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Oak Ridge relay team tops at Stanford Invite

By: Staff Report
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Competing against many of the top high school athletes in the state at the Stanford Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Oak Ridge High’s track and field team showed that they’ve got several athletes who can compete at the state level. The varsity girls’ 4x800-meter relay team of Samantha Ralstin, Maxine Goyette, Jackie Mansoor and Hayley Scott won with a time of 9 minutes, 33.91 seconds, Oak Ridge’s only winning team on the day. The girls ran up front throughout the race, as Scott, the team’s anchor runner, won the race with a strong kick. “Hayley turned in a very exciting finish,” Oak Ridge coach Rob Fairley said. “She unleashed a devastating kick by passing three teams during the last 100 meters to win by a little over a second. The girls ran a great race, beating 27 other teams.” Scott had a busy day, as two hours earlier she placed third in the mile run in 5:01.28, her best time of the season. Scott finished seven seconds behind winner Jacque Taylor of Casa Grande, who placed second in last year’s 1,600-meter run at the state meet. Scott also finished the meet by competing in the 4x400 relay with Timery Mueller, Aislynn Mueller and Samantha Ralstin. The team place third in their heat with a time of 4:05.28. “Samantha ran a great anchor leg,” Fairley said. “This was an exciting race with four teams finishing within a second of each other.” Oak Ridge’s highest male finisher was Will Findlay, who placed second in the high jump with leap of 6-feet, 6-inches, which tied for his personal-best mark. The Trojans had three other athletes earn top-five finishes. Brittney Putman took fifth in the 3,000 meters in 10:38.95 and Sarah Vaughn finished fifth in the high jump by clearing the bar at 5’4”, while Aislynn Mueller placed fifth in both the 110 hurdles (16.38) and 400 meters (1:07.01). Alex Kosinski, a 2007 graduate of Oak Ridge, also competed at the meet for the University of Oregon. Kosinski placed fourth in the women’s 1,500-meter run, a race in which the top-four finishers ended up finishing within two seconds of each other. Oak Ridge will travel to Galt today for a dual meet with the Warriors beginning at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday the team will compete at the Glenn Poole Invite at Oakmont High School.