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Trojan track teams finish second in league

By: Matt Long
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Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys’ and girls’ track and field teams placed second at the Delta River League championship meet. The boys took second to Jesuit, while the girls finished behind St. Francis. Despite finishing behind the two private schools, Oak Ridge coach Rob Fairley said he feels the varsity girls have a shot at winning a section title next week, while the boys could finish in the top three. “I think the girls have a shot if they perform well and we get some help from some other teams,” Fairley said. Samantha Ralstin led the varsity girls’ squad at the league championships, as she won the 800 (2 minutes, 18.09 seconds), 1,600 (5:04.51) and also ran on the winning 4x400-meter relay team along with Brittany Adams, Alexis Davenport and Cami Crawford (4:06.85). “Samantha looks strong again,” Fairley said. “She has been running consistently for the last month and a half and should be confident in the 800.” Jackie Mansoor claimed a league title in the 3,200, posting a winning time of 11:32.61. Shannon Trumbull also had a good meet, winning the 100 hurdles (15.17) and 300 hurdles (46.27) and placing sixth in the 100 meters (13.23). Trumbull also ran with Adams, Davenport and Jessica Emde in the 4x100-meter relay and the team placed second to Sheldon in 49.72. Benji Xie continued his outstanding season, as he won the 1,600 (4:26.12) and 3,200 (9:39.40). “Benji had a great meet and looked terrific in both events,” Fairley said. “His confidence should be high and he’s racing well.” Zach Youngberg won the 110 hurdles (15.79) as well as the 300 hurdles (41.88), while Will Findlay placed first in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 3 inches. Oak Ridge’s freshmen-sophomore boys won the league title, while the girls placed third. Sam Sedgwick won the pole vault for the boys, vaulting 9’6”, while Evan Baxter claimed the 1,600 in 4:46.76. The 4x400-meter relay team of Donald Grady, Alton Toh, Matt Monet and Bryce Williams also picked-up a first-place finish with a personal-best time of 45.25. For the girls, Rachel Peterson placed first in the 1,600 in 5:39.88 and the 3,200 in 12:21.06. Taylor Ashby won the 800 in 2:32.4 and ran on the second-place 4x400-meter relay along with Michaela Kelsey, Bailey Zweck and Madison Miller (4:31.38). Caitlin Jolette also had a good day by winning the 300 hurdles (53.51), placing third in the 400 (1:03.78) and running with Jessica Bolton, Chris McDaniel and Zweck on the winning 4x100-meter relay (53.49).