Scott leads girls to second place in section

By: Matt Long
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Hayley Scott led a large contingent of Oak Ridge High female athletes at the Division II track and field championships. Scott won both the 800 and 1,600-meter runs, as the Lady Trojans came within half of point of winning the team championship, finishing second to Oakmont at the championships held at Bella Vista High last week. Scott won the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 15.77 seconds and the 1,600 in 5:11.3, leading a group of talented young athletes that will be one of the top teams again next year as all but two of the point scorers are underclassmen. “The girls did very well and the future looks very promising,” Oak Ridge coach Rob Fairley said. “They’re a very young team and the girls are very excited. That excitement has been bred from the success they’ve had this season.” Scott will likely only run the 1,600 at the Masters Meet on Thursday and Friday at Hughes Stadium at Sac City College. “Hayley’s time in the 1,600 that she ran at the Meet of Champions (5:01) is actually one of the best times,” Fairley said. “She’s really learned to like the mile and she’s confident in it. She’s got a great finish and that’s a nice thing to have in the 1,600. She believes that she can beat anyone in the last 200 meters.” Scott also ran on the second-place 1,600-meter relay team with Sara Sipes, Samantha Ralstin and Timery Mueller. The team posted a time of 4:00.16. Aislynn Mueller won the 300 hurdles in 46 seconds, while taking second in the100 hurdles in 15.18. Her sister, Timery, took second in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 17 feet, 8 inches, while also finishing seventh in the 100 meters in 12.83 and tenth in the pole vault (9’7”). Sipes placed fourth in the both the 200 (25.49) and the 400 (58.33). Ralstin ran third in the 800 in 2:16.14, finishing just behind Scott. Kayla Harris placed ninth in the 100 hurdles in 16.73. Three Lady Trojans placed sixth in events. Sarah Vaughn high jumped 6 feet, Kathryn Fergerson pole vaulted 10’7”, while Rachel Ashman threw the discus 106’10”. Jenn Bosse also placed eighth in the 300 hurdles (49.85) and ninth in the 100 hurdles (21.51). Other athletes who placed included Jenna Yowell (pole vault, 9th, 10’1”), Brittany Putnam (3,200, 10th, 11:51.40), Jackie Mansoor (1,600, 12th, 5:33.42) and Sarah Vaughn, 16th in both the long jump (14’6 ½”) and triple jump (31’ ½”). Amjed Aboukhadijeh was the top finisher for the boys, as he placed third in the 3,200-meters in 9:48.02. Tyler Bickley placed fifth in the pole vault at 13’6”, while Brian Hanson finished eighth at 12’6” and Alek Hoffman was ninth at the same height. Feross Aboukhadijeh placed sixth in the 1,600 in 4:22.46, while Kavon Tillotson placed seventh in the discus in 136’2”, as did Will Findlay in the high jump at 6’0”. The 1,600-meter relay team of Jack Crawford, Jason McRoberts, Aaron deWatteville and Jackson Burnette placed eighth in 3:28.30. Benji Xie finished ninth in the 3,200 meters in 9:52.42, and McRoberts was 10th in the 1,600 in 4:25.74. Jonathan Strong rounded out the boys’ placers as he took 18th in the triple jump at 40’1”. “We wanted to qualify as many boys as possible and the ones we did qualify are young,” Fairley said. “The Masters meet will be a good experience for them.”