Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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
E-mail: runnermark@cox.net