SLAYING THE DRAGON – COACH CRUZ ON LUKAS VERZBICAS

SummerNightsLogo2013     San Diego, Ca. — By the time the “Meb Keflezighi 10,000 meters” was called to the Mesa College track around 8:30 p.m. last night, most of the 250-300 competitors and spectators who had come out for the second of four Summer Nights T&F Meets had already headed for home.

Monique Henderson, her dad Adam & Thom Hunt direct the action

Monique Henderson, her dad Adam & Thom Hunt direct the action

But don’t blame meet organizers Thom Hunt and Monique Henderson, both of whom coach at Mesa. They, along with Monique’s dad, Adam, worked tirelessly handing out hip numbers, lining up fields, and wiping noses.  With so many kids, teens, and adults on hand looking to compete — heck, the 100 meters heats alone took nearly 30 minutes to complete — you knew it was going to be a late night.  All of which was a good thing as the popular Summer Nights series continues to build track and field in America’s Finest City. Continue reading