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LA’s Rafael Sanchez named to TeamUSA

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Local resident Rafael Sanchez was named to Team USA for the 14th edition of the WMRA International U188 Mountain Running Youth cup. This year’s event, hosted by Atletica Susa, will be held in Susa, Italy, on Aug. 24.

The approximately 5-kilometer course will start and finish in the village under a memorial archway and include pavement, cobblestone, single-track mountain paths with steep ascents and fast descents. Competitors must be 16 or 17 in the year of competition, and the top three finishers per country will score for the team results.

Sanchez is 16, currently attending Los Alamos High School. His personal records are 15:43 for the 5k, 2:05.66 for the 800m, 4:36.84 for the 1600m and 9:45.85 for the 3200m. He was a member of the 2018 Los Alamos High School New Mexico State Champion Cross Country Team, finishing second. He won 2018 Nike Southwest Regional Medium Sized School Division and raced to a 15:43 for 5000M at the 2018 Nike SW Regional Cross Country. He holds top 10 individual cross country finishes in 24 of 26 varsity level events since eighth grade with 18 finishes under 16:45 and 3 finishes under 16 minutes. Sanchez is one of six American teenagers, three boys and three girls, named to the team.


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