Anderson excels at American River College

By: Matt Long
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Courtney Anderson has some big goals she’s hoping to achieve, but has already accomplished one of them. Anderson, a 2009 graduate of Folsom High and sophomore at American River College, has earned an athletic scholarship to attend Cal State Stanislaus next fall. Anderson, 19, is a track and field star at American River. In late April she won four events at the Big 8 Conference Championships, claiming the 3,000-meter steeplechase (12 minutes, 8.2 seconds), 800 meters (2:28.15), 5,000 meters (20:37.53) and the 10,000 meters (41.33.45). This past weekend, Anderson, who’s ranked first in the women’s steeplechase in the California Community College division and sixth in the nation, won the event at the Northern California Championships in 11:27.04 and also won the 5K in 18:21.20. Her time in the steeplechase broke a Nor-Cal record set in 2003. An accomplished hurdler at Folsom High, Anderson also did some distance running and decided to combine the two in college. “The steeplechase is essentially a long-distance hurdle race and I just like it,” Anderson said. “There’s also an element of risk with all the jumps and a lot of people like that too.” On Friday and Saturday she will compete in the state championship meet where she hopes to win the steeplechase and earn a top-three finish in the 5,000 meters. Last year she placed fifth in the steeplechase and was eighth in the 800. No matter how she does, however, she’s thrilled to have earned the scholarship. “I had a friend on the track team last year who got a scholarship to Stanislaus and she encouraged me to check out the school,” Anderson said. “I did and I liked the team and the coach and the school. I was really excited when they offered me the scholarship. It just seemed to be the place where I was supposed to go.”