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Oak Ridge relay team sets school record at Stanford

By: Staff Report
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Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ 4x800-meter relay team placed first at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, setting a school record in the process with a time of nine minutes, 18.87 seconds. Hayley Scott, Abby Walker, Holli Arrieta and Samantha Ralstin led the way for the Trojans at the prestigious meet featuring many of the top track and field athletes in the state. Oak Ridge dominated the race, finishing 16 seconds ahead of runner-up Campolindo. The team’s time was second-fastest in the nation this season and is nearly six seconds faster than the 2007 Oak Ridge team of Alex Kosinski, Sara Sipes, Ashley Silva and Ashley Adams. The foursome wasn’t the only Oak Ridge athletes to have a good day. Shannon Trumbell placed 16th in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.75, the second-fastest time from an Oak Ridge athlete. The boys’ 4x800-meter relay team also narrowly missed a school record by three-tenths of a second, as Amjed Aboukhadijeh, Shlomo Khamishon, Nathan Williams and Benji Xie ran a 8:10.40 to placed 11th. Four other Trojan athletes earned top-six finishes, including Ralstin who won the Section 2 mile run with a time of 5:04.20. Xie placed third in the Section 2 3,000-meter run in 8:52.07. Sarah Vaughn finished fourth in the Pit 1 high jump, clearing the bar at 5 feet, 3 inches, while Scott ended up sixth in the Section 1 mile run in 5:04.51. Oak Ridge’s next meet is April 7 against Galt and Liberty Ranch. On April 9-10 the team’s top athletes will be competing in the Arcadia Invitational, which will feature top athletes from around the nation.