CIF State Meet (5/24/19 – 5/25/19)

This is the final update on the 2019 track season. Congrats to Junior Zavier Rodrigues for participating at this year’s State meet! During Friday’s prelims, he was one of only a handful who cleared the opening height of 6-04 on their first try. He was unable to clear 6-06, which would have also been a school record, but his first jump qualified him for a jump off for the final spot in finals. The jump off was won by a boy who went on to challenge for the win, showing just how strong our Puma jumpers were this year.

After finishing the jump off for HJ, he had to hustle over to the 110 high hurdles. Despite this quick turn around, he ran a 15.09, which was only two 100ths off his PR. The hurdlers were incredibly strong at this year’s meet, with several going sub-14. Kudos to Zavier for a great season and we look forward to seeing him do great things for the team next year.

That’s a wrap. Go Pumas!

NCS MOC (5/17/19 – 5/18/19)

Day 1 Photos (by Joe Civello)

Our Maria Carrillo students competed valiantly this weekend at NCS Meet of Champions (MOC). The competition was fierce with trips to the prestigious CIF state meet on the line. There both were moments of agony and ecstacy in the midst of battle, but the Pumas proudly left it all on the track.

  • Junior Zavier Rodrigues qualified for state in two events: clearing the at-large standard of 6-04 in the HJ, and finishing third in the 110h with a close for the ages. See PD article below for the exciting recap.
  • Senior Severin Ramirez and Colton Swinth both had top 8 finishes, finishing fourth in the 400m and 1600m respectively.
  • Junior Jasmin Hirth also had a top 7 finish (7th in the 1600m).

Local coverage and Results Links:

NCS Redwood Area (5/11/19)

By Joe Civello

It was a great weekend for the Puma 2019 Track & Field team, with the boys stacking up another team victory and continuing their undefeated NBL season streak, then going on to win the Boys NCS Redwood Area Team Championship for an unprecedented 3 years in a row!  The girls finished 2nd at NBL Combined (out of 12 schools) and 10th out of the 33 schools competing at NCS Redwood Empire.   …Way to go Pumas!!!

  • Boys Team NBL Championship Streak = 8 years in a row!   (Champions for 11 of last 18 years)
  • Boys Team Redwood Empire NCS Championships = 3 years in a row!  (Champions 6 of the last 18 years)


There were many great highlights, but the Boys 4x400m (the event that never disappoints!) had added meaning this year. Sir Francis Drake, who had been challenging Maria Carrillo all day, was ready to take the win unless the Pumas delivered a clean race. Despite some lingering injuries, the Pumas got a good start, with Cody Wood bringing them through lap one in the hunt. Tyler Van Arden ran a strong second leg against the Freshman Phenom from American Canyon, coming through in second. Converted miler Colton Swinth picked up ground in the final 300m to pass Drake’s runner with a big kick. And it was our anchor Severin Ramirez who brought it home, despite a late charge from the Drake runner in the last 150 meters. The Drake guy tried to pass, but Severin went to another gear, getting big to thwart the pass, and powering home for the win. It was a 4x400m season record (3:24.54) and good enough for the second seed at the upcoming NCS MOC meet. Great race boys!

On the girls side, it was also the 4x400m that brought the crowd to their feet. The Puma girls took down the vaunted Santa Rosa sprinters with a uber fast 4:07.51, which was a season record and the 49th fastest time in Redwood Empire history! This was a huge win for the MCHS girls and a more than a moral victory, as it’s now straight thru to NCS MOC where they are seeded 9th. Check out the pictures in Joe’s album above. It’s fun to see their excitement and camaraderie. This has been a fun squad to watch all season!

We are so proud of all our student athletes, but especially our seniors who led the way this year, including nine 4-year varsity athletes. They had to overcome many challenges to get here. For example, without a dedicated sprinters coach this year, our senior sprinters stepped up to provide great intra-squad leadership, working with the coaching staff and using workouts developed by Herbie Polk, Sr. We also witnessed the strength of the Puma community, seeing many alumni come back to assist, including Gavin Herculson, Herbie Polk, Jr., Nick Diaz, and Leanne Fogg West (now a teacher at MCHS and an assistant coach).

