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RRCA Congratulates 2004 Roads Scholars Class

Amy Yoder Begley

Begley is a fifteen time NCAA All American and the 2001 NCAA 10,000-meter champion while at the Univ. of Arkansas, finished 9th in the 2004 US Olympic Trials 5,000 and 10,000 meters and was runner-up at the 2002 Avon Global Championship 10k. “This ROADS SCHOLAR® grant will allow me to stay and train in Albuquerque… Training at altitude has been a great addition to my training. Albuquerque is a great place to train with endless dirt trails, a mild winter and altitude.”

Turena M. Johnson (Lane)

Johnson, a 9-time Division III All-American at Luther College in Iowa, was a 2004 Olympic Trial Qualifier for the Marathon and has represented the U.S. on 3 international Ekiden teams. In September of this year she won the USATF 20K National Championship. “The past recipients of this award are of the highest caliber among American distance runners and I am honored to be among them. My passion and drive for the sport comes from simply discovering how good I can be. This has been my philosophy for as long as I have been a runner and a motivating force in my life. The support of AARC/RRCA will be helpful to me as I continue to pursue my goals.”

Kristin Price

Price is a 2004 graduate of North Carolina State where she was a 12 time All American in cross country and track and the 2002 NCAA 10,000-meter Champion. She placed 13th in the 2004 Olympic Trials 10,000-meters and was the second American finisher at the 2004 Peachtree 10K Road Race. ““I want to thank RRCA for the grants they have provided. It is this type of financial assistance program that keeps the hopes and dreams alive for the up-and-coming generation of elite American distance runners.”

Matthew Gabrielson

Gabrielson, a graduate of Drake University in Iowa, qualified for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 5,000-meters. He placed 6th at the 2004 Payton Jordan U S Open 5,000-meters in 13:34.61 and set a personal best in the 3,000-meters of 7:54.22 at the Adidas Oregon Track Classic. He showed his range of ability by winning the 1500-meters in 3:42.01 at the 2004 Boston High Performance Meet #5. In September, he ventured on to the roads, finishing 11th overall and 3rd American at the USATF 5k National Championship in 14:05.

Kyle Baker


Baker currently serves as the assistant track and field coach at his alma mater Michigan State University, where he was a 4-time NCAA All-American. He is returning to top condition following a year of injuries. He showed his potential as a top marathoner with a 2:14:13 debut at the 2002 Chicago Marathon. He also ran a 59:22 20-kilometer that year which made him the 6th fastest U.S. 20k runner ever at that time

ROADS SCHOLAR® committee members in addition to Sniffen, include co-chair Henley Gabeau, an RRCA past president and former RRCA Executive Director, Don Kardong, former President of the RRCA and 1976 Olympic marathoner; Freddi Carlip, past president of the RRCA, Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons; Joan Samuelson, 1984 Olympic gold medalist; Dan Browne, U.S.A. Olympian at 10,000 meters and marathon, and Phil Stewart, Editor and Publisher of Road Race Management and Director of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Race.

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