May 15, 2013
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Wallace helps set U.S. relay record, LaBeaud gets 10,000 ‘A’ standard

The Sacramento Running Association’s Elite Team continues to ride a strong wave of momentum heading into the summer.

From Lea Wallace lending a hand in setting an American relay record to Natasha LaBeaud achieving the ‘A’ standard for the upcoming USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, SRA athletes are delivering noteworthy performances.

Wallace’s 4×800 meter relay team ran 8 minutes and 4 seconds at the Penn Relays, breaking the old mark of 8:17. The effort was the latest in a series of strong performances by Wallace, a former Sacramento State standout.

LaBeaud ran 32:57 in the 10,000 meters at the Payton Jordan Invitational to earn a spot in the field at the upcoming USA Outdoor Championships, set for June 20-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.

SRA standout and 2012 Olympian Kim Conley won the women’s 5,000 meters at the Payton Jordan meet with a 15:22 effort.

Other top SRA performances include Lauren Jimison finishing 10th in the USA 25k Championships with a 1:30:46 clocking and Tim Tollefson running a personal best 14:37 in the 5,000 at Occidental.

“It looks like we’re going to have a few people running at nationals (USA Outdoors),” said Kevin Pool, who manages the SRA’s Elite Team.

“They all have been running really well.”

The Sacramento Running Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding ways to encourage people of all ages and abilities to run. The SRA is committed to developing new, quality running events that appeal to a broad variety of runners.

SRA events include the recent Gold Rush 100k, the Freedom Mile on June 15, the Folsom Blues Breakout Half Marathon on Oct. 19, the California International Marathon on Dec. 8, the Super Bowl Sunday 10k Run on Feb. 2 and the Credit Union SACTOWN Ten-Mile Run on April 6.

SRA beneficiaries include the American River Parkway, youth fitness programs, local running venues and aspiring young runners.