U.S. OLYMPIC FESTIVAL : Roundup : Arreola Given a Preview of What Future May Hold
Darcy Arreola got what she came for--a hint of what will follow after she finishes her track and cross-country career at Cal State Northridge.
Arreola, who will be a senior at CSUN in the fall, finished a distant third in the 3,000-meter race at the U. S. Olympic Festival at John Jacobs Stadium on the University of Oklahoma campus.
Her time of 9:20.47 was some seven seconds off her personal best.
“This was just for fun,” she said. “I kind of wanted to run a faster time, but it doesn’t matter right now. It gave us a taste of what we want later.”
Sabrina Dornhoefer, a fourth-place finisher in the 3,000 at the Olympic Trials in 1988, won the race going away in a stadium-record 9:10.33.
Arreola trailed the field through the 2,000-meter mark before moving up to second when Dornhoefer bolted from the pack and opened a 20-meter lead.
“I sat back too long and didn’t try very hard,” Arreola said. “She made her run so quick . . . I should have tried to run with her.”
Trina Leopold of the West was second in 9:17.60.
The West squad is 0-3 going into today’s bronze medal game, but the sting of that disappointment has subsided substantially for Valley-area players Derek Wallace, Jason Evans and Greg Zaun.
They were selected Friday to the 23-player U.S. junior national team.
Evans, an infielder, and Wallace, a pitcher, were teammates last season at Chatsworth High. Evans is headed for Cal on a baseball scholarship and Wallace will attend Pepperdine. Zaun, a nephew of Dodger catcher Rick Dempsey, played for St. Francis High.
The U. S. is the defending champion in the World Junior Baseball Championships, which will be played Aug. 9-22 in Three Rivers, Quebec, Canada.
Chris O’Loughlin of Van Nuys helped his North team to a gold medal with an 8-4 record in round-robin epee bouts at the Myriad Exhibit Hall.
O’Loughlin, 21, the top-seeded fencer on the team, is a graduate of the Oakwood School and a four-time NCAA All-American at the University of Pennsylvania. He will be a member of the U.S. team competing at the World University Games next month in Duisberg, West German.
Mark Christie of Calabasas, the top seed from the East squad, was 3-7 in his bouts.
Chris Altieri of Simi Valley and Carol Louise of La Crescenta each won bronze medals in competition at the Civic Center Music Hall.
Altieri, competing in the 110 kilogram classification (242 1/2 pounds), was a distant third behind U. S. record-holder Mario Martinez of San Francisco.
Martinez won the snatch with a lift of 177.5 kg and the clean and jerk with a lift of 212.5 kg. His total of 390 kg (859 3/4 pounds) was well short of his U. S. record, but enough to easily defeat silver medalist Jeff Michels of Chicago, who lifted 365 kg.
Altieri’s total of 325 kg (716 1/4 pounds) was better than the 320-kg effort that placed him second at this year’s nationals.
Louise, competing in the women’s 82.5 kg classification, had efforts of 60 kg in the snatch and 85 kg in the clean and jerk to finish with a total of 145 kg, or 319 1/2 pounds.
Coley Kyman had a team-high eight kills, but the North lost its third consecutive match, this time to the East, 15-6, 15-10, 15-10, at Lloyd Noble Arena.
Michele Smith of Plainfield, N.J., threw a one-hit shutout to give the West a 5-0 victory over the North in the bronze medal game at Hall of Fame Stadium.
The West team consisted of players from the Southern California Invasion, which uses Cal State Northridge as its home field.
Among the West players were former CSUN standouts Priscilla Rouse and Debby Langevain, current CSUN shortstop Anna Getherall, former Granada Hills High and UCLA catcher Janet Sherman and former Burbank High pitcher Debby Day.
Jeff Fruin and Jim Hop, both of Camarillo, scored four goals each but the West dropped a 28-22 decision to the East at the State Fairgrounds.