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Gomez Olympic alternate

RUNNING: Former Orange Coast, Costa Mesa standout narrowly finishes in fourth place in marathon for Team USA.

April 24, 2008

BOSTON — Zoila Gomez, a former Orange Coast College and Costa Mesa High standout runner, is an Olympic alternate after edging Tera Moody for fourth place in the U.S. Olympic team trials for the women’s marathon.

Gomez finished in 2 hours, 33 minutes, 53 seconds in the 26.2-mile race, just ahead of Moody (2:33.54) on Sunday. Deena Kastor won the marathon in 2:29.35.

Gomez, a member of Costa Mesa’s 1997 state cross country championship team, was an 11-time All-American, at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo.

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She won six individual national titles in track and field at Adams and four state individual titles for OCC, where she helped lead the Pirates to two state championships in cross country.

— From staff reports


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