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OUR COACHES

Alberto Valencia

DIRECTOR AND COACH

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Alberto's love for running began when he was a child, racing his brother Arturo. They usually ran alone because Wasco didn’t have an established youth running club at that time. When Alberto’s family moved to Bakersfield, he immediately joined the track team at West High. In fact, he talked his younger brother Arturo into joining the team!  Alberto ran track and cross country at West High. While he was a member of the varsity team, they won the Division 3 Valley Championship! Alberto was the cross country Team Captain and nominated MVP his senior year! Alberto is now a college junior,  majoring in finance/accounting. Alberto plans to work as a financial consultant when he graduates.

Arturo Valencia

CORE, STRENGTH, AND MID DISTANCE COACH

 

While growing up in Wasco, Arturo didn’t have access to a youth running club, but his love for the sport began at an early age. When his family moved to Bakersfield, he attended West High, where he earned All-Area (2015-16, 2016-17), was named team MVP (2016), and named most valuable field athlete (2017). He also received the Bakersfield Jockey Club award (2017). He is currently a college sophomore and competes in track and field (pole vault). He earned Second Team All-Conference and was named Academic All-WAC honoree. Arturo is an engineering major and hopes to work as an engineer in Bakersfield after graduating.

Alex Raya

SPEED, LONG DISTANCE, AND FORM COACH

 

Alex is a recent CSUB graduate with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a concentration in exercise science. While at CSUB, Alex was a Division 1 athlete for the Roadrunners track and field team as a distance runner. He has coached cross country and track and field for a Division 1 high school and is currently a track and field coach at Wonderful Prep Academy. Alex’s passion for athletics goes deep. When he is not coaching cross country or track and field, he is working for a performance-advancing center, putting to use his knowledge and expertise in the field of exercise science to help educate and train clients on proper form and technique. Alex is always looking for a new challenge, new skills to learn, and opportunities to give back to the community.

Curtis Threlkeld

MID DISTANCE COACH

 

As a child growing up on the Northeast side of Bakersfield, by mere chance Curtis stumbled upon a local youth track club and fell in love with running. That very same year, he competed in AAU Nationals and took 5th place in the 800 and 4th place in the 4x800 relay. As an adolescent attending North High, he competed at the Central Section Championship all four years. He was Valley Champ his senior year and League Champ all four years in high school in four different events (200, 400, 800, 4x4). Currently a college sophomore, he is a WAC champion in 800. He is an education major and hopes to become a local teacher and coach after graduation.