SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Twelve St. Francis seniors have committed to play a sport in college during the spring signing period that started Wednesday and were celebrated at a ceremony at the school today. Overall, 17 St. Francis student-athletes from the Class of 2017 have made commitments or signed a National Letter-of-Intent this year.
The Troubadours made commitments to schools including Duke and Stanford and several California schools from American River College to UC San Diego. The Troubies will travel as far as away as New Hampshire to play softball at Saint Anselm.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis won both meets at the Jesuit Invitational, out-scoring Monterey Trail among 14 teams 134.5-111 on the varsity side, while the Frosh/Soph team scored 113 points to lead an 11-team field.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Elizabeth Hennessy will continue her track career next year, competing for the UC San Diego Tritons. She is one of 11 Troubadours making commitments to play or compete collegiately next fall during the spring signing period.
ARCADIA, Calif. – Led by a school record in the 4×1600-meter relay on Friday night, the St. Francis track and field team was well represented at the Arcadia Invitational.
The 4×1600-meter relay reset the record set last season of 22:28.11 by Sophie DeBenedetti, Alana Reyna, Gabrielle Dyer and Chase Worthen. DeBenedetti paired with Kathryn Kramer, Noelle Lynch and Sydney Vandegrift to win the race in 21:11.79.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Junior Sydney Vandegrift ran the second-fastest time in school history in the mile, finishing 12th in the mile in 5:03.08 and the Troubadours had several performances in the relays and sprints to wrap up the action at the second day of the Stanford Invitational.
“It is such a great opportunity to run with these fast girls,” said Vandegrift. “We talked about staying in a good position and being a little more ambitious.”
Vandegrift just missed the school record in the event set by Peyton Bilo in 2015 (5:02.21).
CARMICHAEL, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team defeated Davis 75-60 on Wednesday. The Troubadours recorded several season-best performances in the meet. Senior Meaghan Rogers had personal bests in both the 100 meters (12.49) and 200 meters (26.00), finishing second and third respectively.
Kathryn Kramer and Amanda Roina were the top finishers in the 400m, placing third and fifth. Each recorded a personal-best. Alana Reyna was the top finisher in the 1600 with a personal-best time of 5:33.55.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – Senior Meagan Rogers won the 100 meters in 12.63 at the Mark Macres Invitational on Saturday hosted by Monterey Trail High School, highlighting several top times and marks for the Troubadours.
Freshman Isabella Palchek won the Frosh/Soph high jump with a clearance of 5-0, while classmate Meghan Ladd won the Frosh/Soph pole vault by extending her own freshman school record with a 9-6 clearance and also finished second in the high jump (4-8). Olivia Birmingham finished fifth in the varsity pole vault at 9-6.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team defeated Elk grove 79-47 on Tuesday in a Delta League dual meet.
Senior Meaghan Rogers won the 100 meters in 12.66, while senior Aly Shebert was second in the 200m in 27.02. Sophomore Taylor Givens was the top finisher in the 400m, placing third in 1:04.30 and senior Meredith Wong was third in the 800m (2:48.70).
In the hurdles, sophomore Serena Shimada won the 100m hurdles in 16.60 and senior Elizabeth Hennessy claimed the 300m hurdles in a season-best 45.79.
CARMICHAEL, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team swept the running events and took the high and long jump and pole vault events before darkness ended the annual Holy Spikes meet with Christian Brothers and Cristo Rey at the Jesuit track Wednesday.
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.”
Pre-pre-season conditioning will begin October 3. These workouts will be held at Jesuit High School on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays starting at around 3:30. These workouts will be relatively short (approx.1 hour) focused on general conditioning and overall fitness, with some attention to technique for sprinters and hurdlers.
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.”
FOLSOM, Calif. – Ariane Arndt was named the SUBWAY Student-Athlete of the Semester for the spring semester at St. Francis High School. Arndt joins tennis player Avery Spector, who earned the award for the fall, as the 2015-16 recipients.
Subway restaurants and the CIF have teamed to reward student-athletes all over California who have shown initiative, improvement and sportsmanlike conduct in their athletic programs throughout the year. Each student-athlete chosen received a $25 SUBWAY cash card and a certificate.
