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Drew Hunter is Hunting Records

February 20, 2016 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, High School, Track

news!Virginia High School phenom, Drew Hunter, just beat his two-week old national indoor high school mile record today, running 3:57.81 at the Millrose Games

How low can he go?

More info at Flotrack.

News From State Championships

August 08, 2015 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, High School

St. Francis senior Peyton Bilo gets in a workout a few days before States. (SRN photo)

St. Francis senior Peyton Bilo gets in a workout a few days before States. (SRN photo)

For most high school runners, simply qualifying for State Champs is the highlight of the year. A very few locals will shine on the big stage.

For the past couple of years, all eyes have been on Davis junior Fiona O’Keeffe, who has dominated the region’s distance running. This year, the pressure was on for her to take home the region’s first title in the 3200.

Alas, she was so close!


O’Keeffe, Kurdy on Top at Sac-Joaquin XC Sectionals

November 17, 2014 By: John Blue Category: Cross Country, High School

running manFiona O’Keeffe’s commanding win at Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin cross country sectional championships wasn’t quite enough to get the Davis girls the championship, but it was fast enough to set a new course record of 16:57.

The Bella Vista girls took top honors, followed by Davis, and then St. Francis.

Of the Div I one boys, it was Jesuit’s Sean Kurdy with the win in 15:43.

For the team results, it was Davis, Granite Bay and Jesuit finishing 1, 2, and 3.

The top three girls teams and the top two boys teams will converge on Clovis November 29th for the State Championships. It should be exciting!


Fiona O’Keeffe Runs 16:28 at Mt Sac Invitational

October 25, 2014 By: John Blue Category: Cross Country, General Running News, High School, High School

Davis High School’s Fiona O’Keeffe is absolutely dominant in the Team Sweepstakes event at Mt. Sac, where she joins a very small club of sub 16:30 finishers. (FYI, the audio is dorked up in this video. It’s not your computer.)

Watch more videos on Flotrack


Davis High School Girls XC Going to Nationals

December 05, 2013 By: John Blue Category: Cross Country, High School

Looks like the Blue Devils girl’s cross country team is on its way to Oregon for the National Championships.

Anchored by the speedy Fiona O’Keeffe’s, the Blue Devils came in 2nd in the State Championships in Fresno leading to an at-large invite to the Nike Cross Nationals.

O’Keeffe’s time of 16:58 was good enough for the overall win, and fastest ever sophomore time.

The Davis Enterprise has the story.

Flotrack has the video:

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Nia Dorner Makes Some History

June 03, 2013 By: John Blue Category: High School, Track

sprintOn Saturday, Cordova High School senior Nia Dorner won the 400 meter dash in 53.0 seconds at the CIF State Track and Field Championships to become the first ever girls sprint champion in Sacramento-area, and Sac-Joaquin Section history.

Her 53.0 time was a new personal best and is currently the second fastest national time.

The current national leader in the high school 400 is Ana Holland of Regis in Aurora, Colorado, with a 52.49.



16 Year Old Mary Cain Wins National Indoor Mile

March 03, 2013 By: John Blue Category: High School, Track

Mary Cain wins!

Mary Cain wins!

The USA Indoor National Championships wrapped up this weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the star of the show was a high school junior.

Sunday, Mary Cain became the first high school athlete to win an indoor national title since Allyson Felix won the 200 meters in 2003.

Cain’s winning time of 5:05.68 was not particularly fast, but she led from the start and the final laps were blistering fast. Treniere Moser finished second in 5:06.55. You can watch the race yourself here.

Meanwhile, Lea Wallace, a former Sacramento State standout, now running for the Sacramento Running Association’s Elite Team, finished fourth in Sunday’s women’s 800 meters event.


St. Francis Girls Cross Country Wins Sectional Championships

November 19, 2012 By: John Blue Category: Cross Country, High School

St. Francis is going to State Championships. (Photo courtesy of St. Francis)

At the Sac-Joaquin Sectional Championships Meet this past Saturday, the St. Francis varsity girls outran Davis High to win 23-43. In the process of winning the meet, they also set a new team course record for Willow Hills.

The St. Francis Troubadors placed 5 runners in the top 10, and earned a ticket to the State Championship meet at Woodward Park, on November 24.

The overall winner of the varsity girls division 1 race was Davis’ Fiona O’Keeffe, with 18:08 on that hilly course. Following O’Keeffe in second place was St. Francis’ Lauren Larocco, in 18:22. Rounding out third was another St. Francis girl, Madison Rawson, who ran 18:34.


Amy Weissenbach Named Gatorade Athlete of the Year

June 23, 2011 By: John Blue Category: High School, Track

Amy Weissenbach gets something for the mantel.

Recently, I wrote about Harvard-Westlake School junior Amy Weissenbach’s phenomenal, nation-leading run in the 800 at this spring’s California Interscholastic Federation Track and Field State Championships.

This evening, Gatorade just named her the National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Sweet!

And when you tell your children that they should be more like Amy, be sure to note that besides running like the wind, she “maintains a 4.23 weighted GPA in the classroom.”


Verzbicas Cures the LeBron Blues

June 22, 2011 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, High School, Track

You’ve probably heard by now that a certain Illinois high school senior became the 5th American high school student to ever run a sub-4:00 mile.

His name is Lukas Verzbicas and he’ll be running for Oregon (surprise!) next year.

There was a heavy weight of expectation on Verzbicas after he’d broken the American high school record in the two-mile a week earlier at the Prefontaine Classic.

Running under nasty conditions, he pulled it off in 3:59.71.

ESPN’s Jeff McGregor waxes poetic about how Lukas Verzbicas is the antidote to LeBron James.

LeBron James as we know him is the four-color quarterly report of our disappointments and therefore a very precise instrument for calibrating my own cynicism.

Turns out the antidote to all of which is Lukas Verzbicas.

It is very much worth the read.




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