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This year’s track team has a well rounded group of athletes. The numbers are up with several of the north sections top performers from the high school ranks. Once again both the ladies and men’s teams will be chasing the Roadrunners of Butte College for the GVC titles.

The men’s team will be led by Donavan Lackey (Fortuna) a returning state meet placer from last year in the 800 and Marcus Sannadan (Red Bluff) who also was a state meet placer last year in the shot and will surprise people this year in the hammer. This year we have several top hurdlers in Joel Dumore (West Valley), Eric Cary (Central Valley) and Eli Copsey (Foothill). Eric will also be a multi event person and Eli is a top high jumper. The distance group will be made up of Sebastian Obergin (Ukiah), Cho Chen (Alhambra), Edy Martinez (Red Bluff), Kyle Oiler (Anderson Tech.),  Kyle Smith (Foothill), and Chad Oliver. Most of these distance runners will also take a shot at the steeple chase with Oiler having the most experience in the event. This year’s jumpers will include Jason Spies (Foothill), Eli Copsey, Eric Cary, Vince Mayle (Inderkum) Marcel Brooks, Ronnie Solliere(Red Bluff) who placed in the GVC last year. The sprints will include last years top sprinter in Cole Johnson (Foothill), Derek Evens (Southside) a stand out last year, Yuhei Oka (Yokohama), Peter Roman (Foothill), Vince Mayle, and Joel Dumore may see action at the sprints.Multi event people will include J.T. Minto (Corning) back from last year and Eric Cary who has great potential in the event. Bradley Loomis will be our pole vaulter and will be joined by J.T. Minto and Kyle Oiler. The throws will once again be the knight’s strong point. Under the guidance of Coach Ramage he has Sannadan in great early season form and he will be joined by Tanner Frisbee (Anderson) and Andrew Miller (Red Bluff) both having great potential to make it to the Nor-Cal’s.

The lady Knights will try to defend their GVC title with a few more athletes this year. They will be led by Alisha Thompson (Enterprise) who will be in the multi events and has the experience of placing in 9 events at last years GVC Championship’s. She will get a lot of help from the throw team again this year with a few new faces which include Alanna Nulph (Hoopa Valley) who looks to be a state level competitor in early season. She is joined by Candyce Sannadan , Marissa Westlake (Shasta), Hannah Belkin (Shasta),and Lacy Coleman (Foothill). This year we have a very strong distance team with some of the 2009 GVC Championship Cross Country team on board. Jerri Spence (Enterprise), Brianna Winstead (Enterprise), Rebecca Lightfoot (Foothill), Bethany Rasmussen (American Christian), Chelsey Anderson, and last years stand out Natalie Marquez. Kayla Ann Coghlan (Red Bluff), Katie Jungwirth(West Valley), Nichole Schaller (Foothill), Sami Johnson (Enterprise), will sprit and jump along with seeing action on the relays.

We are grateful to have Coach Kirk Ramage with us again this year along with Crystal Marks who is working with vaulters and javelin throwers. We add David Hoff a former high jump stand out at Shasta who will be working with jumpers and multi event athletes.

With good numbers, a great staff and great potential the 2010 Knight’s will defiantly leave their mark on the track  and in the field this year.




Holly Hammers Ride to Sacramento!
(5/22/09-Jeffrey Jenn) Holly Lohse capped her Shasta College track and field career last weekend with a state title in the women's hammer throw. Not bad for someone whose fourth-best sport in high school was track and field. Now, it's landed her a partial scholarship to attend Sacramento State next season. Before Shasta College, Lohse was a standout in prep volleyball, basketball and softball at Hamilton High School before graduating in 2006. She was a two-time all-section pick in volleyball and basketball and once in softball. She then played one year of volleyball and softball at Butte College, but health issues caused her to change sports and schools. "My body was breaking down from the other sports," Lohse said. "I decided to try and do track and Shasta was a better fit for me." Plus, her boyfriend, Steven Candelaria, moved up to join the Shasta College baseball program. At Shasta, she hooked up with Knights throws coach Kirk Ramage and things took off. It all culminated at last week's state JC track and field championships. Lohse won the women's hammer throw with a personal-best mark of 164 feet, 8 inches, then finished second in the discus with a toss of 148-6. Though she fell short of her best in the discus, Lohse's PR is around 155 feet in that event, the Hamilton product was more than happy with her season. Outside of fouling three straight times in the shot put at the Northern California trials, there was little to be disappointed with. "It was so much fun," Lohse said. "I had a blast doing it. It felt really, really good." Lohse is joining a Hornets program that has fared well in recent years, thanks to its excellent facilities at the Alex Spanos Sports Complex. Sac State's throws program helped Enterprise product David Nichols went to Sac State and became a two-time All-American in the men's shot put a couple of seasons back. While Lohse was making her mark at the JC state meet, helping Shasta to a 12th-place team finish, the Sac State women's team won the Big Sky Conference team title. "I've thrown there a couple of times before," Lohse said about Sac State. "I'm very familiar from everyone. It's an hour from home. Other schools that expressed interest in Lohse included UC Davis, Nevada, Fresno State and Chico State. "At first I had no idea how the system worked," Lohse said. "I didn't know how to react to all the phone calls."Lohse is expected to compete in all the throwing events: the hammer throw, the discus, the shot put and even the javelin. Lohse admits she hasn't lifted the weights much, but that will change with the move to a D-I athletic program. "With the hammer, it is about speed," Lohse said. "Not many people know that. It's speed and technique, how quick you can spin. The discus is a lot about form, too."
Lohse plans to major in business and is focusing on entrepreneurship.