St. Francis had qualifiers in four events at the CIF Track and Field. Ariane Arndt advanced in the 800 meters for the third consecutive season, finishing third overall in a school-record 2:08.62, one of the top individual finishes in school history at the state meet. She finished the season ranked fifth in the state of California. Sophomore Sydney Vandegrift placed 12th in the 3200 meters in 10:41.49. St. Francis finished 30th overall with six points.
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.”
CLOVIS, Calif. – Senior Ariane Arndt finished third in the 800 meters at the CIF State Track and Field Championships in a school-record 2:08.62, highlighting an exciting two days at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the campus of Buchanan High School.
CLOVIS, Calif. – Senior Ariane Arndt advanced to an individual final for the first time in her career and anchored the 4×400-meter relay into Saturday’s finals.
“Advancing is all that matters at this meet because times don’t carry forward,” said Interim Head Coach Rod Jett. “We have to come out tomorrow and do the best we can.”
Arndt, a three-time state qualifier in the 800m, finished third in the third heat in 2:09.61 to advance automatically to Saturday’s final. She was seventh overall as the top three in each heat and next three best times advanced.
CLOVIS, Calif. – Senior Ariane Arndt advanced to an individual final for the first time in her career and set a school record in the process.
Arndt, a three-time state qualifier in the 800m, finished third in the third heat in 2:09.61 to advance automatically to Saturday’s final. She was seventh overall as the top three in each heat and next three best times advanced.
The mark improved her school record by one-hundredth of a second, besting her 2:09.62 at the Meet of Champions in April.
CLOVIS, Calif. – The St. Francis 4×100-meter relay team opened the meet with a school-record 47.52, finishing fourth in their heat and 11th overall. The top eight qualified for Saturday’s final.
“It is crazy,” said junior anchor leg Meaghan Rogers. “I did not think I was going to be at this meet this year. The relay team has been doing pretty well all season. It is a pretty good end to the season.”
The team was ranked 18th in the state coming into the meet after winning the SJS Masters title in a then school-record 47.58.
CLOVIS, Calif. – St. Francis will be represented in four events at this weekend’s CIF State Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday at Buchanan High School. Headlining the group is the 4×400-meter relay team, consisting of seniors Ariane Arndt (Folsom), Lilly Enes (Sacramento) and Kiani Reyna (Sacramento) and junior Elizabeth Hennessy (Auburn).
ELK GROVE, Calif. – Senior Ariane Arndt and sophomore Sydney Vandegrift and both relays qualified for the CIF State Track and Field Championships Friday night at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet at Elk Grove High School.
“It was a good day,” said Interim Head Coach Rod Jett. “We got the school record in the 4×100 and were real close in the 4×400. The most important thing was they advanced to state. I am very impressed and pleased with how they ran today.”
Alumna Lauren LaRocco ’14, a sophomore at the University of Portland, qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Championships, finishing sixth at the NCAA West Regional on Friday in 34:25.40 in the 10,000 meters.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team advanced both relays and two individuals at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Trials at Elk Grove High School Thursday night. The heat winners plus the next fastest times advance to the eight-lane final on Friday.
“It was good,” said Interim Head Coach Rod Jett. “Like last Wednesday, you just want to qualify, win your heat and get a good lane for the finals. Tomorrow you run as fast as you can and try to win to make it to state. There is no more holding back.”
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. – Senior thrower Juliana Cerezo-Rangel will compete for the Sonoma State Seawolves next year. A two-sport letter winner at St. Francis, she will continue her career collegiately after first picking up the sport just two years ago.
“To be able to excel in a sport, make it to college and have the opportunity to compete in college is a really good opportunity to have it,” said Cerezo-Rangel, who will major in sociology at the school located in Rohnert Park, Calif., located just 88 miles from Sacramento. “I am really glad to have it.”
ELK GROVE, Calif. – Senior Ariane Arndt reset her own Sac-Joaquin Section meet record in winning the 400 meters and led two relays to team titles as the St. Francis track and field team shined at Elk Grove High School Friday night.
