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Oak Ridge track competes in Arcadia Invitational

RUNNERS UNITE —€” Antonio Arce, a former Palmdale High School cross country and track athlete coached by Rob Fairley and a former Notre Dame runner, left, hooks up with Oak Ridge senior Benji Xie, the captain of the track and cross country teams who set the school record for the 3,200-meter run at the Arcadia Invitational with a time of 9:13.61, and coach Rob Fairley. Courtesy photo
RUNNERS UNITE —€” Antonio Arce, a former Palmdale High School cross country and track athlete coached by Rob Fairley and a former Notre Dame runner, left, hooks up with Oak Ridge senior Benji Xie, the captain of the track and cross country teams who set the school record for the 3,200-meter run at the Arcadia Invitational with a time of 9:13.61, and coach Rob Fairley. Courtesy photo

RUNNERS UNITE —€” Antonio Arce, a former Palmdale High School cross country and track athlete coached by Rob Fairley and a former Notre Dame runner, left, hooks up with Oak Ridge senior Benji Xie, the captain of the track and cross country teams who set the school record for the 3,200-meter run at the Arcadia Invitational with a time of 9:13.61, and coach Rob Fairley. Courtesy photo

LOS ANGELES — Thirteen Oak Ridge track and field athletes competed at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational in Los Angeles April 8-9 against top competitors from around the nation.

Benji Xie, Will Findlay and Shannon Trumbull turned in outstanding performances. Xie broke the school record in the 3,200-meter seeded race Saturday night, blazing eight laps in 9 minutes, 13.61 seconds to take 12th place.

“Benji ran a strategically very sound race by running very even 400 splits and finishing strong on his last 400 (65 seconds),” Oak Ridge coach Rob Fairley said. “Benji’s ran first 1,600 meters in 4:38 and his second 1,600 meters was 4:35.

“Benji’s performance indicates that he has an excellent opportunity to lower his time under 9:10 this season. He lowered his time by nine seconds Saturday, which is a tremendous improvement. Benji broke Amjed Aboukhadijeh’s record by one second. Amjed graduated in 2010 and is currently running for UCLA’s track team.”

Findlay had a great day high jumping at Arcadia, clearing 6-foot-3 inches, 6-5 and 6-7 on his first attempts. He had a good attempt at 6-9 but didn’t clear it. Findlay tied for fourth. His career personal best is 6-8.

Trumbull qualified for the 100-meter hurdles seeded race on Saturday night with a time of 15.17 seconds, and took eighth in the finals in 15.14, just two-hundredths of a second off her personal record.

Oak Ridge will compete Wednesday at Ponderosa in a Delta River League double-dual meet with the Bruins, Jesuit and St. Francis. The meet starts at 3:30 p.m. The Trojans will compete Friday at the Woody Wilson Invitational at UC Davis starting at 2 p.m.

Below are other Trojan results.

Varsity boys: 4-by-1,600 relay: 14-Zach Speno, Sean McHone, Dusty Armstrong, Clay McNamee, 18:33.81 (fifth all time for Oak Ridge). HJ (open): 5-Matt Redden, 6-1.

Varsity girls: 4-by-100 relay: 41-Cami Crawford, Trumbull, Lexi Davenport, Brittany Adams, 50.90. HJ (open): 7-Jessica Emde, 5-1. 300 hurdles (open): 5 in heat-Trumbull, 47.84. 4-by-400 relay: 29-Adams, Davenport, Emde, Crawford, 4:12.60. 1 mile (seeded): 12-Samantha Ralstin, 5:27.91.

Oak Ridge will compete Wednesday at Ponderosa in a Delta River League double-dual meet with the Bruins, Jesuit and St. Francis. The meet starts at 3:30 p.m. The Trojans will compete Friday at the Woody Wilson Invitational at UC Davis starting at 2 p.m.

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