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Redwood Empire High School Track and Cross Country

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 »

Another Skandera world record

Daniel Skandera, photo by Doug Murdoch

Last year, as a five year old, Daniel Skandera broke the age group record in the mile. A little over a week ago, August 5th, as a six year old, he not only broke the record for a six year old in the mile but his time was even faster than the world record for a 7 year old. Before crossing the finish line in the mile he was officially timed at the 1500 meter mark and his time there… Read More »

Robin Williams the runner

(photo: Ancestry.com)

Just another tid bit I found about Robin Williams. Robin was a track star at Redwood High back in 1969. He competed for Redwood under the coaching of former SRJC coach Gary Shaw. Robin ran the 880 yard run and was a member of the Mile Relay team. In the 1969 NCS division III finals, held at SRJC, Robin finished 2nd in the 880 in 1:59.4 to a teammate and ran a leg on the second place relay team (3:22.4)… Read More »

Sara Hall wins 1/2 marathon

Sara Hall won the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon for the second year in a row as she lowered the Empire record for the distance to 1:13:16. HALF-MARATHON 1:13:16 Sara “Bei” Hall (Montgomery ‘01) Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country 1/2 Marathon 7/20/14 1:13:34 Alia Gray (Maria Carrillo ’07) Houston Marathon 1/19/14 1:17:08 Julia “Stamps” Mallon, (Santa Rosa HS ‘96) AFC Half Marathon, San Diego 8/18/13 complete results