SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis Troubadours had a fantastic fall athletic season highlighted by a fourth-place finish by the cross country program at the CIF State Championships. Overall, St. Francis recorded three top-10 state finishes among four CIF NorCal appearances. All five fall varsity teams earned playoff berths and made playoff runs in their respective sports
FRESNO, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team finished fourth overall at the CIF State Division II State Championships on Saturday at Woodward Park. It is the fifth consecutive Top 10 finish for the St. Francis and third top-four placement in the last five years.
“It was a phenomenal job by the ladies,” said Head Coach Aaron Rios. “Coming in ranked ninth and finishing fourth was a pretty good feeling. The girls gave it 100 percent and it is all we can ask.”
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FOLSOM, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team placed their top five among the first 17 finishers to score 44 points to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 2 title and advance to the CIF State Championship. It is the sixth consecutive state appearance for the Troubadours, who have finished among the Top 10 in the each of the last five seasons.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis alumnae Lauren LaRocco ‘14 and Peyton Bilo ‘15 had successful returns to Sacramento at the NCAA West Regional on Friday morning.
“It was really fun because there were people lining the course everywhere,” said Portland junior Lauren LaRocco. “I was really surprised by the turnout and I felt like I had a lot of support running in my hometown.”
FROGTOWN, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team won the Sac-Joaquin Subsection Division 2 meet to advance to the sections next week, scoring 67 points to defeat Vacaville (84).
Freshman Isabella Fauria and junior Sydney Vandegrift paced the team, finishing in a virtual tie in eighth overall in 19:22. Sophomore Sophie DeBenedetti was the third Troubadour across the line (19:52) with freshman Haley Silva just four second back. Freshman classmate Emma Hollenbach was 21st overall. Alana Reyna (35th, 20:51) and Allie Lourim (46th, 21:12) closed out the varsity top seven.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country teams finished second in both the Varsity and Frosh/Soph races at the Delta League Championships on Friday behind several standout performances.
“The girls exceeded expectations especially with the conditions,” said Head Coach Aaron Rios. “Allie (Lourim) had a huge performance today. With Izzy (Fauria) and Sydney (Vandegrift) finishing 1-2 and Allie and Sophie (DeBenedetti) stepping up today, it was what we needed to close the score gap with Davis.”
FOLSOM, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team won the Bronco Invitational with 55 points behind the 1-2 finish by standouts freshman Izzy Fauria and junior Sydney Vandegrift.
St. Francis placed their top six among the top 23 to edge Buchanan (74 points) and Clovis North (109 points) on the course site for the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships. Buchanan finished sixth in Clovis last week ahead of the St. Francis in 10th.
FRESNO, Calif. – Freshman Izzy Fauria finished fourth overall as the St. Francis cross country team placed 10th at the Clovis Invitational on Saturday.
Fauria clocked 17:52.7 over the 5k course at Woodward Park, site of the 2016 CIF State Championships. Sydney Vandegrift was 19th overall in 18:11 despite battling an illness during the week. Sophomore Sophie DeBenedetti placed third on the team in 19:10 (77th overall).
Great Oak won the team title with 81 followed by Davis Senior (114) and Arcadia (143). St. Francis was 10th overall with 286 points.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team was impressive at the Hoka One One Capital Cross Challenge on Saturday, placing five among the Top 10 runners and seven among the Top 27 and easily winning the team title in the varsity race with 24 points. The meet was held at the Haggin Oaks Golf Course.
“It was an awesome job today by the girls,” said Head Coach Aaron Rios. “To show that type of performance a week before Clovis is a good confidence booster for us moving forward.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Sydney Vandegrift led a strong varsity performance that saw five runners finish in the top eight and seven place among the top 15 as St. Francis won the Delta League meet with 24 team points.
“I knew this was a flat course and I wanted to go out and test my limits,” said Vandegrift. “Our team is really rocking it right now and I am really proud of all of our freshmen. They are working really hard and I am so glad that they came to St. Francis.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Freshman cross country runner Isabella Fauria is a nominee for the DyeStat Performance of the Week. Fauria won the De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational Cross Country 3-mile race on Saturday, crossing the line in 17:38.
St. Francis finished second overall to Davis 58-119 on the strength of six runners in the top 55. Just behind Fauria was junior Sydney Vandegrift, who placed sixth in 18:06. Sophomore Sophie DeBenedetti was 24th (18:58.1), while Haley Silva was 35th (19:20.4) . Allie Lourim and Emma Hollenbach placed 53rd and 55th, respectively.
MARTINEZ, Calif. – Freshman Isabella Fauria and junior Sydney Vandegrift went 1-2 to lead the St. Francis varsity team to a win at the 32nd Ed Sias Invitational Saturday. It was one of several highlights for the team on a day that saw success across four different races for the deep team.