The following 14 student athletes finished in the top seven at NCS Redwood and will continuing on to compete at the NCS Meet of Champions (MOC) on 5/17-18 and will attempt to qualify for the prestigious CIF state meet:

  • Senior Severin Ramirez: #1 in 400m (Severin also anchored our winning 4x400m relay that sealed the win for the boys, fighting off a challenge from second place Sir Francis Drake who tried to take the lead in the last 100 meters!)
  • Girls #1 in 4x400m: Zoe Hermsen, Aimee Armstrong, Kiely Rowe, McKenzie Madsen (our “2019 Team MVP” award recipient, with 36 points scored during NBL)
  • Boys #1 in 4x400m: Cody Wood, Tyler Van Arden, Colton Swinth, Severin Ramirez
  • Junior Zavier Rodrigues (our “2019 Most Improved” award recipient): #2 in High Jump and #3 in 110 high hurdles
  • Junior Rory Smail: #2 in the 3200m
  • Senior Colton Swinth: #3 in the 1600m and #7 in the 800m
  • Sophomore Nicole Morris: #3 in the 3200m
  • Senior Mason Adams (our “2019 Team MVP” award recipient, with 52 points scored for the team during NBL) #3 in the High Jump
  • Senior Tyler Van Arden: #4 in 400m
  • Senior Aimee Armstrong: #5 in the 1600m
  • Junior Pierce Kapustka: #6 in the 1600m
  • Junior Jasmin Hirth: #6 in the 1600m
  • Freshman Alyssa Boyd (our “2019 Rising Star” award recipient): #6 in 300 low hurdles

Seniors who made our record board this year (top 5 all time):

We also had three juniors make our record board during the NCS Redwood meet: Colton Swinth (#2 all time 1600m, 4:16.81), Pierce Kapustka (#4 all time 1600m, 4:18.16), and Rory Smail (#3 all time 3200m, 9:18.34)!

Other team award winners this year, not already mentioned:

  • Most Improved Awards: In addition to Zavier Rodrigues (mentioned above), we honored Sophomore Paige Kelleher, Shot Put. In her first year doing Track & Field, Paige finished 4th at NBL Finals and made the team record board in Shot Put!
  • Rising Stars Awards: Freshman Alyssa Boyd (who is moving onto NCS MOC), plus Jacob Donohue (3200m) and Noe Vieyra (800m and 1600m), who both made it to NCS Redwood.


NBL Trials (5/1/19) & NBL Finals (5/3/19)

Thanks Joe!

What a great week for racing! The trials on Wednesday set the team up for great things on Friday, leading to another pennant for the boys (120 to 67 by Santa Rosa), and 2nd place by the girls (75 points to 141 by Santa Rosa).


  • Several Puma athletes won their events, including Severin (400m), Colton (1600m), and Zavier (110hh and HJ)! Zavier’s 15.15 was the 110hh is the 21st all time FAT in the Empire.
  • In one of the most exciting races of the day, Dante Godinez from Healdsburg tried to sneak away again in the final lap of the boys 1600m (attempting to repeat his win at Big Cat). This time, Colton responded with a massive surge in the final 100 meters to take the win by 1/10th of a second!
  • Many MCHS athletes auto qualified for NCS Redwood (5/11). The full list is in this Press Democrat article. Many more stand a good chance of taking an at-large slot too. Stay tuned for info from Coach Gregg in the hours to come.
  • The Puma Boys High Jumpers dominated, taking 22 of the possible 31 points during their finals performance. This included 1st (Zavier), T3 (Ryan and Mason), and 5th (Luca).
  • Jack Pickle was especially inspired, running a 5+ second PR in the 800m (>4% improvement). We have it on strong authority that his finish line gesturing was to show appreciation to the person who most encouraged him to win the heat…
  • We saw Owen (9:54.98) and Elijah (9:57.95) both break the 10 min barrier in the 3200m!
  • Faith Murray jumped jumped a 4″ PR (3.7% improvement), which is fast approaching the team record board.
  • All PRs from Trials & Finals below…

Results Links:

2019 Maria Carrillo Boys win NBL-Oak Championship Pennant!

From Coach Greg:

…Congratulations to the Maria Carrillo Boys Track & Field team, who secured the NBL-Oak League Championship Pennant (attached image) this past week, wrapping-up their regular season undefeated 5-0 against other NBL Oak teams, the Girls finished 4-1, finishing 2nd behind a strong Santa Rosa squad for this 2019 season.     …For the Boys, this is their 8th year in a row finishing the NBL league season undefeated, quite an accomplishment and if you didn’t join the team next year, consider coming out next year as we’re always looking for more athletes to keep this streak going!

