The USATF So Cal Open Jim Bush Track & Field Championships now feature Traveling Cup Races. In these events, the winners receive an 18-inch silver cup to keep for a year. They must return the Cup to the Championships the following year and if he or she does not defend their title, the Cup is awarded to the event winner. . .and so on. . . .
Jim Bush Cup – Men’s 110m Hurdles
The coaching expertise of Hall of Fame Coach Jim Bush includes all seven of track & field’s broad event groups. Within coaching circles, however, he is considered a hurdles and 400 meter “Guru.”Those were Jim’s own specialty events as a high school and collegiate athlete and events in which he has coached a remarkable 14 individual NCAA and USA Champions. Jim’s success as a Southern California high school, junior college, and university coach is without peer. Fullerton High School, Kern County, CA, Bakersfield College, Occidental College, UCLA, the U.S. Track Coaches Association, and USA Track & Field have all inducted Jim into their Hall-of-Fame. Jim has coached 118 NCAA medalists and 30 Olympians. He has been a coach for three USA teams in international competition. He is past president of the USTCA and an executive board member of the NCAA Track Coaches Association and USA Track & Field. Jim spent 53-years coaching several generations of America’s Olympic hopefuls.
- 2015: Mikel Thomas, Trinidad and Tobago, 13.39
- 2014: Ray Stewart, unattached, 13.66
- 2013: Ronald Brookins II, unattached, 13.66
- 2012: Logan Taylor, unattached, 13.75
- 2011: Hector Cotto, Vegas Lightning,13.62
- 2010: Kevin Craddock, unattached, 13.56
- 2009: Kai Kelley, unattached, 13.44
- 2008: Arend Watkins, unattached, 13.40
- 2007: Tim Bogdanof, unattached, 14.10
- 2006: Dominique De Grammont, So Bay TC, 13.93
- 2005: Dominique De Grammont, So Bay TC, 13.66
- 2004: Mark Crear, So Cal Cheetas, 13.65
- 2003: Dominique De Grammont, Azusa Pacific, 13.82
- 2002: Rich Benoy, SpringCo Athletics, 14.00
Eugene Driver “Track Junkie” Cup – Men’s 200m
- 2015: Ameer Webb, Nike, 20.02
- 2014: Remontay McClain, unattached, 20.55
- 2013: Remontay McClain, unattached, 20.89
Dave Farmer Cup – Men’s High Jump
Dave Farmer graduated from Occidental College in 1967, an era when Occidental rivaled USC and UCLA as an NCAA Championship contender in track & field. A native of Minnesota, Dave was the State Private High School Champion in the high jump and 440 yard dash. At Occidental, he played football, rugby, and competed in track & field. After graduation, he began participating in endurance sports. He enjoyed a 20-year career as a long distance runner, followed by another decade as a competitive masters cyclist.
The endurance events in which he competed over the years include the Boston Marathon, the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon, the Davis Double Century Bike Ride, the Markleeville Death Ride (which includes 15,000’ of elevation gain in 150 miles of cycling), and the 3-day/750 mile Paris-Brest-Paris ride. He also ran a number of marathons in addition to Boston and competed in the World Masters Summer Cycling Circuit in Italy. Dave presently resides in San Luis Obispo.
- 2015: Andy Gilmore, Computomarx, 2.14m, 7-00.25
- 2014: Andy Gilmore, Computomarx, 2.15m, 7-00.50
- 2013: Nick Ross, unattached, 2.28m, 7-05.75
- 2012: Jamie Nieto, New York AC, 2.24m, 7-04.25
- 2011: Jah Bennett, West Valley TC, 1.95m, 6-04.75
- 2010: Adebayo Adio, unattached, 2.10m, 6-10.75
- 2009: Jim Dilling, unattached, 2.15m, 7-00.50
- 2008: Trevor Barry, Team North Dakota, 2.23m, 7-03.75
- 2007: Matthew Carter, unattached, 2.23m, 7-03.75
- 2006: Adebayo Adio, unattached, 2.05m, 6-08.75
Dixon Farmer Cup – Men’s 400m Hurdles
Dixon Farmer was the 1959 California High School State Champion in the 180yd Low Hurdles and 440yd dash. In 1961, he won the NCAA 400m Hurdles title in a meet record 50.8 competing for Occidental College and was ranked #2 in the World by Track & Field News. He went on to have a 35-year coaching career—beginning at his alma mater from 1963-71, then at the University of Michigan, University of Washington, and San Diego State before becoming Coordinator of Track & Field at the USOC Training Center in Chula Vista. During this time, he was also selected for ten USA international coaching staffs, including the 2000 Olympic Games.
