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


Track and Field Wins Two Events, Sets School Records at Meet of Champions

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.


Ruggles, Hennessy and Arndt Post Wins at Glenn Poole

Photo by Phil Roina

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.


Senior Hunter to Run for UC Riverside

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.”


Track and Field Posts Memorable Weekend at Arcadia

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).


Thrower Samantha Ruggles Commits to UCSB

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior thrower Samantha Ruggles will continue her throwing career at UC Santa Barbara next year.

“I visited about a month ago and I really liked it there,” said Ruggles. “It was my favorite. It is what I want for academics and throwing. I really like the coach. It was the best fit.”

Ruggles recently finished ninth at the Stanford Invitational.

“I was excited because I had not made them (finals) before in my third year in the meet,” said Ruggles. “It was fun and I am happy to make the final.”


Track Wins Dual Meet at Sheldon and Davis; Spring Break Triple Jump Record

Photo by Phil Roina

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.


Track and Field Sets Two School Records at Stanford Invite

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).


Junior Arndt Wins Bronco Invite 800 Meters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Ariane Arndt won the Bronco Invitational Distance Carnival 800 meters Friday night in a personal-best and meet record 2:15.24 among several top performances.

Senior Peyton Bilo was second in the 1600m in 5:03.11 ahead of Arndt in sixth place (5:16.17). Freshman Ava Nkadi was 17th overall. She also was 16th in the 800m (2:30.83).

Junior Chase Worthen was the top finisher in the 3200m in ninth overall (11:52.13).


Track and Field Beats Monterey Trail and Grant at League Meet
By Maggie Oys, Sports Media Club

Photo by Phil Roina

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.


Track Athletes Win Three Events at Sac State Classic

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.


Nine St. Francis Seniors Make College Commitments

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.

St. Francis National Letter of Intent Signees

Danika Bailey, Softball, California

Lauren Charter, Water Polo, California

Erin Crooks, Swimming, Lafayette


Distance Standout Myers Commits to Northern Arizona

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.”


Cross Country’s Mallory Shingle: A Top Performer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Most high school kids head to the beach for the summer or Lake Tahoe. But cross country senior Mallory Shingle is not like most of her peers in high school.

Shingle, who hails from Sacramento, is coming off a summer that included time on the Stanford campus working on a neuroimaging study investigating number processing in young adults.


Troubadours to Compete in New Delta League

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.