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Aboukhadijeh wins Eggnog Mile

By: Staff Report
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For the fifth straight year, high school and college cross country runners with a taste for adventure met Saturday to participate in the Sacramento Eggnog Mile. The Eggnog Mile rules are simple; each runner must drink 12 ounces of eggnog at the starter’s gun, and then take off on the first of four laps that add up to a mile. After laps one, two and three, runners must stop and drink another 12-ounce cup before resuming. Anyone who vomits during the race is penalized by having to run an extra lap. There were more than 75 competitors at this year’s event at the Bella Vista High School track, including nine current and former Oak Ridge athletes, who were brave enough to take on the challenge. Amjed Aboukhadijeh, who currently runs for UCLA, finished in first place with a time of 5:44, winning by a margin of just more than 20 seconds. This was Aboukhadijeh’s fourth year competing in the eggnog mile, and although he always finished in the top-10, this was his first year winning the event. Other Oak Ridge runners competing in the event included Zach Speno, Jake Zeltner, Ryan Prestegard, Clay McNamee, James Dutta, Maxine Goyette, Holli Arrieta and Kaileen Palmero.