Elgin Road Warriors compete in national championships

  • Top, Noah Herrera took third place in the Cross-Country Coaches National Youth Championships. The team also includes: front row, from left, Samuel Johnson, Ava Asencios, Logan Johnson, and Cristian Villareal; and back row, Phoenix Lemir, Michael Whitacre, Elizabeth Goto, and Irma Jimenez.

    Top, Noah Herrera took third place in the Cross-Country Coaches National Youth Championships. The team also includes: front row, from left, Samuel Johnson, Ava Asencios, Logan Johnson, and Cristian Villareal; and back row, Phoenix Lemir, Michael Whitacre, Elizabeth Goto, and Irma Jimenez. Courtesy of Daniela Corona

 
 
Updated 12/6/2021 11:34 AM

The Elgin Road Warriors is a youth running club based in Elgin.

It started off with just three runners in 2016, and has come a long way these past 5 years.

 

The team has created a bond that feels like family. The Elgin Road Warriors have accomplished so much, having made it to the national championship during indoor track season, All-Americans in outdoor track season, as well as during cross-country season.

On Nov. 20, the Elgin Road Warriors went down to Paris, Kentucky, to compete in the Cross-Country Coaches National Youth Championships and brought home nine medals.

Out of the nine medal winners, there were seven runners that were new to the club. They had only been running with the team for less than a year and now they have the title of All-American. The other two runners have been All-Americans for four years straight. That is very hard to do in the running world.

The Elgin Road Warriors would like to congratulate the following runners for not only trying their hardest during practice to get to earning the title of being All-American but also for not giving up. Running is a very hard sport and requires the hard dedication that these kids have.

They are: Ava Asencios, ninth place; Samuel Johnson, third place; Logan Johnson, eighth place; Cristian Villareal, ninth place; Noah Herrera, third place; Elizabeth Goto, 23rd place (four-time All-American); Phoenix Lemir, 17th place; Irma Jimenez, sixth place (four-time All-American); and Michael Whitacre, 16th place.

Learn more at elginroadwarriors.wordpress.com.

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