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Three Oak Ridge track athletes sign letters of intent

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Three more athletes from Oak Ridge High accepted athletic scholarships today, signing their letters of intent at a ceremony held at the school. Track and field athletes Holli Arrieta, Jessica Emde and Shannon Trumbull signed the dotted line today, Arrieta to Cal Poly and Emde and Trumbull to UC Santa Barbara. “This is a special day for these athletes and their families,” Oak Ridge Athletic Director Steve White said. “These girls are here because of their high academic and obviously, their athletic performances. It’s nice to see how far they’ve come since they were freshmen.” Other than the athletes’ parents, there wasn’t a prouder person in the room than Oak Ridge track coach Rob Fairley, who has coached Arrieta and Emde for four years and Trumbull for three. “I’ve had a great time coaching these three athletes,” Fairley said. “I’ve had Holli for four years of cross country and four years of track. She loves track and just ran cross country to stay in shape and be with the team. She made the state meet in the 800 as a sophomore and her goal is to make it back again this year. “Jessica has scored a lot of points for us as a high jumper and long jumper. She made it to the state meet as a junior and is currently battling some hip problems. She hopes to make it back to the state meet this year. “Shannon is one of the most natural hurdlers we’ve had at Oak Ridge since I’ve been here. Usually it takes a full season to feel comfortable with it, but Shannon adapted to it right away. Her hard work has paid off and she’ll be looking to qualify for the state meet this year after finishing fourth in the Masters Meet the last two years.”