State Preview

It is time for the first State meet since 2019.
The Redwood Empire will be well represented.
In the boys division we are sending three seniors and a junior all making their first trip to state since there has not been one since 2019.
All qualified in field events.
In the girls division we are sending three seniors, two juniors, a freshman, plus the Empires first transgender-athlete, all making their first trip to state.

Lane Assignments

The 102nd CIF State Track & Field Championships are May 27-28, at Veterans Memorial Stadium – Buchanan High School in Clovis.
The meet begins on Friday with five field vents staring at 3PM.

All photos by Michael Lucid unless listed otherwise.

Girls’ Discus 3:00 p.m
Ellie Roan, 12, West County

Ellie Roan

Roan’s 119-1 qualifier seeds her at 17th but her best of 131-0 would put her at the 12th seed spot which is what place it takes to make the finals on Saturday.

1st NCS Redwood 131-0
1st NBL 123-1
1st SR Field Jamboree 122-6
1st Big Cat 121-10
2nd NCS MOC 119-1, State Bound Performance

Boys’ High Jump 3:00 p.m

Travis Hightower, 11, Justin-Siena

Hightower’s 6-4 qualifier and PR seeds him at =13th so a 6-4 or 6-6 jump will probably be needed to make the final 12.

1st VVAL 6-2
2nd NCS MOC 6-4, State Bound Performance
2nd NCS Redwood 6-4
5th Stanford 6-0

Boys’ Discus 5:30 p.m

Jordan Zamora, 12, Santa Rosa

Jordan Zamora

Zamora’s 153-4 best will probably need to be broken to make the finals as the 12th seed is 169-3.

1st NCS Redwood 153-4
1st Viking Classic 147-06
1st Jamboree 145-02
1st NBL 142-06
1st Bruder Relays 134-11
1st Big Cat 134-11
2nd NCS MOC 147-2, State Bound Performance
6th Stanford 145-00

Girls’ Shot Put 5:30 p.m

Ellie Roan, 12, West County

Ellie Roan

Roan’s entry at 39-9.75 is the 11th seed so if she can keep improving as she has she should make the final.

1st NCS MOC 39-9.75, State Bound Performance
1st NCS Redwood 38-4.75
1st NBL 36-4.5
1st Viking Classic 36-1
1st Big Cat 12 34-2
1st SR Field Jamboree 32-10.75

Girls’ Pole Vault 6:00 p.m.

Lily Mulligan, 11, Maria Carrillo

Lily Mulligan

Mulligan is one of our best chances to medal with the number five seed of the meet at 12-11.
If she can better her 13-2.5 best she could even contend for the state championship.

1st NCS Redwood 13-2.5
1st NBL 13-1
1st Viking Classic 12-6
1st Big Cat 12-0
2nd NCS MOC 12-11, State Bound Performance

Girls’ 400m Dash 6:50

Elianah DeMange, 11, Maria Carrillo

Elianah DeMange

Of the three heats only the top 1 from each heat plus the next 6 best times moved to the final so DeMange, running out of lane 9 can still shoot for a PR.

1st NCS Redwood 58.19
1st NBL 58.24
1st Big Cat 61.95
2nd NCS MOC 58.66, State Bound Performance
3rd Saint Francis 60.19
6th Stanford 58.99

Girls’ 800m Run 7:40 PM

Carolina Dawson, 12, West County

Carolina Dawson

Dawson with the 20th seed might set her sights on the school record of 2:13.58 by Dirkje Dunham of Analy from 1998.

1st NCS Redwood 2:15.68
1st NBL 2:20.78
2nd NCS MOC 2:16.85, State Bound Performance
1600 Relay
2nd NCS Redwood 4:11.21

Girls’ 300m LH 8:00 p.m.

Sydney Thweatt, 12, Justin-Siena

Sydney Thweatt

21st seed for Thweatt but has made big improvements as of late in this event.

1st NCS Redwood 46.36
2nd NCS MOC 46.13, State Bound Performance
2nd VVAL 49.23

Boys’ Shot Put 8:00 p.m.

The 12th seed is at 55-11 so both of our entries will need huge PR’s to make the final.

Albert Beerbower, 12, Cardinal Newman

Albert Beerbower by Jim Rael

Beerbower has a 51-3.5 PR.

1st NBL 51-3.5
1st Jamboree 49-0.5
1st Big Cat 46-11
2nd NCS MOC 51-2.75, State Bound Performance
2nd NCS Redwood 50-9.5
2nd Viking Classic 49-5

Benjamin Feldstein, 12, Vintage

Peaking at the right time of the year.

1st VVAL 48-8
1st Super 7 45-8
3rd NCS MOC 50-10, State Bound Performance

Saturday will be all finals including the one person we know will make it to Saturday.

Girls’ 3200m Run 9:10 PM

Hanne Thomsen, 9, Montgomery

Hanne Thomsen

Our newest distance standout has run with the best and done well.
The two girls with better PR’s look to only be running the 1600 at state.
The top seed is Lauren Soobrian of Los Altos at 10:17.17 with Thomsen at 4th but Thomsen has run a 10:12.03.
The NCS’s Sophia Nordenholz won the 1600 and ran second to Thomsen in the 3200 but looks to have dropped the 1600 to try and battle in the 3200.
Nordenholz has the second best PR at 10:14.32 which she ran right behind Thomsen in at the Arcadia meet.
Riley Chamberlain of Del Oro handed Thomsen one of her rare defeats running 10:14.56 at Stanford and is entered.
The Redwood Empire record is 10:11.11 by Sara Bei of Montgomery from 2001.

This has been a strong event for us at state.
1st Julia Stamps, Rincon Valley JH 10:26.51 1994
1st Julia Stamps, Santa Rosa 10:15.27 1995
1st Julia Stamps, Santa Rosa 10:15.17 1997
1st Sara Bei, Montgomery 10:31.06 1998
1st Sara Bei, Montgomery 10:11.11 2001

1st Dublin Distance Fiesta 10:14.46
1st NBL 10:21.15
1st NCS MOC 10:23.82, State Bound Performance
1st NCS Redwood 10:24.96
1st Big Cat 10:40.67
2nd Stanford 10:16.76
4th Arcadia 10:12.03, 2nd Redwood Empire Performance All-Time