Stories from Kerry Benefield

On Oct. 9, just hours after fire blew through the campus, football coach Paul Cronin gained access to the school and started his march forward.
When area cross country coaches sat around Santa Rosa High co-coach Doug Courtemarche’s kitchen table Monday, they shared unofficial tallies of how many team members have lost their homes.
League officials said practices will start Wednesday if air quality is acceptable.
North Bay League official met for hours Saturday to hash out how to proceed with the remainder of the fall sports season in the wake of the deadly fires.
School has been closed and athletic events have been canceled indefinitely. But at one shelter in Petaluma, there was a definite feeling of team among evacuated student-athletes.
When their Petaluma school became an evacuation shelter, team texts started buzzing among athletes. There was no school, no practice, but there were things teammates could do together to help
The decision to cancel came down to safety, the North Bay League commissioner said.
Montgomery grad donated her $10,000 prize to the Hall Steps Foundation
Grismel Alonso-Soto, at 31, is not the typical college athlete. But her quest to live a healthier life brought her to the SRJC cross country team, where she's now the top runner.
The 2001 Montgomery grad believes she is running as well as she ever has. That is saying something, considering she is among the all-time great prep runners to ever come out of this area.