Dixon has written numerous articles on sprint, hurdle, and relay training and been a featured speaker at coaching clinics across the country. For seven years he was also chairman of USA Track & Field’s Men’s Development Committee. In 1998, he returned to Occidental College as Athletic Director. Dixon Farmer has also distinguished himself as one of our sport’s preeminent announcers, having served in that capacity for the Big 10, PAC 10, WAC, Big Sky, Big 12, and MIAC Conference Championships and the NCAA and USATF indoor, outdoor, and cross country National Championships…as well as the Jim Bush Southern California USATF Championships since its inception.
- 2015: Jeshua Anderson, Nike, 49.12
- 2014: Jeshua Anderson, Nike, 49.10
- 2013: Kenneth Medewood, Belize, 50.92
- 2012: Cory Beebe, unattached, 51.14
- 2011: Kenny Medwood, Belize, 51.11
- 2010: Ak Ikwuakor, Nigeria, 50.70
- 2009: Ben Clark, unattached, 50.15
- 2008: Jonathan Williams, unattached, 49.42
- 2007: Jonathan Williams, unattached, 49.80
- 2006: Jonathan Williams, unattached, 49.10
- 2005: Joey Woody, unattached, 49.51
Flash Results West Cup – Men’s 100m
Flash Results West provides Finishlynx Timing and Hytek "Meet Manager" operations for major West Coast track & field meets. National and collegiate conference performance lists are also maintained by Flash Results West and its owner/operator, Don Chadez.
During a 15-year stint as a high school track and cross country coach, Don Chadez was also one of track & field’s preeminent photographers with his work appearing often in major newspapers and periodicals such as Track & Field News. After 3-years of coaching the distance runners at Long Beach State, Don became athletic director at Corona High School. Later, he founded what has become one of the leading track & field timing/results services in America.
Flash Results West has provided timing and results for every rung of the CIF Championship Series in both track and cross country, for almost every major college track & field invitational in Southern California, and for the PAC-10, Big West, and CCAA conference championships, for the NCAA Division-I and II National Championships, and for the Southern California and National USATF Outdoor Championships.
- 2015: Remontay McClain, unattached, 10.08
- 2014: Ryan Bailey, Nike, 10.30
- 2013: Ahmad Rashad, Nike, 10.29
- 2012: Diondre Batson, unattached, 10.29
- 2011: Rubin Williams, unattached, 10.31
- 2010: Joshua Norman, unattached, 10.25
- 2009: Thomas Hunter, unattached, 10.26
- 2008: Kendall Stevens, unattached, 10.09
- 2007: Leroy Dixon, unattached, 10.14
Frank "Gags" Gagaliano Cup – Men’s 800m
This cup is sponsored by Drs. Twilia and Bob Elliott to recognize the extraordinary 44-year coaching career of Frank “Gags” Gagliano. Frank starred at quarterback in football in high school and college, and later professionally in the Canadian League. He also threw the javelin as a prep and as a collegian at the University of Richmond, where he graduated in 1960. Gags started his coaching career at Roselle Catholic H.S. in New Jersey and led his teams to the State Track & Field Championship before moving on to college coaching at Manhattan College in 1969. His 5-years of success as an assistant in the Bronx led to him being named the coach at Rutgers in 1983, where he coached for 9-years. Georgetown University was the next to call for his services. There,from 1983-2001, he developed powerhouse men’s and women ’s track and cross country teams that won 25 Big East Conference Championships and 15 IC4A titles. While at Georgetown, he also established the Reebok Enclave, a club team that enabled post-collegiate athletes to continue their running careers. After 18-years, Gags retired from Georgetown to coach the Nike Farm Team in Palo Alto, California. Frank Gagliano has coached more than 125 NCAA All-Americas and 8 U.S. Olympians and left an indelible mark on the landscape of American middle and long distance running for more than four decades.