Hope everyone had a great summer and is excited to get back on Monday. Here is some basic tryout information for cross country, golf, tennis and water polo for next week. All students must have a physical on file with the Athletic Department before starting tryouts or practices. If you have any questions, please let us know.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Rod Jett and Aaron Rios will direct the track and field and cross country programs, respectively, for the upcoming 2016-17 athletic seasons, Athletic Director Mark McGreevy announced. Both had served in interim roles in their first seasons.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis High School and the Troubadour Athletic Department will partner with SportsLeader over the next four years to implement their Catholic virtue-based formation program for coaches.
“In offering athletics programs at St. Francis we seek to use sport as a context for physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth,” said Athletic Director Mark McGreevy. “Our partnership with Sports Leader represents a continuation of that great Troubie tradition in a very intentional way.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis athletic department placed second overall in the All-Sports Award standings for the Delta League among the girls programs for the 2015-16 season, losing to Davis by two points. The Troubadours recorded a league-best seven combined first and second-place finishes.
“We congratulate Davis and appreciate the great competition in our league,” said Athletic Director Mark McGreevy. “Winning is not a primary goal but a byproduct of doing things well and we are proud of the efforts of our student-athletes and coaches.”
St. Francis finished eighth at the CIF State Championships, recording a Top-10 finish for the fifth consecutive season. Sophomore Sydney Vandegrift led the team, crossing the line 17th overall in 18:14.7. Seniors Ariane Arndt and Chase Worthen were 27th and 28th respectively in a near dead heat at 18:25. All three runners had personal-bests over the 3.1-mile course.
St. Francis was second overall at the Sac-Joaquin Section and Delta League meets to Davis.
Santa Clara’s Camille Dyer ’12 was awarded the Jim Shea Award at the annual Red and White Celebration at Malley Center on the Santa Clara campus on May 22.
The award recognizes one male or female student-athlete who has courageously led his or her team through selfless actions and been a leader in the campus community. Jim Shea was the first Santa Clara student-athlete whose life was cut short while serving in the Vietnam War.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Five student-athletes were recipients of the Booster Club Awards on Wednesday at the St. Francis Awards Ceremony.
Tennis and soccer player Avery Spector and volleyball player Nina Sanfilippo were the Booster Club Leadership Award winners. The recognition is given to the student or students who demonstrate leadership in athletics.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis had 21 selections to the River Cats All-City teams sponsored by SportsStars presented prior to the game Sunday at Raley Field. The Troubadours had student-athletes selected to each team led by four from the Sac-Joaquin Section winning water polo team.
Seven student-athletes have signed or committed to plays sports at collegiate programs across the nation in conjunction with the third NCAA National Signing Day. Overall, St. Francis has 25 student-athletes from the class fo 2016 playing sports in college this fall.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It was determined early on in her life she was destined to become a runner by name alone. Now Chase Worthen will further fulfill the destiny by continuing her running career in college. She will sign on Wednesday with Cal Poly on National Signing Day to compete for Mustangs next fall.
Worthen, the first child of runners who met while competing on the cross country teams for Sierra College, was aptly named Chase.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior McKenna Peterson will swim at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., next fall. She will participate in the St. Francis Signing Day Celebration on Wednesday, April 13.
“I was exploring my options to see what was out there and found St. Catherine,” said Peterson. “I reached out to the coach and went to visit. They had everything I was looking for (in a school). It is the perfect fit for me.”
St. Francis finished eighth at the CIF State Championships, recording a Top-10 finish for the fifth consecutive season. Sophomore Sydney Vandegrift led the team, crossing the line 17th overall in 18:14.7. Seniors Ariane Arndt and Chase Worthen were 27th and 28th respectively in a near dead heat at 18:25. All three runners had personal-bests over the 3.1-mile course.
St. Francis was second overall at the Sac-Joaquin Section and Delta League meets to Davis.
FRESNO, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country finished eighth at the CIF State Cross Country Championships held at Woodward Park Saturday. It was the fifth consecutive Top 10 finish for the Troubadours at the state meet.
Sophomore Sydney Vandegrift led the team for the ninth time this season, crossing the line 17th overall in 18:14.7. Seniors Ariane Arndt and Chase Worthen were 27th and 28th respectively in a near dead heat at 18:25. All three runners had personal-bests over the 3.1-mile course.
FOLSOM, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team qualified for the CIF State Cross Country Championships with a second-place finish at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 2 meet on Saturday. It is the fifth consecutive state appearance for the Troubadours, who have finished among the Top 10 in the each of the last four seasons.
Sophomore Sydney Vandegrift crossed the third overall in 18:53 to lead St. Francis.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior cross country runner Gabrielle Dyer will run on Saturday with a chance to extend her career to the CIF State Championships for the second consecutive season.
“I have been running since the sixth grade and after seeing my sister run all four years, it is so weird to me that (my career) is ending,” said Dyer. “It is really sad but it is making me more excited for track and having a better bond with the senior class this year.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Thirteen St. Francis Troubadours participated in the National Letter-of-Intent and College Commitment Celebration at St. Francis on Wednesday.
