A medal finish eluded 1999 Canyon High grad Lauren Fleshman Friday night in Daegu, but the “comeback kid” wasn’t disappointed.
“It was great. I’m happy,” Fleshman told reporters. “I stuck to my race plan. I didn’t get overwhelmed by the environment. Those are all things I wanted to accomplish here to set me up for next year.”
It was enough for Fleshman that she made it to the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in South Korea at all. The onetime NCAA champion from Stanford battled a series of foot injuries that sidelined her for the entire 2009 season. She refocused, got some expert medical attention and bounced back in 2010 to take her second U.S. title.
Following her first-place finish in the 5,000-meter race in London earlier this month with a time of 15:00:57, she made Team USA alongside SCV native and repeat gold medalist Allyson Felix, who races Saturday.
Fleshman, who now lives in Oregon where she’s sponsored by Nike, appeared in good spirits as race time approached.
“Got a little 5k coming up at 8:25pm in Korea,” she Tweeted.
She found her pace and stayed up front most of the way. Then, with 550 meters to go, the Kenyans and Ethiopians pulled away.
Fleshman crossed the finish line in seventh position at 15:09.
Gold and silver went to Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot (14:55:36) and Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet (14:56.21). Meseret Defar of Ethiopia took bronze with 14:56.94.
Later, Fleshman she recounted the experience on her blog.
“First 3k: I’m all focus. I lose myself in the laps and relax as much as possible. Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency,” she wrote.
With five laps to go, she studies her African competitors to anticipate when they’ll make their move. She tries to improve her position but they shut her out.
“2 laps to go: The pain is barely endurable, and then 200 meters later, the leaders take off and the pack strings out. I latch on as much as possible with the knowledge that I could easily fall apart at any moment.
“1 lap to go: My physical limits are very near, but so is the finish line.
“200 meters to go: I am barely surviving, reaching into the corners of the toothpaste tube to squeeze out just a little bit more, and I catch one more woman right before the finish line.
“I didn’t know who won, who got medals, who I pipped at the line, what time I ran, or what place I finished,” she wrote. “Complete immersion into maximum effort drowned out all my senses.”
She wrapped it up in her own, inimitable fashion– from the perspective of someone who has faced a few of life’s challenges and will no longer stand for them to get in her way.
“It wasn’t until passing through the mixed zone with the media that I learned how I placed,” she wrote, “and all I could think about was this – June 24th: 8th in the USA. September 2nd: 7th in the World.
“Just goes to show, you never know what awaits you. Believe in turnarounds. Believe in yourself.”
On a day when two original members of the first men's volleyball team to scuff The MacArthur Center floor were celebrated, The Master's men's volleyball team swept Arizona Christian Saturday 25-19, 25-15, 25-23.
Recently retired College of the Canyons women's basketball coach Greg Herrick, who guided the program to 611 career wins, has been selected for induction into the California Community College Women's Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Playing for the third time in five days, the CSUN women's tennis team extended its longest winning streak since 2015 to nine as the Matadors defeated Chaminade 7-0. CSUN's nine-dual winning streak is tied for the fifth-longest in school history with the 2006 and 2015 teams.
With the lifting of county, state and federal COVID-19 emergency orders, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health continues to ensure easy access to free vaccines, boosters, tests and therapeutics.
Due to the recent rainfall, Los Angeles County Health Officer, Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, is cautioning residents that bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to contaminate ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers after the rainfall. Individuals who enter the water in these areas could become ill.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger hosted an intimate reception honoring several local artists affiliated with Tierra del Sol, a non-profit organization based in Sunland that helps individuals with developmental disabilities hone their skills in the arts and discover career opportunities.
In alignment with both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will change to weekly reporting of COVID-19 case, hospitalization and death data. The last day of daily reporting will be today, Tuesday, March 28. Starting the week of April 3, COVID-19 data will be reported weekly.
California State Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) expressed frustration at the Senate Public Safety Committee’s failure to advance a bill he coauthored aimed at bringing accountability to the fentanyl crisis.
Longtime festival favorites and thrilling newcomers highlight the performance schedule at the 27th Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, which will be held Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, in Old Town Newhall.
Come to Placerita Nature Center Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and meet the Animal Ambassadors who live in the canyon. Learn what the animals eat, where they live, their physical attributes and much more.
The California State University, Northridge David Nazarian College of Business and Economics invites the public to the eighth Annual Jeff Marine Bull Ring New Venture Competition on Thursday, April 20, from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Los Angeles County’s declaration of a local public health emergency for COVID-19 ends on March 31. That means changes in some programs but many services will continue to be available to support L.A. County residents.
SNAP Sports, a nonprofit adaptive sports program for special needs athletes will hold a wine tasting fundraiser Wednesday, March 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Salt Creek Grille, 24415 Town Center Drive #115, Valencia, CA 91355.
Calling all teens and tweens: The city of Santa Clarita Public Library presents FanFest. FanFest is back and will be held Friday, April 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Canyon Country Community Center, 18410 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country, CA 91351.
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