5th Annual Women in Sports Conference Held in Riverside

Athletic Director Ray Moore and athletes from Vista Murrieta High School was among the administrators who attended the Citrus Belt Area ...


Athletic Director Ray Moore and athletes from Vista Murrieta High School was among the administrators who attended the Citrus Belt Area Athletic Directors Association 5th Annual Women in Sports Conference Tuesday in Riverside, with more than 1,300 female student-athletes from 90 area schools in attendance.

The conference featured female guest speakers from the Southern California area who began as student athletes and now have successful careers with focuses on sports. The conference began with a welcome by Citrus Belt Area Athletic Directors Association President Rich Shearer and an introduction by the Mistress of Ceremonies, Dr. Leslie Boozer of Boone County High School in Kentucky.

The event then featured four prominent women from the Southern California area who have made an impact in the female sports world.

Brenda Martinez began her running career at Rancho Cucamonga High School, setting records for the 800 meters, 1,600 meters, 2-mile and 3-mile runs. Martinez went on to run at UC Riverside and still holds the records for the 800 and 1,500. She was named Athlete of the Year in 2008, and after college signed on as a New Balance sponsored runner. Martinez won her first international medal in 2014 in Moscow, the bronze at the World Outdoor Championships.

Rosie Wegrich has been the Cal Poly Pomona women’s volleyball coach for over 20 years. She began her prep career at Mira Costa High School, then attended San Diego State University before playing on the international volleyball circuit for six years. Wegrich has coached for over 40 years and earned her 700th career win in 2013.

Kristen Yeager-Krikke began her soccer career at Diamond Bar High School, where she won freshman Player of the Year. She was also the kicker of her high school’s football team and, during her senior year, was 35 for 35 in kicking. She was given many honors during her senior season, including being named the Fox Sports Athlete of the Week. Yeager-Krikke went on to play soccer at Cal Poly Pomona, and is now an officer in the LAPD. She competes on the LAPD running and soccer teams and was named the Female Athlete of the Year for the LAPD in 2011.

Jen Schroeder, the last speaker at the event, was an All-Conference, All-County, All-State softball catcher out of Esperanza High School. After being named one of the top five recruits by ESPN, Schroeder went on to play at UCLA, where she competed in three College World Series, including the National Championship in 2005. Schroeder was named the softball ambassador for Dick’s Sporting Goods and was the first female athlete the chain has ever signed. Schroeder can now be seen calling softball games on ESPN during the season.

The Women in Sports Conference began five years ago, patterned after a similar event held in Orange County. The conference is now the largest of its kind in Southern California and is held every year at the Grove Community Church in Riverside.

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