The Edmond Sun

January 10, 2013

Edmond's Bahreini to represent USA in NACAC cross country championships


The Edmond Sun

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City University student Arya Bahreini, an Edmond Santa Fe graduate, will compete for team USA in the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association cross country championships on Jan. 26 in Mandeville, Jamaica.

Bahreini, a freshman, turned in three top-10 finishes in 2012 en route to earning an all-Sooner Athletic Conference selection and a spot in the NAIA Championships where he finished 37th.

“I nominated Arya to the USATF cross country council for his 2012 fall performances and he was selected,” OCU coach Conor Holt said. “Arya is very deserving of this honor and selection. I am very excited for this wonderful opportunity for him and look forward to his continued success within our program at OCU.”

Bahreini won the 2011 Class 6A cross country title and was member of the 2012 track and field state championship team as a senior at Edmond Santa Fe. Bahreini won the young men’s 3,000 meters at the 2012 USA Youth Track and Field Championships in Arlington, Texas.

The event features teams and athletes from North American, Central American and Caribbean nations competing in the 8K senior-men’s race, 6K senior-women’s race, 6K junior-men’s race or the 4K junior women’s race.

Team USA has won the NACAC cross country championship in seven of the last eight years. Last year’s individual winner, Cameron Levins of Canada, competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.