Cabada also headlines Rome All-Area Championship Banquet
More Details on the Rome 30k here
While en route to securing the highest American finish in the Chicago Marathon a few weeks ago, Dathan Ritzenhein placed himself 2nd on the list for best US 30k performances in 2013. After speaking to high school cross country athletes at the GoGo Running All-Area Championship Banquet, Fernando Cabada of Big Bear Lake, California will race the Rome 30k in an attempt to better Ritzenhein’s number two spot.
A one time American Record Holder in the 25 kilometer distance, Cabada boasts a 5k personal best of 13:34. In other words, he ran that race at a pace of four minutes, twenty two seconds per mile. For some perspective, Rome high school’s Jenna Tilton commanded most local races this fall and placed 28th at the Georgia state Cross Country Championship on November 9th with a time of 21:05 (6:47 pace and good enough to earn upcoming recognition on the All-Area 1st team). Avery Cypress of Darlington high school earned a spot on the men’s All-Area First Team with a strong season of many 5k performances in the 17 minute range. However, his current strong point may be the one mile distance in which he achieved a time of 4:34 last track season.
Cabada will address Tilton, Cypress, and other local high school runners on December 5th at 6pm at the All-Area Championship Banquet hosted by the GoGo Running Track Club and meant to honor and support local athletes, coaches, parents, and friends.
Two days after the banquet, Cabada will race other elite and local road runners in the River City Bank Rome 30k at Ridge Ferry Park. He hopes to take advantage of a flat course and average the pace of 4:50 minutes per mile with a final sprint needed to establish himself as number two in the US for the year. Perhaps a local high school athlete can take him through the first mile.
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