…Next Championship Pennant opportunity the Pumas is this week during the combined NBL Oak-Redwood Championships, hosted by Monty High School with competition starting at 3PM and Trials on Wednesday, then Finals on Friday; this meet is expected to last till 7:30 PM on Wednesday and 9 PM on Friday.   The Carrillo Boys are favored to win the NBL-Oak/Redwood Pennant and the Girls are ranked 2nd going into this meet behind Santa Rosa; come support your pumas!!!

NBL-Oak #4 vs. El Molino (4/23/19)
Thank you Joe Civello!

It was another warm day yesterday as Maria Carrillo took on El Molino and came away with another win a league pennant! With the completion of league action, here are the results:

  • Boys: #1 in Oak (5-0 record)
  • Girls: #2 in Oak (4-1 record)
  • Click here for greater detail on

Recap: Even on a low key day when many athletes were probably focused on post-season prep, there were a couple notable events that should be highlighted:

  • Junior Zavier Rodrigues ran a hand-timed 15.1h, which even adjusted (+0.24), is the top NBL time this year and also ranks as a top MCHS time all time for 110hh (link to historical best times).
  • Sophomore Luca Salmon jumped 6′ for the first time! Only three boys have jumped higher this year in NBL. Our Pumas also are heads and shoulders above any other school, with four boys who have jumped 5’10 or higher this year (Mason, Luca, Zavier, and Ryan).
Leaving League Competition Behind (Courtesy John Page)

Results Links:

Viking Track Classic (4/20/19)

Source: Press Democrat

On a beautiful Spring Saturday we witnessed great racing, the dedication ceremony of the new Monty track, many great Puma wins and personal records, even with 20mph winds bearing down on our runners. Congrats to all the MCHS athletes for a great meet!

In the 1600m Invite, we saw Colton, Pierce, and Rory (“CPR”) take the podium together, running the three fastest times this year in the Empire (ref. Jim Crowhurt’s site):

Courtesy of

Photos below from John Page:

More pictures from the Press Democrat.

We also saw numerous other 1600m wins and PRs in the morning session: Owen Pugh (1st in Varsity), Noe Vieyra (1st in Open), plus PRs from Patrick Cooper, Logan Field, Jack Pickle, Elijah Ettedgui, Adam McCorquodale, Daniel Abel, and freshman Jason Page (broke the 5-min barrier with a 4:58-low).

In other action:

  • Senior Aimee Armstrong double podium’d with 2nd place in the 800m and 3rd place in the 1600m.
  • Omar Alvarez broke 10 min in the 3200m (9:56.59), despite the strong winds.
  • Freshman Alyssa Boyd took 1st in the Open 300H, which would have been good enough for 4th in the Invite race!
  • Paige Kelleher took 3rd in the Shot Put, adding 1′ 8″ to her PR.

Senior Mason Adams went head-to-head with the only other boy who’s jumped as high as him in the Redwood Empire this year. Mason jumped 6′ 4″ for the outright win against Luke Sendaydiego from Sonoma Valley and moved up to #2 All Time on the MCHS record board. Zavier Rodrigues also hit 6′ for the first time at this meet!

Click here to see the HJ record board (interactive report on XCStats).

See Mason’s PR in slo-mo below:

Results Links:

NBL-Oak #3 vs. Windsor (4/17/19)
Courtesy: Joe Civello

It’s awesome to see our students continuing to build for the post-season. This week we witnessed 61 PRs and 86 SRs! This train is definitely not slowing down…


  • Zavier Rodriquez ran the NBL leading time in 110HH.
  • Tyler Van Arden ran the NBL leading time in 200m.
  • Top PR improvements:
    • Shaylynn Seibold: improved PV by 1′ 3″ (16.7% improvement).
    • Marcus Cordova: improved LJ by 1′ 1″ (7.6% improvement).
    • Walker Below: shaved 2.7s off his 300h time (5.7% improvement)

Results Links:

NBL-Oak #2 vs. Piner (4/10/19)

We finally had a sunny meet in Santa Rosa and the Pumas boys and girls teams took full advantage, doing what was needed to get the wins and got many PRs and SRs over the course of the afternoon.

