Oak Ridge girls' track team wins section title

By: Staff Report
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Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ track team won its second consecutive section title and third in four years on Friday at Bella Vista High School. The Lady Trojans scored 81 points, finishing well in front of Rosemont (59 points) and will send 11 athletes to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet on Thursday and Friday at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento. The Oak Ridge boys placed second to Rodriguez and will send seven athletes to the Masters meet. Five Oak Ridge athletes and one relay team won section championships, including Timery Mueller, who set a school record by winning the long jump in 18 feet, 2 inches. Will Findlay, Marcus Friend and Samantha Ralstin just missed out on school records, as they posted the second-best efforts in Oak Ridge history in their respective events. Findlay won the high jump with a successful jump at 6’8”, while Friend placed first in the 300 hurdles in 39.47. Ralstin won the 800 in 2:13.34. Brian Hanson also won a section title in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 14’9”. The girls’ 4x400-meter relay team of Ralstin, Hayley Scott, Holli Arrieta and Abby Walker also won a section title, winning the race in 3:57.48, the third-fastest time in school history. Mueller also qualified for Masters in the 4x100-meter relay along with Shannon Trumbull, Michaela Kelsey and Alexis Davenport. Trumbull earned a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 hurdles (15.38) and 300 hurdles (45.46). Ralstin and Scott also qualified in the 1,600, as Ralstin placed second in 5:04 and Scott finished in third a half-second behind. Walker and Arrieta both qualified in the 800, finishing in 2:18.62 and 2:18.98, respectively; Walker placed fourth and Arrieta in fifth. Sarah Vaughn qualified in three events; tying for second in the high jump (5’2”), placing sixth in the triple jump (35’8”) and finishing seventh in the long jump (17’ 2 ¼”). Jessica Emde and Jackie Mansoor also advanced for the girls, as Emde tied Vaughn for second in the high jump and Mansoor placed seventh in the 3,200 (11:23.08). For the boys, Amjed Aboukhadijeh advanced in two events, placing third in the 1,600 (4:21.02) and fifth in the 3,200 (9:43.73). Benji Xie placed sixth in the 3,200 in 9:44.15. Matt Redden and Nathan Williams will also compete at the Masters Tournament. Redden tied for seventh in the high jump (6’0”) and Williams ran ninth in the 800 (1:59). Brittney Putnam (3,200), Clay McNamee (3,200) and Zach Youngberg (110) are alternates to the meet.