“It is always an honor to be out here and run against amazing competition with amazing teammates and coaches,” said Arndt. “It has been a great four years and I am excited to finish off strong and have such a good end at sections.”
ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis relays started and ended the Sac-Joaquin Section Trials with strong results as the Troubadours had an impressive night to setup a chance to defend their section title on Friday night.
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.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team finished second at the Delta League Finals on Friday at Sheldon High School, scoring 106.5 points behind team champion Davis (195). But the overall goal of the night was advancement to the Sac-Joaquin Section Trials on Wednesday at Elk Grove High School. The top four and finishers with qualifying times compete this week.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Freshman volleyball and soccer standout Jess Ponik had an idea. Ponik, who plays sports year round, wondered if anyone could use some of her old sports equipment. She thought the case might be the same for some of her classmates so she made a suggestion to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
“Jess Ponik suggested the idea and we just ran with it,” said senior track and field athlete Samantha Carrothers.
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.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – St. Francis triple threat Ariane Arndt, Lilly Enes and Kiani Reyna were the top three qualifiers in the 400 meters as each qualified for a pair of events at the Delta League Trials held Friday night at the Sheldon-Franklin Community Track.
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. – Senior Kiani Reyna will sign to run collegiately with the Sacramento State Hornets on Wednesday as part of the St. Francis Signing Day Celebration.
“I am really excited about Sacramento State,” said Reyna.” The one thing that sold me on Sacramento State was the coach. I really liked the coach. I know some of the girls on the team. I felt like I was part of it already when I went to visit.”
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.”
ARCADIA, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team had a big weekend at the Arcadia Invitational, winning three events as senior Ariane Arndt captured the Open 800 meters, sophomore Sydney Vandegrift won the 3200-meter rated race Friday night and the 4×400-meter relay closed the meet with come-from-behind win.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – The St. Francis 4×400-meter relay capped off two days at the Stanford Invitational with a third-place finish, placing second overall in their heat. The foursome of Lilly Enes, Kiani Reyna, Elizabeth Hennessy and Ariane Arndt clocked a time of 3:57.44, ranking third on the all-time performance chart.
Enes and Reyna also ran in the individual 400 meters with both earning season-best times. Enes won her heat and was 17th overall in 58.74, while Reyna posted a 61.20 to place 27th.
CARMICHAEL, Calif. – St. Francis swept the dual meet with Elk Grove Wednesday night, posting a 83-36 win in the varsity meet with a 71-23 victory in the Frosh/Soph.
Senior Lilly Enes had career-bests in winning the 100m (12.68) and placing second in the 200m (25.73). Kiani Reyna won the 400 meters in 1:01.80, while Alana Appel (2:58.16) was second in the 800 meters. In the hurdles, Elizabeth Hennessy was first in the 100mh in 17.23.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team participated in three meets this week highlighted by sweeping the “Hat Trick” at the Bronco Distance Carnival on Friday.
Senior Ariane Arndt won the 800 meters in 2:17.68 and 1600m in 5:04.58, while sophomore Sydney Vandegrift clocked an 11:03.25 to win the 3200m. She was also seventh in the 160m (5:10.88). Senior Chase Worthen and Sophie DeBenedetti also had top 10 finishes in the 800m, posting times of 2:23.76 and 2:25.83 to finish seventh and 10th overall.
CARMICHAEL, Calif. – Despite the rainy conditions, the St. Francis track and field team competed in its first dual meet of the season against Christian Brothers in the renewal of the Holy Spikes matchup.
TURLOCK, Calif. – The Troubadours won two events at the Pitman Distance Wars Friday night in Turlock and had limited but successful participation at the Sacramento State High School Track Classic due to the weather on Saturday.
Senior Ariane Arndt won the 1600 meters in 5:08 among three St. Francis runners in the top five. Sophomore Sydney Vandegrift was third (5:13.48) and Sophie DeBenedetti was fifth (5:23.15). Senior Gabrielle Dyer won the 3200 meters in 12:28.18. Sophomore Ava Nkadi was the top finisher in the 800m in 2:30.70.