Team Spotlight: Our Throwers

Coach Tim wrote: “I personally could not be more proud of [them]…I am super proud of these peeps!” After digging into it, it’s not hard to see why:

  • This year’s squad is young, mostly comprised of underclassman. And their growth curve this year resembles the proverbial hockey stick (up and to the right, as they say)
  • Against a strong Santa Rosa team, Paige (Sophomore) threw two huge PRs and took 2nd in the Shot Put. Not to be undone, Bella (Junior) took 3rd in the Discuss, scoring needful points for the team. This week Paige threw a 13′ PR in the Discuss (24.5% improvement)
  • Competing in his first season, Jack (Sophomore), won the Shot Put against Piner!
  • Junior Nick threw a 13′ PR in the Discuss (19.6% improvement)
  • Andrew (Sophomore) threw a 9′ 10″ PR in the Discuss (14.3% improvement)
  • The Leitch brothers also PRd: Sam (Sophomore) threw 4′ PR in Discus and Elijah (Freshman) threw 1-2.75′ PR in Shot Put. Elijah bested his older brother in his improvement percentage 4.8% to 4.7%, but who’s counting?
  • As the coaches often say: show up, work hard, and be a great teammate, and the results will come. This certainly appears to be true of the throwers. We look forward to great things in the future from this squad!

Here are a few additional standout performances:

  • Beth jumped a 3″ PR in High Jump (4-11, NBL Leader)
  • Will is coming back into form after injury, running a 51.9 400m, moving into 6th best this year in the Redwood Empire
  • Faith reached 9′ for the first time, which was a 4″ PR (5.9% improvement from NBL#1 to NBL#2), which is also tied for third highest this year in Redwood Empire
  • Kyle knocked another 4.5 seconds off his 800 PR and has already surpassed the coveted 5-6% improvement year-over-year (6.4% improvement and 9.1% improvement over last year’s race)
  • Ethan (Freshman) is now an “18 foot guy” in Long Jump, leaping 18-1.25 and improving his PR by 10.6%
  • Logan knocked 34.9 seconds off his 1600m time and is on the way to sub-5 (a 10% improvement)
  • Juliette leaped more than 1′ further than her previous PR in the Long Jump (7.8% improvement)
  • Shaylynn left 15 sec in the rearview mirror a ran to a 14-low 100m (6.2% improvement)

Results Links:

Arcadia (4/5-6/19)

Maria Carrillo’s top distance runners and sprinters descended on Southern California this last weekend, putting up great times to match the great weather. Congrats to all the Pumas who made the trip to represent MCHS!

Below are some of the standout moments of the meet:

  • Severin won his 400m heat with a 49.00 and moved up the team record board to #2 fastest 400m ever. It’s also the NCS best time, and #12 all time in the Redwood Empire. The next stop is Herbie Polk’s 47.21 (link to 400m records).
  • Colton and Pierce both broke onto the 1 mile team record board at #2 and #3 respectively (link to 1 mile records).
  • Rory passed Calvin Thigpen to #4 on the 3200m record board (link to 3200m records).
  • Boys 4x400m is the NCS best time and 30th all time in the Redwood Empire.
  • Girls 4x1600m is the 6th best all time in the Redwood Empire.

Meet Coverage:

NBL-Oak #1 vs. Rosa & Monty (4/3/19)
Photos by Joe Civello

Under grey skies with on-again-off-again drizzle the Pumas took on Santa Rosa and Montgomery in what will probably decide the league title this season. Both the boys and girls teams mostly rested its elite runners for Arcadia, relying on team leaders in the other disciplines and emerging underclassman to step up and score needed points. Still, we saw wins from Severin (100m), Cody (200m), Will (400m), Pierce, (800m), Omar (3200m), and Mason (HJ and LJ), as well as a strong 2nd place run from Talia in the 800m against elite competition.

In the end, the size and strength of the ‘Rosa’s girls team won out, while the Carrillo boys runners and throwers executed to get the win with a comfy margin. The story within the story, however, was the rising tide of PRs and season improvements by the team at large. We saw 57 PRs and 85 season improvements! See below for the full list of PRs, including several multi-PRs days.

