson, Amanda SO Lindsey Wilson 15:50.70
3 Rhodes, Rachel SR Houghton 16:33.64 HT
4 Adams, Chelsea FR Houghton 17:09.94 HT
5 Wong, Megan FR Westmont 17:14.24 HT
6 Hansen, Emily SO Concordia ( Neb. ) 17:44.27
7 Malinowski, Katie SO Cornerstone 18:11.78
8 Brown, Janelle FR Cornerstone 18:17.26
1 Tegtmeier, Chris SO Concordia ( Neb. ) 12:52.24 HT
2 Ferreira, Thiago JR Missouri Valley 13:52.66
3 Campbell, Seth JR Cedarville 14:10.81
4 Sinick, Brad SR Malone 14:34.31
5 Wiseman, Josh FR Cedarville 15:02.98
6 Stolee, Tom SO Concordia ( Neb. ) 15:03.24 HT
7 Muldoon, Peter SO Central Methodist 15:04.00
8 Dreher, Nathan JR Concordia( Neb. ) 15:16.24 HT
9 Bacon, Grant FR Cedarville 15:18.50
10 Karhoff, Geoff JR Central Methodist 15:26.85
11 Dehning, Chris JR Concordia ( Neb. ) 15:35.24 HT
12 Lew, Daniel JR Westmont 15:53.19
13 Adams, Zach FR Houghton 15:56.84 HT


Print Article

Friday, February 1, 2008

2008 SCA Election Results

Election Date: January 26, 2008

President - Dave Snyder

Executive Vice President - Paul Mahoney

Secretary - Christine Long

Treasurer - Thom Confer

Membership - Bob Hickey

Vice President (Athletes Advisory) - Rich Benoy

Vice President (Youth Athletics) - Lorena Beck

Vice President (Open Athletics) - Skip Stolley

Vice President (Masters Athletics) - Mark Cleary

Sunday, January 27, 2008

2007 Open Athletics Year in Review

Our 22nd annual Jim Bush Southern California USATF Championships was a stellar meet, producing 66 qualifying performances for the 2007 USA Outdoor Championships. Held at Occidental College on Sunday, June 3, our Championships also served as the USATF West Region Championships and drew athletes from 11 other Western States. These Championships present “traveling cups” in 15 of its 36 men’s and women’s events. In these events, the winners receive a 16-inch silver cup they must return the following year. If he or she does not defend their title, the Cup is awarded to that year’s winner… and so on. Cup donors have named them after individuals or organizations they wish to memorialize. The cups are perpetual and have a one-time cost of $250. Pictures of our 2007 cup winners are posted on the SCA website at

Our 10 men’s and women’s distance races at Oxy produced 39 national qualifying marks. Six days later, on Thursday evening, June 7, we conducted a USATF High Performance Distance Meet at Mt. SAC in cooperation with the USATF National HP Committee. Unfortunately, while the weather conditions for the June 3 was ideal, June 7 was a cold and windy day—very unusual conditions for that time of the year. While we had some very competitive races with runners who traveled from around the country, they did not produce the times we had hoped for.

On July 13-14 at spectacular Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island in New York City, Southern California’s VS Athletics Track Club placed third in the men’s team competition at the 2007 USATF National Club Track & Field Championships. In just its second year of existence, the VSA men scored in 17 events amassing 110 points. Led by wins by Nick Garcia (Shot Put) and Jeff Ryan (Pole Vault), the VS Athletics men scored in every event in which they were entered and Nick was one of only 5 athletes who were able to defend their 2006 titles in the meet’s 38 individual events. In addition to Nick and Jeff’s gold medals, the VSA men had 8 silver and 5 bronze medal winners.

In the Women’s team competition, the VS Athletics women scored in 10 events and placed 7th led by Roseline Agboke’s gold and bronze medal performances in the 1500 meters and 800 meters, Katie Kraychir’s silver in the Hammer, and Genevieve Graff-Ermeling’s bronze in the 5000 meters. Katie, just an 8th grader, became the youngest athlete ever to score in the National Club Track & Field Championships. Southern California’s Cheetahs International Track Club placed 10th in the team standings led by Mireya Beltran’s high jump gold, a bronze medal 100m finish by Angela Daigle-Bowen, and a long jump bronze and 4th place in the 110m Hurdles by Tameisha King.

The New Jersey’s Shore AC won the Men’s and Women’s team titles with New York’s mega-club, the Executive Track Club, placing 2nd in both divisions. The meet featured 618 athletes from athletes representing 62 clubs and 27 States.

