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Xie sets Oak Ridge record in 3,200

By: Staff Report
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Benji Xie set a school record in the 3,200-meter run, while Will Findlay and Shannon Trumbull also were standout performers for Oak Ridge High’s track and field team at Friday and Saturday’s Arcadia Invitation in Los Angeles. Xie’s time of nine minutes, 13.61 seconds set the school record by one second, set previously by Amjed Aboukhadijeh, who’s now running at UCLA. Xie ran consistent splits, finishing the first mile in 4:38 and the second in 4:35, including a fast last lap in 65 seconds. His time was also his fastest by nine seconds. “Benji ran a strategically sound race by running even splits,” Oak Ridge coach Rob Fairley said. “His performance indicates that he’s got an excellent opportunity to lower his time under 9:10 this season.” Findlay had a solid performance in the high jump, clearing 6-feet, 3-inches, 6’5” and 6’7” in his first attempt. Findlay missed at 6’9”, but finished in fourth place and was only one inch shy of his personal-best record. Trumbull qualified for the seeded 100-meter hurdles race with a time of 15.17 and ran 15.14 during the race to place eighth. Trumbull also placed fifth in her heat in the 300 hurdles in 47.84. Matt Redden, Jessica Emde and Samantha Ralstin also competed in individual events. Redden tied for fifth in the high jump at 6’1”, while Emde tied for seventh in the high jump at 5’1”. Ralstin took 12th in the mile run in 5:27.91. Three Oak Ridge relay teams also competed. The boys’ 4x1,600-meter relay team of Zach Speno, Sean McHone, Dusty Armstrong and Clay McNamee finished in 18:33.81, the fifth-fastest time in school history. The girls’ 4x400-meter relay team of Brittany Adams, Lexi Davenport, Emde and Cami Crawford took 29th in 4:12.60. The girls’ 4x100-meter relay team of Crawford, Trumbull, Lexi Davenport and Adams placed 41st in 50.90. The Trojans travel to Ponderosa Wednesday to face the Bruins, Jesuit and St. Francis. Some Oak Ridge athletes are slated to compete in the Woody Wilson Invitational at UC Davis on Friday.