NCS track and field championships: Santa Rosa’s Kirsten Carter advances in 2 events

Santa Rosa High School’s Kirsten Carter, center, easily wins the girls 200-meter dash Saturday in the NCS Redwood Empire track meet. (John Burgess / PD)

Santa Rosa High School’s Kirsten Carter, center, easily wins the girls 200-meter dash earlier this month in the NCS Redwood Empire track meet. (John Burgess / PD)


Santa Rosa High School freshman Kirsten Carter won her preliminary heats in both the 200- and 400-meter dash events at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions Friday to qualify for Saturday’s finals.

Sonoma Valley junior Isabel Garon won the girls pole vault final, clearing 11 feet, 4 inches to qualify for the state meet. Natalie Gilmore of Petaluma took third (11-0) to reach state.

Carter had the second-best qualifying time among all competitors in the 400 and third best in the 200 Friday at UC Berkeley.

She will race in both events Saturday for a chance to move on to the state finals next weekend.

In her third event, as part of the Santa Rosa girls 4-x-400 relay team, Carter and her teammates finished 10th, out of the running for Saturday’s final.

In the girls 1,600-meter race, Sonoma Academy freshman Rylee Bowen won her preliminary heat with the third-best qualifying time ahead of Saturday’s final race.

In the boys 1,600-meter run, Casa Grande junior Mathew Salazar had the best qualifying time, and his teammate, senior Nicholas Rauch, came in right behind him in the heat. Rauch also qualified in the 800 meters, along with Maria Carrillo junior Carson Kimball and Santa Rosa senior Justin Thurman.

Windsor sophomore Maddie Call qualified sixth in both the girls 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, and Santa Rosa junior Aimee Holland advanced in the girls 800-meter run.

Three Redwood Empire boys will move on in the 100-meter dash. El Molino senior Lani Gaspar had the fourth-best time in the preliminary heats, Cardinal Newman senior Tommy Streb was seventh and Lower Lake senior Isazah King was eighth.

Gaspar and Streb will also race in the 200 finals.

Maria Carrillo senior Alex Netherda won his heat in the boys 300-meter hurdles. The Maria Carrillo boys 4-x-400 relay team also advanced.

In other field event finals Friday, Willits junior Will Smith finished fourth and Windsor senior Jackson Pool fifth in the boys discus.

Rancho Cotate senior Justin Zinnerman finished second in the boys high jump, qualifying for state.

  • badcoach2000 .

    Watched her state run and she looked extremely exhausted before the race. I am looking forward to see what this girl can do in the 400. Honestly, I also would love to see her run a serious 800 too! She had a bad race at the wrong time. It happens! Not too many will be looking for her, but I have a hunch she is going to do big things next season. Can’t wait!