- 2015: Boris Berian, Big Bear TC, 1:45.60
- 2014: Prince Mumba, Santa Monica TC, 1:49.07
- 2013: Felix Kitur, Santa Monica TC, 1:45.87
- 2012: Prince Mumba, Santa Monica TC, 1:46.89
- 2011: Tetlo Emmen, unattached, 1:46.88
- 2010: Khadevis Robinson, unattached, 1:46.51
- 2009: Tetlo Emmen, unattached, 1:48.43
- 2008: Jeffrey Paneda, unattached, 1:50.00
- 2007: Elliott Blount, Oregon TC Elite, 1:46.79
- 2006: Tetlo Emmen, unattached, 1:47.47
Ernie Gregoire Cup – Women’s 100m
After earning his B.A. degree from Cal State Los Angeles in 1962, Ernie Gregoire became a biology teacher, physical education instructor, and an assistant football, basketball, and track coach at Ontario High School. After becoming head track coach in 1967, he led the Jaguars to their first-ever league championship. He also started working with the Southern California Cheetas track & field club. In 1968, Ernie became a physical education instructor and assistant football and track coach at Mt. San Antonio College. In 1969, he became Coordinator of Student Activities. Meanwhile, from 1968-73, Ernie’s Mt. SAC sprinters and hurdlers helped the Mounties to win 34 consecutive dual meets and 5 league championships. In 1970, Ernie took over operation of the Cheetas—now one of Southern California’s oldest track clubs. Over the years, the Cheetas have provided hundreds of young boys and girls in the Inland Empire area with their first experience in track & field. Many have gone on to have stellar high school and college track & field careers…and many have come back to the Cheetas after college to continue their track careers and to be coached, once again, by Ernie.
In 1972, Ernie earned his M.A. degree from Azusa Pacific University. In 1973, he became Associate Dean of Student Services at Mt. SAC. In 1979, he was named assistant coach for the West Team to the U.S. Olympic Festival—his first of 13 national team coaching assignments. In 1985, Ernie became “Dr. Gregoire” when he received a Ed.D. in Education. He also began a term as chairman of the executive board for the Mt. SAC Relays—America’s largest annual track meet—that lasted for more than ten years.
Since his retirement from Mt. San Antonio College in 1996, Ernie has continued to coach the Cheetas and serve as Director of Marketing for the Mt. SAC Relays. He has developed six national junior champions, three USA champions, and five Olympians. Ernie has been an assistant coach for USA teams to the 8-Nations Meet in Japan, Goodwill Games, Great Britain-West Germany-USSR Quadrangular, Pan American Games, and World University Games. He was Head Coach of the 1999 U.S. Women’s World Championship and an assistant coach for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team.
- 2015: Carmelita Jeter, Nike, 11.22
- 2014: Mikele Barber, unattached, 11.29
- 2013: Frentorish Bowie, Chula Vista, 11.22
- 2012: Leslie Cole, unattached, 11.22
- 2011: Jasmine Baldwin-Foss, unattached, 11.08
- 2010: Jasmine Baldwin-Foss, unattached, 11.24
- 2009: Shalonda Solomon, unattached, 11.07
- 2008: Hasani Roseby, unattached, 11.40
- 2007: Angela Daigle-Bowen, Cheetahs Int’l, 11.48
- 2006: Melinda Smedley, Sheffield Elite, 11.27
Jim Hanley Cup – Men’s 5000m Race Walk
Jim Hanley walked-on to the UCLA track and cross-country teams at a time when the national governing bodies for collegiate and open/international track & field were in a bitter power struggle. Collegiate athletes could not compete in AAU competitions and the NCAA did not conduct race walks. Jim had recently placed 6th at the U.S. Race Walk Championships and had to give up his collegiate eligibility to compete for an AAU club—the Southern California Striders—if he was to achieve his dream of going to the Olympics as a race walker. Though not allowed to compete for the Bruins, Jim was given the opportunity to train at UCLA by Coach Jim Bush. In appreciation, he became track & field writer for the Daily Bruin newspaper. During his race walk career, Jim competed in the 1964 and1968 Olympic Trials, set an American record for 2,000m, and won several big indoor invitational track meets. Upon his retirement from competition, Jim started conducting race walks for women, changed the rules to allow athletes to drink water during distance races, and convinced CIF officials that high school athletes should not loose their eligibility for competing in AAU walking races, since high schools did not provide a walking program. Jim also created the lap-scoring system that is used in most major race walk and long distance competitions today.
