Santoro Smashes 800m Record in Winning Arcadia Heat, Six More 'PRs' Set in CaliforniaWednesday, April 12 2017 - Arcadia Invitational - Arthur Santoro
Senior Arthur Santoro continued his assault on the JCP record books by winning his heat of the prestigious Arcadia Invitational on Saturday, April 8th, in a blazing 1:54.86. The time is currently number 2 in the state of Illinois and is over 2 seconds faster than the previous school record. Santoro moved out of a tight box 200 meters into the crowded race, and pulled away from the field with 300 meters left to earn himself a gold medal for winning the heat. Santoro now owns the school record outdoors in the 200, 400 and 800 meter runs and is a member of the school record 4x800 meter relay.
On Friday Santoro anchored the 4x1600 meter relay team to a 7th place finish with a personal best 4:24 clocking. Jeremy Brown led off the team with a huge PR in 4:31, followed by Daniel Garcia-Rico (4:38) and Zach Benes (4:33). The Eagle quartet were the first to run this event in Jones history and have set a tough record to break.
The Eagles also saw great performances a few miles away at the South Pasadena Tiger Invite, taking advantage of the cool nighttime weather to run fast two mile races. Senior Eric Wong ran a gutsy race to shave 6 seconds off his 3200m PR, running 9:50.00. Junior Nicholas Rappe became the third Jones runner to break the 10 minute barrier, using a strong finishing kick to run 9:54. Junior Ruben Coronel improved his PR to 10:14.03. Sophomore AJ Fundator ran 10:30.15.
After two days of hard racing the runners ran nearly 3,000 feet of elevation up Mount Wilson in Sierra Madre California, before flying back to Chicago.