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Redwood Empire High School Track and Cross Country

Our freshman state champions

Sonoma Academy’s Rylee Bowen has won the CIF State Division V cross country championships and the unofficial State indoor mile as a freshman. Thought it would be fun to look back at some videos of our past stars winning state championships in track as freshman. Julia Stamps was known, as you will see in this video, for going out fast and opening up a gap in first 400 meters and daring anyone to try and keep up with her. Sara… Read More »

Bowen: State Indoor Champion


Rylee Bowen follows up her State XC win with a State indoor win at the mile. Bowen won by over four seconds. Nicholas Rauch missed a State championship by a single place in the 800. VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS Photos by Thomas Benjamin Mile 1st Rylee Bowen, FR Sonoma Academy TC 5:03.48, = 1600 5:01.72 Mile results 800 2nd Nicholas Rauch, SR Casa Grande TC 1:57.10 800 results PV 11th Isabel Garon, JR Sonoma Valley TC 10-0 PV 18 Natalie Gilmore,… Read More »

Don’t miss track this year

Do you love spending a day outside watching track & field but don’t want to drive outside of the Redwood Empire. Well here is your calendar for 2015. MARCH 7, Saturday Big Cat at SRHS 9am MARCH 14, Saturday Windsor Relays 9am MARCH 21, Saturday Castleberry at Analy APRIL 11, Saturday Santa Rosa Twilight Invitational at SRJC APRIL 25, Saturday Viking Classic at Montgomery MAY 13, Wednesday NBL trials, Windsor MAY 14, Thursday SCL trials, at Petaluma MAY 15, Friday… Read More »

Girls 2015 top returning track stars

Grade levels are from 2014. Note: Last line under event shows place on 2014 Empire Best list. Many thanks to Michael Lucid who supplied most of the photos. Click on photos for larger view. Athlete of the Year Story: Scranton’s success revolves around work ethic Allison Scranton 11, Petaluma Discus 6th State 141-3, 3 of top 7 performances All-Time 1st NCS Redwood 130-1 1st SCL 113-11 2nd NCS MOC 133-4 8th Stanford 121-8 141-3 1st 2014, 2nd All-Time, Junior Record… Read More »

Boys 2015 top returning track stars

Grades listed were from 2014. Note: Last line under event shows place on 2014 Empire Best list. Many thanks to Michael Lucid who supplied most of the photos. Click on photos for larger view. FIRST TEAM Edgar Irizarry 11, Casa Grande Pole Vault 1st Big Cat 13-3 1st NBL 13-0 1st Windsor Relays 12-0 2nd NCS Redwood 14-3 2nd Viking Classic 13-0 14-3 1st 2014, =15th All-Time, 4th Junior All-Time 400R 1st Big Cat Alex Netherda 11, Maria Carrillo 300IH… Read More »

Bowen qualifies for State indoor with 5:00.35

Cal All Comers 2/7/15 Complete Results Rylee Bowen, Sonoma Academy 1600m 1st 5:00.35, 13th All-Time, 5th Freshman, old school record 5:14.94+ Grace Hafner 2009, also passed mom 5:02.62 Nika Horn, Santa Rosa 1991 800m “Section 5″ 1st 2:19.40, 29th All-Time, 9th Freshman, one spot behind mom 2:19.34+ Nika Horn, Santa Rosa 1992 Davis All Comers 2/7/15 Complete Results Greg Poteracke, 12, Casa Grande SP 1st 47-8 3/4 Know of anyone else who qualified for State? jimcrowhurst@comcast.net

Maria Carrillo rebuilding our T&F Coaching staff

Maria Carrillo High School located in the North Bay, Santa Rosa is looking for Experienced and Enthusiastic Track Coaches for the upcoming 2015 Spring season. There are several positions open, details posted on www.edjoin.org including a stipend for paid positions. Note: Applications must be fully completed to be considered. Please contact Greg Fogg, MCHS Head XC Coach if you’re interested, or have any questions. -Greg Fogg MCHS Head Coach, Cross Country Email: greg.fogg@comcast.net Mobile: (707) 291-2967 Looking for candidates with… 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 »