Folsom High grad shines at Mt. San Antonio Relays

By: Staff Report
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Former Folsom High School runner, Courtney Anderson, finished first in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in the community college division at the 52nd annual Mount San Antonio College Relays on April 10. Mt. Sac Relays is one of the major track events in the state and has been coined, “where the world’s best athletes compete.” Anderson, a 2009 graduate of Folsom High and now a freshman at American River College, completed the demanding steeplechase in a new ARC school record of 11 minutes, 28 seconds. Her time places her second in the California state rankings for community college women steeplechasers. ”Courtney was a hurdler for me at Folsom High and her senior year I convinced her to run cross country just to get in shape,” Folsom High track coach Dave Gregson said. “Despite no summer running, she wound up all-league in a tough league and ran 20:34 at Woodward Park in Fresno in the state finals.” Gregson encouraged Anderson to pursue the steeplechase in college, where he thought her combination of hurdling and long-distance running would make her a perfect steeplechaser. With an invite from American River College women’s cross country and track coach Jeanette Powless, last spring, Anderson decided to attend ARC and work with Powless, a former Olympic Marathon runner and an accomplished steeplechaser. Powless feels that Anderson can break the 11-minute barrier this year, as ARC moves closer to the league and state championships.