Cross Country


St. Francis Cross Country

2002 State Champions

2012 Nike Cross Nationals (First No. Cal School Ever)

11-Time Section Champions

1989, 1990, 1991, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017

19-Time League Champions

1989, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017


Cross Country Wins Fourth Team Meet Title; Takes Capital Cross Challenge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team won for the fourth time this season by out-scoring Vista del Lago 59-76 Saturday at the Capital Cross Challenge at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex.

“We were trying to stay together as a pack for the first two miles,” said freshman Tatiana Cornejo. “For the last mile we were just going to go for it.”


Cross Country Seventh at Elite Woodbridge Sweepstakes Race

CORONA, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team placed seventh overall in the elite Bob Day Sweepstakes at the Silverlakes Sports Complex at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic Saturday night under the lights.

Junior Izzy Fauria led the Troubadours with a 33rd-place finish in 17:06. Freshman Cate Joaquin was right behind her in 17:07.


Cradeur to Join Creighton Cross Country Program Next Fall

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis Senior Erica Cradeur will run at Creighton next fall.

“It means a lot to me because I really just started my running career,” said Cradeur. “I have taken it more seriously over the past couple of years and my times have reflected that. I think with running in college I am going to keep improving.”


2017 Cross Country Highlights

  • The St. Francis cross country team posted the fifth-best GPA in the Sac-Joaquin Section with a 3.61 cumulative average. The team ranked behind only Oak Ridge (3.84), Oakmont (3.75), Gregori (3.70) and Lodi (3.66).
  • The St. Francis cross country team finished sixth overall in the girls Division II race, recording their sixth consecutive Top 10 state championship finish. The Troubadours finished with 225 points with three runners among the top 35 scoring finishers, placing behind Claremont (69), Saugus (100), Granada (102), Capistrano (123) and Serrano (166).
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Alumnae Post Top Performances at NCAA West Regional

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.”


Cross Country Places First at Subsections

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.


Cross Country Wins Bronco Invitational

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.


Cross Country Finishes 10th at Clovis Invitational

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.


Cross Country Wins Delta League Meet

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.”


Vote for Cross Country’s Isabella Fauria for High School Performance of the Week

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.


Fall Tryout Information

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.

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Cross Country Tryouts


Alumna Dyer Received Jim Shea Award at Santa Clara Banquet

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.

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2016 St. Francis Spring Signing Day

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 of 2016 playing sports in college this fall.

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.


Senior Chase Worthen to Run at Cal Poly

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.


Senior Peterson to Swim at St. Catherine in Minnesota

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.”