A few standout Performances:

  • Paige threw two huge PRs and scored needful points against Rosa and Monty: Shot Put (29.4% PR) and Discuss (19.3% PR).
  • The boys long jumpers showed up big time, including Michael who leaped a 3′ 5″ PR (a 23.1% improvement), as well as Conner (10.3% improvement), just to mention two of several PR jumps.
  • Andrew threw a discus PR of 11′ 8″ (20.5% improvement).
  • Several Freshman boys and girls scored their first Varsity T&F points (Oswaldo, Vivien, Noe, and Jacob).
  • The Knebel family generated two big PRs: Aidan (PV, 6.7%) and Anna (HJ, 7.7%).

Results Links:

Stanford (3/29-30/19)

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Great Puma Photos Included (Michael Lucid Album)

The Maria Carrillo Track & Field team was well represented at this national-level meet. We saw some impressive early season running that bodes well for our team leaders as we begin league meets and head towards the post season. Highlights below:

  • The boys DMR (Colton, Will, Pierce, and Rory) finished 6th overall and shaved 13+ seconds off their run last year at Arcadia. They also ran the 4th fastest team DMR ever!
  • The boys 4x100m (Spencer, Tyler, Cody, and Severin) ran an Empire prep best (44.01), shaving 0.39 seconds off their run at Twilight.
  • Severin and Tyler both had top 10 finishes in the 400m finals (#8 and #10 respectively). And, Severin’s 49.93 is a Redwood prep best for 2019.
  • Aimee put down a 5:03 1600m, which is the 2nd fastest Empire prep time this season and knocking back her season best by 7 seconds.
  • Both the 400m (Shanti, McKenzie, Lianah, and Cena) and 1600m (Zoe, Aimee, McKenzie, and Kiely) girls’ relays saw significantly improved season records (4.5% and 3.1% improvement, respectively). Next week is NBL #1, followed by Arcadia. Let’s cheer on the Pumas (Live Webcast for Acadia here).

Results Links:

Twilight (3/22/19)
Photos Courtesy of Mr. Joe Civello — Thanks Joe!

Under continual rain, the Pumas showed true grit yesterday at Twilight thru many gut check performances and several big wins that are beginning to create some momentum as our elite athletes complete final preparations for Stanford and as the larger team prepares for the opening of league competition. Overall, we witnessed 20 PRs and 50 season improvements. Way to go Pumas!

Last night we saw wins from seniors Severin (boys 100m, NBL Leader), Tyler (boys 400m, NBL Leader), and the Boys 4x400m Relay (best time in the Redwood Empire: Severin, Tyler, Colton, and Pierce). Junior Rory(boys 1600m) ran a strategic race, sitting and kicking in the last lap for the win against proven competition (getting the crowd involved in the celebration over the final meters of the race injected some life in the otherwise frozen and soaked spectators). Senior Mason took 2nd in the High Jump in particularly difficult conditions for jumpers (9 of 16 athletes couldn’t clear the initial height).

We also had some top performances in the Redwood Empire this year: Sophomore Francena ran a 0.14 second PR in the 100m (1.0% improvement) and was also the 7th fastest 100m this year. Freshman Vivien ran the 7th fastest 800m this year. Sophomore Beth jumped a 2″ PR (3.7% improvement) and was also the 3rd best High Jump this year. Beth also had a 0.52 second PR in the 100m hurdles (2.6% improvement).

Junior Lianah had a 0.69 second PR in the 200m (2.4% improvement). Sophomore Jeremiah had a 0.36 second PR in the 200m (1.4% improvement), following a PR in the 100m last week. Sophomore long jumpers Jorge and Jack had massive PRs (Jorge: 24.1% improvement; Jack: 14.6% improvement), despite the rain. Something must have been in the water (pun intended), as Sophomore Luca PR’d too (1.0% improvement).

Our freshman contingent achieved eight PRs, including some significant week-over-week changes: Freshman Ethan had a 0.62 second PR in the 100m (4.5% improvement). Freshman Sara had a 15.66 second PR in the 1600m (3.7% improvement). 

Results Links:

Reminder: if you are registered for XCStats, you will receive a customized results email after each meet. Ask Patrick Donohue (Jacob’s dad), if you have any questions about XCStats.

