Fresh off a top performance from member Megan Goettl at the Arizona Meet of Champions, Aftershock Distance Club will be travelling to California over the weekend to take part in the L.A. Jets Invitational, at Cerritos College.
The meet will bring together some of the best running clubs on the west coast, and give the Aftershock runners a chance to see how they stack up against other states.
Not counting unattached runners, Cerritos College will play host to 102 clubs, in what will be Aftershocks' first meet since the school season ended. The host club, the L.A. Jets, is on of "the premier clubs in the country," according to head coach Micah Swenson, and has produced multiple All-Americans and Olympians.
"We're just looking at it as an opportunity to race some really great competition out-of-state, and kind of use it as a tune up to make sure we're sharp and ready for the Arizona state championships and Jr. Olympics," Swenson said.
One of the more interesting aspects of competitive running is that, while runners thrive to win the race they are in, they can also score a personal win by dropping their race times and recording new personal bests, despite their finish. This is something that Swenson has already sat down and established with his team, but at the same time, some runners expect to show the rest of the field and spectators that they are some of the best in the nation.
"We all have time expectations, regardless of who it is," Swenson said. "But some of our athletes, like Allyson Arellano, [who] is really going over there planning to win the 1500 and 3000 [meter races]. Some of are our older girls, like Penny Fenn and Karen Arellano, they expect to do extremely well there to in their age group."
In the end, the most important thing for Swenson is helping his runners realize their dreams and aspirations, all of which involve going to college, and helping them reach that goal.
"We've already established where we are in state," Swenson said. "We want to continue doing that to make sure our kids are progressing the way they are supposed to, because all of them have college aspirations, so we want to make sure we stay on that track."
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