Despite battling early morning triple-digit temperatures and times suffering, the Aftershock Distance Club continued its wining ways at the 2014 USATF Arizona State Championship.
"It was really hot," said Penny Fenn. "I guess it was 100 degrees out and that turned into 110 degrees on the track, which you could imagine how hot that would be. Horrible conditions."
Coming from Cottonwood, the heat caught the runners off guard. When it was time to begin the races, the track was about 10 degrees hotter than the field, which sapped the runners.
"The heat was oppressive," said Aftershock head coach Micah Swenson. "By 8:30 a.m., temperatures were already hovering near triple digits with the track temperature even hotter."
In spite of the heat, sophomore Allyson Arellano repeated as a double state champion. In 2013 she won golds in both the 1,500 and 3,000-meter races in the 13-14-year-old division and did so again this year, but in the 15-16-year-old division. Her gold medal times this year were 4:58.71 (1,500) and 11:17.06.
"I'm happy because last year I got state ... and I was happy because I could do it again," Arellano said. "It feels good although this year there wasn't that much competition. Last year, when I was in a different age group there was a lot more competition."
Another 2013 double winner, Chris D'Angelo, was not able to repeat with two golds, having to settle for a gold and silver. He won gold in his final race of the meet, the 3,000-meter. There D'Angelo ran a 9:48.88 3,000, 45 seconds ahead of second place. In the race before that, the 1,500, the sophomore was beat by Cade Burks or the Arizona Cheetahs club. D'Angelo ran a 4:26.88 1,500 and Burks won with a 4:07.92.
"For me, we tapered [our workouts]," D'Angelo said. "We kind of shut down, well not really shut down but let our legs rest a little for LA (the Jets Invitational). Once we got back into running, without resting, I think it took a little toll on all our legs."
Junior Penny Fenn was searching for another USATF state championship, this time in the 2,000-meter steeplechase. It is an event that Fenn has been working on for a while and her goal was to win gold and break the state record (7:50.04). Unfortunately Fenn ran into 2013 champion Megan Reniewicki from Arcadia High School. Reniewicki ran the obstacle course in 7:57.41 and Fenn finished behind her, 8:20.89.
"I wasn't really happy with how I did," Fenn said. "I was planning on winning it and breaking the state record and I did neither, so I wasn't really happy with it in the steeplechase."
Next up for Aftershock is another trip to the sweltering Valley for the USATF Junior Olympics State Championships, June 14-15. As the days progress farther into the summer and the temperature goes up, the Aftershock runners are doing what they can to get used to the heat.
"Train like this (D'Angelo points to his two layers of long sleeves and sweat pants)," D'Angelo said. "Train with a bunch of clothes on, try and get used to the heat. Stay in the shade as much as we can, do the simple things."800 Meter Run 13-14 Division Girls
12 Smith, Swayze 2:46.00
17 Alexander, Sydney 2:50.61
1500 Meter Run 13-14 Division Girls
12 Smith, Swayze 5:28.59
20 Alexander, Sydney 5:46.24
3000 Meter Run 13-14 Division Girls
9 Smith, Swayze 12:21.74
800 Meter Run 15-16 Division Girls
5 Arellano, Allyson 2:24.48
6 Fenn, Penny 2:29.96
7 Ebert, Jalen 2:36.59
1500 Meter Run 15-16 Division Girls
1 Arellano, Allyson 4:58.71
5 Ebert, Jalen 5:49.95
3000 Meter Run 15-16 Division Girls
1 Arellano, Allyson 11:17.06
2000 Meter Steeplechase 15-16 Division Girls
2 Fenn, Penny 8:20.89
800 Meter Run 15-16 Division Boys
5 D'Angelo, Chris 2:14.85
1500 Meter Run 15-16 Division Boys
2 D'Angelo, Chris 4:26.88
3000 Meter Run 15-16 Division Boys
1 D'Angelo, Chris 9:48.88
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