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


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.


Michele Frayne
Assistant Coach

Michele Frayne is in her first season as the throws coach at St. Francis High School.

Frayne comes to St. Francis after serving six seasons as an assistant at East Stroudsberg (Pa.) University. She instructed the horizontal jumps, pole vault and multi event athletes. She also served as the recruiting coordinator for the women’s program and supervised 85 athletes in their weight-training program.

Overall, she coached 11 All-Americans, 4 league champions, seven NCAA qualifiers and 80 PSAC qualifiers.


Senior Peyton Bilo Sets PR in Final Race, Finishes 12th in 3200 Meters at States

CLOVIS, Calif. – Senior Peyton Bilo ran a personal-best 10:31.67 to finish 12th at the CIF State Track and Field Championships Saturday night. Bilo, who is from Elk Dorado Hills, also placed 14th in the 1600m on Friday night.

“It feels so amazing running under the lights and hearing my parents and friends cheering me on,” said Bilo, who reset her personal-best by 13 seconds. “It was great to have them push me right around the track.”


Arndt Closes Junior Season; Finishes 16th at State in 800m

CLOVIS, Calif. – St. Francis senior Ariane Arndt closed out her junior season with a 16th-place finish in one of the fastest 800 meters in state history. She clocked the second-best time of her career, crossing the line in 2:11.06 but failed to advance to the finals on Saturday.

“I was real surprised (with the first lap),” said Arndt, who set the school record this year at 2:10.05. “It was really fast. I tried to hang on the best I could. I am a little sad that I died so hard at the end. It is ok and I gave my all. It is a learning process for next year.”


Senior Peyton Bilo Places 14th in the 1600 Meter Prelims at CIF State Champs

CLOVIS, Calif. – Senior Peyton Bilo finished 14th in the prelims of the 1600 meters Friday night, posting a time of 4:56.46. She was sixth in her heat and just two spots out of the final. The top four finishers in each heat and next four fastest times advanced.

“I felt pretty good,” said Bilo after her race. “It went out slower than I expected. When the girls turned it on with 700 to go, I did not feel like I had as strong of a kick in me as them. Compared to my individual performances, I had a good kick but those girls can just whip out a sub-70 last lap.”


Arndt Starts Bid for State Championship Friday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis junior Ariane Arndt will run in the 800 meters at the CIF State Track and Field Championships Friday night. It will be her second consecutive appearance at the state meet in the 800m.

“I learned that it is just another race,” said Arndt. “I try to treat it like any other race even though there is a big crowd. I just want to perform my best.”


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.


Arndt, Bilo Qualify for CIF State Championships

ELK GROVE, Calif. – St. Francis advanced two athletes in three events Friday night to next week’s state championships at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet at Elk Grove High School Friday night.

Junior Ariane Arndt continued her dominant season in the 800 meters, winning the Masters title for the second consecutive season. She posted the top time in the section this season, clocking a 2:10.05 at the Arcadia Invitational. She won nine individual 800 races this season.


Track and Field Sets Stage for Friday’s Finals

ELK GROVE, Calif. – Junior Ariane Arndt and senior Sydney Hunter both advanced in their signature events and 4×100-meter relay reached the finals at the Sac-Joaquin Section Master’s meet, setting up an exciting Friday night. The top three in each event advance to the CIF State Championships June 5-6 in Fresno.

Arndt won her heat of the 800m in 2:15.98 to advance to Friday’s final. She had the second-best time behind Kendall Derry of Bella Vista and her season-best clocked at the Arcadia Invitational ranks among the top-10 in the nation.

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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.


Track and Field Wins Third Straight Section Title

ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team recorded a team effort throughout the meet Friday night and posted a comeback win to claim their third straight Sac-Joaquin Section title. The Troubadours are the first Division I team to win three consecutive titles since West won three straight from 2003-05.

“It is an amazing night for the history of St. Francis,” said Head Coach Randall Fairchild. “It was a well-rounded team effort and everyone contributed.”


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. 


Track and Field Garners Delta League Co-Championship

ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis track and field team was second at the Delta League Championships Friday night and finished as co-champions with Davis based on the overall points system that incorporates the regular season dual meets. The Troubadours went 7-0 in dual meets.

“It was our first year in a very tough league and we are co-champions,” said Head Coach Randall Fairchild. “I am really proud of our team and the accomplishment.”


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.