Oak Ridge cross country teams place well at Stanford Invitational

By: Matt Long
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In their first meet of the season, Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ and boys’ cross country teams turned in exceptional performances at the Stanford Invitational. In one of the big meets of every season, Oak Ridge ran very well, as the girls placed second in the Division I race, while the boys took sixth. The girls scored 75 points, just seven points behind winner San Clemente. The team’s five scorers placed in the top-27 places. Freshman Ellie Velez ran a strong race, placing fifth in 18 minutes, 44 seconds. Maxine Goyette ran 11th in 18:56, followed by Rachel Peterson (17th, 19:19), Reaghan Emrick (25th, 19:30) and Holli Arrieta (27th, 19:33). Mikayla Mefford (59th, 20:20) and Sabrina Andrus (61st, 20:22) rounded out the team. “Ellie’s fifth-place finish is the third-best place performance all-time by an Oak Ridge athlete at Stanford,” Oak Ridge coach Rob Fairley said. “Her five-kilometer time of 18:44 is an excellent early-season time for a freshman. Rachel had a breakthrough race with a fantastic performance.” Dusty Armstrong led the varsity boys to a sixth-place finish, finishing 23rd individually in 16:28. The rest of the team finished within 29 seconds of each other. Sean McHone ran 48th in 16:52, followed by Ryan Prestegard (57th, 16:58), Jake Zeltner (58th, 16:58), Marcos Conde (65th, 17:04), Zach Thornton (77th, 17:13) and Evan Baxter (88th, 17:21). “The teams had very good performances,” Fairley said. “The boys put in a great team effort. They placed two places behind Davis and one place ahead of Pleasant Grove, so this gives the team a good early season indicator where they stand against two very good teams in the Sac-Joaquin section. The girls’ team also put in a great team effort. Five girls placed in the top-30 which is a very solid effort in a major invitational. “This was the first meet of the season that the varsity athletes competed as a team. Early season injuries have held back some of the varsity runners from competing. It was great to get in such solid team performances at a prestigious meet like Stanford.” Oak Ridge will host its seventh annual Trojan Cross Country Invitational on Saturday at the Willow Hills course at Folsom High School. The first race of the day will be the youth race (ages 8-14) at 8:30 am. The first high school race will be the frosh-soph girls at 9 a.m.