Atomic City Track Club Youth Runners Going Strong

Atomic City Track Club youth runners. Courtesy photo
 

Atomic City Track Club youth runners. Courtesy photo

 
Atomic City Track Club youth runners. Courtesy photo
 
ACTC News:
 
Fall in Los Alamos means you’ll see lots of people running—city residents running for health, high school and middle school students in team practices, but there’s also one other group you just might see—the Atomic City Track Club youth runners. Coach Erika Wisdom founded the USATF Junior Olympic running team in fall of 2015.
 
“We were new to Los Alamos and I wanted my children to feel they were a part of something again since we had just moved from South Carolina. Running has always been a big part of our family’s life and I felt that would help our daughters with the transition,”she said.
 
Wisdom recruited a group of about 30 runners ages 7-14 last season and this year’s team of 29 raced in the USATF Junior Olympic State Cross Country meet at Jemez Pueblo this past Saturday. All of the Atomic City youth runners qualified for advancement to the USATF Region meet Nov. 19 in Fountain, Colo.
 
“I feel privileged to coach Los Alamos youth,” Wisdom says. “There’s a great legacy with the middle school and high school programs in this community. To be able to help instill a love of running to our youth while preparing them for structured workouts later on has been fun. I’ve been so busy at work I almost didn’t get the team going again this year, but I had two runners from last year ask me ‘Coach Erika, when are we going to start cross country again?’ and I knew I had to keep it going.”
 
In Atomic City Track Club’s first year (2015) ACTC brought home 3 Region team trophies (3rd place team 11-12 boys, 4th place 11-12 girls, and 3 rd place 9-10 girls) as well as a USATF National Junior Olympic Silver Medalist in the 11-12 boys 3,000 meter run, Los Alamos Hilltopper Rafael Sanchez. This year the team brought home 3 more team trophies for 3 rd place 11-12 girls, 2nd place 11-12 boys, and 2 nd place 13-14 boys. To score as a team, there must be at least 5 runners from a club in the race.
 
“This city puts out some great athletes,” Wisdom continues. “This year we had a couple of runners from LAHS, quite a few from LAMS, and younger kids representing Chamisa, Aspen, Mountain, Barranca Mesa, and Pinon elementaries. Some of our runners are from Los Alamos, but we also have kids from White Rock and Espanola.”
 
Atomic City Track Club will soon be ending their fall cross country season, but Wisdom hopes to have a track team in the spring/summer. “Our biggest obstacle is funding. We’ve been a free club, but we need regular access to a track and equipment and there are fees for using the school facilities. We also need a few more coaches. Additionally, we have some kids who would like to continue advancing when they qualify so having some type of scholarship that can help offset some of those costs for kids would be great.”
 
Congratulations to our Atomic City Track Club runners and good luck at the Region meet! For more information email atomiccitytrackclub@gmail.org or look for Atomic City Track Club on Facebook. To show your support for the team adult and youth T-shirts are available for $10 each.
 
  • Atomic City Track Club USATF Junior Olympic State meet results (Jemez Pueblo, Walatowa Youth Center):
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  • 8 & Under Girls (2,000 meters)
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  • 18. Grace Montoya 9:40.2
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  • 8 & Under Boys (2,000 meters)
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  • 34. Carson Ulrich 10:19.2
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  • 35. Samuel Prada 10:22.9
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  • 9-10 Girls (3,000 meters)
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  • 7. Delaney Ulrich 12:53.5
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  • 27. Jane Mocko 14:51.8
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  • 9-10 Boys (3,000 meters)
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  • 9. Jackson Boone 12:06.6
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  • 38. Benjamin Sanchez 13:53.6
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  • 11-12 Girls (3,000 meters)
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  • 10. Sophie Chadwick 12:31.6
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  • 13. Emma Montoya 12:35.7
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  • 14. Keira Wisdom 12:36.6
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  • 42. Mia Sanchez 14:18.9
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  • 47. Kimberly Prada 14:59.8
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  • 11-12 Boys (3,000 meters)
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  • 7. Ryan Aldaz 11:13.9
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  • 9. Abera Hettinga 11:18.5
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  • 11. Reuben Goettee 11:30.3
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  • 24. Tyson Lujan 12:22.7
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  • 25. Stephen Boone 12:23.7
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  • 27. Abraham Sanchez 12:29.7
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  • 36. Wyatt Cionek 13:31.5
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  • 13-14 Girls (4,000 meters)
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  • 3. Norissa Valdez 14:57.7
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  • 10. Charlotte Ulrich 17:33.0
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  • 21. Andrea Soto 18:54.2
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  • 25. Cassidy Trujillo 22:37.92
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  • 13-14 Boys (4,000 meters)
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  • 9. Donald Pena Jr. 14:12.6
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  • 12. Dominic Martinez 14:23.7
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  • 14. William McTeigue 14:45.1
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  • 16. Wakei Hettinga 15:08.6
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  • 21. Noah Bridgewater 15:27.9

 

Atomic City Track Club youth runners. Courtesy photo
 
Atomic City Track Club youth runners. Courtesy photo
 
Atomic City Track Club youth runners. Courtesy photo
 
Atomic City Track Club youth runners. Courtesy photo
 
Atomic City Track Club youth runners. Courtesy photo
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