Our 3rd annual Southern California USATF Grand Prix Summer Series concluded on August 1. Beginning June 27, the 6-week series was held in conjunction with the LAUSD All-Comers Meets at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys on 5 consecutive Wednesday evenings. (There was no meet on July 4.) In 30 men’s and women’s events, athletes scored points by placing 1st through 8th towards $5000 in prize money at the end of the Series. Participation was up by more than 20% over last year to almost 500 athletes—all of whom had to be USATF members to score GP points in their events. That said, we are looking at doing something very different in 2008 to support Southern California’s Olympic hopefuls.

2007 Open Athletics Year in Review—continued
Page 2 of 3


On Saturday, November 10, our 2007 Cross Country Series concluded with the Southern California USATF Cross Country Championships at Kenneth Hahn Park in Baldwin Hills. The meet featured a stellar field in the Open Men’s 8K race and 3 new SCA clubs, one of which—the Pacers Running Club—won the Open Men’s team title. In the Open Women’s 6K race, the team title was won by See Jane Run for the 3rd consecutive year. In Masters team competition, the defending champion So Cal Fleet Feet was upset in the Men’s 6K race by Team Runners High and in the Women’s 6K race by Track Club LA. Eight (8) traveling gold cups are awarded to the men’s and women’s open and masters team and individual champions at the annual SCA Cross Country Championships.

Previously, on October 6 at the Vanguard Invitational at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa, and on Saturday, October 20 at the Cougar Invitational at Cal State San Marcos, we took part in a 2-meet San Diego vs. Southern California USATF Cross Country Challenge. In these 2 meets, the cumulative times for the top-5 unattached or club runners from the San Diego and Southern California Associations in the Men’s 8K and Women’s 5K races were tallied. The Association with fastest cumulative time from both meets was awarded the Challenge Cup. Unfortunately, the San Diego Association sent no open runners to the Vanguard meet…which compromised the integrity of the series for Southern California runners and our representation at the Series Final at San Marcos. This resulted in San Diego overcoming a 4:43 deficit to win the Cup. It might have been prophetic when, a day later, wildfires burned right to the edge of campus, because the message was clear. In 2008, we need to conduct a series that will advance Open and Masters Cross Country in Southern California in a far more effective manner than did the “San Diego Challenge.”


At the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on Saturday, November 3 in New York City, Justin Patananan and Aaron Sharp of Nike Team Run LA were part of a 7-man Southern California contingent in the field of 132 competitors. 2004 Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi was 8th overall in 2:15:09 while Aaron finshed 64th in 2:24:15. The other Southland runners in the field were James Lander (40th in 2:20:09), Antonio Arce, Steve Frisone, and Josh Cox. To qualify for the Trials, all had run a marathon in 2:22:00 or better in the previous 12-months. The race was marred by the tragic death of Ryan Shay who collapsed and died after just 5 ½ miles. Ryan won the 5000 meters at our 2007 Jim Bush Southern California USATF Track & Field Championships last June at Occidental College

OPEN MUT (Mountain/Ultra-Distance/Trail Running)

The 2007 Southern California Ultra Series was a great success with 82 members participating in its 18 races. In his latest Leaderboard newsletter, Series Director Gary Hilliard congratulated to all series participants for making the 2007 series one of the best in recent memory.

SCA Open and Masters MUT chairs Lorraine Gersitz and Jay Anderson have been collaborating with Gary for the past 2-years to promote USATF membership among the participants in this very successful series. Still, many participants choose not to become USATF members, even though two of the Series events serve as SCA Association Championships: the Mt. Disappointment 50-Mile Trail Run and the High Desert 50K Trail Run. In 2008, we will be offering ultra-runners an additional incentive to enter the series and to join USATF by offering prize money to the overall and age-group winners of the SCA Grand Prix Series.

