Ralstin, Redden win Division I track titles

By: Matt Long
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Samantha Ralstin and Matt Redden will lead a contingent of 17 Oak Ridge athletes at the Masters Track and Field Championships on Thursday and Friday at Hughes Stadium at Sac City College. Ralstin won a Division I track and field championship in the 800-meter run on Friday and Redden claimed the high jump. Ralstin finished the race in a personal-best time of 2 minutes, 11.97 seconds, while Redden tied his previous best high jump of 6 feet, 6 inches and nearly cleared the bar at 6’8”. Oak Ridge boys’ and girls’ teams placed third overall and had several top performances, as 17 of the 18 athletes advanced to this week’s Masters meet. The top-three finishers there advance to the state meet. “We had a lot of athletes walk away from this meet with smiles after getting personal-bests in a big meet like this,” Oak Ridge coach Rob Fairley said. Oak Ridge had a pair of second-place finishes, Will Findlay in the high jump and Benji Xie in the 3,200-meter run. Findlay cleared the bar at 6’4”, while Xie finished the 3,200 in 9:22.30. Shannon Trumbull had a pair of third-place finishes in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, finishing in 15.03 and 44.93, respectively. Both were personal-best times and the 44.93 in the 300 hurdles set a school record. Maxine Goyette and Jacqueline Mansoor also placed third in events, Goyette in the 1,600 in 5:08.60 and Mansoor in the 3,200 in 11:10.48. Both were personal-best performances. Clay McNamee placed fourth in the 3,200 with a best time of 9:33. Jessica Emde took fifth in the jump by clearing the bar at 4’11”. The girls’ 4x400-meter relay team of Brittany Adams, Caitlin Jolette, Alexis Davenport and Cami Crawford finished fifth in 4:06.01. Zach Youngberg took sixth in the 110 hurdles in 15.64 and also ran eighth in the 300 hurdles in 44.66. His time in the 110 hurdles was a personal-best mark, and he would have run faster and placed higher had he not hit a hurdle and fallen in the 300 hurdles. Brittney Putman ended up eighth in the girls’ 1,600 in 5:13.24, while Zach Speno placed ninth in the boys’ 1,600 in 4:30.48. Both posted personal-best times. Dusty Armstrong finished 10th in the 3,200 in 9:48.24. The girls’ 4x100-meter relay team of Crawford, Trumbull, Davenport and Adams placed seventh in 49.79. Lexi Davenport also placed 10th in the 100 meters in 12.78.