Assistant AD Kelly Ketcham conducts inPACT testing on all freshmen, juniors and new players in the sports of volleyball, soccer, softball, diving, track and field (pole vault) and lacrosse. The ImPACT test is open to all students. Contact Kelly for more information.
Here is the spring sports testing schedule:
Monday, February 15 (MEET IN GYM FOYER)
1-2 p.m. SOCCER
2:30-3:30 p.m. LAX
Wednesday, February 17 (late start day meet in room 333)
Spring sports start on Feb. 8 for the sports of lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving and track and field. Please have your daughter’s current physical on file with the athletic department to insure her participation in the first day of tryouts. The physical must be on the form on the school website. You can find it here.
DIVING: Practice starts on February 15: 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Capital Diving. Workouts the rest of the season (2/22-4/27) will be M/W/F from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
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.
Rod Jett will enter his second season at St. Francis in 2017 after leading the program on an interim basis in 2016. He brings nearly 40 years of experience in the sport as an athlete and coach.
Jett directed the program to a second-place finish in the Delta League and a third-place finish at the Sac-Joaquin Section meet, while helping the Troubadours qualify student-athletes in four events at the CIF State Championships. The 4×100-meter relay set a school record in finishing 11th, while the 4×400 ranked ninth and recorded the fifth-best time in the state during the season.
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.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Lilly Enes will run for Ivy League school Yale next year.
“I am very, very excited,” said Enes.
Enes will join a Bulldog program coached by David Shoehalter, who led the program since 2011 and spent over 20 years on the Yale staff. He has coached multiple Bulldog student-athletes to All-Ivy, All-East and All-American honors, including Yale’s first IC4A champion in the hurdles since the 1970s and All-American Jihad Beauchman ’06 in the high jump.
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.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Nicole Spring is very aptly named because she can jump. Her talents on the track will take her to Ivy League school Brown next year to compete for the Bears after she recently committed to the program
“It is really exciting,” said Spring. “The coach is really good and I think I can really improve a lot there.”
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.
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.
CLOVIS, Calif. – Senior Peyton Bilo ran a personal-best 10:31.67 to finish 12th at the CIF State Track and Field Championships Saturday night. Bilo, who is from Elk Dorado Hills, also placed 14th in the 1600m on Friday night.
“It feels so amazing running under the lights and hearing my parents and friends cheering me on,” said Bilo, who reset her personal-best by 13 seconds. “It was great to have them push me right around the track.”
CLOVIS, Calif. – St. Francis senior Ariane Arndt closed out her junior season with a 16th-place finish in one of the fastest 800 meters in state history. She clocked the second-best time of her career, crossing the line in 2:11.06 but failed to advance to the finals on Saturday.
“I was real surprised (with the first lap),” said Arndt, who set the school record this year at 2:10.05. “It was really fast. I tried to hang on the best I could. I am a little sad that I died so hard at the end. It is ok and I gave my all. It is a learning process for next year.”
CLOVIS, Calif. – Senior Peyton Bilo finished 14th in the prelims of the 1600 meters Friday night, posting a time of 4:56.46. She was sixth in her heat and just two spots out of the final. The top four finishers in each heat and next four fastest times advanced.
“I felt pretty good,” said Bilo after her race. “It went out slower than I expected. When the girls turned it on with 700 to go, I did not feel like I had as strong of a kick in me as them. Compared to my individual performances, I had a good kick but those girls can just whip out a sub-70 last lap.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis junior Ariane Arndt will run in the 800 meters at the CIF State Track and Field Championships Friday night. It will be her second consecutive appearance at the state meet in the 800m.
“I learned that it is just another race,” said Arndt. “I try to treat it like any other race even though there is a big crowd. I just want to perform my best.”
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.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – St. Francis advanced two athletes in three events Friday night to next week’s state championships at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet at Elk Grove High School Friday night.
