Mark Szekrenyi has committed to Westmont College


Coach Info
Name Phone Email Team Name City State
Club Jim O'Brien O’Brien’s Army Arcadia CA
High School Christina Dekker
Cross Country
Best Time Course Name Location Exact Distance Description
3 miles Time 16:29.03 CIF Prelims Riverside, CA 3.00 Miles CIF SS playoff course, converted golf course - notoriously hot, dry and dusty
5,000m Time 17:08.00 Clovis - Woodward Park Fresno/Clovis, CA 5000m California State Championship course at Woodward Park
4,000 Time 16:03.00 Rosemead Inv. Rosemead, CA 2.94 Miles Flat park course.
Cross Country Honors

2016 Sophomore Season:

#3 Team Finish at CIF STATE Meet - set new 5K PR and placed top 75

All Olympic-League Honors, 1st Team

Regional Dream Team Selection by Long Beach Press Telegram, Honorable Mention
Southeastern Los Angeles County Region covering 25-30 high schools and over 1 million population.

#16 in California TOP 50 Sophomore Rankings -- 5K (CIF DIV 5 )

8th place individual finish (16:29) out of 121 at CIF Prelims

3rd place individual finish (16:07) out of 239 at Rosemead Invitational (Soph race)

1st place Varsity team wins at Mt Sac and Bell-Jeff Invitational (Griffith Park)** - I placed top 15 in both races

**2015 Freshman Season **

All Olympic-League Honors, 2nd Team ** - Only Frosh honored by league
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** #12 in California TOP 50 Freshman Rankings** -- 3 Mile (CIF DIV 5 )

Advanced to CIF Finals


** 3rd place individual finish (tie) at Mt Sac Inv.** (Frosh DIV 4/5 race)


** 1st place team finish at Clovis Inv.** (Frosh/Soph race)

Cross Country additional

2016 Sophmore Season:
- All-Time BEST Valley Sophomore XC Runner (2.93 mile) and #3 All-Time Best in 2.94 mile, 3 mile & 5K
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- Voted by teammates & coaches as the "Hardest Worker" and "Most Underrated"

2015 Freshman Season:
- 3rd Best All-Time Valley Freshman XC Runner (3.00/2.98/2.93 mile)
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- Voted by teammates & coaches as the "Freshman of Our Future" and "Most Improved"

100 HRDL 100 110 HRDL 200 400 HRDL 400 800 1,500 1,600 3,000 STPL 3,000 3,200 5,000 10,000
Best Time - - - - - - 2:09.00 - 4:52.00 - - 10:55.00 - -
Second Best Time - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Outdoor Honors

2016 Freshman Season:

*** California TOP 50 Frosh *** ALL CIF Divisions -- 1 Mile

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*** USA TOP 200 Frosh *** ALL Divisions -- 1 Mile

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  • Only Freshman runner on Varsity track team *** Olympic League Varsity Finalist : 800m (7th) / 1600m (6th) / 3200m (4th)

- Qualified for the Russell Cup in 800/1600/3200 (incl. Top 25 finish)

*** All-Time Frosh Valley Christian records:
-- 2nd fastest "Miler", 3rd fastest 1600m runner, 4th fastest 3200m, and 2nd fastest All-Time Frosh 800m runner @Valley (2:18.11 - Dual Meet)
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Outdoor Additional

2017 Additional Races:
* 1st Place at the Los Alamitos Race on the Base: Sprint Triathlon (24 & Under Classification) - 21st Overall out of 800+ (5k Run, 13 mi Bike, 200m Swim)
* 2nd Place Overall at Lakewood 5K Run

2016 Additional Races:
* 3rd Place at the Los Alamitos Race on the Base: Sprint Triathlon (18 & Under Classification) - 5k Run, 13 mi Bike, 200m Swim
* 2nd Place at Seal Beach 5K (18 & Under Classification) - 7th Overall (out of 2,300 runners)

Physical Attributes
Hand Bench Press (max) Wingspan Vertical jump
R - 71 21


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High School
Valley Christian High School
School City
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Guidance Counselor
Candyce Simpson
Guidance Counselor Phone
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Class Size
School Size
Class Rank
School Division
Major Category
Business Mgmt and Admin. Services
Management Science, General
Major Category
Aerospace, Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineer
Major Category
Mechanical Engineering
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Personal Highlights
  • Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout, Anticipated 2018
  • Order of the Arrow, Brother - BSA National Honor Society
  • National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) - BSA Trained
Additional Questions:
Why do you want to be recruited to play sports in college?

I love to run! And I love to participate and compete for something I belong to and believe in. It would be my honor to race for the college that I will be attending.

Athletes are often leaders on and off the field. Please provide one example of how you have demonstrated leadership in both areas.

As a Boy Scout, I have been a Patrol Leader, assistant Patrol leader (several times) and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (for the entire Troop of 90 teens). I have also been a Den Chief which is a leadership liaison position to help mentor younger Cub Scouts. And I have done several full days of National Youth Leadership Training. On the course, and on the track, I let my performance speak for itself. I try to win and lose with equal dignity; leading by example. I am also one of my team's most vocal supporters during every race, urging on my teammates.

Please explain how you pursue "healthy athletic performance" as a student-athlete.

