The Oak Ridge varsity boys and girls Cross country teams had very good performances at the Stanford Invitational on Sept. 24.
Oak Ridge competed in the Division 1 races with the girls placing second and the boys placing sixth.
The boys team was lead by Dusty Armstrong who placed 23rd. They placed two places behind Davis and one place ahead of Pleasant Grove, giving them a early season indicator where they stand against two top teams in the Sac-Joaquin section.
Ellie Velez led the girls, placing fifth, the third best place performance all-time by an Oak Ridge athlete at the Stanford Invitational. Rachel Peterson had a breakthrough race with a fantastic performance placing 17th in a very good time of 19:19. Five girls placed in the top 30, a very solid effort in a major invitational. The girls lost to San Clemente by 7 points, a narrow margin in a large race.
The Stanford cross country course is held on the campus’ golf course. This was the first meet of the season where the varsity athletes competed as a team. Early season injuries have held back some of the varsity runners from competing.
Below are Oak Ridge’s results for the Stanford Invitational.
Varsity Boys (sixth place in D1 race with 246 points, 19 teams in the race, 209 runners finished).
23-Dusty Armstrong, 16:28 (5:18 per mile pace)
48-Sean McHone, 16:52
57-Ryan Prestegard, 16:58
58-Jake Zeltner, 16:58
65-Marcos Conde, 17:04
77-Zach Thornton, 17:13
88-Evan Baxter, 17:21
Varsity Girls (second place in D1 race with 75 points, 29 teams in the race, 208 runners finished) San Clemente first with 68 points, Carlmont third with 173 points.
5-Ellie Velez, 18:44 (6:02 per mile pace)
11-Maxine Goyette, 18:56
17-Rachel Peterson, 19:19
25-Reaghan Emrick, 19:30
27-Holli Arrieta, 19:33
59- Mikayla Mefford, 20:20
61-Sabrina Andrus, 20:22
The Oak Ridge cross country team will be hosting its seventh Annual Trojan Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Willow Hills course at Folsom High School. Currently, there are 19 high schools registered for this meet. The first race at the Trojan Invite will be the youth race (ages 8-14) at 8:30 a.m. The first high school race will be the frosh/soph girls at 9 a.m.