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Arellano snaps two records at latest meet for Aftershock Distance

Allyson poses for a photo after a meet earlier this year at MCC. (Courtesy Photo)

Allyson poses for a photo after a meet earlier this year at MCC. (Courtesy Photo)

GOODYEAR - The Aftershock Distance Running Club continued their season this past Saturday and Aftershock runner Allyson Arellano continued to break and shatter records in the process. On April 2nd, Arellano set the State age group record in the 3000-meter run at the Phoenix Invitational, this past weekend she shattered her own state record in the event by just over 12 seconds, with a final clocking of 10:25.91. Aftershock Head Coach Micah Swenson said Arellano was running out in front by herself for a majority of the race.

"We knew she would have to run alone out in front from the very start," Swenson said. "This made the middle third of the race pretty difficult as there was a lot of open track space as fatigue started to creep in. Over the final third, Allyson was able to chase down some lap traffic and use them to maintain pace."

Swenson went on to say that they are attempting to break the record down even further by the end of next track season.

"This was a nice chunk of time to take off as we continue to move towards our goal of getting the record down to 10 minutes flat by the end of next track season," Swenson said. "We feel pretty good about the possibility of Ally running something close to 10:15 at one of our final two meets."

Arellano didn't stop her record breaking day after the 3000-meter as she snapped the record for the 1500-meter race as well, which was held by Margie Moyer who is currently a freshman at the University of Arizona. This race was a little different though as Arellano was grouped with the 15-16 and 17-18 age group boys for the race, eight in total. Before the race, Swenson said one of the coaches who was a volunteer on the track joked with the Aftershock runner about how many of the boys she was going to beat.

"The short answer ended up being four, nearly five," Swenson said. "As the race broke out, it was a tricky situation figuring out what the wind was doing as it was switching directions throughout the afternoon. Just prior to the start of the 1500m races, they had to postpone racing for a few minutes. A dust-devil came through and lifted a couple of Easy-Ups on to the edge of the track."

The fifth boy, that just edged Allyson out, came up to her after the race and thanked her for pushing him to a new personal record by about 6 seconds.

After a strong first lap and final 300 meters, Arellano finished with a clocking of 4:44.10, besting the previous record by .04 seconds. Swenson believes she can chop a couple seconds off her time when they attend the championship meets at the end of the season.

Arellano wasn't the only Aftershock runner who impressed on Saturday as runners Trenton Stafford and Jenna Caccia turned in new personal bests and Jon Ulibarri turned in a first place finish.

In the 800 meter race, Jenna Caccia turned in a new personal best by 1.56 seconds in the 9-10 age group while Trenton Stafford turned in a new personal best by 17.09 seconds for a 4th place finish in the event. That wasn't the only personal best Stafford set on the day as he shattered his old personal best in the 3000-meter race by 13.47 seconds with a clocking of 10:22.27 in the 15-16 age group for a 1st place finish.

In the 1500-meter race, Caccia took 4th in her age group with a clocking of 5:55.21, 2.46 seconds better than her old record. Stafford turned in a clocking of 4:56.56 for a third place finish and Jon Ulibarri took home first place in the 17-18 age group with a clocking of 4:37.74.

The Aftershock crew will race in both the Arizona State Championships on May 21st and 22nd, and the Arizona Jr. Olympics Meet on June 4th and 5th to close out their season. Both meets will take place at Mesa Community College.

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