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


The Code Runner: Cross Country’s Gabrielle Dyer

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.”

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2015 Fall Signing Day

Caption: Thirteen St. Francis Troubadours participated in the National Letter-of-Intent and College Commitment Celebration at St. Francs on Wednesday. Front Row (L to R): Katie McIntee (Swimming, San Jose State), Tiffany Wong (Diving, UC San Diego), Lilly Enes (Track & Field, Yale), Mel Baccay (Softball, Michigan State), Caroline Coyle (Crew, UCLA). Back Row (L to R): Maggie Oys (Water Polo, Santa Clara), Tia Hay (Basketball, Colorado State), Jenna Barthels (Water Polo, Cal-State Northridge), Chloe Mitchell (Swimming, Fordham), Nicole Spring (Track & Field, Brown), Julianna Qvistgaard (Crew, Cal), Julie Zanobini (Water Polo, Loyola Marymount), Ariane Arndt (Track &Field, Cal).

Thirteen St. Francis Troubadours participated in the National Letter-of-Intent and College Commitment Celebration at St. Francs on Wednesday.


Thirteen Seniors Make College Commitments

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.


Samantha Gallia: Miss Congeniality Hits the Course

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.


Cross Country Finishes Second at Delta League Champs

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.


Cross Country Records Big Day at Mt. SAC

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.”


Cross Country Third at Bronco Invitational

FOLSOM, Calif. – The St. Francis cross country team finished third at the Bronco Invitational Saturday in the first of three races at the Willow Hills Cross Country course.

Sophomore Sydney Vandegrift was fifth overall to lead the Troubadours, running the 5K course in 18:52. Senior Ariane Arndt crossed the line 11th (19:15).

“It was really good we had this race this week,” said Arndt. “You get to know the course and how you feel at certain points to prepare mentally for the next race.”


Cross Country Wins The Other Meet Title Behind Vandegrift

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Sydney Vandegrift won the individual title in 17:38 to pace the St. Francis cross country team to the team title at The Other Meet at Granite Regional Park on Saturday.

Vandegrift was among seven Troubadours among the top 25 with the top five all among the first 16 runners to cross the line. Behind Vandegrift, senior Ariane Arndt was fifth in 18:39.


Cross Country Wins League Meet

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.


Arndt Leads Cross Country at Stanford Invite

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.


Cross Country Sixth at Nike Invitational

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).


Vandegrift Leads Cross Country at Ed Sias Invite

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).


Cross Country Alumnae Start This Weekend

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.


Sophomore Vandegrift Wins Title at Oakmont Invitational

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.


Former Collegiate Basketball Coach and AD Morrison Speaks to Athletics Department

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.


Track Senior Peyton Bilo Caps Senior Season with State Championships

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.

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River Cats All-City Team
11 Troubaours Receive Local Honor

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.