[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | Foothill League Track & Field: Week 2 Recap | 03-23-2014
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
65°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
November 23
1931 - Fall Roundup held at Hoot Gibson's Saugus Rodeo [story]


Brandon Jauregui

Brandon Jauregui

Here we are again, recapping a very fine weekend for Santa Clarita Valley distance running. From Lauren Fleshman and Shannon Murakami’s return to the track to Sabrina Janes and Samantha Ortega’s impressive sub-five-minute clockings in Temecula, runners impressed all around Southern California last weekend. Here’s some highlights:

 

1. Can anyone stop Lizzy Nelson?

LizzyNelson does it again, this time over 1,500 meters! Over the weekend, the Glendale College standout and former Saugus junior varsity runner won the event at the Occidental Distance Carnival, clocking a mind-boggling 4:33.65 mark that converts to 4:53.76 for 1,600 meters and now ranks #7 in SCV history. See below:

 

Women’s 1,500m
4:05.62   Lauren Fleshman, OTC Elite, 2007
4:21.44   Nancy James, Cal State Northridge, 1999
4:25.10   Shannon Murakami, UCLA, 2010
4:28.43   Alysia Johnson, Bay Area Track Club, 2009
4:28.86   Grace Zamudio, Glendale College, 2013
4:32.23   Alyssa Selve, Adams State University, 2013
4:33.65   Lizzy Nelson, Glendale College, 2014
4:33.68   Jennifer Owen, UCLA, 2013
4:34.21   Brooke Russell, Princeton University, 2009
4:35.91   Lauren Walker, Harvard University, 2009

 

Nelson is also the #1-ranked junior college female in the country by over 8 SECONDS. Last week, we stated that she was a contender for the 1,500-meter state junior college title in May. Now she’s the heavy, heavy favorite. Can anyone stop Nelson from making history? … There’s really not much more we can say about her performance. The time speaks for itself. Lizzy Nelson running 4:33.65 for 1,500 meters is simply magnificent!

.2. Fleshman, Murakami post big 5K marks in returns to the track

Lauren Fleshman and Shannon Murakami, the two greatest distance female runners in Santa Clarita Valley history, making their returns to the oval on the same day is a coincidence. For Fleshman, her 15:53.02, despite a quick 4:50 opening mile, at the Sydney Track Classic in Australia marked her first 3.1-mile race since she ran in the U.S. Olympic Trial Finals in June 2012. As for Murakami, the UCLA graduate ran a big personal best of 16:17.47 in winning at the Ben Brown Invite in Fullerton, her first track race at any distance since running in the 2011 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships. Her former best was 16:28.97, set four years ago. Returning to Saugus head coach Rene Paragas after a seven-year hiatus is obviously paying off. Might we see a sub-16-minute performance by Murakami at the Mt. SAC Relays in April? Fleshman is the only one in SCV history to accomplish the feat, having set the valley record (14:58.58) in 2008.

 

3. Chris Low breaks 1:50, just misses the oldest SCV record in the books

We knew Chris Low was back after he clocked 1:52 (indoors) in his first 800-meter race since running for College of the Canyons in 2012. But 1:49.43 in his first race of the outdoor season? That’s some impressive stuff. For a third time, Low, now competing for Long Beach State University, just missed the oldest SCV record in the books – Chuck Kirkby’s 1:49.06, set way, way back in 1955. The former Canyon runner also ran a personal best of 1:49.16 at the 2012 California Junior College Finals and 1:49.44 at the Stanford Invite in 2012 as well. It’s only March, so we’re expecting a couple more attempts at the above record this spring.

 

4. Zamudio’s track season with Loyola Marymount turns around quickly

After an incredible career with Glendale College, Grace Zamudio had a rocky start in her first track season with Loyola Marymount University. That all changed on Saturday, though, as Zamudio finished fifth at the Brown Invite, clocking an impressive personal best of 16:45.47, about six seconds faster than her winning mark from a year ago. The other two races she ran this year were off days, as she ran 10:11.24 for 3,000 meters on February 14th and 10:02.14 on March 8th.

