Runner Cardona returns to win Turkey Trot

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Two years ago while competing in cross-country and track at El Camino College, David Cardona captured the Torrance Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 3-Mile Fun Run.

The ECC record-setting runner is now a key distance runner at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo but he was home to be with his family over Thanksgiving and he, again, captured the event at 14 minutes and 20 seconds last Thursday.

Cardona defeated his former El Camino teammate, Jose “Tito” Lezama, who was second clocking 14:34.

Two years ago while competing in cross-country and track at El Camino College, David Cardona captured the Torrance Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 3-Mile Fun Run.

The ECC record-setting runner is now a key distance runner at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo but he was home to be with his family over Thanksgiving and he, again, captured the event at 14 minutes and 20 seconds last Thursday.

Cardona defeated his former El Camino teammate, Jose “Tito” Lezama, who was second clocking 14:34.

“It was a great race,” Lezama, a 22-year-old who now lives in Gardena, said. ‘I didn’t run much this season. I came back from an injury, two weeks ago. I’m happy with the (second place) finish.”

Lezama completed his two years of eligibility at ECC and has yet to attend a four-year college.

The top female finisher was Kristen O’ Hara Leetch in 17 minutes. O’ Hara is the wife of current Redondo High cross country and track and field head coach Bob Leetch, who coached the Sea  Hawks’ boys’ and girls’ cross country squads to the California State Championships last Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Redondo’s boys finished third behind champion Westlake and runner-up Saugus, while its girls placed sixth.

Shanahan takes second: Bishop Montgomery High standout Ryland Shanahan finished second in last Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division IV Cross Country Championships, completing the 5-kilometer course timing 18:12.3 at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Shanahan finished behind Vanessa Fraser of Scotts Valley.

Runner Cardona returns to win Turkey Trot