- 2014-15: (not contested)
- 2013: Adrian Zamudio, unattached, 27:18.41
- 2012: Adrian Zamudio, unattached, 29:53.97
- 2011: Richard Campbell, So Cal TC, 29:55.94
- 2010: Jose Moncada, unattached, 26:28.46
- 2009: Jose Moncada, unattached, 25:55.48
- 2008: Philip Dunn, unattached, 22:12.72
- 2007: Pedro Santoni, So Cal Walkers, 27:04.95
Stan King Cup – Men’s 400m
Stan King was a founding member of TRACK WEST in 1986 and has been its patriarch and greatest supporter every since. In the early 1950’s while at Beverly Hills High School, he was ranked among the fastest schoolboy sprinters in the nation. Stan went on to compete at UCLA under the guidance of Hall of Fame coach Ducky Drake. He ran his best time of 46.7 for 440 yards (=46.4 for 400m) at the Modesto Relays—in the same race that James Lea became the first man to sprint that distance under 46-seconds. During his career, Stan competed in the sport’s greatest events during what is considered “A Golden Era” for track & field. While serving in the U.S. Army, Stan was part of elite Army track teams that competed in such historic events as the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden and the Penn Relays. After a 20-year hiatus during which he built a successful business, Stan rediscovered track & field competition as a masters athlete. From 1984 to ‘95, he won All-America honors in the 400 and 200 meters 10-times and was part of the USA contingent to 4 World Masters Championships around the globe. His competitive juices finally sated, Stan became a USATF Official in 1991. He received “Master Official” status in 1998 and officiates more than 25 high school, collegiate, and open invitational events a year.
- 2015: Bryshon Nellum, Nike, 45.17
- 2014: Gil Roberts, unattached, 45.61
- 2013: Joey Hughes Jr, unattached, 45.84
- 2012: Greg Nixon, unattached, 45.89
- 2011: Greg Nixon, unattached, 45.14
- 2010: Felix Sanchez, Dominican Republic, 46.02
- 2009: Bobby McCoy, Tuscon Elite AC, 46.13
- 2008: Joel Stallworth, unattached, 45.75
- 2007: David Johnson, Primetechniques, 46.44
- 2006: Mike Mitchell, So Cal Cheetahs, 46.14
- 2005: Andre Ammons, unattached, 46.85
- 2004: Andrew Rock, unattached, 44.66
- 2003: Jerome Davis, unattached, 46.29
- 2002: Michael Campbell, New York Elite, 46.67
Norm Lumian Cup – Men’s 5000m
Norm Lumian was a highly respected and highly successful track and cross country coach at Morningside High School in Inglewood in the 1950’s. In his 4-years there, his teams were distinguished by exceptional distance runners. In 1957, the Morningside 2-Mile Relay Team set the National High School Record of 7:54.6. His legacy, however, is far more than the powerhouse teams he developed, the championships they won, or the records they set during his brief tenure. His legacy is the impact he had on the rest of the lives of those he coached after they left Morningside. “Wrote the Inglewood Daily News in June 1957: “As for the coach, track mentor Norm Lumian, there is not an athlete or student at Morningside who does not realize the greatness of this man.” That greatness has lived on for more than 40-years in the hearts and minds and lives of his athletes—now doctors, dentists, company owners, and teachers and coaches themselves. In tribute, they have sponsored this traveling Cup. Recently they gathered in Eugene, Oregon for a reunion with Norm—now 75 years old. Norm knew every one of their names, where they were, and what they had done with their lives.
- 2015: Robert Olivera, unattached, 15:17.55
- 2014: Jorge Jabaz Jr, A Snail’s Pace, 14:47.55
- 2013: Lukas Verzbicas, unattached, 14:51.77
- 2012: Pete Hess, San Diego TC, 14:49.45
- 2011: Brandon Birdsong-Johnson, unattached, 14:37.87
- 2010: Jimmy Grabow, unattached, 14:03.16
- 2009: Phillip Reid, Asics Aggies, 14:13.75
- 2008: Brett Gotcher, McMillan Elite, 13:56.40
- 2007: Ryan Shay, unattached, 13:46.26
- 2006: Jesse Armijo, unattached, 15:07.87
- 2005: Sergio Reyes, Asics Aggies, 14:17.23
- 2004: Cory Duquette, Minot State, 14:49.07
- 2003: Nick Neely, Brown University, 14:58.54
- 2002: Andy Coughlin, unattached, 14:43.01
Al Minturn Cup – Men’s Discus
Al Minturn died in his sleep during the 2008 USA Track & Field Annual Meeting in Reno, NV doing what he loved—working to enhance and expand the officiating that makes participation in our sport possible for hundreds of thousands of track & field athletes. At age 72, Al was still one of our most active and energetic USATF officials and starters in Southern California. He was Vice-Chair of Training for the Southern California USATF Officials Committee, one of the Committee’s most important positions. He also traveled to officiate track meets all over the country—most recently to the 2008 Penn Relays and U.S. Olympic Trials. Al worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District for most of his adult life—mostly in the area of student services. In 1989, he received the Distinguished Leadership in Physical Education Award from NASPE, the National Association for Sport & Physical Education, for the after-school sport and fitness programming he created for the LAUSD. In 2002, Al received the Andy & Mary Bakjian Award for excellence in officiating that is presented by the Mt. SAC Relays. More recently, the Al Minturn Humanitarian Award was established in honor of his being the first program director for LA’s BEST—a division of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that takes responsibility for training and supporting a staff of dedicated LAUSD after-school employees. The Al Minturn Award recognizes individuals who have instilled in students the value of public service and making a difference in their communities. Al Minturn was a great man. As an educator, administrator, and official, he made a difference in the lives for an untold number of students and track & field athletes.
