Empire athletes compete at Viking Track Classic


Santa Rosa High's Sadia Ibrahim runs away with the 800 meters with a time of 2:15.63 on Saturday at the Viking Classic Track Meet. (Scott Manchester / The Press Democrat)

Santa Rosa High’s Sadia Ibrahim runs away with the 800 meters with a time of 2:15.63 on Saturday at the Viking Classic Track Meet. (Scott Manchester / The Press Democrat)

Montgomery High School’s 24th Annual Viking Track Classic on Saturday featured many of the best athletes in the North Coast Section.

Cardinal Newman’s Nolan Nagle, who leads the North Coast Section in the discus, won both that event (156-4) and the shot put with 55-0.

Petaluma’s Ryan Douglas ran away from a fine 1,600-meter field winning in 4:18.13.

“I’m happy with my performance running by myself like that,” said Douglas. “My goal is to get the school record by Meet of Champions.”

Maria Carrillo’s Ryan Anderson was second in 4:22.97.

Carrillo’s Herbie Polk produced the Empire’s All-Time fourth-fastest 100-meter (10.83) and 200 (21.94), winning the 200 and finishing just one one-hundredth of a second behind Novato’s Christian Corbin in the 100.

Novato also edged Carrillo by the same amount in the 400 relay (42.98 to 42.99).

Healdsburg’s Andrew Kozel tied Polk’s 2013 Empire best in the 400, winning in 49.11.

“I was shooting for a PR and school record and got both,” said Kozel. “I was working to get out fast in the first 200 and I hit the mark I was after.”

Rancho Cotate’s Justin Zinnerman leads the NCS this year in the high jump, and today won at 6-2.

Piner’s Jaime Silva led most of the 3,200-meter race against the strong winds blowing, with Anderson hot on his heels, and Ukiah’s Paul Holden trailing most of the second half by 10 meters. Holden used a strong final 200 kick to win in 9:34.12, with Silva (9:37.16) and Anderson (9:38.84) all running fast times under the windy conditions.

Piner’s Connor Celeri was a big winner in the high hurdles finishing in 15.49.

Sonoma Academy’s Austin Orr showed that the small schools can run with the best around winning the 800 in 1:57.48.

Casa Grande’s Brycen Poarch came up with his best triple jump of the year to win that event at 43-6½, while Santa Rosa’s Devin Ramirez soared to 12-6 in the pole vault to win that event.

In the varsity girls, Santa Rosa’s Louise Shurvinton-Bradley had a huge day in the shot put improving almost 2 feet to win at 38-1.

“I’ve been setting personal best’s by feet lately,” said Shurvinton-Bradley. “I try and throw like a sumo wrestler, being very solid in my form. I didn’t think I would hit 38 feet this year but now I’m looking to go over 40.”

Petaluma’s Alison Scranton did the same in the discus winning at 127-9. Scranton, a sophomore in only her second year of throwing, was even more impressive in that all of her throws were standing, without using the spin. “My better marks have come from standing throws,” said Scranton, “but I’m really working on my spin in practice so I can explode a big one.”

Montgomery’s Jackie Chalmers was one of the stars of the track, winning the 400 (57.12) and 200 (25.90) and running the Empire’s fastest 100, placing fourth (12.72).

Santa Rosa High added three more wins to their day by Sadia Ibrahim (800 2:15.63), Delaney White (1600 5:16.66) and Morgan Bertsch (HJ 5-6).

Windsor’s Amanda Morton won the high hurdles with a prep best of 16.40.

Other Empire bests were set in second place finishes by Healdsburg’s Devyn Ruiz (LJ 17-8½), and in the 300 hurdles by Maria Carrillo’s Alex Netherda (40.20) and Piner’s Sheena Blackwell (48.43).

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