Senior Ariane Arndt, who will attend UC-Berkeley out of the Pac-12 Conference, headlined a class representing seven sports committing to 12 different schools, including five out-of-state school. The schools for the Troubie signees include Brown, Cal, Cal-State Northridge, Colorado State, Fordham, Loyola Marymount, Michigan State, San Jose State, Santa Clara, UCLA, UC San Diego and Yale.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Ariane Arndt has committed to run track at Cal next season and will sign a National Letter-of-Intent with the Golden Bears program on Wednesday at the St. Francis College Commitment Celebration.
FROGTOWN, Calif. – All three St. Francis teams advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships next weekend at Willow Hills Saturday at the subsections meet.
“It was a great overall performance,” said coach Aaron Rios.
The varsity team easily advanced with a second-place finish.
“Our main goal was to place in the top 10 to make to the section meet,” said senior Gabrielle Dyer. “We wanted to save our energy for next week so we did a tempo run. At the last 800 meters we went all out as fast as we could.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Samantha Gallia is not afraid to try something new. Whether it is cross country or one of her many extra-curricular activities, she toes the line and gives it her all. When it came to the Miss Teen Placer County competition, she was in it for the experience. She got that and much more.
FOLSOM, Calif. – Sydney Vandegrift finished fourth overall to lead the St. Francis varsity team to a second-place finish at the Delta League Cross Country Championships Saturday at Willow Hills Reservoir.
“I felt like I didn’t do that well but it is okay because we are looking forward to sections and giving it my all,” said Vandegrift. “We did not have out best race but we still stuck together as a team.”
St. Francis placed their top five all among the Top 20 led by Vandegrift.
WALNUT, Calif. – - The St. Francis cross country team competed at the Mt. Sac Invitational on Saturday, participating in three races and the SF girls recorded four Top 10s, won an individual title and tied for a team title.
Sophomore Sydney Vandegrift won the Sophomore Girls Sweeps race in 18:55, clearing the field by more than one and half minutes.
“It felt pretty good,” said Vandegrift. “It was hot conditions and probably one of the harder courses. Ariane (Arndt) told me to stay consistent the first two loops and attack the hills from there.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Freshman Sophie DeBenedetti won the Frosh/Soph race at the Delta League race and the varsity was first in the team standings.
“It felt good but definitely tiring,” said DeBenedetti. “I wanted to run fast. There was not a (pace) bike so it was hard to set my own pace because there was no one in front of me. I tried to keep the distance from the girl behind me.”
DeBenedetti helped the team to a second-place finish behind Davis, winning the individual title by more than 50 seconds with her time of 13:36.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Senior Ariane Arndt was the top finisher at the Stanford Invitational for St. Francis, helping the team to a 15th-place finish overall.
Arndt clocked 18:33.5 over the Stanford Golf Course layout. Sophomore Sydney Vandegrift was close behind in 39th overall (18:46.2) with Chase Worthen crossing 46th overall (18:53.6). Senior Gabby Dyer recorded a time of 20:17 (133rd) and sophomore Ava Nkadi was 149th (20:39). Senior Jessica Danens and junior Allie Lourim finished 151st and 181st, respectively.
CONCORD, Calif. – Senior Chase Worthen crossed the line in 41st (19:41) as the St. Francis varsity cross country team was sixth overall at the De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational. Sophomore Sydney Vandegrift was the top finisher for the Troubadours in 18:23 (11th) with senior Ariane Arndt close behind in 18:33 (14th).
Davis was the team champion led by individual winner Fionna O’Keeffe.
Sophomore Ava Nakdi was the fourth finisher for St. Francis (20:01). Other finishers included Gabby Dyer (20:59), Allie Lourim (21:14) and Juliet Batturaro (21:26).
MARTINEZ, Calif. – Sophomore Sydney Vandegrift was fourth overall and the fastest sophomore in the field with a time of 12:19 at the Ed Sias Invitational on Saturday. The Troubadours finished seventh overall.
Vandegrift was the top finisher for St. Francis. Senior Chase Worthen was 23rd overall (13:01), while sophomore Ava Nkadi was 39th (13:30). Junior Allie Lourim was 66th (14:20) and senior Juliet Batturaro crossed the line 76th (14:31). Other finishers in the varsity race included Alanna Appel (97th) and Isabella Saca (120th).
Good luck to the seven former Troubies opening their NCAA Cross Country seasons this week. Recent graduates Miranda Myers (Northern Arizona) and Peyton Bilo (Cal Poly) will have their first collegiate races this weekend. Susan Frazier ’12 will run for Colorado School of Mines, while Santa Clara’s Camille Dyer will toe the line in San Francisco at the USD Invite. Lauren LaRocco ’14 was the Freshman of the Year for the Portland Pilots last season, while classmate Madison Rawson runs for Ole Miss. Melanie Stralen ’13 will run for Gonzaga this season.
ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Sophomore Sydney Vandegrift won the Frosh/Soph race at the Oakmont Invitational Saturday, leading a group of four Troubadours in the Top 10 as St. Francis. She clocked a time of 14:42 to win the race by a minute, posting a time that would have been in the top five in the varsity race.
“It felt really great because I trained really hard this summer,” said Vandegrift. “It was great to see the work pay off.”
