National Cross Country Champions Midget Girls
Southern California Roadrunners, San Diego
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On December 13th, at the USATF National Junior Olympic Youth Cross Country Championships held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, San Diego’s Southern California Roadrunners won the Midget Girls (born in 1991 – 1992) National Championship. What’s remarkable about this accomplishment is two of the top girls on the team succumbed to the mile-high altitude with breathing problems. The team, however, was deep enough to overcome this deficit and win over Los Gatos Athletics (California) by a score of 79 to 103. The third place team was Wasatch Athletics out of Provo Utah with 107 points. Three Roadrunners were named All-Americans by finishing in the top 25 out of the 300 plus field. Erin Gillingham placed 2nd over the 3k course in 11:33.7 followed by Haidee Ortiz (8th in 12:19.7) and Dede Spinler (17th in 12:25.7). The remaining team members’ order of finish were Vanessa Zucker, Tiffany Duffy, Shanna StLaurent, Bridget Nicolai and Sallie Privett. Out of all races, seven individual Roadrunners qualified as All-Americans. In the Bantam division (born in 1993 – 1994.) Darren Fahy placed 3rd in the boys’ race and Maegan Garritson 19th in the girls’ event. In the Midget Boys’ race Parker Stinson made the cut in 21st place. In the Youth Boys’ division (born in 1989 – 1990) Travis Kuhlman placed 18th. Out of all 10 divisions (5 girls and 5 boys), and over 2,500 runners the SCRR’s midget girls were one of only two California teams to win a National Championship and the only youth team in San Diego dedicated to distance and cross country running.