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Alberto Valencia


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


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.

Mallory Elick



Mallory's athletic resume includes impressive achievements in athletics and academics. During her four years at Tulare Union High School she was named three-time East Yosemite League champion in high jump, she was named team MVP and team captain all four years of high school and she broke TUHS high jump record three times all while keeping a 4.0 grade point average and graduating valedictorian of her class. She is currently attending CSUB and majoring in communications. Mallory is always looking for a new challenge, new skills to learn, and opportunities to give back to the community.

Kassidy Neptune



Kassidy is a natural athlete and played many sports during high school, including, track and field, volleyball and golf. While at Stockdale High School she found her true passion was to pole vault as she broke the freshman pole vault record and later earned team Pride Award and team MVP.  Not only did she excel in sports but also in academics and she was a member of the National Honor Society during high school. She is currently attending CSUB and majoring in Kinesiology. She hopes to become a physical education teacher and/or coach after graduation. She is very outgoing, loves working with children and likes teaching proper exercise techniques.     

Miranda Miller



Miranda’s is a natural athlete but she didn’t always know this to be the case. In fact her track and field achievements are especially impressive because she didn’t start competing in track and field until her junior year at Sierra High School. During her junior and senior years she accomplished the flowing; she was named the 2019 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section champion in pole vault, she earned the All Star Prep award and a Girls Track and Field Player of the Year honor, she finished tenth in triple jump at the 2019 CIF state championships and also set a school record in pole vault, triple jump and long jump. She is a strong advocate for It is never too late to step up and fulfill your true potential and wants to inspire others through teaching and community outreach. She is a Kinesiology major at CSUB and is looking forward to using her degree to become a physical education teacher and/or coach after graduation.  

Kenneth Cooper



Kenneth has always had a passion for athletics and for helping others. He started running track in middle school and continued to participate in track and field events during high school, including long distance (3000m, 1500m), sprints (100-400m) and hurdles. During his senior year, he placed regionally in the 300m hurdle event. He also excelled academically, as a member of the National Honor Society at West High School. When he graduated, he knew that helping people was his true calling. He worked hard at Taft College to earn a spot in CSUB’s prestigious nursing program. That hard work paid off and Kenneth was accepted to the nursing program at CSUB. At CSUB, Kenneth found BYRC’s student club was a great fit for his unique set of skills and interests. He can put his passion for helping others and love of exercise to good use. This is Kenneth’s first year as a nursing student at CSUB. He spends what little spare time he has volunteering at local events with the 2022 nursing class. He is CPR and AED certified through the American Heart Association’s (BLS) program. After graduation, he plans to work in critical care and oncology at a local hospital.

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