Pacific Assocation of USA Track and field

2014 USATF Outdoor Open Track & Field Championships

Relive the 2014 USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships!

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Updated July 8, 2014

XC PA Harriers Shine at 2019 USATF Cross Country Club Nationals

Posted by on Dec 21, 2019 in Cross Country, Masters LDR | 0 comments

The Pacific Association has always been highly competitive, but on the sport’s biggest stage, the PA really flexed its muscles in cross country at the 2019 USATF Cross Country Club Nationals on a muddy, cold course in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on December 14th. Our association featured numerous incredible individual and team performances.

Three PA teams became National Champions in their divisions. One of the most impressive surprises of the meet was the high-achieving performance of the HOKA Aggies Open Women, which won the Open Women’s 6K race by a 73-104 score over the elite Nomad Track Club in Boulder-Denver area. Although less of a surprise the West Valley Track Club’s Masters Men (age 40+) team took their rivals to the proverbial woodshed and won by a frightening 31-97 score. Their recruiting game has stepped up but they really work hard. In fact they were so deep that their second Masters Men’s team would have finished 4th! The ever-consistent and relentless Impala Racing Team also came away with the Seniors Women’s crown (age 50-59).

There were also some other strong team performances from HOKA Aggies Open Men (3rd), the Impalas Master Women 40+ (4th), and Peninsula Distance Club (6th) a team which is always in the mix for a top five finish. Another notable finish was the quiet 11th-place effort turned in by SRA Elite Open Men in the very deep field.

Some individual podium performances also stood out in the crowd: Men’s 40-44 (Peter Gilmore 2nd , Jorge Maravilla 4th, Brad Poore 7th three top 10 placings from the West Valley Track Club, and in the Men’s 45-49 age group, HOKA Aggie runner Jaime Heilpern took 3rd in that category and 10th overall in the masters race. It’s widely known that when he turns 50 in February his new age group is going to have…problems; nevertheless hot on his heels about 30 seconds back was Mark Yuen from (you guessed it) West Valley TC.

The women’s 50-54 age category was repped by two speedy Impala racing Team members: Hronn Gudmundsdottir 2nd and PA stalwart Nancy Thomas 3rd.. Also worthy of mention was the 6th-place individual finish turned in by Jenna Hinckle of the HOKA Aggies, who led her team to a great victory.

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RR PA’s Jane Kibii is the Women’s CIM Winner in 2:29:31

Posted by on Dec 9, 2019 in Elite Athlete, Road Racing | 0 comments

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Elite Winners Elisha Barno and Jane Kibii Heat Up Cloudy CIM

Rainy Start Fails to Deter Olympic Trials Qualifiers Among Nearly 10,000 Registered to Run the Full Marathon

SACRAMENTO — Running in cloudy, damp conditions on their way to a finish in California’s state capital, Kenyan Elisha Barno and Kenyan/American Jane Kibii claimed the top men’s and women’s at the 37th annual California International Marathon.

The winners were joined by an estimated 13,000 marathon and marathon relay registered runners who started in Folsom and ran the downhill course to finish in front of the State Capitol in Downtown Sacramento.

Rain was not falling, but clouds were forming as runners took their places in corrals at the starting line. Cool, but mostly dry weather is one of the hallmarks of the annual race.

Barno, of Kenya, finished with the day’s top time of 2:23:36 to take the men’s race, in which the three top finishers pushed one another. When one felt good, he brought the others along.

At the 24th mile, the three were running strong together at a 5:01 per mile pace.

“At 33 kilometers (20.5 miles) I tried to move and I saw, like, these guys, they are very strong,” Barno said. He made his final move in the penultimate mile, he said.

“I’m very happy,” Barno said, after finishing. “I say, ‘thanks, God.’”

The second finisher among men was American CJ Albertson, who clocked a finish just four seconds behind Barno, at 2:13:40.

Third place went to American Patrick Smyth at 2:13:48.

