Friday, February 26, 2010

2010 SCA 10K Championships Results

Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10K
Sunday - February 7, 2010
SCA 10K Championships Awards (PDF)

Awards - Overall Open Winners
Nathalie Higley, Redondo Beach, 36:10.3 (F-40)
Brian Livingston, Los Angeles, 31:16.0 (M-31)

Awards - Overall Masters Winners
Nathalie Higley, Redondo Beach, 36:10.3 (F-40)
Jon Megeff, Los Angeles, 35:16.1 (M–46)

More than 15,000 people rolled into scenic Redondo Beach on Sunday morning, February 7, 2010, for the series of races more generally known as the Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10K. Top USATF runners raced both the 5K and 10K event, but it was the 10K that kicked off the 2010 Southern California Association Road Championships and Road Running Grand Prix.

Leading the way for Southern California Association runners was Brian Livingston (M-32), with a time of 31:16. Livingston has been the overall winner of this popular race for the last several years, however it was international runner Monder Rizki (M-30) from Brussels who pushed ahead of Livingston with a time of 31:05 to win the 10K race. For Livingston, who ran the course in 30:46 in 2009, it was a strategic choice. “I was racing for the USATF Championship,” Livingston explained, who is focusing on a strong performance at the newly redesigned 2010 Los Angeles Marathon, just six weeks away from the Redondo Beach 10K.

In the women’s division, local favorite Nathalie Higley (F-40) led the way with a finishing time of 36:10. The first Southern California Association woman to cross the finish line, she was bested only by Kara June (F-27) of the Pacific Association USATF. Having recently turned 40, Higley also took home the title of Masters 10K Champion, winning both Open and Masters awards. Close behind Higley was Tania Fischer (F-43), also a masters runner, finishing in a time of 36:30.

If familiar faces claimed victories at the Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10K, it was the strength of the team competition that surprised everybody. Nike Team Run LA runners Luis Ibarra (M-29 31:30) and Justin Patananan (M-29 31:48) followed fellow team member Livingston in rapid succession. And Higley was just one part of the masters racing powerhouse that is Club Ed Running. Fellow team member Jon Megeff (M-46 35:16) took home the title of Masters 10K Champion, and coach Ed Avol(M-58 38:29) won silver in his age group. Dale Campbell (M-56 35:18) of Team Runners High closely followed Megeff to the finish.

As a new USATF club, Club Ed Running showed both depth and talent, winning eight medals, plus overall awards for Higley and Megeff! Also placing team scores were The Janes Elite Racing, lead by Tania Fischer, 2009 Road Running Grand Prix winners Track Club L.A. and 2009 Team Spirit winners Elite Health Track Club.

After the racing was over, runners took a cool down run and then attended the awards ceremony for the 2009 Road Running Grand Prix and the 2010 10K Championship awards. USATF Coach Bob Larsen made a special guest appearance for the awards presentation. Coach Larsen, who is currently working with top American marathoners Meb Keflezighi, Deena Kastor and Ryan Hall, handed out awards and chatted with runners about training and running.

With a strong start to 2010, Southern California Association runners are ready to take on the challenge of eight more races in the Road Running Grand Prix. With the success of the 2009 series, the overall prize money has been increased from $800, to $2,000. To be eligible for end-of-year prize money and awards, runners need to compete in a minimum of five races in the nine race series.

More Information: SCA Road Running Championships & Grand Prix

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

2009 SCA Road Running Grand Prix Awards

A total of 161 Southern California Association USATF runners participated in the inaugural 2009 Road Running Grand Prix, but leading in scoring was Lydia Salinas (F-49) with 3,363 points, and Perry Forrester (M-57) with 3,466 points. Both Salinas and Forrester win $200 in prize money, and a Championship trophy.

In second place was Rosalva Bonilla (F-46) 3,354, and Eulogio Rodirguez (M-25) 3,360 points. Bonilla and Rodirguez each receive $100 in prize money. Third place winners are Vickie Ford (F-48) 2715 and John Araujo (M-51) 3318, each collecting $50 in prize money. Fourth place finishers are Tracy Cox (F-55) 2713 and Nicholas Lopez, 3266, receiving $30. And in fifth place is Phyllis Bradford (F-47) 2586 and Oliver Gallego, (M-47) 3239, receiving $20.

More Information: SCA Road Running Championships & Grand Prix

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

Thursday, February 18, 2010

SCA Road Running Grand Prix Heads to the Heart of Orange County!

February 28, 2010
Brea 8K Classic
SCA Road Running Grand Prix

Runners and walkers from throughout the Southland again will take to the streets Feb. 28, as Brea Mall presents the 19th annual Brea 8K Classic Race. The only USA Track and Field-certified 8K (about 5 miles) in this region, the race covers rolling hills and long straights, beginning and ending at Brea Mall. All registered participants enjoy prizes and awards, great food from Brea's best restaurants at Orange County's “finest finish line,” plus a sponsor expo and live music. In addition, USATF members receive a $5 discount when registering online!

Online registration:

Late registration on race day will begin at 6:30 a.m. The 8K begins at 8 a.m. and the 1K fun run begins at 9:15, and awards are presented at 10:00 am.

For more information, visit the Brea 8K Web site at

Brea 8K course certification map:

Newly Added! Special Youth Awards: The Southern California Association USATF is providing medals for youth runners in two divisions: runners ages 11 – 13, and runners 10 and younger. These awards will recognize the top five finishers, boys and girls.

The Brea 8K is part of the expanded 2010 Southern California Association USATF Road Running Grand Prix. This is the second race in the 9-race series. A minimum of four (5) races is required to be eligible for the year-end prize money and awards.

The Grand Prix provides a total of $2,000 in cash awards and championship medals to the top-5 overall men's and women's individual scorers. Gold, silver, and bronze USATF medals will also be awarded to the top-3 scorers in 26 men's and women's 5-year age-groups. Championship plaques will be awarded to the top-5 scoring clubs. As with individual runners, clubs must also field teams for a minimum of five races.

USATF Southern California Road Racing Grand Prix Information
  • For more information on the 2010 Southern California Association USATF Road Running Grand Prix Series and to see the current Grand Prix rankings, please visit:
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More Information: SCA Road Running Championships & Grand Prix

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

2010 SCA Youth Scholarship

All 2010 SCA High School Graduating Seniors:
Print Application (PDF)

The members of the scholarship committee, as well as all those involved in the Southern California Association of USATF, would like to say congratulations on a job well done for completing the mandatory requirements for high school set forth by the State of California and your upcoming graduations.

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 2010 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 scholarships, awards or other financial aid should check with their college's financial aid/NCAA compliance officer to determine if they are eligible to receive this scholarship before applying.

Requirements for scholarship consideration:


1. Completed application.
2. Letter of acceptance to a junior college or four year college or university,
3. Copy of your transcript through first semester senior year (7 semesters),
4. Copy of your SAT I scores and,
5. An essay, five hundred word (minimum), which includes your academic interests, career aspirations, the benefits you received while participating in youth athletics and your plans for giving back to youth athletics in the future.

Please return your package to the address below.
DEADLINE: June 1, 2010.

Scholarship recipients will be announced at the SCA -Youth Association Championships to be held June 11-13, 2010, at Cerritos College.

Denise and Barbara Terrazas
719 Oakcrest Ave
Brea, CA 92821
Phone: (714) 529-5976
Fax: (714) 529-1648