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 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.


Booster Club Leadership and Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Awards Announced

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. 


2014 Cross Country

  • 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.

Dyers Sponsor Cross Country Program

THANK YOU to cross country team sponsor Greg & Cynthia Dyer (Ashley Andrews ’98, Noelle ’06, Camille ’12,  Gabrielle ’16) for supporting the Troubadours.