Vandegrift took over the lead early in the race and was left to pace herself with a little help.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former college basketball coach and athletic director Stan Morrison was the keynote speaker for the St. Francis athletics department retreat in August 2015. Morrison started his coaching career at El Camino High School before embarking on a career that would include head coaching jobs at Pacific, USC, San Jose State Basketball coach and as the AD at both UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside.
Morrison had several messages for the Troubadour coaches intertwined among his tremendous coaching experiences and stories that highlighted his talking points.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Practices for the 2015 St. Francis cross country season start on Monday, August 10 at the school with workouts from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15/8:30 p.m. Times for practice on Saturday, August 15 will be 9:30-11:30 a.m. at St. Francis.
All participants need to have a current physical on form with St. Francis prior to participation. During the first week of school, practice will shift to after school from 3:20-5:00/5:15 p.m. Monday thru Thursday.
Here’s a snap shot of the practice schedule, through August:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A year ago, St. Francis senior Peyton Bilo was in a boot watching from the stands as her teammates qualified a school-best six athletes for the state meet. Her career path was undecided after being sidelined for most of her junior campaign and the future uncertain. Everything changed this year.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats honored 11 St. Francis student-athletes as members of the 2014-15 River Cats All-City teams in a ceremony before the game Sunday against Memphis at Raley Field.
The Sacramento River Cats recognized their 2014-15 All-City team before today’s baseball game. Eleven Troubadours were selected to the respective sports all-city teams and senior soccer player Anna Gregg was named the River Cats Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats will honor 11 St. Francis student-athletes as members of the 2014-15 River Cats All-City teams in a ceremony before the game against Memphis on Sunday, May 24 at Raley Field.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The St. Francis Booster Club Leadership and Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Awards were presented at the Senior Awards Ceremony May 13 and numerous student-athletes were recognized among the honorees.
Soccer player Anna Gregg and water polo’s Lauren Charter received the Scholar-Athlete Awards, while cross country/track athlete Miranda Myers and basketball player Susie Rogers received the Leadership Awards.
Each student-athlete will receive a $1000 scholarship to be used for their school.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Seven St. Francis High School seniors will sign a National Letter-of-Intent or make a commitment to play collegiate sports next year at schools across the country Wednesday. They will be recognized on campus as part of the school’s spring signing day recognition.
St. Francis finished third at the CIF State Championships, recording a Top-10 finish for the fourth consecutive season and third top-five placing in the last four years.
State Meet Team Results: 1. Great Oak 45; 2. Bella Vista 141; 3. St. Francis 186; 4. Clovis North 198; 5. Trabuco Hills 203. State Meet Individual Results: 26. Miranda Myers, 18:43; 30. Peyton Bilo, 18:53; 38. Ariane Arndt, 18:55; 60. Ava Nkadi, 19:12; 93. Sydney Vandegrift, 19:36; 127. Chase Worthen, 20:15; 154.
St. Francis is known for its sisterhood. Here is a collection of photos of Troubie sisters who play sports for the Troubadours, as well as shots with their sports-playing brothers at Jesuit in honor of National Sibling Day.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – The Stanford Invitational will always be a special meet for Peyton Bilo and Friday it was a milestone day for several reasons. The St. Francis senior committed to run for Cal Poly following her strong performance in the 3,000 meters, calling the coach from the track to make her decision official.
WALNUT, Calif. – Senior Miranda Myers finished 17th overall in a field of 143 at the Footlocker Cross Country West Regional Championships Saturday morning with a time of 19:05. Teammate Peyton Bilo was 73rd overall (20:16), while junior Chase Worthen was 121st. (21:11).
The trio helped St. Francis placed third overall in the Division I race at the CIF State Championships on Nov. 29.
Myers, who has signed with Northern Arizona, finished one spot ahead of Mikayla Malaspina of Caldwell, Idaho, who will also run at NAU next fall.
FRESNO, Calif. – The theme for the weekend was Wizard of Oz and the Troubadours clicked their heels all the way down the yellow dirt road at Woodpark Park to find a top three trophy at the end of the road Saturday.
With the third-place finish, St. Francis recorded a top-five finish for the third time in the last four seasons. The Troubadours finished among the Top 10 for the fourth straight season and became the third Nor Cal team to earn a podium finish at the Division I state meet (St. Francis, 2012; Davis, 2013) and second in school history.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – For four years of workouts, hills, mile repeats, hugs, laughter and tears, the duo of Peyton Bilo and Miranda Myers have been the heart and soul of a St. Francis cross country team that has been among the best in the state. They will toe the line Saturday for the final time together in a quest for a memorable ending to their four-year varsity cross country careers.
“We are going to try to run personal bests and have fun out there,” said Bilo. “We are shooting for Top 10 overall. We will see what happens.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis alumnae are succeeding at the collegiate level across the country. Here is collection of news and notes about the former Troubies. Submissions can be sent in to Assistant AD Steve Shaff at email@example.com.
FOLSOM, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team finished third at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships and earned a berth to the CIF State Championships for the fourth consecutive year.
