Girls 1500 Meters
The Girls "almost a mile" group looked very
good, with National 800 leader Shannon Rowbury (Sacred Heart Cathedral)
and Amber Steen (Newport Harbor) among others at the line. A Chinese
visitor went to the lead with the first 200 going by a 35.1. Amber
Steen was next, with thre to go coming by at 53.7 with a visitor
from Mexico moving to the lead at 71.8. The pace continued to slow
through a 1:480 600, with 2:06.7 at the two to go point. A pack
of five was together at the 800 at 2:25.7, with Steen on the leader's
shoulder and Rowbury the Americans among the group. Steen led at
1000 metes at 3:02.3, with a good last lap assured. 3:20.3 with
one to go, with Steen leading, the 1200 coming by at 3:37.2. Down
the backstretch Steen pulled away from one of the foreign athletes
and was 3:53.6 at the 1200 point. Rowbury was battling for second,
but Steen cruised along to about a 20 meter win in the high 4:27's.
Great race from Steen.
Interview: Amber Steen
Strategy coming in: "I wanted to push the third lap more than
I have in past races."
What was it like to have foreigners that you do not know in the
race with you? "It was good, they did a good job of taking
the lead and running exactly the pace that I had hoped for."
Happy with time? (when told it was 4:27) "Yeah, I am really
happy, as that is much faster than I thought that I could run."
Where to College, "I am going to the University of Arizona."
Goals for the year, "To go all-out, to win CIF, Master's Meet,
State, then go on to the National meet in North Carolina! I would
like to run in the low 4:40's, but now think I can race in the high
When asked how fast she thought she could run an 800, "I have
run 2:15, but think I can get under 2:10 in a good race."
1. Amber Steen (Newport Harbor) 4:28.00, 2. Shannon Rowbury (Sacred
Heart Cathedral, SF) 4:30.28, 3. Shuay Zhery (China) 4:31.95, 4.
Maria Valencia (Mexico) 4:32.41, 5. Ming Xu (China) 4:38.11, 6.
Sarah Pizzo (Mullen, Denver) 4:41.15, 7. Jessica Kanin (Woodbridge,
Irvine) 4:41.44, 8. Lori Mann (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) 4:41.98,
9., Vanessa Kelly (Marina, Hunt Bch) 4:42.27, 10. Jaclyn Pederson
(Royal, Simi Valley) 4:42.90, 11. Kim Conover (Gilbert, Az?) 4:43.46,
12. Jenny Esser (Foothill, Pleasanton) 4:47.69, 13. Alicia Veiss
(McFarland) 4:48.84, 14. Michelle Sizer (Sultana, Hesperia) 4:49.54,
16. Meghan Manwaring (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) 4:50.09, 17. Kelly
Rogers (Healdsburg) 4:51.46, 18. Lindsay Duke (Bonita, La Verne)
4:51.69, 19. Ava Jones (La Habra) 4:52.06, 20. Sarah Scarfe (Campbell
Hall, North Hollywood) 4:52.77.
Large field on first lap
Second lap, Maria Valencia of Mexico leads two
Chinese girls in red, with redhead Amber Steen (in blue) and Shannon
Rowbury (white IRISH singlet) accepting the challenge for the USA.
Steen and Rowbury move to the front starting
the bell lap.
Girls 800 Meters
Event was dominated by the visitors from Mexico, with a 31.2 opening
200 and 65.4 400 leading to the win by Gabriela Medina at 2:13.58.
(Inv 50) 1. Gabriela Medina (Mexico) 2:13.58, 2. Mariana
Barrios (Mexico) 2:14.37, 3. Barbara Parker (GB) 2:14.55, 4. Ashley
Caldwell (Los Gatos) 2:15.08, 5. Gaelle Banini (Kajaks, Can)b 2:15.85,
6. Ashley Freeman (Wilson, LB) 2:15.98, 7. Jessica Kanin (Woodbridge,
Irvine) 2:16.67, 8. Keyotta Delemenea (Poly, LB) 2:17.93, 9. Brooke
Ecklund (GB) 2:18.44, 10. Anna-Marie Allander (Tyreso TC) 2:19.42.
(50B) 1. Maria Valencia (Mexico) 2:16.61, 2. Heather Hennessy
(Los Gatos) 2:19.60, 3. Jenn Saura (Miramonte, Orinda) 2:19.91,
4. Anna Reeve (Newport, Wash) 2:20.33.
Inv Section: Mariana Barrrios of Mexico 2:13.58
leads foreign contingent to first four positions.
Open Section: Los Gatos sr Heather Hennessey
(black), 2:08.84 winner of the Golden West and 2:07.73 runnerup
in the Foot Locker Outdoor last year, ran her first race of the
season after a 6-month layoff with a fractured back suffered in
a summer accident. She chose the Open section instead of the Invitational
and was hoping for 2:16. She got 2:19.60 and slumped to a seat afterwards
saying, "I'm not in shape." She just started training
again a month ago and does not harbor hopes of reaching last year's
level in her senior year. "I'm just trying to get in shape
for college next year." (She has signed for Southern California.)
Girls 3000 Meters
(Inv 58) 1. Zhao Yuan (China) 9:54.60, 2. Xu Min (China) 9:54.96,
3. Kristy Smith (Canada) 9:58.22, 4. Lori Mann (Santa Margarita) 10:09.02,
5. Kristin Cohoon (Chadwick, Palos Verdes) 10:21.60, 6. Sarah Swann (Canada)
10:25.20, 7. Ava Jones (La Habra) 10:25.55, 8. Kelly Rogers (Healdsburg)
10:29.79, 9. Meghan Mainwaring (Santa Margarita) 10:34.96, 10. Michelle
Ziser (Sultana, Hesperia) 10:36.78, 11. Miriam Martinez (Mexico) 10:38.83,
12. Christina Jiminez (Granite Hills, Apple Valley) 10:40.27, 13. Kristen
Browning (Templeton) 10:44.16, 14. Lindsey Grose (Trabuco Hills) 10:46.33,
15. Laura Meyers (Maranatha, Sierra Madre) 10:P47.55, 16. Maggie Cortez