Monday, September 25, 2017

Northern California Cross Country Rankings #2

THIS WILL BE UPDATED LATER TODAY (MONDAY-9/15/17). In the meantime, please let me know if any teams are missing or need to be moved up or down.
Now that we have had a few races, we can start to narrow our focus on the top teams in the Northern part of the state. It is still quite difficult to shorten the list to 10 so here is my best attempt to date. Please let me know if I missed any team or if any of the teams below should be moved up or down.
1) Dublin (NCS) Division II
2) Granada (NCS) Division II
3) St. Francis, Mt. View (CCS) Division II
4) Willow Glen (CCS) Division II
5) Bellarmine (CCS) Division I
6) Maria Carrillo (NCS) Division III
7) De La Salle (NCS) Division II
8) Homestead (CCS) Division I
9) Jesuit (SJS) Division I
10) Del Campo (SJS) Division III

Also under consideration:
McClatchy (SJS) Division I
Bella Vista (SJS) Division II
Sir Francis Drake (NCS) Division IV
Rocklin (SJS) Division II
Whitney (SJS) Division II

1) Granada (NCS) Division II
2) Davis (SJS) Division I
3) St. Francis, Sacramento (SJS) Division II
4) Santa Cruz (CCS) Division IV
5) Campolindo (NCS) Division III
6) Aptos (CCS) Division III
7) Maria Carrillo (NCS) Division III
8) Homestead (CCS) Division I
9) San Ramon Valley (NCS) Division II
10) Vista del Lago (SJS) Division III

Also under consideration:
Presentation (CCS) Division II
Oak Ridge (SJS) Division I
Oakland Tech (OAK) Division I
Rio Americano (SJS) Division III

Comments welcome and encouraged. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Northern California Results

Ghebray Invitational results: NEW

Dana Hills Invitational results: NEW (Granada girls best in Southern CA meet)

Bill Springhorn Classic results: NEW

Pacific Tiger XC Invitational results (Mascot race not included): NEW

PSAL #1 at Crystal Springs course results:

BVAL Mount Hamilton #2 results:

STAL #2 results:

MBL Gabilan Center Meet #1 results:

9/20 Meets from Redwood Empire results

CVC Results (SJS)-Whitney takes varsity race while Bella Vista boys impressive in their race.

Peninsula Athletic League #1 Results (Carlmont sweeps both varsity races at HMB):

Bay Counties League Group 1 and 2 Results (Lick-Wilmerding boys now #1 in Div V in CA)

Other results? Send them my way ( or post link below.

Viking Opener video thanks to Casa Grande coach, Carl Triola

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Central Coast Section Team Rankings posted 9/20/17

Thanks to our fearless leaders, Hank Lawson and Walt Van Zant, here are the top 15 teams in CCS regardless of division for both boys and girls:

Are there teams that we missed? Should any teams be moved up higher or lower? Comments welcome.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday Smörgåsbord

I know we all enjoy seeing our sport covered in local newspapers. When it comes to the paper that covers cross country and track and field the best, the Santa Cruz Sentinel is right there at the top. Check out the link below as the Sentinel gives us a SCCAL preview that includes one of the best teams in NorCal, the Santa Cruz girls.

Girls Preview:

You can also check out interviews I have done in the past with 3 coaches mentioned in the article:
Greg Brock, Santa Cruz coach
Dan Gruber, Aptos coach
Doug Chase, Soquel coach (formerly Scotts Valley)

Thanks to Malcolm Slaney, you can check out the album from the meet at this link:

For those of you that love stats, Track and Field updated their list of high school all-time mile lists for prep only races. Cooper Teare made the list four times, just last season alone.

For those of you that follow teams in the Redwood Empire area, you are very familiar with Jim Crowhurst and all his great work through the years. You can now continue to follow Jim at the link below.