Dublin (3/16/19)
  • Meet Coverage (
  • XC Stats Meet Report (including PRs, % improvement, etc.)
  • Highlights:
    • Out of 36 runners and across 60 events, we witnessed 21 PRs and 39 improvements. Fun to see all the blue shirts walking around. What a day for the Pumas!
    • Pierce and Colton went 1-2 in the 1600m Sombrero Heat and auto-qualified for Arcadia. Link to Milesplit Video.
    • Rory finished 10th in the 3200m, arguably the most stacked race of the day. His 9:25.20 also cracks the MCHS record board!
    • Other notable performances:
      • Six athletes had a double PR day:
        • Hannah (1600m, 3200m)
        • Owen (1600m, 3200m)
        • Kyle (800m, 1600m)
        • Noe (1600m, 3200m)
        • Oswaldo (1600m, 3200m)
        • Adam (800m, 1600m)
      • Daniel had 13.4 second PR in the 1600m (4.1% improvement)
      • Anahita had 14.27 second PR in the 1600m (4.0% improvement)
      • Jasmin had 3.0 second PR in the 800m (2.1% improvement)
      • Fast Frosh Girls:
        • Vivien had 6.7 second improvement in the 800m (4.3% improvement)
        • Ashley won her 1600m heat in 5:33.13!
      • Freshmen Noe and Jacob cracked 10:00 in the 3200m (9:55.86 and 9:57.53 respectively).

Eddie Hart (3/16/19)

  • Meet Coverage (
  • XC Stats Meet Report (including PRs, % improvement, etc.)
  • Highlights
    • Great showing yesterday for the Puma sprinters, and against solid early season competition!
    • Tyler finished 2nd in 400m (51.30)!
    • Severin had two top 10s: 7th in 100m and 4th in 200m
    • High Jump:
      • Mason 4th (6-00)
      • Zavier T-5th (5-10); 8″ PR! (12.9% improvement)
      • Ryan T-5th (5-10)
    • Long Jump:
      • McKenzie: T-5th with 1′ 9.75″ PR in Long Jump (13.2% improvement)
      • Trey had 1′ 9.25″ PR (10.7% improvement)
      • Ryan had 11′” PR (5.1% improvement)
    • Shelby finished 5th in 800m with 3.27 second PR (2.0% improvement)
    • Jack had 0.41 improvement in 100m (3.2% improvement)
    • Girls 4X400m 2nd place!
    • Frosh/Soph 1st or 2nd Place Finishes:
      • Francena: 1st in both F/S 100m and 200m
      • Luca: 1st F/S High Jump
      • Cody: 1st F/S 200m
      • Zavier: 2nd F/S 110HH

Runners and Throwers Jamboree (3/16/19)

Big Cat (3/2/19)
  • XC Stats Meet Report (including PRs, % improvement, etc.)
  • Meet Coverage (Boys)
  • Meet Coverage (Girls)
  • Coach Highlights:
    • We had 79 athletes compete this year at Big Cat, with 46 returning athletes, and they competed in 112 individual events.
    • Every single returning athlete did as well or better than they did in last year’s event (which is incredible!). 45 of 46 athletes improved year-over-year and we saw 15 PRs. Not bad for the first event of the season.
    • A few select performances:
      • Mason cracked the Team Record Board for High Jump, jumping 6’3″ (4.2% improvement), not to mention winning the Long Jump in 20′!
      • Rory took the win in the 3200m in 9:41.70 (NBL leading time).
      • Shelby improved her 400m PR by 2.5 seconds (3.6% improvement)
      • Tricia improved her discus PR 3′ 11″ (10% improvement)
      • Logan improved his 3200m by more than 29 seconds (4.3% improvement)
      • Owen improved his 1600m PR by more than 12 seconds (4.2% improvement)
      • Sam improved his discus PR by 9 inches (11.9% improvement)
      • Fast Freshman Distance Debut:
        • Noe: 1600m in 4:40.30
        • Jacob: 3200m in 10:05.74
        • Oswaldo: 1600m in 4:50.37 and 3200m in 10:30.90
      • Final word: This was a great start to our season. Let’s build on this, keep training hard, and support your fellow teammates. Go Pumas!

Historical Results

Maria Carrillo Record Boards:

Maria Carrillo XCStats Database: