Wed, June 26

Aftershock Crew set personal bests at Phoenix Invitational

MESA- Great competition brings out great results, and this weekend the Aftershock Distance running team competed at the 52nd Annual Phoenix Invitational at Mesa Community College. With over 2,000 athletes, there was plenty of great talent on display throughout the two-day event, and the Aftershock group was a part of that great display of talent.

Competing in 20 different events, the Aftershock crew set personal records in 13 of them, of the remaining seven, five were Top 3 finishes, including two wins that were meet records. Allyson Arellano also set the state record and meet record in the 3000 meter race Saturday morning.

"We've been looking at the USATF age group records for a while now and have made it a goal to target a few of them," Swenson said. "On Saturday, she broke the USATF Arizona 17-18 girls' state record for the 3,000 meter by nearly 11 seconds. Her winning time was 10:37.94. She's actually ran faster in this event before but these were outside of Arizona or not USATF sanctioned events."

Julia Vanderhout, who is now a junior at Southern Methodist University, held the previous record with a clocking of 10:48.84. Swenson believes Arellano can still lower that mark, as they are shooting to get the record down to around 10 minutes flat.

Arellano also set the meet record in her 800 meter race, clocking a time of 2:24.78, sealing a 1st place finish in heavy wind.

"It was her slowest time of the season at 2:24. I think her fitness level has her ready to run about a 2:17," Swenson said.

Destini Lobato turned in another highlight race for the Aftershock crew, earning a 4th place finish in the 13-14 3000 meter girls' race.

Lobato ran a new personal best, beating her old time by 34 seconds. Swenson said Lobato has improved at a very rapid pace since last October, when she started running with Aftershock.

"It was the best race I've watch her run since she joined us back in October," Swenson said. "It was well executed and she looked more experienced than she really is. I think what's really helping her development is the mentoring relationship she's built with Allyson. Destini has progressed at a rapid pace, far quicker than I originally anticipated."

Four more Aftershock members set personal bests in their individual races. 9-year-old Jenna Cacia cleared her old record in the 1500 meter race by 20.58 seconds as she placed 9th in the 9-10 age group.

Josh Reilly, Jacob Ulibarri and Rachel Capy all ran new bests in the 800 meter, 1500 meter and 300 meter events as well.

Jon Ullibarri placed no worse than third in all three events. Taking home third place finishes in both the 800 meter and 1500 meter races with clockings of 2:22.68 and 4:53.14.

In his third event the older Ulibarri brother took home second in the 3000 meter race Saturday morning with a clocking of 10:19.28.

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