Track and Field


St. Francis Track and Field

7-Time Sac-Joaquin Section Champions

2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015

18-Time league Champions

1987, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

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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.


Reyna to Sign with Sacramento State Track and Field

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.”


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.”


Stanford Invitational Recap

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.


Track and Field Defeats Elk Grove

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.


Track Wins Completes Busy Week

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.


Track and Field Opens Season at Two Events

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.


Spring Impact Testing

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 Parent Adidas Apparel Order

  • All orders will be delivered to St. Francis High School on or before March 16, 2016
  • No returns or exchanges on decorated apparel
  • No orders will be taken after the deadline: February 17, 2016
  • Proceeds benefits St. Francis Athletics

Parents are encouraged to order t-shirts with the student availability.

Lacrosse Student-Athlete Adidas Apparel Order


Spring Conditioning/Tryout Information

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.


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.


Rod Jett
Track and Field Head Coach

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.

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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.


Countdown to Signing Day: Lilly Enes to Run Track for Yale

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.


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.


St. Francis Senior Nicole Spring to Jump for Brown

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.”