Stories from Kerry Benefield

Benefield: Maria Carrillo alum DiRado seeks one more shot at Olympics

If this is indeed Maya DiRado's swan song, she picked a pretty good time for her final flight.

Benefield: Cross country runners getting an early start

Many high school runners are spending their summer months readying for fall competition, which coaches say is key.

Benefield: Sonoma County's top cycling advocate ready to shift gears

Gary Helfrich doesn’t get to ride his bike as much as he’d like these days, which is odd because he’s the executive director of the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition.

Benefield: These cross country athletes can master courses outdoors and in the classroom

You’d be forgiven if you cut the Middletown High School cross country team a break this year. You’d be wrong to do that.

Benefield: Montgomery grad running toward Olympics

Track star Kim Conley is setting her sights on the Summer Games after making her Olympics debut four years ago in London.

Benefield: Former Empire soccer star concentrating on game overseas

After graduating from Arizona State last month, Sara Tosti moved to Sweden, where she plays on a Division 3 squad.

Benefield: Local rowers ready for shot at national championships

Ben Holm and Ryan Cardiff have been a pair team for only a few months, but they’re showing a knack for winning.

Benefield: Disconnected Cavs no match for Golden State harmony

LeBron James gave presents to his teammates as motivation before Sunday's Game 2 loss.

Benefield: Can one moment really decide the outcome of a game?

The Maria Carrillo baseball team was one pitch away from a trip to the North Coast Section championship game this weekend.

Benefield: Santa Rosa High senior's shot put, like her life, goes the distance

When Deborah Fry launched the shot a personal-best 38 feet to secure a place at the state meet, she had an immediate, painful decision to make.

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