Holly Lohse Wins State Championship in Hammer
(5/15/09-San Mateo) Shasta College track and field athlete Holly Lohse earned the state title Friday in the hammer throw at the California Community College Athletic Association finals in San Mateo. Lohse's toss of 164 feet, 8 inches secured the win, that throw also set a new school record. Eric Wright was sixth on the men's side with a throw of 165-10. Following a state title in the hammer throw on Friday, Shasta College track and field athlete Holly Lohse placed second in discus on Saturday at the California Community College Athletic Association finals in San Mateo. Lohse threw a distance of 148 feet, 6 inches for the ranking. Ashley Webster was sixth in shot put with 41 feet, 5 inches. Amanda Potts was 12th in pole vault with 9 feet, 3 inches, and the Shasta women placed 12th overall. For the men's side, Donavan Lackey was seventh in the 800-meter dash with a time of 1:56.92. Marcus Sannadan was 12th in shot put with 45 feet, 8 inches.

Lohse & Wright Lead Knights to State Meet
(5/9/09-San Mateo) Shasta College's Holly Lohse is the Northern California College Track and Field champion in the hammer throw and will advance on to the California Community College Athletic Association Championships at College of San Mateo on Friday and Saturday. Lohse's toss was 157 feet, 10 inches, and she also was second in the discus at 146-5. Amanda Potts is also going to state in two events, as she was fifth in the pole vault and third in the javelin throw. Ashley Webster was fifth in the shot put. For the men, Eric Wright was the hammer throw champion at 165-10. Donovan Lackey was fourth in the 800 meters in 1 minute, 56.45 seconds and will move on to state. So will Marcus Sannandan, who was third in the shot put.