“Today was a really exciting meet for the varsity girls,” said Assistant Coach Mason Myers. “It was one of our big goals to qualify from sections to state. The girls went after it and had incredible individual races and had a 52 second gap between our first and fifth places to seal a great effort.”
The Sac-Joaquin Section and the NFHS Network will broadcast the section cross country championships Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. and each of the water polo finals including the St. Francis-Davis matchup at 3:30 p.m.
Fans must register on the NFHS page and there is a daily fee to see the section playoff game.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Nine St. Francis High School seniors signed a National Letter-of-Intent or made a commitment to play collegiate sports next year at schools across the country Wednesday. They were recognized on campus as part of the school’s formal fall signing day recognition.
The event was broadcast on the TroubieTV Network on PlayOn Sports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior cross country and distance standout Miranda Myers has committed to run at Northern Arizona next fall.
“I am really excited,” said Myers, who will sign officially on Wednesday. “I just got back from an official visit over the weekend. I am really pumped. The team was really nice and the weather is perfect. They have a really good education program. It is going to be a great atmosphere and environment to train in for my running.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis will be holding a press-conference event on Wednesday, November 12 at 9 a.m., in the CLC on campus to celebrate our students who have committed to participate in collegiate athletics for the ”early” signing date of the National Letter of Intent program.
The event will be broadcast on the TroubieTV Network online. Family, friend and fans can watch the event for free by registering on the PlayOn! Sports NFHS Network.
ANGELS CAMP, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section meet easily with a fourth-place finish at the Sub-Sections Saturday.
Senior Peyton Bilo was the top finisher for the team in 20:28 to cross 18th, while classmate Miranda Myers was 28th in 20:40. Freshmen Sydney Vandegrift and Ava Nkadi crossed the line simultaneously to place 32nd. Junior Ariane Arndt was four seconds back.
FOLSOM, Calif. – Senior Miranda Myers led three Troubadours among the Top 10 as the St. Francis cross country team finished second at the Delta League Meet Saturday at Willow Hills Reservoir.
“I got out pretty fast in front some of the Davis girls,” said Myers. “That was the key for my race to get out fast. I held my pace and got passed once on the back loop but I think I ran the hills really well and kept pushing myself.”
St. Francis alumnae are succeeding at the collegiate level across the country. Here is collection of news and notes about the former Troubies. Submissions can be sent in to Assistant AD Steve Shaff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Juniors Ariane Arndt and Chase Worthen led the St. Francis cross country team to a win at The Other Meet held Saturday morning at Granite Regional Park. The Troubadours swept all three races at the meet as freshman Sydney Vandegrift and senior Ariel Medina won the Frosh/Soph and junior varsity races.
“It shows we are pretty strong all the way through,” said Arndt of the team win. “We have a lot of good runners. Even without our top two runners, we can still compete.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team’s flight to Chicago was canceled Friday morning forcing the team to call off its weekend trip. The Troubadours were traveling to Chicago, Ill., to compete in the Palatine Invitational this weekend.
The trip included 17 student-athletes and three coaches.
St. Francis will return to running on Oct. 8 at the Delta League meet at Granite Regional Park.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team will travel to Chicago, Ill., to compete in the Palatine Invitational this weekend. The meet serves a gathering between St. Francis and sister-school Assumption High School from Louisville, Ky.
“It will be a great experience for the girls,” said Head Coach John DuCray. “We are going with no expectations and plan to make it a fun trip. It will be something they will never forget.”
CONCORD, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team finished second at the Carondelet Nike Invitational Saturday morning at Newhall Park.
Senior Miranda Myers led the team for the third straight meet, finishing sixth overall in 18:25 over the three-mile course. Classmate Peyton Bilo was 10th, finishing in the Top 10 for the third time this year with a time of 18:43. Freshman Ava Nkadi was the third Troubadour across in the line in 20th overall (19:31) in her varsity debut.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis alumnae are succeeding at the collegiate level across the country. Here is collection of news and notes from the last two weeks about the former Troubies. Submissions can be sent in to Assistant AD Steve Shaff at email@example.com.
MARTINEZ, Calif. – Seniors Miranda Myers and Peyton Bilo each posted top-five finishes to help St. Francis to a fourth-place finish at the Ed Sias Invitational Saturday.
Myers was the top Troubadour finisher in 12:17 over the two-mile course. She finished behind only Megan McCandless of Granda (11:37) and Brooke Starn of Monte Vista (12:04). Bilo was five seconds behind Myers in fifth overall (12:22).
EUGENE, Ore. – Troubadour alumna Lauren LaRocco had a successful collegiate debut on Saturday. LaRocco finished 12th overall in 20:44 as the first freshmen in the race to cross the line, helping the Portland team to a second place finish at the Dellinger Invite held on Pre’s Trail in Eugene.
Portland accumulated 46 points during the six kilometer race which put them ahead of No. 2 Oregon (68), Oregon State (120), and Portland State (131). Sixth-ranked Michigan State won the meet.
ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Seniors Miranda Myers and Peyton Bilo led the varsity team with top-three finishes at the season-opening Oakmont Invitational Saturday at Maidu Park.
