|Hometown:||Alta Loma, Calif.|
|High School:||Damien HS|
Ben reduced his 800m PR down to 1:48.00. Won the Big West 800 and took 2nd at the NCAA Western Regional Race behind teammate Tetlo Emmen.
Armel did not compete in cross country as he chose to concentrate on track.
Continued to make a case for himself as a middle distance runner with longer range, clocking 26:19 on the UCSB 8k course.
As a High School junior in 1999, Armel placed third in the State Meet Prelims of the 800m. Also as a junior, Armel ran his personal best of 1:54.74 at the Southern Section Masters Meet to finish 3rd.
Armel is married to former UCSB runner Tiffany (De Jesus) Armel. The couple has a daughter Arabella.