Oak Ridge track team sets school records

By: Staff Report
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Oak Ridge High’s track and field teams were at it again last weekend, setting two school records at the Arcadia Invitational in Los Angeles. Two weeks after setting a school record, the girls’ 4x800-meter relay team lowered their time again, finishing the race in 9 minutes, 9.99 seconds to place third in the event. The time was nearly nine seconds faster than their previous school record set two weeks ago at the Stanford Invitational. Samantha Ralstin, Abby Walker, Holli Arrieta and Hayley Scott made up the record-setting team, whose time is the third fastest in the state this year and fourth fastest in the nation. Amjed Aboukhadijeh also set a school record in the 3,200-meter run. Aboukhadijeh ran a 9:14.60, covering the last 400 meters in 1:04.8, to break an 18-year-old record by nearly two seconds. Oak Ridge had four other athletes with strong performances at Arcadia. Will Findlay and Brian Hanson both took fourth place in the high jump and pole vault, respectively, Findlay clearing 6 feet, 5 inches, while Hanson vaulted over the bar at a height of 14’7”. Jessica Emde placed fifth in the high jump at 5’1”, while Samantha Ralstin took fifth in the 800 meters with her personal-best time of 2:14.77. Oak Ridge had two winners at Saturday’s Bella Vista Invitational, as Marcus Friend won the 300-meter hurdles in 40.14, while Timery Mueller won the long jump with a leap of 17’ 2 ¼”. This week the Trojans face Vista del Lago in a dual meet on Wednesday and compete in the Woody Wilson Invitational on Friday at UC Davis and the Folsom Depth Charge at Folsom High on Saturday.