El Dorado County will be well represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I track and field meet Wednesday and Friday at Elk Grove High.
Oak Ridge qualified 10 varsity girls and 14 boys, including six Delta River League gold medalists, and Ponderosa advances nine girls and 10 boys with two champions. The top four athletes and those who met the section at-large marks in each of 16 events made it through the first postseason meet for the chance to compete another day on the road to the Masters and the CIF State Meet.
Jesuit won the Delta River League varsity boys’ division and St. Francis took the varsity girls’ title. Oak Ridge’s varsity boys and girls teams finished second in their first year of Division I competition. The Ponderosa boys took third; the Bruin girls were fourth. The top six in each event earned team points.
Although he didn’t reach his Division II section-record height of 6-feet-8 inches set last year in the high jump, Trojan senior Will Findlay won the event with a jump of 6-3 and teammate Matt Redden also qualified. Zach Youngberg won both hurdle events, and Benji Xie is the champion in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.
“This has been a terrific season for Benji but we’ll be conservative next week and not over-race him,” Oak Ridge coach Rob Fairley said. “He’ll run the 3,200 in the divisional — there are four guys battling for three spots (in the state meet) and Benji has an excellent chance to go on.”
Samantha Ralstin came within a half second of setting a DRL record in her 1,600 victory. She led for most of the race and accelerated with 300 meters left to win going away in 5 minutes, 4.52 seconds. She also took first in the 800. She is ranked in the top eight in the state in that event. Ralstin, Brittany Adams, Lexi Davenport and Cami Crawford teamed to win the 4-by-400 relay at the end of the day.
“I really didn’t want to run that fast,” Ralstin said of her 1,600 race. “I’ll probably go with the 800 from now on. That’s been my best time this year — the 1,600 is not in my head. There’s no time off from now on — you either run or you’re out.”
Shannon Trumbull made the top of the podium in both hurdle races and Jackie Mansoor won the 3,200. Other girls moving on include Lindsay Lee (300 hurdles), Maxine Goyette (1,600), Jessica Emde (high jump, relay), Brittany Putman (1,600) and Jamie Merritt (pole vault).
Battling plantar faciitus and undergoing rehabilitation much of the season, Holli Arrieta taped her foot and made a courageous attempt at qualifying in the 800, but the pain returned in full force on the first turn and she finished a disappointing seventh.
“Holli went to state last year but she’s been out since March,” Fairley said. “This was a gutsy effort today.”
The boys’ team sends Shay Mueller, Nick Barrett, Dustin Fretwell and Will Tostenson in the 4-by-100 relay, and Tostenson, Matt Monet, Alex Fagalde and Josh Jetter qualified in the 4-by-400. Also moving on are Zach Speno (1,600), and Dusty Armstrong and Clay McNamee in the 3,200.
In the words of former Bruin coach Ron Ruptier, who is battling Alzheimer’s disease, “It’s a great day for Ponderosa track and field.” Ruptier’s presence is always felt by the coaches who worked with him and one of his former athletes, Karen Norwood, now an assistant coach.
Ponderosa’s two champions include junior Danylle Kurywchak, who won the triple jump with a leap of 34-8.75 on her very last jump of the day, and sophomore Alex Roberds, who broke the tape in the 400.
“The meet started with both the varsity girls’ and boys’ 4-by-100 relay teams moving on — yeah,” Norwood said. “But there were many personal highlights. In the 1,600, Christine Redor ran a personal best, meeting the at-large mark to move on. Selena Jimerson ran her personal best in the 100 hurdles by almost a full second and placed third.
“Cory Freeman came in third in the 110 hurdles, followed by Jacob Legge in fourth to go on to the Division I meet,” Norwood continued. “The 400 was a great event for Ponderosa with our freshman, Brittany Anselmo, taking third and Roberds winning the title in under 50 seconds. Anselmo’s finish in the 400 was out-shined when she came back to take third two events later in the 800 in a stellar field of Oak Ridge’s Sam Ralstin and St. Francis’ Mikaela Vaden and then in the next event, she had a PR to take third in the 300 low hurdles.”
After seven hours of AP testing, Mitch Hawkins took second in the 800 with a personal best 1:58.36, just 36 hundredths of a second off the school record. Junior Matt Aguiar cleared a personal best 11-4 in the pole vault to take second.
“I was saying ‘I want it’ on my last attempt,” Aguiar said. “I’m sore but happy.”
“Our varsity boys topped it off for me when all three — Spencer Orofino, Cory Freeman and Jacob Legge — ran PRs to finish 2-3-4 in the 300 low hurdles,” Norwood said. “I’m so happy we have such a young team.”
Other girls moving on include Saila Sanders and Molly Tuthill, who along with Jimerson and Kurywchak qualified in the 4-by-100 relay; Brooke Ruppenthal in the 3,200; and Sydney Blakely and Kylee Trageser in the pole vault. Blakely holds the school record of 11-10 in that event.
For the boys, Nasser Bseiso, Kaden Mosbacher, Orofino and Roberds qualified in the 4-by-100 and Roberds, Orofino, Freeman and Hawkins also advance in the 4-by-400. Riley Nooner (shot put and Steven Trivette (discus) also move on.