- 2015: Austin Gamble, unattached, 55.61m, 182-05
- 2014: Jared Schuurmans, Team Nebraska, 62.22m, 204-02
- 2013: Matt Kosecki, UCLA, 57.27m, 187-11
- 2012: Mike Torie, unattached, 58.76m, 192-09
- 2011: Carl Myescough, Great Britain, 63.23m, 207-05
- 2010: Carl Myescough, Great Britain, 61.51m, 201-10
- 2009: Jordan Clarke, unattached, 61.16m, 200-08
Rose Monday Cup – Women’s 800m
Since the inception of Track West, Rose Monday has been the club’s most prominent female middle distance runner. Rose competed in the inaugural Santa Monica Track Classic in 1986 (predecessor of these Championships) and every year thereafter through 1992. From 1984-91 she ranked among the top-10 U.S. performers at 800 and 1500 meters and competed in 3 U.S. Olympic Trials. Rose holds Track West 800/1500 meter club records of 2:00.17 and 4:08.65 respectively.
- 2015: Krishna Curry, The Janes Elite, 2:06.34
- 2014: Lea Wallace, Nike, 2:04.63
- 2013: Maggie Vessey, New Balance, 2:03.40
- 2012: Lindsey Schnell, unattached, 2:05.61
- 2011: Melanie Hardy, unattached, 2:06.34
- 2010: Melanie Hardy, unattached, 2:08.92
- 2009: Salome Dell, Papua New Guinea, 2:06.82
- 2008: Brenda Martinez, UC Riverside, 2:02.34
- 2007: Brenda Martinez, unattached, 2:04.22
- 2006: Alice Schmidt, unattached, 2:02.75
- 2005: Sasha Spencer, unattached, 2:03.38
- 2004: Krista Ferrala, Nike Farm Team, 2:04.17
- 2003: Jenna Timinsky, UCLA, 2:08.04
- 2002: Gina Clayton, USC, 2:14.65
Larry Myrick’s Cup – Men’s Long Jump
Larry Myricks’ long jump duels with Carl Lewis are legendary and he will always be remembered as one of the greatest jumpers in U.S. track & field history. While a student at the University of Mississippi, he burst onto the national scene in spectacular fashion in 1976 by winning the NCAA title and placing second at the U.S. Olympic Trials. At the Olympic Games in Montreal, he qualified for the final, but suffered a broken foot on a warm-up jump and was forced to withdraw from the event. Nevertheless, he was still ranked 6th in the world that year—the first of an extraordinary 14 yearly world rankings in the long jump.
One of Larry’s best seasons was 1979 when he won the NCAA, USA, and World Cup titles and ranked #1 in the world. Larry spent his entire post-collegiate career in Southern California competing for the So Cal Cheetas. He is one of a handful of athletes who have been a member of four U.S. Olympic Teams—1976, 1980, 1984 and 1988. He recorded his PR of 28′ 8 ¼” in 1988 and was the bronze medalist in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, as well as the 1987 and 1991 World Championships. Larry was also a world-class sprinter and a member of the USA World Championship Team in 1983 as a 200 meter runner.