 

5. Saugus quartet continues to impress in 2014

For the second consecutive week, the Saugus quartet of Ashley Heys, Brian Zabilski, Sabrina Janes and Samantha Ortega had a big weekend. At the Great Oak Distance Invitational, Janes won the 1,600-meter event in a meet record and big personal best of 4:55.44, while Ortega finished fifth in 4:57.12. Those two marks now rank #11 and #13 in SCV high school history, and #8 and #10 in school history. In the same race, teammate Heys took sixth in an all-time best of 5:08.57, showing a sub-five-minute performance could be in the near-future.

The three returned for the 800-meter event, where Janes set an SCV-leading mark of 2:17.40, while teammates Ortega and Heys clocked 2:21.06 and 2:22.98, just of their personal bests of 2:20.90 and 2:21.00.

On the boys side, Zabilski won a slow 1,600-meter race in a another all-time best of 4:24.10, blazing a 60-second last lap, then, returned to set an 800-meter best of 1:58.96. Expect Zabilski to challenge Dave Hartman’s SCV 3,200-meter junior record of 9:06.28 at the APU Distance Meet of Champions this Saturday night.

 

6. The Redondo Union Distance Carnival was a barn-burner

There were a lot of big marks posted in Redondo Beach, beginning with a blistering 3,200-meter invitational on Friday. Six Foothill League runners broke 10 minutes, led by Bailey James 9:33.81 and Ashton Garcia’s new West Ranch school record of 9:38.30. The big surprises of the six came from Ryan Painter and Ruben Rubira, though, as the two clocked 9:50.90 and 9:51.80 over eight laps. For Painter, it was a big all-time best, while Rubira’s performance marks the second best time of his career. The next morning, Hart returned in fine fashion over 1,600 meters. James, Andrew Orona and Ryan Ortiz ran their second personal best within a few hours, clocking 4:20.97, 4:26.61, and 4:26.92.

 

Also…

Saugus junior Jonathan Summer enjoyed two big personal bests over 1,600 and 3,200 meters as well, running 9:37.41 and 4:29.70 within a couple hours.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

3 Comments

  1. Greg Brown Greg Brown says:

    Robert Jauregui, any relation?

  2. No, but looks like he belongs in the family.

  3. No, but looks like he belongs in the family.

WATCH NOW
Loading...
LOCAL SPORTS HEADLINES
Friday, Nov 21, 2014
Hart High quarterback Brady White is one of 16 high school seniors nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee for the 2015 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, considered high school football’s highest honor.
Friday, Nov 21, 2014
The Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals girls volleyball team will square off against Upland Christian for the CIF Southern Section Division 5-AA Championship in Fullerton Saturday.
Friday, Nov 21, 2014
The visiting Antelope Valley Marauders gave the COC women's volleyball all it could handle during Wednesday's 'sophomore night' match, but the Cougars prevailed nonetheless, capturing a 3-2 (27-25, 25-15, 22-25, 29-31, 15-6) win to conclude the regular season with an exclamation point.
Friday, Nov 21, 2014
The No. 3 College of the Canyons Cougars will host the No. 13 Saddleback College Gauchos in the first round of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Women's Soccer Southern California Regionals at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in Cougar Stadium.
Thursday, Nov 20, 2014
Reid Shackelford poured in a career-high 20 points and four teammates scored in double figures to lead The Master's College past La Sierra 84-74.
Friend Activity

