By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
At the Sonoma County League track and field championships on Saturday, Sonoma Valley’s Amy Stanfield collected three blue ribbons and the Petaluma girls and Analy boys took the team titles.
The top finishers at the meet at Elsie Allen earned a ticket to Saturday’s North Coast Section meet.
Stanfield, a freshman, finished first in the 400 meters (1:01.09), 800 (2:26.20) and 1600 (5:21.76).
Stanfield completed her long day by running the anchor leg on the 4×400 relay. Sonoma finished third in that race.
“I’m not as tired as I thought would be,” Stansfield said after the meet. “The four races I competed in were spaced out, so I had time to recover.”
Her tightest individual race was the 400, where Piner’s Daisjah Sheperd finished less than a half-second behind with a time of 1:01.51.
Going into the day, Stanfield thought she had a chance to win the three individual races. She didn’t lose in league meets in the 400 and 1600 and had the second-best SCL clocking in the 800.
“This is the best day of my freshman year,” she said. “It was really fun. I love to run.”
At NCS, Stanfield plans to compete in the 400, 1600 and once again anchor the 4×400 relay team.
While she was the only triple winner Saturday, seven other athletes won two events each:
Healdsburg’s Aidan Kozel win the 110 hurdles (16.47) and long jump (20-01).
El Molino’s Lani Gaspar, 100 (10.88) and 200 (22.11).
Analy’s Malcolm Jenkins, high jump (5-10) and triple jump (43.04).
Sonoma Valley’s Kiara Miles, 100 hurdles (16.27) and 100 (12.77).
Piner’s Sheena Blackwell, 300 hurdles (49.49) and high jump (4-10).
Piner’s Itzel Gonzalez, long jump (16.04.75) and triple jump (33-06.25).
Petaluma’s Allison Scranton, discus (143-11.50) and shot put (36-07).
Scranton missed posting a personal best in the discus by a foot.
“I was happier with the discus than the shot put,” the senior said. “I was consistent in the discus and could do a little better in the shot put.”
Scranton hurt her ankle at the beginning of the season and it’s been a slow recovery.
“It is getting stronger and I want to keep progressing,” she said. “I don’t want to become complacent with NCS and the state meets coming up.”
Scranton went to state last year in the discus.
“My goal is to get back to state,” she said.
Gaspar, who is the fastest prep runner in the Empire, was the only athlete shading 11 seconds in the 100. He beat out four Analy runners to take the top prize.
Finishing closest to him were Xavier Freeman (11.06), Kerr Johnson (11.23), Malcolm Jenkins (11.45) and Isaiah Moore (11.60).
Again in the 200, four Analy athletes followed him across the finish line.
The runner-up was Freeman (22.67) and next were teammates Johnson (23.01), Moore (23.75) and Ross Simmons (23.75).
Jenkins bypassed the 200 and competed in two field events. He captured the triple jump by nearly a foot over Gaspar (42-05). Petaluma’s Dalten Hall was third with a leap of 41-07 while Analy’s Ja’narrick James (40-10) was fourth.
The runner-up behind Jenkins in the high jump was Petaluma’s Brendon O’Neil (5-8). Finishing third was Sonoma’s Ian Sloop (5-6).
Itzel Gonzalez was dominant in the triple jump. Her best leap was just over two feet better than El Molino’s Jordan Shane (33-07).
In winning the long jump, Gonzalez was about a half-foot better than runner-up Camille Leoni (15-11). Leoni competed for Petaluma.
The girls team competition finished with Petaluma (162) in the lead, followed by Sonoma Valley (108), Piner (103), Analy (68), El Molino (36) and Healdsburg (18).
In the boys division, Analy wound up with 171 points, followed by Piner (79), Healdsburg (77), El Molino (71), Petaluma (68), Sonoma Valley (33) and Elsie Allen (19).
The first six finishers in each event were awarded points, with the winner picking up 10.