Junior Ariane Arndt continued her dominant season in the 800 meters, winning the Masters title for the second consecutive season. She posted the top time in the section this season, clocking a 2:10.05 at the Arcadia Invitational. She won nine individual 800 races this season.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – Junior Ariane Arndt and senior Sydney Hunter both advanced in their signature events and 4×100-meter relay reached the finals at the Sac-Joaquin Section Master’s meet, setting up an exciting Friday night. The top three in each event advance to the CIF State Championships June 5-6 in Fresno.
Arndt won her heat of the 800m in 2:15.98 to advance to Friday’s final. She had the second-best time behind Kendall Derry of Bella Vista and her season-best clocked at the Arcadia Invitational ranks among the top-10 in the nation.
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.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team recorded a team effort throughout the meet Friday night and posted a comeback win to claim their third straight Sac-Joaquin Section title. The Troubadours are the first Division I team to win three consecutive titles since West won three straight from 2003-05.
“It is an amazing night for the history of St. Francis,” said Head Coach Randall Fairchild. “It was a well-rounded team effort and everyone contributed.”
ELK GROVE, Calif. – Senior Sydney Hunter broke the 400 meter school record with a personal-best 55.88 as St. Francis advanced four finalists and both relays at the first night of the Sac-Joaquin Section track and field championships at Elk Grove High School.
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.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team was second at the Delta League Championships Friday night and finished as co-champions with Davis based on the overall points system that incorporates the regular season dual meets. The Troubadours went 7-0 in dual meets.
“It was our first year in a very tough league and we are co-champions,” said Head Coach Randall Fairchild. “I am really proud of our team and the accomplishment.”
ELK GROVE, Calif. – Junior Nicole Spring broke her own school record, resetting the best jump in school history for the second time this season in the opening day of the Delta League Championships. St. Francis scored 24 points in four finals and advanced seven qualifiers in the sprints and mid-distance trials.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Ariane Arndt won the 800 meters and Sam Ruggles captured the shot put as part of successful day for the St. Francis track and field team in preparation for the championship season that starts with the Delta League trials on Friday.
Arndt, who has the sixth-fastest time in the 800 meters in the nation this season, won the event in 2:13.72. It was her second major meet win this season after winning the Arcadia Invite and finishing second at the Stanford Invitational. She was won the event five times this season.
ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Senior Sam Ruggles won the shot put and discus and sophomore Elizabeth Hennessy took the 300m hurdles and Ariane Arndt won the 400 meters as St. Francis placed third at the Glenn Poole Invitational at Oakmont High School on Saturday.
Ruggles won the discus with a meet record and personal-best throw of 119-1, while winning the shot put in her signature event with a best mark of 37-2.5. Hennessy clocked a 46.92 to break the 47-second barrier for the second consecutive meet.
Arndt won the 400 meters in 57.60 to continue her outstanding season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Sydney Hunter has always wanted to extend her track career into college. After receiving an offer from UC Riverside, she will sign with the Highlanders to run track next fall.
“I can’t imagine my life without track so I am very excited,” said Hunter. “Ever since I was seven I wanted to run track in college. I will run for as long as my body allows me to run track.”
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.
ARCADIA, Calif. – Junior Ariane Arndt won the Arcadia Invitational 800 meters in a personal-best and school record 2:10.05 Saturday.
The time ranks third in the country among times posted entering the weekend. It was the third consecutive meet Arndt had set a personal-best and second straight school-record performance. She originally broke the mark last Saturday at the Stanford Invitational with a time of 2:13.71. She reset a mark set in 2003 by Ingrid Kantola (2:14.69).
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.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis track team won six events in sweeping its dual meet against Sheldon and Davis on Wednesday.
The Troubadours got two wins by Ariane Arndt in the 400 meters (58.95) and 800 meters (2:22.63). Sophomore Elizabeth Hennessy won the 300m hurdles in 47.60 and set a personal-best in the 100m hurdles in 16.86 to break the 17-second mark for the first time.
In the distance events, Chase Worthen won the 3200 meters in 11:45.01, while Peyton Bilo captured the 1600 meters in 5:22.05.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Two school records fell Saturday at the Stanford Invitational as the Troubadours posted several top performances at the Stanford Cobb Track and Angell Field.