The following races were part of the 2007 Southern California Ultra Runners Grand Prix Series:

01/13/07 Avalon Benefit 50-Mile
01/20/08 50K Calico Trail Run
02/04/07 Twin Peaks Ultra 50K/50-Mile
02/17/07 Orange Curtain 100K/50K
03/31/07 Lake Hodges 50K
04/07/07 San Juan Trail 50K
04/21/07 Leona Divide 50-Mile
05/05/07 Wild Wild West 50K
05/12/07 PCT 50-Mile Trail Run
05/19/07 Bishop High Sierra 50M, 50K, 20M
06/02/07 Shadow of the Giants 50K
06/10/07 Holcomb Valley 33-Mile
08/11/07 Mt. Disappointment 50K
08/25/07 Bulldog 50K Ultra Run/25K Run
09/15/07 Angeles Crest 100-Mile Endurance Run
10/20/07 San Diego 100
11/24/07 Santa Barbara 9 Trails 35-Mile Run
12/02/07 High Desert 50K & 30K

2007 Open Athletics Year in Review—continued
Page 3 of 3

Last weekend on January 19, the 2007 Southern California Ultra Series Awards/Run/Potluck Lunch was held at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea. The pre-luncheon run, food, and camaraderie were enjoyed by dozens of Series participants. Gary and Lorraine took the opportunity to speak to those in attendance about the benefits of joining USTAF as many beautiful age-group awards and high-mileage plaques were presented. Dean Dobberteen was the 2007 Overall Male Winner and Keira Henninger was the 2007 Overall Female Winner. The 2007 Men’s Mileage Champion was Fred Pollard and the 2007 Women’s Mileage Champion was Michelle Barton. Complete results of the 2007 Ultra Series are available at

Important news for race walking in 2007 was the appointments of Dawna Brown as SCA Youth Athletics Committee Race Walk Chair and Pedro Santoni to serve as Masters Athletics Committee Race Walk Chair.

Joining our Open Athletics Committee Race Walk Chair Chris Rael, this filled-out our three race walk committee chair positions and created a strong new team to promote the development of Race Walking in our Southern California Association. Dawna Brown is well-connected to our Youth Track & Field movement and has been an outstanding advocate for Race Walking within it. Pedro Santoni is a talented walker and highly-respected member of the Masters Race Walk community. At the Rose Bowl 10-Mile Race Walk--a race in which he was the overall winner--he received an overwhelmingly vote from by the race walkers present to be our Masters Race Walk Chair. With his experience as a veteran Race Walker, and background as a professor at Cal State San Bernardino, he has an understanding of the sport and the ability to work with others.

Other major race walking highlights in 2007 was two of our local NAIA collegiate race walkers, Paul Greive of Concordia University (Irvine, CA) and Lindsey Connolly of Westmont College (Santa Barbara, CA), qualifying for the 2007 National Indoor Track & Field Championships in Tennessee. These two novice walkers participated in the SCA Elite Race Walk Development Initiative launched by Chris Rael. In its first year, the initiative focused on the six NAIA schools in Southern California and recruiting their second-tier men and women distance runners to try competitive race walking (an NAIA championship event) at three coaching clinics that Chris conducted to provide the technical instruction, training methods, and encouragement necessary for them to experience success at the national level.

The athletes who participated in the first year of this flagship program worked very hard, reaped big rewards, and produced numerous break-through races in a short amount of time. In only 4-months of intensive training, Paul Greive of Concordia won his first two collegiate race walk events in times that qualified him for the NAIA National Track & Field Championships. He then won the Southern California USATF 5K Race Walk title with the 5th fastest time recorded by a collegiate walker in the U.S. for 2007 and placed 6th at the NAIA Championships to earn “All-America” recognition. Paul had never race walked before, but once he committed to the program he gave it his best effort under the watchful guidance of Chris Rael.

Lindsey Connolly of Westmont experienced similar success. In her first season of race walking she qualified for, and competed at, the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships, won the Southern California/West Region USATF Championship, and claimed the Santa Barbara Relays race walk title. Her biggest accomplishment, however, occurred at the 2007 NAIA Outdoor National Track & Field Championships in blazing hot conditions in Fresno, CA. With trackside temperature at race time above 100-degrees, Lindsey had a superb race with athletes who had been competing in the walks for years and finished in 6th place to earn “All-America” honors.

Although the initiative focused primarily on the NAIA athletes, an outreach program was also conducted with the SCA Youth Track & Field Committee and its youth coaches and clubs to foster the development of race walking within their ranks. New Youth Race Walk Chair, Dawna Brown, helped to coordinate and conduct mini race walk clinics and urge youth meet directors to include a race walk in their meets. During the 2007 track season, the number of youth race walk participants increased four-fold, as did the quality and depth of competition in those races. In 2008, we will be expanding these race walk clinics and doubling our efforts with youth track clubs to give athletes more exposure and opportunities to participate in race walking.

