All-Empire Track & Field Boys Athlete of the Year

Piner's Luis Luna

Athlete of the Year
LUIS LUNA, Piner, junior

As Piner track coach Luis Rosales watched his star distance runner stick a record-breaking time in the 3,200 meters at the state meet in Fresno, he thought of how close it came to never happening.

Luna was so sick for the NBL league meet that Rosales wasn’t sure if he’d make it to school that day. Luna bowed out of his second-best event, the 1,600 — he had the best time in the Empire in that one, too — but managed to qualify in the 3,200.

No one was surprised when Luna later qualified for state, but his performance there was startling; he crossed in 8:55.43, easily best in Redwood Empire history. Luna finished sixth, but would have been state champion almost anywhere outside of California.

Rosales couldn’t have been prouder.

“The biggest assets he brings to the team are one, leadership, and two, just being a good person. If a guy breaks nine minutes, Luis is the first to congratulate him.”

— Phil Barber, The Press Democrat

Paul Carol, Maria Carrillo, junior
Caleb Cunha, Fort Bragg, senior
Nick DeSoto, Rancho Cotate, junior
Titui Gomes, St. Helena, junior
Andrew Kozel, Healdsburg, sophomore
Adam Lundquist, Casa Grande, junior
Quentin Mendoza, Montgomery, senior
Gary Randolph, Healdsburg, senior
Trevor Samandra, Montgomery, senior
Jemal Williams, Sonoma Academy, senior

Brian Bradley, Clear Lake, senior
Randall Brown, Cardinal Newman, senior
Aaron Dhuyvetter, Ukiah, senior
David Forman, Rancho Cotate, sophomore
Dantae Garcia, Maria Carrillo, sophomore
Dante Hay, Maria Carrillo, freshman
Greg Maggioncalda, Sonoma Valley, sophomore
Mariano Malvino, Montgomery, senior
Aidan O’Donnell, Analy, senior
Brycen Poarch, Casa Grande, sophomore

Jenean Bingham, Healdsburg