Trojan track athletes earn 65 medals at Capital Classic Relays

By: Staff Report
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Oak Ridge track and field athletes brought home 65 medals from the Capital Classic Relays held Saturday at Elk Grove High.

Medals were awarded for the top-three finishers in each event and despite the cold, windy weather, Oak Ridge athletes turned in an outstanding performance in earning 65 medals.

First-place finishers included Greg Smolarski (varsity boys pole vault, 12'0"), Austin Laut (Frosh/Soph boys pole vault 10'6"), Ashley Dean (varsity girls pole vault 8'6"), Jaimi Gotro (Frosh/Soph girls pole vault 7'0"), Jaimi Gotro (Frosh/Soph girls 100-meter hurdles 19.28), Mikhayla Polivka (Frosh/Soph girls 1600-meter run 6:04.78) and Kyle Kauffman (Frosh/Soph boys 1600-meter run 5:09.05).

The Frosh/Soph girls’ distance medley team placed first and set a meet record of 13:48.51. The members of this team are Peyton Wright (ran 1,200-meter leg), Kristina O'Donnell (ran 400-meter leg), Arial Hendrickson (ran 800-meter leg) and Briana Dulgar (ran 1600-meter leg).

“This was a very impressive start of the season,” Oak Ridge coach Rob Fairley said. “Seven individual first-place performances were turned in by Oak Ridge athletes and seven Oak Ridge relay teams placed first.”

Oak Ridge athletes will be attending the Sac State High School Classic held at Sacramento State University Saturday. This is a highly-competitive, varsity-only meet which has thirty-five schools registered. The track events start at 9:45 a.m. and the field events start at 10 a.m.