- 2015: Biliaminu Lawal, unattached, 8.02m, 26-03.75, +2.7
- 2014: Ronald Taylor Jr, unattached, 7.68m, 25-02.50, -0.2
- 2013: Tyron Stewart, Chula Vista, 7.87m, 25-10.00, NWI
- 2012: Joseph Allen, unattached, 7.84m, 25-08.75, +0.0
- 2011: JaRod Tobler, unattached, 7.99m, 26-02.75, +2.9
- 2010: JaRod Tobler, unattached, 8.04m, 26-04.50, +2.9
- 2009: John Harris, unattached, 7.22m, 23-08.25, +2.2
- 2008: Henry Dagmil, International Elite, 7.99m, 26-02.75, +0.2
- 2007: Kevin Finney, unattached, 7.42m, 24-04.25, +0.5
- 2006: Juaune Armon, unattached, 7.93m, 26-00.25, +1.6
John Norton Cup – Women’s 5000m
For more than a decade, John Norton was one of Southern California’s most versatile Community College coaches. While coaching at Mt. San Antonio College, he developed California State Champions in such diverse events as the men’s and women’s Javelin, Decathlon, and 800, 1500, 5,000 and 10,000 meter races. Later, John moved into athletic administration and became the driving force behind many positive changes in the California Coaches Community College Coaches Association and State Athletic Directors Association, as well as the Mt. SAC Relays. For those efforts, he has been recognized as “California Athletic Director of the Year.” After more than 20-years, John Norton continues to play an important role in promoting track & field and cross country throughout the Western United States.
- 2015: Jennifer Tave, unattached, 18:08.89
- 2014: Rachel Baker, The Janes Elite, 17:18.66
- 2013: Grace Padilla, Nike Team Run LA, 18:43.09
- 2012: Juliane Masciana, Adidas / TeamRogue, 17:04.41
- 2011: Emily Field, The Janes Elite, 16:46.23
- 2010: Erika Aklufi, The Janes Elite, 17:05.20
- 2009: Jennifer Santa Maria, unattached, 17:02.49
- 2008: Elizabeth Hitchner, unattached, 16:43.14
- 2007: Brooke Kish, Boulder Running Co / Adidas, 16:34.04
- 2006: Heather Gibson, Asics Aggies, 16:46.77
Don Ruh Cup – Men’s Hammer Throw
Don Ruh is one of Southern California’s true coaching icons. After graduating from the University of Redlands in 1955, he served as an assistant track coach at two local high schools. He became the head coach at Dominquez in 1958, where he led the Dons to four league titles and a CIF Championship. In 1963, he became the head track and cross country coach at Mt. San Antonio College—where he remained for the next 30-years. During his tenure at Mt. SAC, Don led the Mounties to 14 undefeated seasons, 4 California Community College State Championships, and numerous conference and Southern California titles. He was twice named “California Community College Coach of the Year” and elected to the California Community College Track & Field Coaches Hall of Fame. He coached numerous marquee athletes throughout the years who went on to become national champions, world-class athletes, and Olympians—including gold medalists Bob Seagren and Mark Crear.
In 1970, Don was selected as a coach for the USA National Track & Field Team for a series of international meets and, in 1975, he was named head coach USA National Junior Team for the annual USA/USSR Dual Meet. When the Olympic Games came to Los Angeles in 1984, Don was named Director of Officials. The Mt. SAC Relays were started by Hilmer Lodge in 1958. But it was Don Ruh’s vision and guidance that led the Relays to become the largest annual track meet in the United States during his 24-years as Director. Simultaneously, he founded the largest cross country meet in the United States, the Mt. SAC Invitational, which draws more than 18,000 runners annually.
There’s more! In 1985, the Amateur Athletic Foundation was created with Southern California’s endowment from the 1984 Olympic Games. Don applied for, and received, an AAF grant to conduct clinics at local elementary schools to introduce kids to the sport of track & field, followed by a day of age-graded competition at Mt. SAC. The AAF Youth Days Program was the first grant given by the AAF and continues to be its longest continuously funded program. Today, it has provided more than 250,000 youngsters throughout Southern California their first experience in track & field. In recognition, in 2005 the AAF presented Don with its Spirit Award. The impact that Don Ruh has had on Track & Field cannot be overstated. Anyone who wins the Don Ruh Traveling Cup should be truly honored.
