PETER de la CERDA
Event: 10,000m, Marathon
PR: 10,000m 28:47.25 (1999) Marathon 2:16:18 (2000)
Born: October 1, 1971 in San Fernando, Calif.
Current Residence: Center, Colo.
High School: Granada Hills (Calif.) HS '89
College: Adams State '97
Club: New Balance
Coach: Joe Vigil
Agent: Shawn Hellebuyck
Career Highlights: 2nd at 2000 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials; 1993 10,000m NCAA Division II champion...11-time All-American at Adams State.
Served as a rabbit at the 1998 and 1999 U.S. Men's Marathon Championships at Pittsburgh, site of 2000 Olympic Trials Men's Marathon. de la Cerda's knowledge of the Pittsburgh course at the 2000 Trials came in handy as he nearly made the U.S. team. de la Cerda took the lead at the Trials at the 11th mile before stretching the margin to 30 seconds at mile 17, and then 39 seconds at mile 19. After 20 miles, Rod DeHaven began to close in on de la Cerda, and at mile 22, the lead was just 8 seconds. DeHaven grabbed the lead during mile 23 and stretched his lead to 7 seconds before de la Cerda mounted a comeback, knocking the margin to 2 seconds. DeHaven went on to win in 2:15:30, de la Cerda finished in second place ($25,000) in 2:16:18. de la Cerda had not bettered the Olympic 'A' qualifying standard for the marathon, and was not eligible to compete at the Olympics in Sydney. He said afterwards that he did his best. "This is what I trained for the last six months. No matter what, I wasn't going to run a gutless race. I felt good until 20-21 miles and my legs just got heavy. I started bleeding on a blister on my right foot and it started bleeding through my shoe. It's not a wasted effort. I got a PR." De la Cerda qualified for the 2000 Trials Marathon with a 2:18:08 performance at the Chicago Marathon on October 24, 1999 - it was his first attempt at the marathon. A history teacher at Center High School in Center, Colo., de la Cerda is married to Ronda. They have one child...a history and secondary education teacher while at Adams State.
2000: Set marathon PR of 2:16:18 at Olympic Trials in
Pittsburgh...ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN...20th in 10,000m at Olympic
Trials...bests of 29:03.03 and 2:16:18.
1999: 19th at USA Championships 10,000 meters...best of 28:47.25.
1997: 11th at USA Championships 10,000 meters...best of 28:58.33.
1996: best of 29:12.8.