Three county athletes earn gold at Division I track meet
ELK GROVE — The Oak Ridge girls and boys varsity track and field teams had very successful evenings in their first Division I meet, qualifying 10 girls and seven boys for Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet, the final event before the CIF State Meet June 3-4.
Both Trojan teams finished third. Fairfield won the varsity girls division with 43 points, edging Vacaville in second with 42 and Oak Ridge, third with 37.50. St. Francis, the Delta River League champion, took eighth. Ponderosa finished 15th.
“I thought we had a shot at slipping into the top two but for our first year in Division I we did very well as a team,” Trojan coach Rob Fairley said. “It was a pretty good night — an all around team effort.”
Powerhouse Davis dominated the boys competition with 86 points, followed by Jesuit, the DRL champion, with 56 points, and Oak Ridge in third with 31 points. Ponderosa was 22nd. The top six athletes in each event scored team points; the top 10 qualified for the Masters.
The field included 28 girls teams and 29 boys teams competing in 16 events. As in years past, the Masters Meet will impact graduation night for both Ponderosa and Oak Ridge.
Three athletes won gold, including two Oak Ridge seniors. After falling out of the 1,600-meter run early in the meet with an injury, Samantha Ralstin set a new meet record to win the 800-meter race going away in 2 minutes, 11.97 seconds. High-jumper Matt Redden cleared 6-feet-6-inches, tying his personal best, while teammate Will Findlay, who has jumped 6-7 this year, finished second with a jump of 6-4.
Ponderosa pole-vaulter Sydney Blakeley picked the D-I finals to break her own school record of 11-feet-10-inches set April 13. She soared 12 feet even on her second vault Wednesday to make the top of the podium.
Oak Ridge distance runner Benji Xie, who will compete for MIT in Boston this fall, ran a very measured race to finish second in the 3,200 in 9:22.30.
“Benji ran a controlled second,” Fairley said. “We didn’t want him to go 110 percent this week. We wanted him to have some reserve left for the Masters and work on sustaining a long kick at the end. He’s been very consistent this year in his 3,200.”
The future for El Dorado County girls track and field looks promising; of the 15 who qualified for the Masters, only four are seniors. Those who will be back in 2012 include three freshmen — Ponderosa’s Brittany Anselmo and Oak Ridge’s Brittany Adams and Kaitlyn Gillette; four sophomores — Trojans Lexi Davenport, Zach Youngberg and Dusty Armstrong, and Bruins Alex Roberds, Brooke Ruppenthal and Kylee Trageser; and six juniors — Shannon Trumbull, Maxine Goyette and Jessica Emde from Oak Ridge, and Danylle Kurywchak and Blakeley from Ponderosa.
The Trojans earned many personal bests — Trumbull broke a school record with a PR in the 300 hurdles; Jackie Mansoor had a 10-second PR in the 3,200, passing five runners in the last 50 meters of the race; Clay McNamee, who will miss the Masters for graduation, ended his prep career with a 7-second PR in the 3,200; and Zach Speno PR’d in the 1,600.
“Shannon (Trumbull) had a terrific night,” Fairley said. “Her previous best time in the 300 was 46.40 and she ran a 44.93 — she got two big thirds for the team. Jackie (Mansoor), who is going on to Chico State, knows her pace very well and ran a great race, especially the last mile. It was a great effort.”
After running a season best in the 110 hurdles, Youngberg fell on the first hurdle in the 300 hurdle event, but recovered to take the last qualifying spot. Goyette posted a season best and Brittany Putman ran a personal best in the 1,600 to qualify and earn significant points in the team scoring.
And in the first race of the night for the girls, the 4-by-100 relay team of Cami Crawford, Trumbull, Lexi Davenport and Adams turned in a PR and a second fastest all time for the Trojan records.
Although Ponderosa’s smaller team didn’t fare as well in the team scoring, the Bruins competed well.
“I’m ecstatic with how our kids did. We had lots of PRs (personal records),” Ponderosa coach Don Aguiar said.
Personal bests were achieved by Blakeley and Trageser in the pole vault, Kurywchak, who exceeded her mark from last week’s DRL triple jump by more than a foot, Riley Nooner in the shot put, and Roberds, who is just four-tenths of a second shy of breaking the school record in the 400.
“It was a great night for us,” Aguiar added. “Our 4-by-400 boys relay team took 11th, but the 10th place team was disqualified so they’re in (for Thursday’s trials) and they’re excited about one more chance to break the school record. Right now they’re No. 3 all time. We just keep moving forward.”
The Masters Meet at Hughes Stadium starts with trials and some field event finals Thursday, with the championships on Friday. Field events start at 3 p.m. with running beginning at 6.
Listed below are the qualifiers from Oak Ridge and Ponderosa.
Varsity girls: 400 relay: 7-Cami Crawford, Shannon Trumbull, Lexi Davenport, Brittany Adams, OR, 49.79. 1,600: 3-Maxine Goyette, OR, 5:08.60; 8-Brittany Putman, OR, 5:13.24. 100 H: 3-Trumbull, 15.03. 400: 8-Brittany Anselmo, P, 1:00.11. 800: 1-Samantha Ralstin, OR, 2:11.97. 300 H: 3-Trumbull, OR, 44.93. 3,200: 3-Jackie Mansoor, OR, 11:10.48; 7-Brooke Ruppenthal, P, 11:32.72. 1,600 relay: 5-Adams, Kaitlyn Gillette, Davenport, Crawford, OR, 4:06.01. PV: 1-Sydney Blakeley, P, 12-0; 4-Kylee Trageser, P, 9-11. HJ: 5-Jessica Emde, OR, 4-11. TJ: 6-Danylle Kurywchak, P, 36-8.50.
Varsity boys: 1,600: 9-Zach Speno, OR, 4:30.48. 110 H: 6-Zach Youngberg, OR, 15.64. 400: 6-Alex Roberds, P, 49.74. 800: 5-Mitch Hawkins, P, 1:58.62. 300 H: 8-Youngberg, OR, 44.66. 3,200: 2-Benji Xie, OR, 9:22.30; 4-Clay McNamee, OR, 9:33; 10-Dusty Armstrong, OR, 9:48.24. 1,600 relay: 10-Cory Freeman, Hawkins, Spencer Orofino, Roberds, P, 3:28. HJ: 1-Matt Redden, OR, 6-6; 2-Will Findlay, OR, 6-4. SP: 6-Riley Nooner, P, 49-5.