Aftershock runners shine at Aztec Invitational
The runners of Aftershock Distance Club were in competition Saturday at Pima Community College in Tucson, racing with the Arizona community colleges. The trio of Allyson Arellano, Penny Fenn, and Karen Arellano competed in two events, the mile and the 3000-meter run.
The mile proved to be a good warm-up event for the group as they swept the top three places. The race took out very conservatively, nobody willing to push the tempo early. This resulted in all three runners being able to negative split the race, going progressively faster lap after lap. Allyson made the earliest break and finished with a winning time of 5:26.83. Penny and Karen broke away from the Paradise Valley pack in the later stages to come through in a near dead heat. Penny edged Karen at the finish, 5:38.57 to 5:38.61.
The group returned to the track about 2 hours later to contest the 3000-meter event in a very competitive field of 16 runners. This race also went out rather conservative over the first 400 meters. However, this time, the runners didn't wait as long to rev up the tempo. Allyson broke the field again just 600 meters into the race and was forced to run alone out in front for the remaining six laps of the event. The move led her to a second dominant win with a season best time of 10:41.56.
Penny and Karen spent most of the race with a pack from Central Arizona that included Mykala Serensun, former Red Rock High School standout. Penny and Mykala broke away from that group in the later stages, setting up a fun final 600 meter dual. Penny was able to handle the fast finish. In doing so, she came away with a second place finish and new personal best of 11:08.09. Karen finished 6th in the event behind a trio of Central runners but set a new personal best in the process with a time of 11:26.41. As all three runners progress towards college, the 3000-meter will become an integral part of their racing.
The group will be in Albuquerque next weekend at the Great Southwest Indoor and finish out the indoor portion of track with meets at Glendale CC and Central Arizona.