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Malibuite Julia Townsend placed second in the 2009 Southern California USATF Association Championships at Cerritos College on June 12. Townsend ran a personal best time of 19 minutes and 12 seconds in the 3000-meter intermediate (15 to 16 year old) girls’ racewalk. She will now advance to the Regional Championships scheduled to take place Friday.

Earlier this month, Townsend placed second in the women’s 5000-meter racewalk at the Jim Bush Western Regional Track Meet in Walnut, California. She attended Webster Elementary and Our Lady of Malibu schools before transferring to Louisville High School, where she will be a junior come fall.