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Local Running Club Awards Scholarships to Monterey Distance Runners
For over ten years, the Monterey Bay Wednesday Night Laundry Runners (WNLRs) have provided scholarships to outstanding high school seniors throughout Monterey County, an RRCA Outstanding Runner Friendly Community. This year, a total of $11,000 in scholarship awards, ranging from $300 to $2000, were given to students who were nominated by their coaches and met the WNLRs running and educational criteria.
“Our running club is dedicated to distance running, health, and fitness and we want to encourage and recognize our local senior runners. We’re proud that one of our 2008 scholarship winners, Diego Estrada, ran in the Olympics in 2012, but we’re just as proud of Francisco Cornejo, one of our 2007 winners, who after earning a Master’s degree in Education is back in our community teaching and coaching cross country and track.”, said Mike Dove, who created the WNLR Scholarship Program in 2001.
The scholarships are derived from donations of the WNLR club members including a grant from the Big Sur International Marathon.
The following students have been awarded WNLR Scholarships for 2013:
Alisal HS - Emmanuel Gomez
Carmel HS – Justin DePalatis
Greenfield HS – Randy Sosa
Monterey HS – Jake Greenshields and Annalise Mariottini
No. Monterey County HS – Fernando Corona
North Salinas HS – Ivan Pina
Santa Catalina HS – Lucy Scattini
York HS – Roland Centeno and Kobi Lee
About the Wednesday Night Laundry Runners Founded in 1965, the Wednesday Night Laundry Runners (USATF team #133) are a local distance running club with members throughout the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas. There are 300 members with ages ranging from 19-79.