GVC Champions!! - Holly Lohse Leads Lady Knights
(4/25/09-Shasta College-Jeffrey Jen) Knights head track and field coach Aaron Junta figured that early-season injuries derailed the chance for a Golden Valley Conference team title this season.
But he reversed his thinking last week and decided to allow the Shasta College women's team a chance to defend its league crown. Sure enough, the Knights edged Butte 123 points to 119 at the GVC Championships at Shasta College on Saturday behind a stellar day from their throwers.
The Roadrunners ran away with the men's title as expected, compiling 144 points. Shasta was second with 84 points while an improved College of the Siskiyous squad took third with 77.
Junta is surprised about his women's team win, the program's second in a row and its eighth in the past 10 years. "I kind of calculated the points ahead of time a couple of weeks back and we came out behind by some 30 points," Junta recalled. "But I thought it over last week and decided why not go for it." That meant turning some of his athletes into iron women of sorts. Sophomore Amanda Potts and freshman Alisha Thompson competed in eight events apiece. Natalie Marquez ran every race between 800 meters and 10,000. The top performer for the Knights was sophomore Holly ohse, who swept all four throwing events, including getting a couple of personal bests. She came in seeded second in all of the events save for the discus. Yet, she won the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 2 3/4 inches, edging past Butte's Prisca Pasina (40-8 1/2). Lohse then improved her hammer throw by some 15 feet, winning in a school-record 162-5. Her other personal record was the 125-4 winning effort in the women's javelin. Lohse then capped her day with a win in her top event, the discus (150-9). While Lohse was winning events, Potts and teammate Ashley Webster were getting thirds and fourths and tacking on a few key points here and there in the throws. "We stepped up," Lohse said. "All the girls showed up and competed." Lohse, who is being recruited by Division I and D-II track and field programs, is eyeing strong state finishes in the discus and now the hammer throw.
Potts also won the women's 400 in 1 minute, 2.38 seconds and took firsts in the pole vault (8-0) and the triple jump (30-4 3/4). Thompson won the 100 hurdles in 17.95 and was second in the high jump (4-9) and the long jump (16-7). "We had girls get PRs and have a big day," Junta said. The second-year coach thinks he also has a better men's track and field team compared with a year ago. The problem is that Butte and Siskiyous are also a lot better than a year ago. The Roadrunners had more sprinters and were better in the throwing events. Instead of holding off Shasta like a year ago, Butte ran away with the team standings. "I feel we're stronger especially in the sprints this year," Junta said. "We weren't quite as strong on the throws or the distances, but overall as a team we were better." The Knights still had some strong results. Cole Johnston took second in the men's 100 in 11.33 seconds, finishing behind Butte's Darius Ray (11.15) and a reprisal of their 1-2 finish at the Northern Section Masters meet in 2008. Johnston was fifth in the 200 (23.23), while twin brother Kyle was fifth in the 100 (11.46) and third in the 200 (22.73). Both also ran the 1,600 relay team, but Butte barely edged Shasta for the win in 3:23.31. Shasta's time was 3:23.63. Shasta's Donavon Lackey won the 800 in 2:03.64, while Jake Kyle was second in both the 110 hurdles (16.91) and the 400 hurdles (59.00). Tyler Bowman was first in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:36.22). Ronny Soulliere was second in the triple jump (42-3 1/2) and third in the long jump (20-6 1/4). In throwing events, Marcus Sannadan won the men's shot put with a throw of 49-7 1/2. Teammate Eric Wright won the hammer throw with a toss of 174-4, a full 22 feet better than Siskiyous' Joshua Sanford who was second. Wright was third in the discus in 131-2 while Sannadan was fifth at 118-5. In the end, that still left them behind Butte. All that remains on the schedule now are the Northern California championships and the state meet. The NorCal Trials are scheduled for Friday at Diablo Valley Junior College. The NorCal Finals occur on May 8, also at DVC. The state meet is on May 15-16 at the College of San Mateo. Reporter Jeffrey Jen can be reached at 225-8228 or at

Shasta Women Place 6th Behind Lohse’s Big Day
(4/17/09-Concord) On April 17th, the Shasta College track team competed at the Harlan Anderson Memorial Inviational. The meet, which included 26 Colleges and Universities, was a tune up meet for the Golden Valley Championships which will be held on April 25th at Shasta College. The women were lead by Holly Lohse who had outstanding throws in the discus and shot put. Holly placed 2nd in the shot put in a mark of 41’ 7” and won the discus in a mark of 155’ 7”. Holly’s who is #2 in the state in the discus and #3 in the hammer throw, broke her discus school record in the event. Other positive marks were made by Amanda Potts who placed 3rd in the pole vault and 4th in the javelin. Jumper Alexis Han also placed 7th in the triple jump In the men’s competition, the men finished 13th. Outstanding performances were made by Eric Wright who placed 5th in the shot put with a mark of 45’ 11”. Cole Johnston also ran well in the 100M, placing 5th in a time of 11.08. His twin, Kyle, placed 6th in the 400M in a time of 50. 66. Jake Kyle also set season bests in both hurdle races placing 8th in running times of 17.09 and 58.92 respectively.

Knights Perform Well Behind Eric Wright's Big Day
(Modesto Invitational) Eric Wright had his best day yet in a Shasta College uniform.  The Sophomore from Eureka won the hammer throw (170-0) and placed 6th in the shot put, and 6th in the discus in the Modesto Invitational.  All three of his throws were personal bests.  Eric's hammer throw, a 25 foot improvment, puts him 3rd in the state.  "He has been hitting big throws in practice, he just needed to do it in a meet," said throws coach Kirk Ramage. The invitational which featured 15 junior colleges is one of largest early season junior college meets in California.  Other throwers to have success was Marcus Sannadan who placed fifth in the shot put with a mark of (45-8 1/2), Holly Lohse won the women's discus in 142-9 and was third in the shot put (38-4 1/2) and Amanda Potts took who took third in the javelin (108-8). In the sprints, twins Cole and Kyle Johnston, were third and fifth in the 100M with times of 10.93 and 11.16.  Kyle was also fourth in the 200 in 22.85.  Donavan Lackey also had a good performance in the 800M with a time of 2:02.

Shasta Invitational Form 2009

CSU-Chico Multi-event Results

CSU-Chico Relay Results

Jack Albiani Invitational Results

Sacramento Five Way Results