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
Look at the areas of population that voted for construction of the high-speed rail system. You guessed it: Los Angeles and San Francisco. The new train won’t go through much of either highly populated area. What do they care about some farmland in the Central Valley, or Soledad from Acton all the way through Sand Canyon?
Where ‘Nobody’ Lives
1931 - Fall Roundup held at Hoot Gibson's Saugus Rodeo [story]
The next time you take a walk in our open spaces, take a look at the oak trees. Some will have one trunk, but many will have multiple trunks. There is one in the Whitney Canyon area of Newhall that has eight trunks. These trunks were all stump-sprouts after a fire.
Symbol of Strength
An agreement between Benutech Inc. and the Southland Regional Association of Realtors will enable SRAR real estate professionals to access in-depth data and sales analytics on the housing tracts or census tracts in their region.
SCV Realtors Can Access Housing Tract Data Utility
Exactly 11 years – to the day – after he first introduced legislation seeking to block a massive gravel mine in Soledad Canyon, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon introduced what will be his last bill aimed at achieving the same end.
McKeon Introduces Final Cemex Bill; Companion to Boxer’s
1843 - Rancho Castec (aka Rancho Castaic) granted to French immigrant Jose Covarrubias [story]
As chance would have it, we found ourselves on the grassy knoll on the 25th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. I was 11. It was odd to be standing at a place where time had stood still. Because of the actions of that day and in that place, for many people the world completely changed.
When Time Stood Still
The City of Santa Clarita, in partnership with Parkway Motorcars, will host its annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the City’s Newhall Community Center on Monday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday: Thanksgiving Dinner at Newhall Community Center
Despite a 14.4 percent increase in population in 2013, according to the FBI, Santa Clarita saw an overall drop in violent crimes of 19.3 percent.
FBI Stats for Santa Clarita Show Sharp Drop in Violent Crime
Hart High quarterback Brady White is one of 16 high school seniors nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee for the 2015 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, considered high school football’s highest honor.
Hart’s Brady White Up for U.S. Army Player of Year
Don't miss this opportunity to see the GO JAZZ Big Band, now under the direction of Brian Leff (Jazz Music Director at West Ranch High School) for our only show at West Ranch this fall.
Nov. 23: GO Jazz Fall Concert at West Ranch
The woman who ran the Santa Clarita Redevelopment Agency and filled in as city clerk when the state ended redevelopment has taken a job as community development director for the city of San Gabriel.
Chaparyan Leaves City to Run San Gabriel Planning Dept.
Participants will run a three-mile cross country course through the COC Valencia campus, beginning at the college’s baseball field and continuing through the campus, winding through the hills overlooking the Santa Clarita Valley, and finally finishing inside Cougar Stadium.
Thanksgiving Day: Annual Turkey Trot at COC
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced a settlement this week with AT&T to resolve allegations that hundreds of AT&T’s California facilities unlawfully disposed of hazardous waste and material over a nine-year period.
AT&T to Pay $23.8 Mil. for Unlawful Hazardous Waste Dumping
Stephen Minarsch is enjoying a career as a Hardware Industrial Designer for tech-titan Microsoft. Now a Seattle resident, Minarsch played a critical role in the design of the new “Microsoft Band” fitness product from start to finish.
Ex-COC Student a Creative Brain Behind New Microsoft Band [Video]
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak: The Santa Clarita City Council will consider committing $3 million toward the construction of a new senior center at their meeting on Tuesday.
SCV NewsBreak for Friday, November 21, 2014
Evy Warshawski announced her intention to resign as executive director of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons
Director of COC Performing Arts Center Stepping Down
The China Lake Astronomical Society will be at the visitor center parking lot beginning at dusk, ready to answer your questions about the unique celestial objects such as nebula, galaxies, clusters, Venus and other planets visible in the dark sky.
Saturday Night: Star Party at Red Rock State Park
Santa Clarita City Council agenda for Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.
Next City Council Mtg.: Einstein School, New Senior Center
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to the Goodwill located on Pico Canyon Road. Friday on reports of a suspicious object in a donation drop box, officials said.
Possible Grenade Donated to Goodwill; Deputies Respond
Teens repainted a quarter mile of patchwork paint on a retaining wall along the South Fork Trail from the Wiley Canyon Bridge heading North on bike trail towards Magic Mountain Parkway in Valencia.
Community Court Teens Remove Graffiti from Wash
The Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals girls volleyball team will square off against Upland Christian for the CIF Southern Section Division 5-AA Championship in Fullerton Saturday.
SCCS Girls Volleyball to play for CIF Championship
The visiting Antelope Valley Marauders gave the COC women's volleyball all it could handle during Wednesday's 'sophomore night' match, but the Cougars prevailed nonetheless, capturing a 3-2 (27-25, 25-15, 22-25, 29-31, 15-6) win to conclude the regular season with an exclamation point.
Canyons Concludes Regular Season with 16th Straight Win
The No. 3 College of the Canyons Cougars will host the No. 13 Saddleback College Gauchos in the first round of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Women's Soccer Southern California Regionals at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in Cougar Stadium.
Canyons Women’s Soccer Set for Postseason