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Findlay tops at Stanford

Oak Ridge senior wins high jump; sets sights on season goals
By: Matt Long
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Rain, wind and downright poor weather conditions didn’t get Will Findlay off his game. The Trojan senior high jumper cleared the bar at 6 feet, 4 ¾ inches on Saturday to win the event at the Stanford Invitational. Though the leap was not his best, it was more than an inch better than his closest competitor. “I wanted to do better (jump higher), but I was pretty happy given that we were in the rain and the cold,” Findlay said. “Mentally, I just tried to ignore all that and physically, I just had to be sure that I took my time and warmed up properly.” Findlay normally doesn’t jump in the rain during practice, instead either doing a running workout or lifting weights, but he and the other competitors had no choice on Saturday. Findlay has two goals set for himself this season. One is to break the school record of 6’10” and the other is to make it to the state meet. “My best jump would get me there but I haven’t been able to do that when I need to, which is at the Masters meet,” Findlay said. Findlay was Oak Ridge’s only gold-medal winner on Saturday, but the team had two silver-medal winning performances from the varsity girls’ distance medley and 4x800-meter relay teams. Holli Arrieta (1,200 meters), Cami Crawford (400), Maxine Goyette (800) and Samantha Ralstin (1,600) ran in the distance medley on Friday and the team finished with a time of 12 minutes, 18.10 seconds. The team won its heat, but placed second overall. The 4x800-meter team of Arrieta, Goyette, Jackie Mansoor and Ralstin also placed second with a time of 9:34.69. Ralstin had a busy weekend, as she also ran the open mile and placed sixth with a time of 5:05.61. “There was some extra pressure on Samantha this weekend,” Oak Ridge coach Rob Fairley said. “She’s running for Cal next year and their coach was there watching, but she had a solid performance in all three of her events.” Shannon Trumbull also kept busy, placing eighth in the 100 hurdles in 15.59, her fastest time of the season. She also ran seventh in her heat in the 300 hurdles in 1:09.99 and ran on the 4x100-meter relay team along with Crawford, Brittany Adams and Lexi Davenport that placed seventh in their heat. She also competed on the 4x400-meter relay team with Crawford, Adams and Davenport that placed ninth in their heat in 4:25.81. “Shannon ran her fastest time of the year in the 100 hurdles and when you’re able to do that at this time of year in lousy weather conditions that’s a good thing,” Fairley said. Jessica Emde tied for fifth in the high jump at 5’1” and finished 20th in the long jump in 14’9 ¼”. Sophomore Zach Youngberg also had a good day, placing second in his heat in the 400 hurdles in 1:01.50 and eighth in the 110 high hurdles in 16.68. “Zach is definitely and up-and-coming athlete for us,” Fairley said. Other top performers included Benji Xie in the 3,000 meters where he placed ninth in 8:50.62 and was also ninth in his heat in the mile in 4:27.92. Goyette placed sixth in her heat in the mile in 5:21.10, while Arrieta finished seventh in the mile in 5:06.18. Mansoor placed 10th in her heat in the 3,000 meters in 10:58.95. The distance medley team of Clay McNamee, Shay Mueller, Sean McHone and Zach Speno placed eighth in their heat in 11:10.29. “It was a very good meet for us,” Fairley said. “The Stanford Invitational is a good early season meet to let everyone know how they are progressing with their training.” The Trojans travel to Sheldon High today for a meet against Pleasant Grove. On Saturday the team competes in the Bella Vista Invitational.