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July 30, 2010 > Union City teen runner competes in Junior Olympics

Union City teen runner competes in Junior Olympics

By Gary van den Heuvel
Photos By courtesy of Aileen Agustin

Union City native Amihan Agustin will begin her freshman year at James Logan High School this September. But before she begins the challenge known as high school, Amihan will be facing another challenge - the distance runner will represent her city in the Junior Olympics in the 3,000 meter run.

Amihan is coached by her father Rudy, and coach Lee Webb of James Logan High School. Coach Webb has worked with Amihan since the fourth grade, with her primary events being the 3,000 and 1,500 meter races. Amihan's younger brother is also a gifted runner - 8-year-old Russell is the USA Track and Field sub-bantam champion in 1,500 meters, and recorded a time of 6:04 in the 1,500, running in 99-degree heat.

Amihan is also very involved in community service; she is planning to do outreach service to help fight childhood obesity and diabetes. Amihan will spread information to the youth in Union City as well as coaching and exposing kids to the sports of track and field, and cross country. This sense of community comes from her interactions with Webb, who works with the Special Olympics.

"Making the Junior Olympics as a Filipina spoke volumes on how coach Webb has instilled a love for a dying sport for a community who has little understanding of the sport, especially with all the controversy of enhancement drugs," said Amihan's mother Aileen.

The 2010 Junior Olympic Track and Field began on Tuesday, July 27, and will go through Saturday, Aug. 1, at Sacramento City College's Hughes Stadium; find out how Amihan fared in your Tuesday, Aug. 4, Tri-City Voice Sports section.

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