Alamo runner Guerro heads for track and field national championships

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Dayna Guerro suffered through high desert heat last Saturday, and went on to finish third in the 1,500-meter run, qualifying for the USA Track and Field Championships which will be held in North Carolina later this summer. Danya qualified for the Region 10 Championships in the 800-meter and 1500-meter runs. She placed eighth in the 800.

Courtesy of Steven Mills of Alamo: Dayna Guerro poses with her medal at the USA Track and Field Region 10 Championships in Phoenix on July 6.

The temperatures in Phoenix didn’t help with the runners’ times, according to coach and running partner Steve Mills. Guerro ran in 111-degree weather on Saturday, and 107 on Sunday. The surface of the track was around 130 degrees for the races.

“The 800 didn’t go well,” Mills said. “This was the biggest race she has ever run in and I think the nerves got to her. She over warmed up for the race, and in that heat that will kill you.”

Guerro started out the 1500 with two competitors from Texas and it was a close race for 3 1/2 laps. She finished the race in third place and hit a new personal record at 5 minutes and 23.02 seconds. The second-place runner also set a new personal record, and the first-place runner ran right at her best time. Guerro came in about 30 meters behind the first-place runner.

Guerro needs $5,000 for her trip to North Carolina for the National Championships. To date she has raised just around $3,000, thanks to the Alamo Navajo school board, bake sales, raffles, run-a-thons, mucking horse stalls and general donations from the community. Anyone who would like to help send her to North Carolina, should contact Steve Mills at 854-2727 or stevemagdalena@hotmail.com to arrange cash or service donations for the trip.