Abbi Hammari

FHS sophomore and discus thrower, Abbi Hammari, earned a First Place finish at League Championships.

Foresthill High School wrapped up their third season of Track and Field May 11th with the Lady Wildfires taking home a First Place title in their league. The League Championship meet, hosted by FHS, was the last of three home meets held this spring on their newly completed field venue and marked a grand finale to the season.

Head Coach, Rebecca Redding, expressed her excitement saying, “We are thrilled for our girls pulling off the win that they worked so hard for. I know this means a lot to our seniors Grace Sanders and Maya Hope who have been part of our team since its inception. The young ladies on the squad now have a reputation to live up to over the next few years.”

In addition to the League Title, there is much to be excited about for the FHS Track team. Athletes who placed first in their event at this meet advance to Division IV and V Sectionals to compete with students from nearly fifty schools on May 16th and 18th in Turlock. Several Wildfires earned an invitation to move to this next level of competition.

Grace Sanders (High Jump and 100m Hurdles), Megan Knudsvig (800 meter), Abbi Hammari (Discus), Josie Payne, Maya Hope, Meredith Carpenter, Megan Knudsvig (4x400 Relay), Mitch Henry (Shot Put), Luke Richmond (1600m, 3200m and High Jump), Ben Esparza, Blaise Roper, Broden Johnston, Jaycob Ponce (4x100 Relay) will all represent FHS at the events held at the CSU Stanislaus campus. Redding shared “As coaches, we are excited to continue to work with these fine young athletes as they progress on to next week’s Section meet.”

Regarding the overall season, Redding reflected, “We had a very young, inexperienced team this year who demonstrated tremendous growth over the season. Track and Field is a busy sport with many nuances in technique. These are perfected with time, practices, and experience. Coaches Aldrich, Anderson, Spencer, and I hope these athletes continue with this sport to grow and learn. We are excited to watch them improve over the years to come.”

“Two rewarding surprises for me have been in the progress of senior, Luke Richmond, and sophomore, Megan Knudsvig. Luke qualified in three separate events and has improved almost weekly. He has a chance of breaking ten minutes in the 3200 next week which is a huge milestone. Luke has really come into his own this season and has shown great focus and maturity. Megan really improved during last fall’s Cross Country season and was our League Champion. Though she initially dabbled in the shorter sprints and long jump this spring during the Track season, she found her sweet spot in the middle-distance races and has been a force to contend with. It is so exciting to see her move on in the 800 meters. The joy and surprise in her eyes as she crossed the finish line in First Place was priceless. I am endlessly proud of both of these athletes.”

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