(Youth1) – Phillip Rocha had a record setting weekend at the USATF So Cal Championship
Leg number one of the qualifying process for USATF Junior Olympics was an exciting one at Cerritos College.Here is a quick recap as the final leg of the journey for qualifying for this coming weekend 6.23-24.2012 Thanks to Youth 1 for the update.
The USATF Southern California Association Championship took place this past weekend and featured many outstanding competitors. Among the best was Phillip Rocha of the Southern California Roadrunners who had a record setting weekend.
In the 800m, Phillip set a blistering pace to separate himself from the rest of the pack en route to winning the race. His time of 1:59.58 was the best recorded time in the country for his age group this season. He finished almost three seconds better than runner-up Romare Ashford (Quiet Fire T) who completed the run in 2:02.26.
Phillip would also finish 1st in the 1500m, with an eye popping time of 4:09.46. He ran by the rest of the field completing the race almost five seconds quicker than his rival, South Orange’s Jacob Ogden, who ended up taking 2nd place with a time of 4:14.46. Phillip’s time in the 1500m was also a national best for his age group this year.
He would complete the hat trick in the 3000m, as he used his endurance and technique to outlast Ogden who finished just paces behind him. Rocha earned 1st place with a time of 8:56.93, which set a new national record and broke the old record he earned just a few weeks ago.
Additionally, Phillip would earn another gold medal by running anchor of the 4x800m relay team. His run in the last leg helped the Roadrunners’ relay team win the race in a national best time of 8:39.66.