Oak Ridge track team competes at Bronco Distance Carnival, defeats Pleasant Grove in dual meet

By: Staff Report
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Oak Ridge track athletes competed at the Bronco Distance Carnival Saturday at Bella Vista High School.

Despite the cool windy conditions for the majority of the meet, quite a few of the Oak Ridge athletes obtained personal bests.

The top-three relay teams and the top-six individuals earned medals at the meet. The following athletes earned medals for Oak Ridge.

Rachel Peterson (second place, varsity 3,200 meters, 11:24.55), Josh Gladwell (second place, fresh-soph 800 meters, 2:08.54), varsity girls distance medley team of Maddie DeZordo, Sabrina Andrus, Mikhayla Polivka and Peterson (fifth place, 13:39.80), varsity boys distance medley team of Marcos Conde, Colin Pilcher, Zach Thornton and Evan Baxter (fifth place, 11:13.78) and the fresh-soph boys’ distance medley team of Gladwell, Bret McNamee, Jean-Yves Diei and Kyle Kauffman (sixth place, 12:17.34).

For complete results for the Bronco Distance Carnival go to

Earlier in the week, the Trojans defeated Pleasant Grove in a dual meet, the varsity boys winning 102-33 and the varsity girls earning a 75-51 win. The freshman-sophomore boys won 73-58, while the freshman-sophomore girls defeated Pleasant Grove 70-33.

Junior Jacob Sipes had an exceptional meet by earning four first-place finishes; running on the 4x100-meter relay team along with Dominick Worsham, Nick Menendez and Bryce Williams (44.16), running on the 4x400 relay team with Diei, Matt Monet and Worsham (3:34.21) and winning the 300-meter hurdles (40.63) and the 200-meter dash (22.45.)

Oak Ridge has a handful of athletes competing at the Stanford Track and Field Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Ellie Velez and Maddie DeZordo will be the first competitors for Oak Ridge in the girls’ 3000-meter run Friday. Dusty Armstrong (3,000 meters) and Zach Youngberg (400-meter hurdles) will also compete Friday.

Oak Ridge has 10 entries in individual events and seven relay teams registered for the meet. High school track and field athletes throughout the state and outside of the state will be competing at this invitational. In addition, collegiate athletes from across the nation will also be competing.