- 2015: Colin Dunbar, unattached, 69.99m, 229-07
- 2014: Caleb Stuart, UC Riverside, 65.72m, 215-07
- 2013: Alex Umstead, unattached, 63.46m, 208-02
- 2012: Michael Mai, US Army, 69.55m, 228-02
- 2011: Mike Milakozic, unattached, 62.92m, 206-05
- 2010: Lucais MacKay, Shore Athletic Club, 69.66m, 228-06
- 2009: Corey Martin, unattached, 72.53m, 237-11
- 2008: Lucais MacKay, unattached, 66.08m, 216-09
- 2007: Arnaldo Cueta, unattached, 65.83m, 216-00
- 2006: Arnaldo Cueta, unattached, 63.87m, 209-06
Chuck Seekins Cup – Women’s 3000m Steeplechase
Chuck Seekins was a 1938 graduate of Occidental College and a member of Tigers’ Cross Country and Track & Field teams. After returning to Occidental as a math professor in the mid-1960’s, he resumed his running career and become a member of the renowned Seniors Track Club. Chuck competed in long distance running for 20-years, almost always coming home with age-group awards from road races contested across the length and breadth of Southern California. Chuck also enjoyed racing on the track and competing in races as short as one mile and as long as the Marathon.
- 2015: Damanjot Kaur, unattached, 10:57.44
- 2014: Courtney Anderson, CSU Stansilaus, 10:05.64
- 2013: Bethany Nickless, unattached, 10:09.74
- 2012: Minori Hayakari, Japan, 10:02.86
- 2011: Karla Alburez, Nike Team Run LA, 10:58.22
- 2010: Barbara Parker, Great Britain, 9:38.23
- 2009: Lisa Galaviz, unattached, 9:40.02
- 2008: Lindsey Anderson, unattached, 9:41.35
- 2007: Carrie Messner-Vickers, unattached, 9:45.67
- 2006: Kristin Anderson, unattached, 10:17.95
Skip Shaffer Cup – Women’s 1500m
Skip Shaffer was a member of the Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams at Hope College in Michigan. Upon his graduation, he moved to Southern California where he began a lengthy career on the Southern Pacific Association AAU Road Racing Circuit (now the Southern California Association of USA Track & Field). Skip was a member of the Culver City AC and a frequent top ten finisher as an open division runner. Later, he was nationally ranked as a Masters competitor and broke 2:30 for the Marathon while in his 40’s.
- 2015: Tracee van der Wyk, unattached, 4:27.00
- 2014: Jenna Westaway, Canada, 4:20.21
- 2013: Natasha LaBeaud, unattached, 4:24.80
- 2012: Callie Thomas, unattached, 4:28.64
- 2011: Jordyn Smith, Bowerman AC, 4:25.56
- 2010: Jennifer Rhines, unattached, 4:26.99
- 2009: Grace Padilla, unattached, 4:26.99
- 2008: Marina Muncan, Serbia, 4:08.18
- 2007: Iryna Vashchuk, Ukraine, 4:18.13
- 2006: Alisha Williams, Big Sur Distance, 4:24.20
Constantina Tomescu Cup – Women’s 10,000m
Constantina Tomescu is one of the most successful Romanian athletes of all-time. She currently holds the Romanian national records for 5000m (14:39.17), 10,000m (31:14.24), 15K (48:28), the Half-Marathon (1:08:10) and Marathon (2:21:30). Originally a team handball player, she didn’t begin serious training for long distance running until her late 20’s. Within 2-years, she placed 19th in the Marathon at the 1999 World Championships, then 10th at the 2001 World Championships and, most recently, 3rd at the 2005 World Championships.
In 2006, Constantina competed in the Women’s 10,000 meters at the Jim Bush Southern California Championships to qualify for the European Championships. After ten of the race’s 25-laps, all the other competitors in the race had dropped out, but Constantina forged on towards her goal. Her solo 33:04.27 winning performance was both remarkable and inspiring. The anonymous donor of this Cup hopes this recognition of Constantina’s performance will inspire other women to dedicate their athletic pursuits to a sport as worthy and deeply rewarding as track & field and long distance running.
- 2010-15: (not contested)
- 2009: Laura Conley, VS Athletics, 37:51.94
- 2008: (not contested)
- 2007: Michelle Simonaitis, Wasatch Athletics, 35:39.57
Elaine Ward Cup – Women’s 5000m Race Walk
For three decades, Elaine Ward has given tirelessly to the sport of Race Walking, directing both the North American Race Walking Foundation (NARF) and North American Race Walking Institute (NARI). The Foundation produces and sells numerous instructional videos and publishes a Quarterly Bulletin for its members and donors who support the Olympic Development activities of its nonprofit Institute. In a two year partnership with the USATF National Race Walk Committee, NARF started a regional/national ranking ladder in 1993 using 5-year age groups with specific time qualification, judging, and certification standards. The North American Racewalking Institute (NARI) is the non profit companion to NARF. Since its inception in 1997, NARI has been a major contributor to the race walking program at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA—a state-of-the art training facility and unique resource for both resident and visiting athletes preparing for international competition. Over the years, NARI has also given financial assistance to high school and collegiate race walking programs, put on training and awareness camps, sponsored several national championships, and created the Al Heppner Scholarship Fund to aid aspiring Olympians.