The Troubadours finished third as a team behind Oak Ridge and Woodcreek. St. Francis also had strong showings in the Frosh/Soph and JV races. Freshman Ava Nkadi won the first race of the day in her first high school performance, crossing the line in 15:17. Junior Juliet Batturaro won the JV race in 17:24. All three races were at the 4K distance to open the season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After three straight Top-10 finishes at the CIF State Championships, the goals and expectations for the St. Francis cross country team are always pointed high. With a strong returning group, led by senior co-captains Miranda Myers and Peyton Bilo, the Troubadours should again be among the top programs in the state.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Support your daughter’s team with official St. Francis Adidas spirit gear from Athletics Unlimited. Each fall sport has team specific gear available online until August 29 that will be shipped by Sept. 26. All proceeds from the sales benefit the St. Francis Booster Club.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis will play in the Delta League beginning this fall with many familiar faces and several new ones.
“The Delta League has a lot of history and it is great it is back in existence,” said Delta League Commissioner Ron Nocetti.
The Troubadours move into the newly formed Delta League along with Pleasant Grove and Sheldon from the Delta River League. The league is a realignment of members of both the Delta River and Delta Valley Leagues.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Tryout schedules for volleyball, water polo and cross country have been adjusted on Tuesday, August 12 for the Memorial Service for Brian Dodson on campus.
Volleyball will now have all workouts in the morning with the varsity tryouts on the court from 8-10 a.m., while the junior varsity and freshmen workouts will be held from 10-Noon. Both take place in the St. Francis gym on campus.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country program is using XCStats.com this year to keep our team statistics and to provide useful tools for goal setting, team communications and training. NOTE: All athletes are required to create an account on XCStats!
Parents do not register separately – they are registered by their athlete in this process.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis High School athletics department completed the spring campaign on a championship run that included back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section titles that highlighted another successful season in 2013-14.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two student-athletes representing St. Francis competed at the Golden West Invitational Saturday at Hornet Stadium.
Senior Kayla O’Brine competed in her final high school meet participating in both the hammer and discus at the event. She finished second in the hammer with a best throw of 140-11 and was fifth in the discus contested two hours later with a throw of 121-1.
Summer Fun Runs begin Tuesday, June 17. All runners should meet at the Big Lots Store (La Riviera Drive and Watt) from 7:15-8:35 p.m. They will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights and Saturday mornings (9:00 a.m-10:30 a.m.) from June 17-August 2.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis junior soccer player Anna Gregg was named the River Cats Girls Soccer Player of the Year at the High School Awards Ceremony before Sunday’s game against the Tacoma Rainers.
“It means so much and feels so great,” said Gregg of the Player of the Year honor. “I set a goal to help to the section championship and that was accomplished. I could not be happier.”
Gregg and her St. Francis teammates captured the Sac-Joaquin Section title on Saturday on her goal to defeat Oak Ridge 1-0.
SACRAMENTO, – Calif. – Seventeen St. Francis Troubadours have been named to the 2013-14 River Cats All-City teams and will be recognized on Sunday at the High School Sports Awards Ceremony before the River Cats take on the Tacoma Rainiers at 1:05 p.m. at Raley Field.
The St. Francis All-City fall sports selections include senior golfer Emily Laskin, volleyball seniors Ali Koumelis and Anna Baytosh and cross country runners Lauren LaRocco, Madison Rawson and Miranda Myers.
BOSTON – Former Troubadour Maggie Lloyd will run the Boston Marathon Monday fulfilling a life-long dream but with a bigger inspiration.
“One of my earliest running goals was to run the Boston marathon, and I still can’t believe that I am on my way to living that dream, but this race isn’t about checking something off my bucket list,” said Lloyd on her MIT Strong page.
Lloyd, who is a ‘08 graduate of St. Francis, was a volunteer at the marathon for each of her four years attending MIT.
NAPA, Calif. – St. Francis assistant coach Mason Myers won his age group and finished 14th overall in his debut at the marathon distance at the Napa Valley Marathon March 2. The Carmichael, Calif., resident clocked 2:45.45 after posting a 6:16 pace over the first half of the race and 6:20 over the back 13 plus miles.
The St. Francis Booster Club has its spring Spirit Wear line available for ordering online via a partnership with Athletics Unlimited and adidas. All items will be available for purchase until Friday, March 14 at 5 p.m. and will be distributed by April 4.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior track and field student-athletes Ellie Linn and Madison Rawson recently organized a campaign to collect used running shoes for the One World Running organization.
“I realized I had a ton of shoes in my closet that I did not need or use,” said Linn. “I searched for a place to donate them and found the organization (One World Running). I suggested it to Madison and we got the team involved.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior cross country runner Macee Moreno was nominated for the CIF Spirit of Sport award. This award recognizes student-athletes based on exemplary sportsmanship, school/community service and leadership.
While she was not selected, she was recognized with a certificate from the CIF recognizing her nomination in a presentation at the Feb. 13 basketball game by Athletic Director Mark McGreevy. She will have a chance at a $1,000 scholarship among the other nominees for the award.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Six St. Francis High School seniors signed a National Letter-of-Intent or made a commitment to play collegiate sports next year at schools across the country Wednesday.
