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Redwood Empire High School Track and Cross Country

Moffet & Thomas at SF

Erin Thomas courtesy of her family.

Two former Redwood Empire runners are currently helping University of San Francisco cross country team. August 30th was the San Francisco Cross Country Invitational. Two of their scoring runners were 2012 Casa Grande grad Ashley Moffett (12th) and 2013 Mendocino grad Erin Thomas (18th). Complete results

Postal meet is back

In the mid 70′s there was no NIKE Cross Nationals to determine best cross country teams in the US. But Piner High received some glory through the Postal meets. Basically teams during the XC season ran a 2 or 3 mile track race and mailed in there results to see who was the fastest. Well that competition is being revived and if your team wants to go for it at 2 miles they have there chance again. Coaches, click the… Read More »

RC Invitational: Bowen & Salazar


Photo by Thomas Benjamin Varsity Boys….Varsity Girls JV Boys….JV Girls Past results….Meet bests Over 200 photos by Michael Lucid 75 photos by Thomas Benjamin Casa Grande’s Matt Salazar won for the second straight year, while Sonoma Academy girls showed they will be a state contender with new freshman sensation Rylee Bowen running the 3rd fastest time since 2008. Sonoma Academy went one-two with Alyssa Goody finishing 28 seconds ahead of Santa Rosa’s Delaney White and there 3-4 runners in top… Read More »

2014 Boys Cross Country Preview

Maria Carrillo has won 8 of last 11 NBL titles, including the last two, but with graduation hitting the Puma’s hard watch out for other teams to challenge for top spot in the Empire. With huge numbers you would be a fool to count Carrillo out this year however. Casa Grande could have one of the best one-two combo’s in the North Coast Section. Gaucho junior Matt Salazar was the only non-senior to make First team All-Empire last year and… Read More »

Santa Rosa Marathon Results

Males 1 Jon Olsen 2:32:37 40 Modesto 2 Mario Fraioli 2:34:21 32 San Mateo 3 Dustin Whitlow 2:38:47 28 Arlington, VA 16 Jady Palko 2:58:10 41 Windsor 17 Seann Gragg 2:58:25 42 Rohnert Park 29 Bryan Bei 3:00:41 25 Santa Rosa Females 1 Ashley Laird 2:58:34 35 Sonora 2 Qian Zhu 3:07:53 32 Mountain View 3 Joanna Reyes 3:08:29 22 San Jose 57 Melinda Takano 3:35:02 24 Santa Rosa Complete Results

2014 Girls Cross Country Preview

Mary Cain, left, and Rylee Bowen right at a summer meet.

This fall should have another great team battle between Maria Carrillo and Casa Grande but this year eyes all over the state are going to be glued on freshman Rylee Bowen. Bowen will be entering her first high school season, for Division V Sonoma Academy. Bowen enters the prep ranks with 8th grade marks similar to those of one of the Empires most decorated runners, Julia Stamps. Stamps after dominating the California cross country season her 9th grade year at… Read More »