Kibii, a Kenyan who lives in Auburn, Calif. took first with a personal record time of 2:29:31 on the course, which was drenched by overnight rains and intermittent sprinkles during the marathon.

Not eager to run in a storm, Kibii said she was pleased by the dry start. “I told myself, there’s no rain. Yay!” she said, after her finish.

She said she surprised herself with her pace. “I didn’t believe I was running under 2:30,” Kibii said.

Kibii is a member of the Sacramento Running Association team, making her CIM win doubly special, she said. “I’ve been looking for that for a long time.”

Second place women’s finisher, Obsie Birru, said Kibii’s pacing helped her race. “She carried me through the dark patches. Birru had a time of 2:30:25. She currently lives in Phoenix.

Third place for women was taken by Meriah Earle whose finish made her the Masters Race winner, with a time of 2:34: 35.

Both race winners, Kibii and Barno, take home $12,000 in prize money, plus performance bonuses.

Prize money is divided equally between the men’s and women’s fields, with monetary prizes going to the top 10 finishers for each.

In addition to the top finishers, more than 100 runners had times below U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifying cutoffs.

Those runners included 37 men running faster than 2:19:00 and 72 women running faster than 2:45:00. Not all of those runners were Americans, so the number of actual qualifiers is somewhat lower.

Scores of additional runners had Boston Marathon qualifying times, as the race continued to prove itself as one of the top venues for athletes seeking to qualify for elite events.

Patty Prevo was winner among push rim wheelchair athletes with a time of 2:40:58.

Find full CIM results https://www.athlinks.com/event/3241/results/Event/891887/Results

The California International Marathon is organized by the Sacramento Running Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding ways to encourage people of all ages and abilities to run. The SRA is committed to developing new, quality running events that appeal to a broad variety of runners.

The event appeals to people just trying to get healthy and to professional athletes, SRA Executive Director Scott Abbott told reporters as runners continued to cross the finish line in sunshine.

“It’s a little bit of everything,” Abbott said. “It’s a great celebration of spirit.”

Fun Facts for the California International Marathon:

Economic Impact:  $11 million

Men’s Course Record:  Jerry Lawson, USA, 1993, 2:10:27

Women’s CR:  Volha Mazuronal, BEL, 2014, 2:27:34

  • 160,000 servings of water
  • 3,500 gallons of nuun
  • 7,000 Sierra Nevada beers
  • 17,000 CLIF Shots
  • 9,000 CLIF Minis
  • 15,000 bananas
  • 280,000 cups
  • 17 aid stations
  • 10,000 marathon shirts
  • 3,000 relay tech shirts
  • 2,500 maraFUNrun 5k shirts
  • 2,500 Capitol 5k shirts
  • 25 bands on course
  • 4,000 rubber medical gloves
  • 5,000 band aids
  • 64 tubs of Vaseline
  • 10,000 “painter” recovery jackets
  • 75,000 safety pins
  • 1 ton of discarded clothes donated to local charities
  • Over 13,000 pounds of waste diverted from landfill
  • $500,000 raised for local charities
  • Over $150,000 paid to local municipal and county service providers
  • 6 different municipalities and over 50 neighborhoods covered on course
  • 12 streakers (run every CIM)
  • 1,500 members of the CIM Loyal Runner Club
  • 2,000 cones
  • 1,000 barricades
  • 650 portalets
  • 180 medical volunteers
  • 75,000 spectators
  • 4,000 race volunteers
  • $70,000 prize purse
  • 25,000 Expo attendees
  • 1.5 million website visitors annually
  • Over 25,000 social media followers
  • 160 radios
  • 40 pace team leaders
  • 30 race sponsors
  • Over 132,000 finishers since 1983
  • Runners from 44 countries
  • Nearly 10,000 hotel room nights
  • $11 million boost to local economy
  • 138,336 feet of Sacramento County roadway covered
  • 3 miles of fencing

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