- 2014-15: (not contested)
- 2013: Patsy Hurley, Equalizers TC, 29:14.79
- 2012: (not contested)
- 2011: Patsy Hurley, unattached, 29:44.54
- 2010: Julia Townsend, unattached, 34:33.26
- 2009: Margaret Ditchburn, unattached, 26:59.01
Brian Waterbury Cup – Men’s 3000m Steeplechase
Brian Waterbury was a member of the cross country and track & field teams at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, and then at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo. After graduation, he found that there were no long distance races in the area for post-collegiate athletes who wanted to continue in the sport, so he took it upon himself to conduct some. The most notable of these was the Morro Bay to Cayucos Beach Run, which began with 32 entrants in 1970 and now attracts more than 700 runners a year. It is currently sponsored by the Morro Bay Recreation Department and known as “The Brian Waterbury Memorial Rock to Pier Run.”
Brian also co-founded the San Luis Distance Club in 1974 and both organized, and participated in, many of the Club’s relays. Among these were the Christmas Relays from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay, the Lake Tahoe 72-Mile Relay, the 12-person Hood to Coast 200-Mile Relay in Oregon, and the Providian Relay from Napa to Santa Cruz. Brian participated in more than 400 races during his running career, highlighted by an 8th place finish in the 50/59 division of the 2001 Boston Marathon.
Brian was also the long-time boys and girls distance coach at San Luis Obispo High School where he was a math and computer science teacher. As the school’s Head Cross Country Coach in the early 1970’s, he created and coached his school’s first girls cross country team. Brian also helped officiate at his school’s track meets for 30 years and kept in touch with his athletes long after they had finished competing.
- 2015: Bennett Naden, Track Club LA, 9:23:08
- 2014: Christopher Endoqui, Mexico, 8:55.17
- 2013: Jesus Romo, New Balance SV, 9:01.51
- 2012: Thomas Kloos, Bay Area TC, 8:43.43
- 2011: Jacques Sallberg, unattached, 8:56.62
- 2010: Jacques Sallberg, unattached, 8:42.07
- 2009: Jacques Sallberg, Run with Us, 8:44.56
- 2008: Kevin Davis, unattached, 8:45.77
- 2007: Salvador Miranda, unattached, 8:48.52
- 2006: Jacques Sallberg, Run with Us, 8:35.92
Sid Wing Cup – Men’s 1500m
Sid Wing was a 2-time NCAA All-America miler and team captain at the University of Southern California in the 1950’s. In the most anticipated race of the 1956 NCAA Championships, the 1500 meters, he placed 3rd behind Villanova’s Ron Delaney (who later that year won the 1500 meters at the Olympic Games in Melbourne) and Australian Jim Bailey of Oregon (the first man to run a sub 4-minute mile on U.S. soil)–making him the top American collegiate miler that year. In 1957, his senior year and a year in which USC and UCLA were not eligible to compete in the NCAA Championships, Sid captured the highly-coveted Pacific-8 Conference mile title in a stirring dual down the final stretch with UCLA’s Bob Seaman and Oregon’s Jim Grelle, two of the preeminent middle-distance runners of that era. Sid Wing held the USC 1500 meter record of 3:49.0 for 20-years.
- 2015: Derek Thomas, Asics Aggies, 3:48.63
- 2014: Michael Davila, unattached, 3:47.86
- 2013: Luis Gutierrez, unattached, 3:45.21
- 2012: Tiidrek Nurme, Estonia, 3:43.44
- 2011: Scott Bauhs, TRANSPORTS, 3:42.87
- 2010: Alistair Cragg, unattached, 3:44.75
- 2009: Mark Matusak, unattached, 3:45.40
- 2008: Steve Sherer, unattached, 3:40.51
- 2007: Thomas Brooks, Oregon TC Elite, 3:42.10
- 2006: Steve Sherer, unattached, 3:41.21
- 2005: Matt Johnsrud, unattached, 3:47.57
- 2004: Jason Lunn, Nike, 3:39.63
- 2003: Ricky Ethridge, Puerto Rico, 3:46.47
- 2002: Jon Rankin, UCLA, 3:47.18