Friday, March 12, 2010

New Course Record and Sell-Out Crowd at Brea 8K Classic

SCA Grand Prix - Brea 8K Classic
Sunday - February 21, 2010
SCA Grand Prix Results & Standings

Awards - Overall Open Winners
Nathalie Higley, Redondo Beach, 28:41 (F-40)
Brian Livingston, Los Angeles, 24:39 (M-32)

Awards - Overall Masters Winners 
Nathalie Higley, Redondo Beach, 28:41 (F-40)
Jon Megeff, Los Angeles, 27:29 (M–46)

The Southern California Association USA Track & Field Road Running Grand Prix headed to the heart of Orange County on Sunday, February 28, 2010 for the 19th annual Brea 8K Classic. USATF members, who just three weeks earlier set the roads ablaze at the Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10K, joined local runners at the start line. And for the first time ever, the Brea 8K sold out! The large field of runners also attracted some of the best talent in the Association, where Brian Livingston (M-32) set a new course record, running the rolling hills of the Brea 8K in 24:39!

Ground Hog day may be early in the month, but it was on this last day of February that spectators witnessed a replay of the Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10K results: Nathalie Higley (F-40 28:41) again raced through the course to win the Open title, followed closely, again, by Tania Fischer (F-43 29:03) in second place. And, again, Higley and Fischer won both the first and second place Masters awards as well! And the talented Jon Megeff (M-46 27:29) repeated his Masters victory, followed, again, by Dale Campbell (M-56 27:40)!

And these top runners were not alone, participating with their teammates from the many USATF clubs running on Sunday: A Snail’s Pace Running Club, Club Ed Running, Elite Health Track Club, So Cal Road Runners, Team Runners High, The Janes Elite Racing, Track Club L.A. and more. And while club support has been strong in the Open and Masters divisions, nothing could compare to the overwhelming turnout of the Equalizers Track Club, coached by Jerry Palazzo. With 63 runners participating, the Equalizers Track Club easily dominated the Youth awards.

While the 2009 Road Running Grand Prix seven race series finished with a total of 161 runners posting scores, the 2010 Road Running Grand Prix already has 166 runners participating, with only two races completed! In addition to the expanded race series, and increased prize money, the 2010 Road Running Grand Prix also has added a Youth division. While Open and Masters runners are required to compete in a minimum of five races for scoring, Youth runners need to finish three races to be eligible for end-of-the-year awards.

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