When Alison Zabrenski goes back to St. Pius Catholic school in Bowie in the fall she will have a lot to tell to her classmates. She can tell them about the places she went and the things she accomplished because she decided to walk instead of run.

Three years ago, Zabrenski went to a track meet to run in an event, but she saw a racewalk and was captivated. Just by watching the race, she picked up the unique walking style with excellent form and has kept improving her times.

Earlier this spring, the member of the Bowie Tracksters set the national AAU girls age 11-12 record in the 1,500-meter racewalk in 7:57.7 in the Region III championships at South Lakes High School in Reston. She broke the record of 7:59.69, set last year by Ananya Ruoss of Fayetteville, Ariz.

Next week, Zabrenski will try to win the national AAU championship in Clearwater, Fla. This weekend, she will be in Lincoln, Neb., competing in The Athletics Congress national 1,500 age group championship. She won the TAC Region III meet in Raleigh, N.C., earlier this summer.

Zabrenski has continued to chop away at her personal best in preparation for those meets. Sunday, in a meet at St. Stephen's High School, she finished second in 7:52. As significant as her time was the competition -- composed chiefly of adult males 10, 20 and 30 years older.

Seven of Zabrenski's teammates, including outstanding 11-12 boys high jumper and long jumper Robby Mishev, will join her in Clearwater for the AAU championships as the Tracksters will be one of several clubs well-represented at upcoming national championships.

The Eastern Branch Striders, coached by Dennis Chesnut, will send 32 athletes to the AAU meet after an impressive team performance last week in the four-day TAC East Coast Invitational meet at Towson State University that attracted more than 2,300 athletes.

Among the standouts for the Striders were William Perry, who won the boys 15-16 400 meters in 48.6. He combined with Dwayne Perriloux, Heshim Pitman and Yameen Chestnut for a second-place finish in the boys 15-16 4x400 relay in 3:26.

The Striders 13-14 mile relay team of Clement Stokes, Gerald Norde, Ronnell Wilson and Johnnie Williams won their Towson event in 3:43, the second-fastest time in the nation this year for that age group.

Dante Myles of the Chillum Striders will be in Clearwater trying to break the boys age 9-10 record in the 100 meters, which has narrowly eluded him recently.

Myles ran 12.93 in the 100 {the record is 12.88} at the AAU regional meet at South Lakes. He ran 13.07 in winning in Raleigh.

The Glenarden track club also did well at the Raleigh regional meet.

Its 13-14 boys relay team of Jammie Brown, Duan Jones, Eddie Hightower and Michael Proctor set a regional meet record of 47.23 in the 400-meter relay. The Glenarden 13-14 girls 1,600 relay of Shephanie Anderson, Beverly Chinn, Lysonia Stewart and Erica Radden set a meet record of 4:03.28. Shayla Barries joined Chinn, Radden and Stewart to give Glenarden a victory in the girls 13-14 400-meter relay in 50.4.

Glenarden qualified 51 athletes and 14 relay teams to go to the TAC nationals in Nebraska. "They performed like there was no tomorrow," said Glenarden Coach Larry Colbert.

Glenarden qualified 13 individuals and eight relay teams for the AAU national championships in Florida, but could raise enough money to go to only one meet. The team decided to go to the TAC meet in Lincoln.

Other athletes will be going to national competitions this summer without financial worries. The ARCO Chemical/Jesse Owens, the Hersey championships and the multi-event Youth Games provide a national qualifying forum -- and pick up expenses for qualifiers to get to the national championships.

Justine Graham and Angela Vaughn have earned a four-day trips to Los Angeles where they will compete in the Jesse Owens championships. Graham qualified by winning the girls Group 3 high jump at 4 feet, 6 inches in a regional meet in Philadelphia in June. Vaughn won the 100 meters in Group 3 in 13.0.

The District team for the national Youth Games will be selected by Coach Adrian Dixon, choosing from winners of the four trials held throughout the city.

Simone Henry was among the more notable invitees. At a trial meet, she won the girls 11-12 100 meters in 13.91, 200 meters in 28.74 and 400 meters in 1:06.74.

Henry and Amber Robinson, younger sister of All-Met Ebony Robinson, did exceptionally well at Gallaudet University at the District trials for the Hershey meet.

Robinson won the girls 9-10 100 meters in 14.65. Henry won the 13-14 100 meters in 14.14 and 200 meters in 28.43.