Balance is very important. I try very hard to balance my athletic preparation and competition with school work, scouting, family, and my duty to God. Family and God take priority over everything but otherwise I am very careful to not let any one aspect of my life completely overshadow everything else. As Gale Sayers said, "The Lord is First, My Friends/Family are Second, and I Am Third."

Please describe how you are involved in service in your community and why these efforts are important to you.

Boy Scouts of America Life Scout - Eagle rank anticipated in 2017. I have been in scouting since first grade and it is a big part of my life. I have been able to serve my community by collecting food for the homeless, visiting quadriplegic veterans, singing Christmas songs nursing homes, and fixing many hiking trails for the public to enjoy. I have been blessed with a wonderful life and I feel it is both my duty and joy to help those less fortunate.

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Blog Posts

Tough Junior Year
November 18, 2017
Its been a tough junior year. I hurt my back in September, probably by doing a poor dead-lift, and I have been trying to get my back into top form ever since. Its getting better but its been a...
Named to regional Dream Team by Long Beach Press Telegram
January 9, 2017
Los Cerritos News article on Valley XC
December 3, 2016
#3 at CIF STATE Meet, Best showing ever in school history
November 27, 2016
Downed in CIF SS Finals!
November 21, 2016
A St. Margaret's runner went down in the mud at the 200m mark and caused 6-7 runners to go down too. Stampeded over but I managed to stand after a kick in the nose and ribs, but dropped way back in...
VC Advances to CIF Finals. Mark Szekrenyi sets PR of 16:29
November 15, 2016
Brutal day at Mt SAC ends in team victory!!
October 22, 2016
94F, dust & pollen were not enough to stop VCXC, 1st Place Varsity Boys. I finished 7th with a new course PR. I hope to do better next year in cooler weather!
Big finish at Clovis Invitational
October 9, 2016
Team finished 2nd and I finished 29th on my birthday in Fresno. I finished strong, passing 4 runners on the grass. I hope to be back here in November for State!!
Big Expectation for Valley XC (Long Beach Press Telegram Preview)
September 23, 2016
The Crusaders are vying for their third consecutive berth in the Southern Section Division 5 finals and second appearance in the State meet in three seasons. Valley Christian, led by junior Ryan...
First League Meet!
September 16, 2016
Yesterday was our first league meet. Valley Varsity boys dominated!! I personally had my best meet ever, finishing 3rd overall with a 17:07 time on a 3.05 mile course. Great first meet!
1:45 improvement year-over-year at Rosemead
September 11, 2016
Finished 3rd with a 16:03 new PR on a fast & flat 3 mile short course. I led 75% of the way then developed a cramp, but powered through to take 3rd.
Working hard this summer with the Arcadia HS team and Coach O'Brien plus 2 summer camps
July 12, 2016
Attended the US Air Force XC camp and the University of San Diego XC camp. I learned a lot and had fun dorm experiences, but there's nothing like the hard work, sweat, and summer mileage of working...
USA Track & Field Junior Olympics Qualifier (new PR, 4:48)
May 31, 2016
Ran in the LA Jets Invitational as an Unattached. Finished 6th in both the 1500m & 3000m. New PR with 4:48. Felt odd not racing with my Valley teammates but I'm looking forward to the SoCal Assoc...
New PR at Olympic League Varisty Finals - 1600m (5:04)
May 5, 2016
Finished 6th to score in the Olympic League Varsity Finals. Thrilled to knock 5 seconds of my previous PR!!
4th place finish at Olympic League Varisty Finals - 3200m (new PR, 11:16)
May 4, 2016
Very excited to run for Valley in my first league finals. Only 1 non-teammate finished ahead of me, so I was really happy running against the best in the league and finishing 4th. Go Valley!!
Top 25 Finish at the Russell Cup
April 18, 2016
Ran the 800m at the Russell Cup this weekend. Still recovering from a quad strain so I scratched on 1600 & 3200. But came close to a PR on the 800. Looking forward to next year!!
2nd place at the Seal Beach 5K (18U)
April 9, 2016
Nice to get in a longer run during track season. Finished 7th overall. Hoping to get into the top 3 next year!!
Qualified for the Russell Cup at the Maurice Green Invite yesterday
March 20, 2016
Long day yesterday at Oaks Christian. Ran Varsity 800 and 3200 and the Mile in the Maurice Green. Qualified for the Russell Cup 1600 and 3200. But missed qualifying for the 800 by 2 seconds....
3rd place at Los Al Race on the Base Sprint Triathlon
March 9, 2016
Did my first Tri. It was tough but I came in first in the 18 and under group during the run. I wish I had a racing bike but the old Schwinn hybrid did OK and I passed a lot of people during the...
2015 Paramount Relays 4x800m - Mark Szekrenyi runs lead Varsity leg as Frosh
March 7, 2016
Ran the Varsity lead leg of the 4x800 for Valley at the Paramount relays this past weekend. First time running on a synthetic track! Set a new PR for the 800 and finished my leg 8th out of 11...
VC Advances to CIF Finals. Mark Szekrenyi sets PR of 17:23 as only Frosh on Varsity team
January 2, 2016
VC wins League Championship and 2nd team All-League honors to Mark Szekrenyi
January 2, 2016