The Petaluma High School boys track team will run for the Sonoma County League championship this week when it competes in the SCL meet at Elsie Allen High School.
Petaluma's Trojans have run through league dual and tri-meet competition undefeated, but coach Doug Johnson says the league meet is up for grabs. "It will be a dog fight," he says. "Piner is the team I worry about, but Analy and Healdsburg are strong. We didn't overwhelm Piner or Analy when we ran against them. Every point will be important.
Piner's only loss was to Petaluma. The Trojans can claim the title with a win and would share the championship if Piner wins the league meet and Petaluma finishes second.
Finals field events start at 9 a.m. and running events at 10 a.m.
Petaluma has several outstanding athletes on its boys teams who are being counted on to provide big points, but Johnson says it will take more than the obvious standouts to claim the league pennant. "Track is a team sport," he explains. "Everyone is important."
Leading the way for the Trojans as they reach for the title are Teddy Scranton and Ryan Douglas.
Scranton ranks second in the Redwood Empire in discus, and is among the Empire leaders in the shot. He is also one of the fastest of the Trojans and will help in either the sprints or the relays where ever he is needed. Sam Spurling will add Petaluma points in both throwing events.
Douglas has the best time in the Redwood Empire in the 1,600. He leads a strong corps of Trojan distance runners, and is a threat from 800 meters up. Casey Kramer is one of Petaluma's fastest-improving runners, who will be a strong contender in both the 800 and 1,600.
Keanan Kron is a versatile athlete, who gives Petaluma a potential point maker in the jumping events. Justin Denicker is another strong jumper and a challenger for points in the high jump.
J.P. Crudo leads the Trojan hurdlers. Kevin Poteracke has successfully converted to the hurdles and is also a quality middle distance runner. He has one of the Empire's best time in the 800.
Dan Curren is another who Petaluma will rely on for key points.
Petaluma's girls finished 4-2 in head-to-head SCL competition and have several outstanding performers hopeful of both a good team finish and individual finishes among the top five in their events, earning advancement to the area meet, the last step before the North Coast Section championships.
Petaluma is led by Teddy Scranton's sophomore sister, Allison, who holds the Empire's best mark in the shot put and the school record in the discus.
Other T-Girls to watch are Liza Bernard in the 400, Kirby Franklin and Madison Parratt in the distance runs, sprinter Marissa Bordessa and hurdler Ella Abelli-Amen.