Ric Rojas Running

Ric Rojas Running December 2010 Newsletter

Dixon, Bohling, and Petrie At USATF National XC Championships

Hoover, AL



Superior Elementary School 5th grader Will Dixon used an aggressive strategy to nab a top-ten finish in the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships “Bantam” division in Hoover, Alabama earlier this month.  Dixon bolted from the start with the leaders, passed the mile in a fast 5:26, and fought off challengers over the last 1k to secure his top-ten spot.  His finishing time over the 3k course was 11:40.  Coleman Mitchell Jr. of Durham, NC of Triangle Track Club, defeated 236 other runners to take the championship in a time of 11:14.   


“I was never really very far behind the leaders,” said Dixon.  “The first 2k was the strongest part of my race.  It was a fairly wide start and I sprinted to stay with the leaders, so I didn’t have much traffic to deal with.”

Dixon qualified for the National Competition with a 2nd place finish at the Region 10 Championships in Phoenix, Arizona on November 20th.  In the meantime, he added a top-five finish at the AAU National Championships in Orlando, Florida on December 4th, finishing 4th in 11:11.


 Arvada’s Branden Bohling and Zac Petrie also represented Ric Rojas Running at the event.  Both qualified in the top-twenty at the Regionals in Phoenix.  Bohling finished 109th in the “Midget” division 3k with a time of 11:48 while Petrie finished 182nd in the “Youth” division 4k in 15:02.


“I was disappointed with my race because I got stuck in traffic,” said Bohling.  “You need to start out sprinting, or you’ll never catch up.  I got in box 2, and had to go uphill to the first turn.  People at the other end of the starting line were high, and got to go downhill.  I could never catch up.”


Petrie finished a grueling 5-month season with the National Championship.  He started his season in late July, competed for Ralston Valley through the high school season, and qualified from State and Regionals to make Nationals.  “It was a very long season,” said Petrie.  “And I really peaked at Regionals 3 weeks ago and this course was much harder than Regionals.”


Dixon, Bohling, and Petrie all plan to compete indoors starting in January.

State Champions Lakowske and Robinson
Join Winter Training Program
Lakowske Receives Early Acceptance to Stanford

Boulder, CO
6 December, 2010

State Track and Cross Country Champions Kelsey Lakowske and Kelley Robinson will join this season's Ric Rojas Running Winter Training Program this month. Both runners have won multiple state championships - Robinson claimed the 2A Cross Country Championship twice (2008 and 2010), the 1600-meters (2009) and the 3200-meters (2010), while Lakowske won the 5A Cross Country crown twice (‘09 and ’10) and the 3200 track title (’09).


Robinson led the Nederland girls to three consecutive cross country team championships while Lakowske led Boulder High to the runner-up spot this year.

Lakowske overcame a much-publicized knee surgery this spring to not only repeat as 5A State Cross Country Champion but to earn her second trip to the Footlocker Nationals. She finished 5th at the regional qualifier in Kenosha, Wisconsin over the Thanksgiving Break, crossing the finish line only 10-seconds behind the winner, Allison Woodward from DePere, Wisconsin.


Though she comfortably advanced to the National Footlocker meet, her knee surgery cost her considerable pain and delayed her preparations for cross country.  “They had to cut my tendon open to pull out the bone-chips behind it,” she recalled. “It hurt so much that I couldn’t sleep for the first week!”


“Even now the worst thing for my knee is speed-work,” she explained. “I was definitely lacking (speed) at Regionals and I let a sophomore pass me at the finish.  No matter what, I’m going to San Diego to compete for the title!”


While her running accomplishments have attracted the most attention to Lakowske over her high school career, she has quietly compiled an academic transcript good enough to impress the admissions committee at Stanford –she received an “early acceptance” letter from Stanford last month. 

“I screamed and danced around the kitchen when I opened the letter,” she said. “I didn’t want to play it up too much publicly, so I just told a few of my close friends.”  She plans to pursue a Biology degree and become a medical doctor.


Junior Kelley Robinson has also enjoyed running success beyond Colorado borders. As an age-group cross country runner, she was named the “USA Athlete of the Week” for winning the USATF Cross Country National Championship in 2006, representing Ric Rojas Running, and last spring she ran a personal best 5:16.73 in the Girl’s 1600-meter run at the Chandler (AZ) High School Invitational.


“I would love to get close to 5-minutes for the mile and win the 1600 and 3200 at State next spring,” said Robinson of her goals. “But I would also like to run a really fast time at the Simplot Games!”

After these past two seasons I what to do and how to prepare,” added Robinson. “I’m really excited about training with Kelsey this winter!”


Robinson is a straight-A student and has long term plans of becoming a dentist. “My first choice for schools right now is ‘U-Dub’ (the University of Washington),” she says.  “But I have been getting letters from UCLA ever since I won the National USATF Junior meet four years ago!”


The Ric Rojas Winter Program starts on December 14th at 6:00pm at the University of Colorado’s Balch Fieldhouse.

Kelley Robinson
Kelsey Lakowske
Flagstaff Uphill Mile 12/11/20

First Name Last Name Time
Ryan Brophy 12:03
Jake Rothman 9:32
Brad Ziegler 9:16
Jim Gilbert 9:22
James Anderson 9:15
Kenny Sweetnam 14:35
Carys McAuley 12:35
Katie Kowal 16:00
Mandy Todor 18:49
Slipper Jones 12:33
Valerie Eipper 11:32
Bobby Fischer 16:35
Mitchell Rodehaver 14:09
Kenny Robinson 12:42
Kelly Robinson 11:57
Bex Hermann 11:58