Athletes to compete in NBL, SCL and CMC finals

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The culminating three-week stretch for Empire prep track and field opens today with the North Bay League finals followed Saturday by the Sonoma County League finals.

Piner athlete Kyra Johnson’s time in the 300-meter hurdles ranks in the top 20 in state. Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat

Empire small schools meet at the Coastal Mountain Conference championships Saturday at St. Helena High.
Top athletes from the region’s league finals gather at the Redwood Empire meet at Rancho Cotate High next week.

The North Coast Section and CIF state championships are held on succeeding weekends.
The hardest work behind them, athletes have been tapering training to hopefully produce peak performances during this stretch of competition.

NORTH BAY LEAGUE

Held at Maria Carrillo High, today’s NBL finals feature some top state athletes. Field events run 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., track finals 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On the girls’ side, Maria Carrillo and Santa Rosa should vie for the team crown. Cardinal Newman has the depth to win the boys’ title.
The girls 100 and 200 meters have Alyssa Page (Montgomery) a top 40 state runner, and Darci Whyte (Santa Rosa) one of the section’s best.

Hurdler Kyra Johnson (Piner) has a top 20 state time in the 300-meter event.
Santa Rosa sprinter Sadia Ibrahim looks to lower her top 40 state time in the 800 meters.

Maria Carrillo standout Lauren Kraus looks to double in the 1600 and 3,200 meters.
Discus thrower Kathleen Durand (Maria Carrillo) has a top 35 state distance.

Luis Luna (Piner) will have to push himself to lower his top 10 state mark in the 1,600 meters and a top 15 time in the 3,200 meters.
The boys’ sprints are wide open. David Forman (Rancho Cotate) has been the Empire’s best at 100 and 200 meters. Bryan Nunez (Cardinal Newman) is right there in those races and is a top 400 meter runner.

Back to lead the shot put and discus is Travis Baker of Santa Rosa. Mariano Malvino (Montgomery) has been a strong in the throws, particularly the discus.

SONOMA COUNTY LEAGUE

Windsor High hosts Saturday’s meet. Field events start at 10 a.m. and track finals begin an hour later with the meet concluding about 2 p.m.
Casa Grande and Petaluma are tight in the girls’ team competition. Petaluma’s boys are favored.

A pair of the Empire’s top girls’ distance runners are in the 1,600 meters, Nicole Lane of Healdsburg and Amber Piersol of Windsor. Lane should double in the 3,200 meters.
Maria Barragan (Healdsburg) and Eva Luu (Casa Grande) should lead the 800-meter field.

High jumper Courtney Tuck (Petaluma) is among the state’s best.
Pole vaulter Danielle Steffen (Petaluma) has soared to a top 15 state height.

The shot put should be close between Elaine Weaver of Casa Grande and Nicole Purter of Windsor.
Healdsburg sprinter Andrew Kozel is among the Empire’s best in the 100, 200 and 400 meters.

Forrest Shaffer (Petaluma) is among the Empire’s best at 1,600 and 3,200. Ryan Douglas (Petaluma) and Ben Tarango (Casa Grande) are right there in the 1,600 meters. Alex Conner (Sonoma Valley) is strong in the 3,200 meters.
Casa Grande hurdler Adam Lundquist is among the section’s best.

COASTAL MOUNTAIN CONFERENCE

A handful of CMC athletes have marks right there with large school counterparts, whom they compete with at the Redwood Empire, NCS and state meets, should they get that far.

Sonoma Academy distance standout Katy Lee is third in the Empire in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters.
Jumper Kiana Herold (Sonoma Academy) is best in the triple jump.

Fort Bragg sprinter Caleb Cunha has a top 30 time in the 300 hurdles and runs the 110 hurdles nearly as well.
Three of the Empire’s top pole vaulters are led by Adam Armstrong (Santa Rosa Christian), teammate Isaac

Vandersllius and Jacob Lafazio (Fort Bragg).
Leading among triple jumpers are Leith Butler (Fort Bragg) and Jemal Williams (Sonoma Academy).
St. Helena high jumper Chris Borges is second in the Empire.