Listed below are the athletes who placed in the top six for team points. Wednesday’s trials at Elk Grove High begin at 3 p.m. Friday’s field events start at 3 p.m. with running scheduled to begin at 7.
The frosh/soph individual results can be found at Red Cap Timing.c
Varsity girls: 1-St. Francis, 186; 2-Oak Ridge, 104; 3-Sheldon, 78; 4-Ponderosa, 67; 5-Pleasant Grove, 28; 6-Folsom, 22.
Individual: 400 relay: 2-Brittany Adams, Lexi Davenport, Shannon Trumbull, Jessica Emde, OR, 49.72; 4-Saila Sanders, Selena Jimerson, Danylle Kurywchak, Molly Tuthill, P, 52.85. 1,600: 1-Samantha Ralstin, OR, 5:04.52; 4-Maxine Goyette, OR, 5:13.90; 5-Christine Redor, P, 5:14.37; 6-Brittany Putman, OR, 5:18.08. 100 H: 1-Trumbull, OR, 15.17; 3-Jimerson, P, 16.75. 400: 3-Brittany Anselmo, P, 1:00.31; 4-Cami Crawford, OR, 1:03.15. 100: 4-Davenport, OR, 12.89; 6-Trumbull, OR, 13.23. 800: 1-Ralstin, OR, 2:18.09; 3-Anselmo, P, 2:20.88; 5-Jenna Lambert, P, 2:23.15. 300 H: 1-Trumbull, OR, 46.27; 3-Anselmo, P, 51.33; 4-Lindsay Lee, OR, 51.52. 200: 3-Davenport, OR, 26.81. 3,200: 1-Jackie Mansoor, OR, 11:32.61; 4-Brooke Ruppenthal, P, 11:44.50. 1,600 relay: 1-Adams, Davenport, Crawford, Ralstin, OR, 4:06.85. HJ: 2-Emde, OR, 5-0; 6-Kylee Trageser, P, 4-8. PV: 2-Sydney Blakely, P, 10-5; 3-Trageser, P, 9-5; 4-Jamie Merritt, OR, 7-11. LJ: 5-Kurywchack, P, 14-10.50. TJ: 1-Kurywchak, P, 34-8.75; 6-Trageser, P, 30-5.75. SP: 5-Coral Willard, P, 31-4. D: 6-Willard, P, 88-6.50.
Varsity boys: 1-Jesuit, 209; 2-Oak Ridge, 96; 3-Ponderosa, 79; 4-Sheldon, 41; 5-Folsom, 34; 6-Pleasant Grove, 33.
Individual: 400 relay: 2-Nick Barnett, Will Tostenson, Shay Mueller, Dustin Fretwell, OR, 43.46; 3-Nasser Bseiso, Alex Roberds, Spencer Orofino, Kaden Mosbacher, P, 46.40. 110 H: 1-Zach Youngberg, OR, 15.79; 3-Cory Freeman, P, 16.83; 4-Jacob Legge, P, 17.09. 1,600: 1-Benji Xie, OR, 4:16.12; 4-Zach Speno, OR, 4:35.55; 6-Sean McHone, OR, 4:48.34. 400: 1-Roberds, P, 49.99; 6-Freeman, P, 54.94. 100: 6-Tostenson, OR, 11.71. 800: 2-Mitch Hawkins, P, 1:58.36. 300 H: 1-Youngberg, OR, 41.88; 2-Spencer Orofino, P, 42.03; 3-Freeman, P, 42.60; 4-Legge, P, 43.09; 6-Brian Louie, OR, 46.21. 200; 4-Nick Barnett, OR, 23.30; 5-Roberds, P, 23.34. 3,200: 1-Xie, OR, 9:39.40; 3-Dusty Armstrong, OR, 9:50.14; 4-Clay McNamee, OR, 9:58.26. 1,600 relay: 3-Roberds, Freeman, Orofino, Hawkins, P, 3:33.52; 4-Matt Monet, Alex Fagalde, Josh Jetter, Tostenson, OR, 3:35.37. HJ: 1-Will Findlay, OR, 6-3; 3-Matt Redden, OR, 5-11. PV: 2-Matt Aguiar, P, 11-4; 5-Greg Smolarski, OR, 10-10. LJ: 5-Mueller, OR, 20-4.25. TJ: 5-Sam Thomas-Pate, OR, 39-10. SP: 4-Riley Nooner, P, 47-0.25. D: 3-Steven Trivette, P, 131-11; 6-Redden, OR, 128-5.
Frosh/soph girls: 1-Pleasant Grove, 116; 2-Sheldon, 101; 3-Oak Ridge, 92; 4-St. Francis, 82; 5-Ponderosa, 73.50; 6-Folsom, 19.50.
Frosh/soph boys: 1-Oak Ridge, 129.50; 2-Jesuit, 117; 3-Pleasant Grove, 95; 4-Sheldon, 76; 5-Ponderosa, 37; 6-Folsom, 32.50.