Nicholas Rosales walked in the doors of Champion’s QUEST to prepare for high school soccer after a successful Cross Country season at Cypress High School. As a freshman, Nicholas ran with the Varsity Cross Country team and had a best finish of 17th place in the Empire League Meet with a 3-mile time of 16:48.
Nicholas set goals of improving his agility, along with his upper body and core strength to improve his athleticism on the soccer field. Nicholas was a standout defender for the Frosh/Soph soccer team this past season and was named team MVP by his peers.
Currently, Nicholas is running track for Cypress HS where he competes in the 800m and 1600m events. Nicholas finished in 1st place in the Frosh/Soph St. Paul Classic in Santa Fe Springs, where he ran 2:08.67 in the 800m. He has since competed with the Varsity Track & Field team and finished in 28th place in the 800m and 24th in the 1600m during the Jim Polite Walnut Invitational.
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Los Alamitos High School has produced many athletes and scholars in the past years. This year there is a sophomore that is bound to be another great athlete and scholar will graduate a Griffin. She is a member of the Los AL Track & Field team, just like her record breaking older sister and she is on a course to do just the same. Now that Lauren Willingham has gone through one season of Track & Field, she has become more controlled over her hurdling form and has been developing her strength in our weekly training program. The gains that she will be achieving form the Strength Clinics will not only help her through the season but will provide a base for any college program that she will attend in her future.
Lauren is not only a hurdler for Los Al, she also has been dancing for the Center Stage Dance Academy in Long Beach. She has been dancing since the age of three and is planning to continue through the rest of her high school years. With her dancing starting at a young age it has helped her with the flexibility needed in the hurdle races. Lauren has a very strong academic course load at Los Al, which will put her as top contender to any school she chooses to continue her education at. She is also a member of the California Scholarship Federation which will help guide her in a positive direction for higher education and she also has the potential of receiving up to $5000 in a scholarship fund.
Since July of last year Lauren has dedicated herself to increasing her strength which will help her speed and power on the track. Now she has transitioned into the power phase of her training program for this season and it will provide her the ability to increase her power through the hurdles. This year she has set her goals at 16.83s for the 100m hurdles and 48.87s on the 300m hurdles, both of these goals are challenging for her but she has the ability to reach them. Once she has gained a strong step in between the hurdles then she will see her times drop and will be able to inch closer to the school records before the end of her senior year. I feel that if continues to grow in strength and power with our program along with a solid base of self-confidence she be able to have a couple of Los Al records with her name just like her older sister.
Coach Derrick Campbell, USTF-L1
This year is one of the biggest for the Los Alamitos High School track team. They have a strong group of sprinters and distance runners to help them earn the Sunset League Championship this year. There are many that are helping the team this year and the athlete who is turning everyone’s head this year is the school’s 400M record holder is Junior Sprinter Ashley Willingham. Along with having the girls Varsity 400M record at 56.69, she also ran the lead leg for the record breaking 4 x 100M team last year with a time of 48.40. Ashley has always been a young woman that has pushed herself to become the best she can be. From her competing in dance over the past five years to her maintaining a 4.0 GPA through her time at Los Al high school, she has always wanted more for herself.
Before Ashley started training at our facility back in February of 2012, she attended a couple of our Summer Soccer Camps in 2009 & 2010. It was there that our Soccer Coach Brittany noticed that she had lots of potential that needed some training and positive motivation to help Ashley release her competitive nature. Within these past three years she has grown to become one of the dominating forces on the Girls Los Al Track team. This year she has started off great with a 57.98 in the 400M during her first Tri-Meet last week and this past weekend she was able to get her time down to a 57.76 at the Redondo Nike Invitational track meet. She was able to place 5th in the standings out of a field of over forty girls in her event. With her performance during her first couple of meets this season, Ashley is on course to break her 400M record form last year. Her eyes have always been set on becoming a student at Stanford University ever since I have known her. The amount of work and effort that she puts in on a daily basis will make her dreams of being on the Stanford Track team come true.
With this being her Junior year, I feel that Ashley will be able to not only run past her 400M record but become the 2015 C.I.F. Track & Field 400M State Champion. There is a very tough field in the Girls 400M this year and I know that Ashley has has the mental strength as well as the physically capabilities of raising up to run down anyone who is out in front. She has developed into an athlete that continues to focus on her goals and has the determination equal to any professional athlete. This year is planning out to be one of the best for Los Alamitos track and as well as for Ashley on and off the track. The Southern Section has an extreme amount of competition for the Girls 400M this year and Ashley is one of the top competitors in the state. When you add up all of her accomplishments on and off the track, I truly am proud to have been an intricate part of her growth and development during these past three years. I wish her well with the rest of the season and will continue to guide her as she inches closer to breaking her 400M record once again along with her 400M State Championship.
Written by: Derrick Campbell, USTF-L1