IT was a season to remember for young Greyson Romero and his teammates on the Penguins running team from the San Luis Valley.
The Penguins, under the direction of coach Peter DeLaCerda, qualified four runners for the USATF Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships held July 24-30 in Eugene Oregon. Romero earned USATF All- American honors with his performances.
Romero, who in March was named the USATF Colorado Athlete of 2022 for 8-under runners, had strong performances in the 800 and 1,500-meter runs at the Junior Olympics in Oregon. He finished fourth in the 800 run and 5th in the 1,500 to earn All-American honors.
“Greyson was outstanding. He did phenomenal,” DeLaCerda said.
The coach was equally complimentary of all the runners who performed during the season. “What a season to remember as many of the Penguin runners ran personal bests all season and competed well in every race,” he said. “Thanks to the parents for helping with fundraising. Thanks to the coaches for their time and efforts and most of all thank you to all the amazing Penguin harriers who come to practice everyday ready to get better.”
Shea Romero and Cole Edelen also made the trip to the Junior Olympics Championships. Julius Martinez, another runner who qualified for nationals, was unable to make the trip to Oregon. Shea Romero competed in the girls 11-12 division in the 400 meter and 800 meter runs. Edelen became ill during the trip and did not compete.
The USATF Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships were held at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.