What’s the worst thing a runner can do at the biggest meet of the year?
Forget her shoes.
St. Francis High School middle-distance runner Ariane Arndt, her mind racing before her legs did, misplaced her shoes last Friday. She didn’t want to run barefoot, so she borrowed a pair from a teammate and then took off around the Elk Grove High School track at a record pace.
She won the 400 meters in 55.39 seconds to set a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship meet record as the Troubadours won the team title for the third consecutive year. It was the program’s seventh title and the 90th section banner for the school in all sports, another record.
“Most unprepared athlete of the year award goes to me,” Arndt joked afterward.
Arndt will be sure to have her shoes Friday at Elk Grove for the section Masters Meet, with the top three in each event advancing to the CIF State Track and Field Championships in Clovis on June 5-6.
Though she set the meet record last week, Arndt has dropped the 400 to focus on the relays and the 800 meters. She’s the Northern California leader in the 800 at 2 minutes, 10.05 seconds, third best in the state. She will be challenged by Bella Vista’s Kendall Derry, with a best of 2:12.84.
The most dominant athlete of the meet likely will be Davis distance runner Fiona O’Keeffe. The junior is the state leader in the 3,200 (10:15.53) and second in the 1,600 (4:45.68).
Another top girls runner will be Cosumnes Oaks’ Natsumi McGee, who has the best time this season in Northern California in the 100 (11.97).
For the boys, Arturo Sotomayor of Roseville is the NorCal leader in the 800 at 1:51.44. Willie Hall of Davis is second at 1:53.05.
Sheldon’s Cameron Stone and Marcus Beloney are the section leaders in the 400 with times of 48.10 and 48.12, respectively, and Aspyn Walton of Woodcreek, Myles Ellis of Antelope and Jacob Sampson of Vista del Lago also have run in the low 48-second range.
Isaiah Holmes of Oakmont is tied for the state lead in the high jump at 7 feet, and Kyle Clancy of Davis and Phillip Fayne of Franklin have bests of 6-8.
Holmes also is the NorCal leader in the long jump at 23-9, with Clancy second at 23-3. Austin Laut of Oak Ridge is the NorCal leader in the pole vault at 16-31/2, and Nate Harper of Davis is second in the region with a best of 16-0.
Darrin Paulo of Grant won the Masters discus championship on Thursday, when the weights rounds were contested at Elk Grove.
Familiar teams will play in the section Division I baseball championship starting Friday night at Sacramento City College.
The best-of three series will continue Saturday.
Elk Grove (22-10), in the championship for the eighth time since 2002, has five titles. St. Mary’s of Stockton (21-12), in the finals for the seventh consecutive season, has three titles.
Elk Grove defeated St. Mary’s in 2007, lost to the Rams in 2010 and beat them in 2013. The Thundering Herd defeated the Rams 1-0 in a nonleague game March 11 as Ty Madrigal and Kevin Kyle combined to allow four hits while striking out 10. Madrigal, Elk Grove’s ace with a 9-3 record, will start Game 1.
Elk Grove is anchored by strong pitching and an excellent infield of shortstop Nick Madrigal, second baseman Carlos Moseley, third baseman Brooks Day and first baseman Dylan Carlson.
Evan Fagundes leads St. Mary’s with 39 RBIs, 34 runs and a .327 average. Cade Peters is hitting .378 with 35 RBIs and 25 runs.
If you go
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
- What: Sac-Joaquin Section Division I baseball championship, best-of-three series
- Who: Elk Grove vs. St. Mary’s-Stockton
- When: Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday, noon (Game 3 to follow, if needed)
- Where: Sacramento City College
- Tickets: $5-$10
HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD
- What: Masters Championships, CIF State qualifying meet
- When: Friday
- Where: Elk Grove High School
- When: Field events, 2 p.m., running events, 6 p.m.
- Tickets: $5-$10