They were recognized on campus after school and will be part of the school’s formal spring signing day recognition. Overall, 24 Troubadours have made commitments this year to continue their athletic careers next year at the collegiate level.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Lauren LaRocco has committed to run for the University of Portland this fall. She will officially sign her National Letter-of-Intent on Wednesday.
“I am really excited,” said LaRocco. “There are so many benefits to running in college. It is going to be a really fun experience. I have been told on my visits how great it is to be part of a team. It sounds like a blast.”
Portland is coached by Ian Solof. The Pilot cross country team finished ninth at the NCAA West Regionals and second at the West Coast Conference meet.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Madison Rawson has verbally committed to attend Ole Miss next fall and run for the track and field/cross country program.
“I really like the community at Ole Miss,” said Rawson, who has competed for the St. Francis cross country and track and field programs. “The coaching staff and team are really welcoming. I am excited to be part of the Ole Miss program.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Bumps and bruises are her specialty but Kelly Ketcham brings much more to the St. Francis High School community.
Ketcham was named the Assistant AD for Sports Medicine for the St. Francis Athletics Department staff recently after working with the Troubadour student-athletes and teams as the school’s athletic trainer for the last four years. The title was effective in November 2013.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Three St. Francis seniors were named the Delta River League Player of the Year for their respective sports following the fall season.
Ali Koumelis earned the honor for volleyball after leading her team to the Delta River League title, the Northern California finals in the CIF State Tournament and runner-up at the Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament. Koumelis, who signed to play at Portland, joined teammates Anna Baytosh, Lea Felton, Chloe Hakim and Megan Sullivan on the Delta River All-League team.
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FRESNO, Calif. – St. Francis placed three runners among the top 20 to lead the team to a ninth-place finish overall Saturday at Woodward Park.
“We knew our team would show up well prepared,” said assistant coach Mason Myers. “The girls had two weeks since our last race to mentally prepare. Lauren, Miranda and Madison all had huge PRs on this course. It was very exciting.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Lauren LaRocco has always liked running. She just did it in a different form, chasing a ball. Now she is racing against the clock and leading a St. Francis team into Saturday’s CIF State Cross Country Championships with a chance to win some hardware.
“I am trying not to really have any expectations,” said LaRocco, who enters the meet ranked fourth in Division I according to CalPrepTrack.com. “I just want to run my best. I will do the best I can.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Madison Rawson had participated in a running club in Pensacola but had never been part of a team. One long distance call and four years later, she is one of the elite runners in the state of California on one of the best teams heading into the CIF State Championships on Nov. 30.
Rawson, who lives in Roseville, moved to the area from Florida just prior to her freshman year. Before arriving or even attending her first day at her new school, Sacramento’s St. Francis, she was signed up for the cross country team by her parents.
ANGELS CAMP, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team cruised to a fourth-place finish to easily earn a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section meet next weekend. The top 10 teams advance from the Subsection.
Camille Boudreaux was the top finisher for the Troubadours, clocking a 20:20 time for a 12th-place finish. Peyton Bilo finished 21st in 20:41, while Chase Worthen was 26th in 20:48 led a large group of St. Francis runners. Worthen joined Ariel Medina, Miranda Myers, Madison Rawson and Lauren LaRocco who crossed the line almost simultaneously.
FOLSOM, Calif. – Senior Lauren LaRocco won her third consecutive Delta River League title to lead the St. Francis team to the team title. The Troubadours placed four runners among the top 10 and six among the top 13 in the race, winning the league title for the third straight season.
“It felt good today and it was really fun,” said LaRocco. “Our top five were taking it a little easy and it was fun to run as a pack. We gave a little extra at the end.”
LaRocco led the field with a time of 18:41 to win her seventh race of the season.
WALNUT, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team placed three runners among the top 10 and finished fifth at the prestigious Mt. Sac Girls Sweepstakes race Saturday morning.
“We were able to beat several of the top rated teams in the state and it gave our girls a huge boost,” said assistant coach Mason Myers. “Matching up in the Mt. Sac Sweepstakes is a great dress rehearsal for the state meet.”
Aaron Rios was named the head coach of the St. Francis cross country program for the 2016 season. He had served as the interim coach for the 2015 season, leading the team to a top-10 finish at the state meet.
An experienced cross-country and track and field athlete and coach, Rios began his coaching career in 2010 as a distance coach at Foothill High School in Sacramento. In 2011, Rios served as Head Coach for the girls cross country team at Del Campo High School and went on to head up the track and field team.
Amy Sybesma is in her second season as an assistant coach at St. Francis. She joined the track and field staff during the 2016 season and will assist with cross country starting in 2016.
Sybesma ran four years of indoor and outdoor track at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.. She competed in the high jump, 200 and 400 meters and relays. She was ranked 30th in the nation for DIII high jump in 2015.
FOLSOM, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team edged Clovis Nprth to take the team title at the Bronco Invitational at the Willow Hills Reservoir course Saturday morning. It was sixth meet win this season for the Troubadours.
