The Reed track and field team traditionally has strong sprinters and solid athletes in the field events. Distance is the one area the Raiders tend to lack depth.
If last weekend was any indication, Reed might have something to be excited about for the next four years.
Anthony Ocegueda, who will be an entering freshman in the fall, recently shined at the Pacific Association Youth Track and Field Championships at Whitney High School in Rocklin, Calif. Last weekend, Ocegueda won the 1,500 meters and took second in the 3,000 meters in the 13-14 boys division.
Ocegueda crossed the finish line in 4:26.92 to win the 1,500 meters by nearly four seconds. If he had raced in the 15-16 boys division, he would have finished less than a second behind the winner.
He almost was a dual winner, placing second in the 3,000 meters one-tenth of a second out of first place.
This summer, Ocegueda plans on training and attending more track meets with the Silver State Striders club. He’s looking forward to joining the Blue and Gold next school year.
“High school will be pretty fun in the cross country season and the track season, too. It’s going to be harder. It was real easy in middle school,” Ocegueda said.
Ocegueda made middle school look easy when he represented Mendive by winning the eighth grade City Cross Country Championships. He was also named most valuable runner in track.
Distance races don’t have the flash and glamor of sprints, but Ocegueda has found his niche and hopes he can eventually run in college.
“It’s fun because all the training is hard, but in the end when you win, it’s really fun," he said. “It’s fun to do this stuff like go out on long-distance runs so you can think about stuff.”
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