Track & field: Oak Ridge teams register sweeps

By From page A6 | April 17, 2013

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Perfect weather was the backdrop for Wednesday’s Delta River League Track and Field meet between host Ponderosa and Oak Ridge.

In varsity competition, the Trojan girls won 11-of-16 events, led by Jasmine Pears’ four first-place finishes, to prevail 89-46. On the boys side, Oak Ridge took 10 events to win 82-57. Troy improved to 2-0 in league.

“It was a good team effort today and I’m pleased by the results,” Trojan coach Rob Fairley said.

The meet opened with an exciting to-the-wire finish as Zach Youngberg, fresh off a strong showing at the Arcadia Invite, edged Bruin Jacob Legge in the boys 110 high hurdles and Oak Ridge built on its good start the rest of the way.

Trojan Jacob Sipes was on the winning 4 x 100 relay team, won the 200m dash and took the 300m hurdles in just his second-ever attempt.

“That was exciting — me and Alex (Roberds) got the baton at the same time. We’re rivals and know each other,” said Sipes of the bang-bang finish. “I was able to stay strong and edged it out.”

Other Oak Ridge highlights for the boys were Jake Zeltner’s wins in the 800 and 1,600m races; and two firsts by Bryce Williams (4 x 100, 100m).

Pears’s four wins were the anchor leg of the 4 x 100, 100m, 200m and the as the third leg of the 4 x 400. Kristina O’Donnell won three events (4 x 100  second leg, long jump, 4 x 400, anchor leg); Jaimi Gotro (100m hurdles, 300m hurdles) won twice as did Sabrina Andrus (400m, first leg 4 x 400).

For the Ponderosa boys, Connor Goss won two individual ebents (pole vault 14-1, long jump 19-4.5); Patrick Reggiardo won the shot put with a throw of 46-10; a heave of 124-7 won the discus for Darin Brundage; and the 4 x 400 relay team of Nicholas Burks, Matt Culver, Trevor Hammitt and Roberds took first with a time of 3:27.9; and Roberds was first in the 400m in 50.36.

The Bruins girls had Kylee Trageser pole vault to a winning 9-foot height; Brooke Rupenthal win the 3,200 in 12:39; Victoria Houdeshell toss the discuss 66-3 for first place; Kenna Davidson set a PR in winning the high jump (4-10); and as expected, 2012 state qualifier Brittany Anselmo crossed first in the girls 800m with a time of 2:29.24.

“I was trying to stay in front of the pack, maintain my pace to win and I was successful,” Anselmo said. “My training schedule is different this year … I plan to peak at Masters right before the state finals.”

Results are at

Oak Ridge won the frosh/soph boys matchup 86-50 and the frosh/soph girls by a 112-0 score.

Jerry Heinzer


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