The first Sunday in June signaled the return to Warren High School for the annual SCMAF Track and Field Championships. More than 850 registered participants got prepared to compete in various track and field events while thousands of family and friends cheered throughout the proceedings. SCMAF President, Tim Grierson (City of Carson), opened the meet with a few words of encouragement hoping to see some of today’s competitors contending again in the future at the 2028 Summer Olympic Games here in Los Angeles. The first starter’s shot echoed throughout the stadium at 9:30 am as the first event of the day, the girls 1600 meter run Division 04/05, got under way.
The weather this year was very accommodating to the participants. It was overcast and cooler than normal compared to the last couple of meets. Four of SCMAF’s associations were represented in the meet coming from as far as Palm Springs and Mission Viejo. After all 99 events for the day were completed, there were no new record holders but, the competition was fierce and friendships were made throughout the meet. The top nine finishers in each event were presented with a medal or ribbon and an invitation to participate in the Cal State Games in San Diego in July.
Meet Director Jeff Van Sickle (City of Garden Grove) did another extraordinary job in organizing the meet and was given tremendous support from the association meet directors: Kenny Harris (City of Carson), Ryan Morais (City of Chino), Ronald Saldana (City of Chino), Jacob Cortez (City of Chino Hills), Lupe Branson, (Palm Springs Boys & Girls Club), Maribel Campos (Coachella Valley USD), Cody Huson (City of Newport Beach), Chad Peterson (City of La Verne) and Jeff Freeth (City of San Dimas). In addition to the meet directors, recreation staff from various agencies provided assistance that day with a special thanks to Michelle Van Sickle (City of Brea) at the staging area.
SCMAF would also like to thank Mobo Cruisers for providing free trike rides for the kids to be entertained throughout the day. At the meet, they created a track with tires, cones and flags, for the kids to feel like they were racing. They took a variety of their trike models for all ages to enjoy, adults and kids. They also donated a trike which was raffled to raise funds for the “A Better Life Through Sports Foundation” which focuses on the improvement and developing of communities by offering a variety of clinics and workshops serving communities. Congratulations to Nathan Pesek from Orange County who was the lucky winner!
Special thanks are extended to each of the associations, agencies and their staffs at the 2019 SCMAF Track and Field Championships. The success of the meet could not have been accomplished without the cooperation of these indispensable people. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Results and pictures can be found on the SCMAF website HERE.