“Today was a great matchup,” said assistant coach Mason Myers. “Clovis North is one of the top ranked teams in the state of California. We are pleased to go head-to-head with them and have our girls run some very good performances.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Lauren LaRocco ran a personal-best for the third straight race to win The Other Meet title with a time of 16:56 to lead St. Francis to the overall team titles.
St. Francis scored a team-best 28 points to defeat Del Campo, Sierra, Dixon and McClatchy. The Troubadours had Miranda Myers place third overall in 17:50 and Camille Boudreaux cross the line fourth in 18:38. Ariel Medina was eighth in 19:28.
Chase Worthen was 13th overall and Mallory Shingle placed 15th.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Lauren LaRocco ran a personal-best 17:18 at Granite Regional Park at the Delta River League meet to win the race in a course and league record time. St. Francis placed 1-2-3 with four in the top five and five in the top 10 to claim the race with 21 points.
“Madison was pushing me for the first mile and it is a relatively flat course,” said LaRocco. “It felt like a hard workout. It was nice with everyone cheering. There was a lot of support out there today.”
PALO ALTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Lauren LaRocco finished fourth overall to lead the St. Francis cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the Stanford Invitational Saturday on the Stanford Golf Course.
“It went pretty well,” said LaRocco. “It can be hard to feel your pace when there is such a big pack and especially in the beginning because everyone goes out fast. There was some really good competition so it was nice to run at Stanford. I think it helped us figure out where we are at and what we need to do by the end of the season.”
WOODLAND, Calif. – In the first meeting between Sac-Joaquin section rivals, the St. Francis cross country team edged Davis Senior Saturday at the Yolo County Championships 42-49.
“We are very happy with the overall performance,” said assistant coach Mason Myers.
The Troubadours, ranked No. 3 in the state in the DyeStatCAL XC rankings, placed three runners in the top six overall to defeat the Blue Devils. Davis entered the meet No. 6 in the state rankings. It was the third consecutive team title for St. Francis in 2013.
MARTINEZ, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team won the team title for the second consecutive meet winning the large school girls title at the Ed Sias Invitational held at Hidden Valley Lakes Park in Martinez Saturday. The Troubadours crossed the line 1-2-3 and placed each of their top five runners in the first 22 finishers in the race.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team is listed in the top 10 of two state-wide rankings released this week. The Troubadours are a season-high second behind Simi Valley in the DyeStatCAL Cross Country Ranking after starting at No. 3 overall and are No. 7 in PrepCalTrack’s Super 25 Girls Teams and No. 1 in the Sac-Joaquin section.
The Troudadours opened the season by winning the Oakmont Invitational. They return to action this Saturday at the Ed Sias Invitational in Martinez., Calif. The meet will be held at Hidden Lakes Park.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country program had a strong opening meet, taking a pair of team and individual titles at the Oakmont Invitational at Maidu Park.
Senior Lauren LaRocco won the individual title for the second consecutive season with a career-best 14:02 over the 4-kilometer course.
“I am glad I have improved since last year,” said LaRocco. “The course felt short and that is good because we will be moving up to 5K. It was still a lot flatter than most of the courses we will run so it was good to ease into some of the hills.”
SACRMAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team is ranked 15th in the nation in the DyeStat.com Preseason National Girls Cross Country Top 120 released on Friday. The Troubadours were also highlighted by the NHSCA with a No. 11 ranking in their national preseason poll released earlier in August.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The nationally-ranked St. Francis cross country team will open the 2013 season at the Oakmont Invitational held at Maidu Park in Roseville on Saturday, Aug. 30.
The Troubadours will field three teams in the event, including varsity, junior varsity and freshmen/sophomore squads. The freshmen/sophomore race begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the varsity girls at 9:30 a.m. and junior varsity girls at 10:30 a.m.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis High School cross country team led by Head Coach John DuCray is ranked 11th in the 2013 National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Girls Pre-Season Cross Country Team Rankings announced by XCNation.com.
“We are thrilled to be ranked in the NHSCA preseason poll,” said DuCray, who has coached at St. Francis for 37 years. “It is a tribute to our student-athletes. We are going to try to be the best in California and it is a nice recognition for a program on the rise.”
LaRocco, who was one of the most highly recruited student-athletes on campus in 2013-14, received interest from more than 200 schools before deciding to run at Portland. She was named the Delta River League Runner of the Year in cross country after winning the Delta River League individual title for the third consecutive season. She finished sixth overall at the CIF Cross Country state championships, helping the team to a top-10 finish for the third consecutive year.
Rawson has been one of the leaders of the St. Francis cross country program each of the last three seasons, helping the program garner three consecutive top-10 state finishes. The Troubadours finished fourth in 2011, second in 2012 and ninth in 2013. She placed 51st individually as a sophomore, 38th as a junior and 21st in a time of 18:05 this season. As a senior, she was part of the lead pack all season. She finished among the top five in nine races, including a fifth-place finish at the prestigious Mt. Sac Invitational. She also finished 11th at the Stanford Invitational.
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