Track coach Brian Locher and Dr. Armando Siqueiros The San Luis Obispo physician who coached local running phenom Jordan Hasay as a teen and helped many other Cuesta College runners reach their potential received Cuesta College’s track and field second annual Community Support Award.

Dr. Armando Siqueiros received the honor from Brian Locher, Cuesta College track and cross country coach, at the SLO Town Track Classic, held earlier this year. The award recognizes individuals who have had a profound impact on the local running community.

“I am very honored to receive this award from Cuesta,” Siqueiros said. “I have had a great time working with the coaches and athletes. One does things for their passion — to get recognition is just icing on the cake. It makes me feel good that people have appreciated my effort. I hope I can continue to perform and support people as I have.”

Siqueiros, a former elite distance runner (who clocked a 10K in 29:12), is a physician at French Health Center in San Luis Obispo. He has lived on the Central Coast for nearly 20 years.

“Armando has served the needs of the running community selflessly since he moved to this area,” Locher said. “He coached Jordan Hasay during her stay at Mission Prep and now coaches the Cal Poly Distance Club.”

Locher said Siqueiros has been instrumental in providing medical advice to the local elite club runners, the Asics Aggie Running Club, and has allowed numerous Cuesta College track and field athletes to visit his clinic for check-ups and consultations.

The summer after Hasay graduated high school, the Arroyo Grande teen, who worked out at Cuesta’s track under Siqueiros’ tutelage, broke the national high school record for 1500 meters at Olympic Trials. Also in 2008, she was named USA Track and Field’s Youth Athlete of the Year and the Girls High School Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News.

Siqueiros joins another local running legend Joe Rubio, who received the inaugural Community Support Award in 2012. Rubio, owner of Running Warehouse in San Luis Obispo, is a former two-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier (1992 and 1996) and has coached the Asics Aggies since 1999.

 

Photo caption: From left, Brian Locher, Cuesta College track and cross country coach, and Dr. Armando Siqueiros, the recipient of Cuesta track and field’s second annual Community Support Award, while members of the team show their support at the SLO Town Track Classic held Feb. 16 at the college’s track.


Lauren Milbourne | (805) 546-3108 | Email: lauren_milbourne@cuesta.edu | Posted April 5, 20