Junior Ariane Arndt recorded a personal-best for the second consecutive meet in the 800 meters, clocking a 68 second first lap and closing with a 65-second final lap. She closed strong, passing three runners over the final 100 meters, finishing second in a school record time of 2:13.71. She reset a mark set in 2003 by Ingrid Kantola (2:14.69).
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.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis Track and Field team won their first league meet on Wednesday in a dual meet against Monterey Trail and Grant High School. The Troubadours came out strong in their first league meet of the season, taking the first step towards defending their section title.
Two Troubies, senior Peyton Bilo and sophomore Elizabeth Hennessey, won two individual events each. Hennessy took first place in both the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles. Bilo also scored meet points for the Troubadours by winning the 800 meter and 1600 meters.
Spring Sports Photo Days are next week. The Diving, Track and Field and Lacrosse teams will have their pictures taken on Monday, March 16. The Swimming, Soccer and Softball teams will have their pictures taken on Tuesday, March 17. Students should report to the gym in full uniform (tops and shorts).
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Three student-athletes won their events Saturday as part of an impressive season-opening performance by the St. Francis track and field program at the Sacramento State Track Classic.
Junior Ariane Arndt won the 800 meters in 2:22.32, senior Peyton Bilo won the 1600 meters in 5:06.03 and sophomore Elizabeth Hennessy crossed the line first in the 300-meter hurdles in 47.54.
Overall, the Troubadours posted 16 top-10 finishes at the meet.
Diving practice starts Monday, Feb. 16 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Capital Diving. Student-athletes must have their 2014-15 physical on file with Athletics department before participating. For questions, contact Head Coach Dede Crayne via email at email@example.com.
AZUSA, Calif. – Senior Sydney Hunter participated in the California Indoor State Meet Qualifer at Azusa Pacific on Saturday, qualifying in both events. Hunter was eighth in the 300 meters in 42.08 and 14th in the 55m in 7.73.
While at the meet, she met Gold Medalist Carmelita Jeter.
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 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. – 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. – The St. Francis 4×400-meter relay performance at the CIF Track and Field Championships was not only one of the top in the state of California this season but ranks ninth overall in the nation according to the latest performance lists on Athletic.net.
The Troubadour foursome ran a spectacular race to close the CIF Track and Field Championships Saturday night, clocking a school-record time of 3:45.02. St. Francis finished third in the race behind national leader Long Beach Poly (3:38.05) and sixth-place Piedmont Hills 3:43.63).
CLOVIS, Calif. – Senior Lauren LaRocco and the 4×400-meter relay both earned top five finishes in the final two races of the meet as the St. Francis program placed 21st overall at the CIF Track and Field Championships Saturday.
LaRocco entered the meet with the ninth-fastest seed time but was determined to finish her career on the podium (top-six finish). She raced like it Saturday.
She settled into the middle of the pack to start and executed her game plan over the eight-lap race.
CLOVIS, Calif. – The St. Francis 4×400-meter relay team was seeded third entering the state meet and they did not disappoint in the preliminaries winning their heat in 3:47.91 and posting the third-fastest time.
“It is a great night for St. Francis track and field,” said Head Coach John DuCray. “This is only second time we have qualified a 4×400-meter relay for the state meet and now we are going to the finals with a legitimate chance to be top-five.”
CLOVIS, Calif. – Lilly Enes finished fourth in her heat and 16th overall with a time of 57.15 in the 400 meter preliminaries Friday night. It was the second of three races for the sophomore on the night.
“I didn’t think I ran that well today,” said Enes, who ran the third leg of the 4×100-meter relay to open the meet. “I did not feel like I was running my best. My start was not that fast. I was supposed to get out faster and I think that affected my whole race.”
Enes returns in the final event Friday night for the 4×400-meter relay.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Lilly Enes has always been fast. But she was chasing a soccer ball instead of a time. After one season on the track, she has had a lot of success and will cap her initial season at the CIF State Championships this weekend in Clovis, Calif.
“It means a lot to me,” said Enes of her track success. “I did not think I was going to come this far. I was trying it out and wanted to do something new after soccer. It is all a lot to me.”
ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field program had a big day at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet, qualifying in six events for next week’s CIF State Championship meet.
“We are so excited to be on the big stage of Masters and moving on,” said assistant coach Mason Myers. “This is what we work for from the beginning of the season, getting personal bests and records geared towards doing well at the big meets and getting your ticket punched to the state meet.”
ELK GROVE, Calif. – Senior Kayla O’Brine qualified for the CIF State Championships in the discus with an automatic qualifying throw of 135-0 to reach the state meet for the third consecutive season. It was part of an impressive night that saw four student-athletes qualify in five finals Friday night at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet with an opportunity to advance to next week’s state meet.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – Senior thrower Kayla O’Brine will compete in the finals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet Thursday, as part of a contingent of seven student-athletes competing in 10 events Thursday.
O’Brine, who has reached the state championships each of the last three seasons, will be the only St. Francis athlete eligible to clinch a spot Thursday in her contested final with the rest of the events serving as prelims for Friday’s finals.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field program was in a familiar position Friday night heading into the final relay with a chance to win the Sac-Joaquin Section title. For the second consecutive year, the 4×400-meter relay sealed the win completing a record-setting night for the program that resulted in the school’s sixth section title and third in the last five seasons.
“We had some really good performances all day long,” said Head Coach John DuCray. “We had a strong open 400 and finished 1-3-4. It was a real big difference maker.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior hurdler Amanda Schnabel had three races Wednesday – two at the Sac-Joaquin Section trials and a third to make it to the school’s graduation in downtown Sacramento at Memorial Auditorium in time to walk with her graduating class.
Schnabel was one of three seniors on the track and field team posed with the dilemma of competing Wednesday in Elk Grove at the Sac-Joaquin Section Trials and rushing to graduation, joining discus throwers Kayla O’Brine and Cherie Murbach.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team advanced both relays and a strong contingent across the sprint events to put the team in contention for the finals on Friday. The Troubadours are the defending section champions from 2013.
St. Francis flexed its strength in the 400 meters as sophomore Lillian Enes (57.35), Sydney Hunter (57.71) and Ariane Arndt (59.34) each won their heats to advance to Friday’s finals. Arndt also qualified in the 800 meters in 2:17.02, while Hunter was eighth in the 200 meters in 25.63 to qualify for the final.
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.
EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field program had not lost a Delta River League dual or championship meet in six years and were not about to stop the streak in the final running of the championship meet Friday night at Oak Ridge High School.
Senior Amanda Schnabel and Lauren LaRocco each won a pair of events as part of a dominating performance by the Troubadours in the final DRL meet. St. Francis will compete in new Delta League next year.
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.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The SFHS Booster Club recognized four senior student-athletes at the 2014 Awards Ceremony.
Senior Lauren LaRocco was named the SFHS Booster Club Scholar-Athlete Scholarship recipient, while Brinnley Barthels, Emily Laskin and Jane Sadler were named winners of the SFHS Booster Club Leadership Scholarship.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis won the 4×100 and 4×400-meter relays Saturday at the Meet of Champions in section-leading times in both events. The Troubadour foursome of sophomore Ariane Arndt, sophomore Kiani Reyna, sophomore Lillian Enes and junior Sydney Hunter ran together to capture both races.
Arndt led off the 4×400 to close the meet Saturday night. She got the Troubadours off to a good start that the team built on with each leg.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team defeated Sheldon 85-47 on Wednesday in the final dual meet of the season. The Troubadours remained undefeated on the season in Delta River League action.
Junior Sydney Hunter won the 200 meters in a 25.44 and finished second in the 100 meters in a personal-best 12.57.Junior Miranda Myers won the 1600m in 5:19.78, while Maddy Strong won the 3200 meters in 13:41.41.
ROSEVILLE, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team won four events and placed second in five others to post a commanding victory at the Glenn Poole Invitational Saturday.
“It was a good meet considering we are in our second week of the Easter Break,” said Head Coach John DuCray. “We try to get some work in and give the girls some time off. Now we have 3-4 weeks to get ready for the big stuff at the end of the year.”
