High school track: 2 Utah athletes post nation's best times at Arcadia Invitational (with video)

Published: Monday, April 8 2013 4:13 p.m. MDT

Several dozen high school athletes traveled to California last weekend to participate in the prestigious Arcadia Invitational, and two in particular made huge names for themselves at the meet.

Park City’s Ben Saarel won the 3,200 meter Invitational run with a time of 8:45.74, the best time in the country for a high school runner since 2011.

Saarel edged Bernie Montoya of Cibola High School in Arizona by 1.33 seconds. Watch a replay of the race here. The Park City senior has committed to run next year for Colorado University.

Not to be outdone, Davis senior Shea Martinez won two Invitational events, winning the 800 meters and the mile.

Martinez’s victory in the 800 was a sensational finish as she outkicked Courtney Clayton of Illinois down the back stretch, cross the finishing line in 2:09.26, just .04 faster than Clayton. It’s the fastest time in the country this year. Watch a replay of the race here.

Martinez won the seven-competitor mile run with a time of 4:52.39, a field that also included Ogden’s Sarah Feeny, Bingham’s Emily Rich, Davis’ Ellie Child and Orem’s Summer Harper. Watch a replay of the race here.

Just like she did later at the meet in the 800, Martinez outkicked Megan Beauchene of Washington to the finish line down the backstretch.

Two other Utah athletes won their seeded events. Davis’ Taylor Cox won the girls mile race, while Riverton’s Clay Lambourne won the 400 meters.

Here’s a look at how all the Utah athletes fared at the Arcadia Invitational.

Boys results

100 meter dash

16. Seth Fortin, Davis, 11.09

200 meter dash

14. Jacopo Spano, Woods Cross, 22.40w

21. Trevor Leavitt, Davis, 22.74w

23. Seth Fortin, Davis, 22.78w

29. Chandler Judd, Woods Cross, 23.36w

400 meter invitational run

6. Michael Bluth, Riverton, 48.65

9. Trevor Leavitt, Davis, 50.13

400 meter dash

1. Clay Lambourne, Riverton, 48.83

14. Brandon Walker, Riverton, 50.14

800 meter dash

22. Jackson Sagers, Davis, 1:56.80

28. Seth Thompson, Davis, 1:58.44

35. Bryan Pearson, Cedar, 1:59.78

39. Talem Franco, Wasatch, 2:00.18

40. Landon Greenhalg, Syracuse, 2:00.56

3,200 meter invitational run

1. Ben Saarel, Park City, 8:45.74

16. Jake Heslington, Timpanogos, 8:59.73

21. Conner Mantz, Sky View, 9:04.04

3,200 meter seeded run 1

2. Tommy Gutierrez, East, 9:07.94

18. Brady Early, Riverton, 9:28.30

3,200 meter seeded run 2

17. Andrew Aposhian, Davis, 9:19.95

22. Chuk Mitchell, Herriman, 9:25.12

25. Alex Hedquist, Davis, 9:26.52

26. Jaydn Asay, Mountain View, 9:27.43