By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
More than 900 track and field athletes from 30 high schools will descend on the Santa Rosa JC campus Saturday for the annual Twilight Meet.
The open portion of the competition gets under way at noon while the elite running events will begin at 7 p.m.
Two of the Empire’s top athletes — Kirstin Carter and Lani Gaspar — will be in action all day and evening.
Carter, who competes for Santa Rosa High, will contest the 100 and 200 meters and also the long and triple jumps. Last Saturday, the freshman earned the blue ribbon in the long jump (18-10¼) at the Stanford Invitational.
El Molino’s Gaspar will compete in the same four events as Carter. He goes into the meet owning Empire bests in the 100, 200 and triple jump.
Also in action will be El Molino’s Brian Schultz. He’s one of the area’s fastest runners in the 3,200 meters.
Set for the girls 3,200 meters is Santa Rosa’s Delaney White. The junior has run the second-fastest 3,200 among Empire athletes this year. Her clocking was 11:21.18. Only Sonoma Academy’s Rylee Bowen has gone faster.
The boys 400 meters is shaping up as one of the most competitive races of the day. Sonoma Valley’s Edwin Reyes owns the Empire best while Kevin Moe of Maria Carrillo has the third-best time. Reyes has gone 51.11 and Moe’s best clocking is 51.78.
Two of the field events to watch are girls discus and shot put. Petaluma’s Allison Scranton owns the Empire’s longest throw in the discus and is second in the shot put, while Fort Bragg’s Makayla Mix is the leader in the shot put and second in the discus.
In the boys high jump, Rancho Cotate’s Justin Zinnerman will see his first competition of the year. He’s gone as high as 6-9.
This season’s Empire best in the high jump belongs to Analy’s Malcolm Jenkins and Windsor’s Jalen Roman. Both jumped 5-10.