St. Francis won the meet, easily out-scoring the other top schools in the field including Franklin, Reno and Sheldon.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Samantha Ruggles set a new school record in the shot put with a throw of 38-3.25 Wednesday at the dual meet at American River College, breaking the mark set by Amanda Helmer of 37-10 at the 2005 Gold River Invitational.
The Troubadours defeated Oak Ridge (95-41) and Folsom (105-22) in winning 14 of the 16 events in the meet.
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.
ARCADIA, Calif. – Senior Kayla O’Brine recorded a personal best and reset her own school record with a throw of 147-1 Saturday at the 47th Arcadia Invitational. She improved her PR from 139-0, a mark set during the 2013 season.
Samantha Ruggles placed 28th at the Arcadia Invitational Friday night in the shot put with a throw of 37 feet 4 and 3/4 inches.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team competed at the Stanford Invitational Friday and Saturday, posting a host of top performances. Senior Kayla O’Brine placed second in the discus, senior Miranda Myers crossed third in the 3000 meters and both relays recorded times among the top in school history.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – Senior Madison Rawson won two events among 11 captured by St. Francis in posting a win over Pleasant Grove on Wednesday.
Rawson won the 1600 in a time of 5:34.85 as St. Francis claimed the top three spots in the race. Chase Worthen was second (5:35.03) and Ariel Medina was third (5:40.54). Rawson also crossed first in the 800m in 2:23.82 ahead of Miranda Myers (2:27.64) and Worthen (2:30.76).
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis 4×100 relay won the Thunder Invitational Saturday with a time of 49.61. The team of Ariane Arndt, Lillian Enes, Sydney Hunter and Kiani Reyna was the highlight of the meet for the Troubadours in an event with limited participation due to the rain throughout the day.
Reyna also ran in the 100 meters, finishing second overall with a time of 13.68. Hunter was 13th in the 400 meters in 1:05.14 just ahead of Ellie Linn in 14th in 1:05.53.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Madison Rawson won the 1600 meters and was a member of the winning distance medley relay team to lead the St. Francis track and field team at the Bronco Distance Carnival Friday night.
Rawson led a strong contingent in the 1600, clocking a 5:12.73 to post the top time of the night. Junior Miranda Myers was fourth overall in 5:30.44, while junior Peyton Bilo was 12th in 5:32.09. Sophomore Chase Worthen was right behind in 5:36.74 and Mallory Shingle clocked a 5:38.65 to place 19th.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field meet at Sheldon has been canceled this afternoon due to the weather. The meet will be rescheduled at a later date, possibly April 30.
The Troubadours will return to action this weekend with a pair of meets starting at the Bronco Distance Carnival at Bella Vista High School on Friday at 4 p.m. and the Thunder Invitational at Rocklin High School Saturday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis swept the throws and won two of the three jumps events at the Welton Moe Moore Relays hosted by Grant High School Saturday.
Samantha Ruggles won the shot put (34-11) and finished second in the discus (101-3), while Kayla O’Brine won the discus (123-7) and finished second in the shot (31-8). Samantha Carrothers placed fourth overall in the discus. Maggie Oys was fifth in the shot put.
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.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Four individuals kicked off the track and field season at the Sacramento State Track Classic Saturday.
Junior Samantha Ruggles had a personal-best in the shot put, recording the second-best individual performance in the event in school history with a throw of 37-7.5. She finished third in the event, while senior Kayla O’Brine was fourth with a throw of 36-00.5.
O’Brine won the discus with a best throw of 126-2 on her second attempt of the day. She out-distanced the rest of the field by almost 17 feet.
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.
This is a reminder to all spring sport athletes that you must have a physical on file before you may participate in conditioning or tryouts for your chosen sport. Please click on the following link to find our pre-participation exam.
You and your parent/ guardian will complete the health history exam on the first page then the second page is completed and signed by a doctor. Tryouts for all sports begin on Monday, Feb 10th.
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. – The role of performance apparel and footwear in sports is part of everyday culture and is a significant part of athletic branding across all levels and sports. The promoter locally for adidas is Megan Curry.
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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.
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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