As always, if you ever have anything interesting to share that I could post on this site, please send it my way at If there are athletes and/or coaches that you would like to see interviewed, please let me know as well. Lastly, if you have ideas that would make this site even better, feel free to drop me an email.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

2017 Earlybird Invitational Summary

Picture-perfect conditions welcomed our 80 schools and over 3,000 entries for the 22ndAnnual Earlybird Invitational at the newly re-opened Toro Park in Salinas.
The early risers had the opportunity to meet and greet our special guests right before the open race. North Monterey County Coach Jackie Henderson tragically passed away in July and her mother and cousin flew in from New York to meet and support our athletes at the meet dedicated in her honor. Jackie truly looked down upon all today as tears and laughter filled the park throughout the packed-house event.
The open race was a nice start and the middle schoolers really showed in full force for their races. Although we give medals to the top kids, we don’t do results for them but we may need to start doing them with such an increase in field size and competition for the young pups.
The frosh girls kicked off the main portion of the event with a nice showing putting 8 girls under 20:00! Audrey Reed (19:20-Live Oak) held off all challengers to get her first meet win and gives Live Oak a nice addition along with their established star. Emily Minjares (19:23-Lincoln) wasn’t on our radar but certainly deserved to be with her runner-up effort. The ladies from Palo Alto made their Earlybird debut one to remember with their first team win (73 pts.).
For the frosh boys, we had Kevin Andrews (16:24-Los Altos) pegged as the heavy favorite and he didn’t disappoint with a fantastic effort early on. He ran away from this field and left runner up Christian Yarwood (16:55-Bellarmine) over 30 seconds back. Kevin is certainly a rising-star and made his effort look very easy. Bellarmine (66 pts.) ran away from everyone in the team race winning by 89 points! That’s usually unheard of at meets this size. The Bell army marches on.
The sophomore girls didn’t want the 9th graders to show them up and punched 10 girls under20:00 to best the rookies by 2! Oriana Jalal (19:13-Cupertino) was another pre-meet favorite who held true to form and held off the fierce upset-minded challenger in Tevah Gevelber (19:16-Castilleja). Team-wise, the young ladies from Carlmont (47 pts.) ran away with an almost 30 point victory with the lowest team score of the day!
The sophomore boys made it 3 for 4 on pre-meet favorites as Garrett Macquiddy (16:00-Westmont) just missed breaking the very difficult 16:00 barrier by one tick of the clock and will surely return to the park with that goal in mind next time. He had to fend off the most competitive bunch as Ethan Dodge (16:02-Whitney), Marco Del Canto (16:04-Willow Glen), and Adam Sage (16:05-Los Altos) were all within 5 seconds of the winner! A full three years of these youngsters locking horns. Willow Glen (91 pts.) got their fine day started with their first team win in fine style winning by 30 points.
The junior girls lost the sub 20:00 challenge to the younger girl’s races with only 7 girls under but sparkled up-front with 3 girls under 19:00!! Quinn Hagerman (18:32) was our upset pick coming from the heat and she didn’t disappoint with her fine run in the cool Salinas breeze. Emma Madgic (18:44-Aragon) was one of the favorites and held form with a nice 2 second runner-up effort. Our third shining star, Lila Roake (18:49-Santa Cruz), put pressure on the senior girls to match the three deep up-front fireworks we saw here! It takes an 18:15 to make the all-time top 25 Toro Park list and this trio now has that mark square in their sights. Monta Vista (49 pts.) provided yet another huge lop-sided team win by 61 points! Great team running.
The junior boys gave us the first sub 16:00 clocking of the day with Owen MacKenzie (15:39-Los Altos) and Henry Saul (15:50-Palo Alto) etching their names into the list of elite runners that have done so. They both were pegged as surprise upsets and they did just that after overtaking the hot early pace set by defending champ Victor Ochoa (16:04-Madera South). Victor held off valiantly as Chris Anderson (16:04-SLV), Sam Lavorato (16:05-Palma), and Maximiliano Chavez (16:05-Cupertino) closed fast to make it close at the end. Unfortunately, as sometimes happens, the finish tags were not sorted properly in the chute and only the top 95 individuals are believed to be correct times. Bellarmine (30 pts) is the unofficial team winner with only those individuals scoring but we are confident they were on their way to their 2nd team win of the day with four guys in the top 18!   