Respectfully submitted,

Skip Stolley, Vice President, Southern California Association
Chairman, SCA Open Athletics Committee

Print Article

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


2007 Southern California Ultra Runners Grand Prix Series

The 2007 Southern California Ultra Series was a great success with 82 members participating in series races. In his latest Leaderboard newsletter, Series Director Gary Hilliard congratulated to all series participants for making the 2007 series one of the best in recent memory.

A huge thank you must go out to Gary for organizing this very successful series and for promoting USATF membership among the participants. Thanks to Gary, who has recovered remarkably from a life threatening motorcycle accident in August, the series has grown from 46 members in 2006 to 82 in 2007. Still, many participants do not join USATF even though two of the series races host SCA Association Championships - The Mt. Disappointment 50 Mile Trail Run and the High Desert 50 km Trail Run. It is our hope to increase the incentive for USATF membership among area ultrarunners and build MUT numbers in SCA in 2008.

Thanks should also be sent to all the race directors who participated in the 2007 series as well as to Fred Pollard, Series Statistician, and Joe Magruder, Series Treasurer, who have assisted Gary throughout the year. Fred has compiled some statistics from the series participant’s efforts this year. This year seventy-two Series members ran 13,825.5 miles in 332 individual races in 2007. The average race distance was 41.64 miles. Twenty-seven runners ran 6 or more races and three runners ran 12 races.

On January 19 the Series Awards/Run/Pot-Luck Lunch was held at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea. The run, food, and camaraderie were enjoyed by dozens of series participants. Gary and MUT Chair Lorraine Gersitz took a few moments to speak to those in attendance about the benefits of joining USTAF. Beautiful age-group awards and high mileage plaques were awarded to many. Dean Dobberteen was the 2007 Overall Male Winner and Keira Henninger was the 2007 Overall Female Winner. The 2007 Men’s Mileage Champion was Fred Pollard and the 2007 Women’s Mileage Champion was Michelle Barton. For complete results see the attached Leaderboard or go to the series website at

2008 Southern California Ultra Runners Grand Prix Series

Nineteen races were on the schedule for the 2008 Series but due to the recent fires in the Southern California coastal range, two races have been postponed with no new dates set. The remaining seventeen races offer a variety of distance and terrain in locations through Southern California.

The first two series races have been completed and results are posted. Jorge Pacheco won the 27th Annual Avalon Benefit 50 Mile Run in 6:42:51. Michelle Barton was third overall and first female in 7:25:00. Michelle repeated her winning ways the following weekend at the 4th Annual Calico 50K Trail Run by finishing 5th overall and first female in 4:37:50. The overall winner was Kevin Bean in 4:09:09.

The next race in the series is the Orange Curtain 50 km / 100 km which will be held in Liberty Park, Cerritos on February 16. RD Jay Anderson already has over 50 runners registered for this fast, flat race along the San Gabriel River Trail. The race is an excellent opportunity for ultrarunners to attempt to run a qualifying time for the USA 100 km Team selection list. The 2008 IAU 100 km World Challenge will be held in Tuscania, Italy on November 8, 2008. For 100 km selection procedures see:

The following races are part of the 2008 Southern California Ultra Runners Grand Prix Series:

01/12/08 Avalon Benefit 50 Mile
01/20/08 50k Calico Trail Run
02/02/08 Twin Peaks Ultra 50/50 - POSTPONED
02/16/08 Orange Curtain 100k/50k
03/29/08 Lake Hodges 50k - POSTPONED
04/12/08 Old Goats 50k/50 Mile
04/19/08 Leona Divide 50 Mile
05/03/08 Wild Wild West 50k
05/10/08 PCT 50 Mile Trail Run
05/17/08 Bishop High Sierra 50m, 50k, 20m
05/31/08 Shadow of the Giants 50k
06/08/08 Holcomb Valley 33 Mile
08/09/08 Mt. Disappointment 50k/50 Mile – SCA 50 Mile Champs
08/23/08 Bulldog 50k Ultra Run/25k run
09/13/08 Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run
09/29/07 Noble Canyon 50k
10/20/07 San Diego 100
11/24/07 Santa Barbara 9 Trails 35 Mile Run
12/02/07 High Desert 50k & 30k – SCA 50 km Champs

For more information see the Series website at

Respectfully submitted,

Lorraine Gersitz & Jay Anderson
SCA MUT Open & Masters Athletics Chairs

2007 MUT GP Standings

Print Article