The senior girls had the biggest names on tap and had the most festive race as the DJ had spectators dancing while the four-year runners made their last Earlybird tour. We knew Mari Friedman (17:57-Santa Cruz) was fit after her mind-boggling 17:41 first race effort at Toro last week. She pulled away easily in this one and ran away from an elite field to win by 19 seconds. Two sub 18:00 efforts in back to back weeks sets the CCS 800 meter champ up nicely for her senior campaign. Joyce Shea (Gunn-18:16 upset some bigger names to snag a coveted runner-up spot here. Kaylah Grant (18:20-Live Oak) indeed held on for a fast time and sets her 2017 season nicely. Marea Zlatunich (18:23-Aptos) came in with the best credentials and can’t be too disappointed with her nice showing for her first real test. Watch for her later in the season.  The senior girls were not going to be denied and blew everyone away with 13 girls under 20:00! All in all, 38 girls under 20:00 is not too shabby for an early season meet! The ladies came to run today! The senior girls also got sick of team blow-outs and made it a rare result with 3 teams separated by 2 points! Whitney (72 pts.) traveled far and was rewarded winning a 1-point decision over (Santa Cruz 73 pts.) and a 2-point win over Gunn (74 pts.). A great team battle indeed.
Finally, the seniors closed the curtain on a great meet by producing one of the fastest individual times in park history! Highly touted Meikael Beaudoin-Rosseau (15:17-Bellarmine) didn’t disappoint. He came to run hard early on and blew the doors off the competition throwing down a time that now ranks him as the 7th fastest ever at the park. Interesting that Bellarmine with all their team success didn’t have an individual in the top 25 all-time at Toro Park before today. Now they certainly have that in Meikael as he sets his sights on bigger fish down the road and a very achievable shot at the park record of 15:02. Zach Walker (15:48-Willow Glen) got his second Earlybird runner-up spot in fine style as well. Seth Garcia (15:51-Madera South) adds a 3rd place to his two meet wins this season. Ryan Wilson (15:54-Carlmont) and Jorge Estrella (15:58-Andrew Hill) made it a fab-five day for them with nice sub16:00 efforts. Willow Glen (53 pts.) saw what the senior girls did and decided to also win a 1-point decision over runner-up Bellarmine (54 pts.)! We saved the closest team races for the end and ended the meet in great style.
Overall, the fastest team times came from a merged result. The ladies from Santa Cruz (95:15) came, took names, and walked off with the 3rd fastest team-time ever at Toro Park. They happen to hold the park record (94:30) as well so look for them to challenge that record down the road. Last week they ran 97:26 so things are pointing to a new course record soon by this veteran line-up led by one of California’s best. Aptos (99:54) ran well for second here and has the most room to improve down the road to make another magical run this season. Their veteran crew will develop as their aces are just getting started. Carlmont (101:20) broke all the form charts and beat many ranked teams.   
The Willow Glen Rams (81:24) were coming off a sub-par showing and had a nice bounce-back effort here.  It was enough to give the host school (North Monterey County-81:10-2003) a little scare almost taking them off the all-time top 10 team marks. The time is a new school record for Willow Glen making them a formidable opponent at the section and state levels. They will certainly crack the top 10 all-time team times list soon. Bellarmine (81:32) kept it close with a crew not at full-strength today. Give the Bells a few weeks and you will see a much different, record breaking monster once the injuries and illnesses are long gone. They feature the top individual in this part of California and certainly have the fire-power to climb the elite charts once again and take a crack at the park record (79:31). Los Altos (82:00) took advantage of their new young horse in the stable and will ride that momentum up the rankings.
The top combined program of the day goes to the team with the best showing across all 8 races. Not counting the junior boys (which we think Bellarmine won) due to the timing error, the 2017 meet gave us a thrilling 4 team tie! Earlybird veterans Bellarmine, Willow Glen, and Carlmont welcomed meet newcomer Whitney and they will all share the overall best program title this year! Willow Glen got to take the plaque home today with their 2 race wins but the other three teams can expect their hardware to arrive soon.
We want to thank all the athletes and coaches for making the meet a special event. We especially want to thank the over 80 volunteers for their service. Without them it would not be possible! And finally, we want to thank Coach Jackie Henderson’s mom for making the trip from New York to be with us as we honored and remembered her daughter. Now we see where Jackie got it from. We invite everyone to #RunlikeJackie in 2017!
Thanks for coming!!  
Coach Gustavo Ibarra
Earlybird Meet Director
Results can be found on our new meet website at;

Thursday, September 14, 2017

De La Salle Invitational Meet Preview

You can now find the meet preview courtesy of De La Salle assistant coach, Tony Roberts, at this LINK.

Let us know if any individuals or teams were missed or deserve mention before the meet this coming Saturday.

Benefield: Down syndrome won’t slow this Santa Rosa High cross country runner

You can check out that newspaper article found in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat at this LINK.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

2017 Earlybird Invitational Preview by Coach Gustavo Ibarra

You can find that preview at this LINK

Thanks to Gus for another awesome preview for his meet coming up Saturday, September 16th at Toro Park.

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