Saturday, July 04, 2015

Community sickened by arrest of Novato High School track coach for sex crimes

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Northern California incoming freshmen

Here is what I have so far as freshmen for the 2015/16 seasons. If you have any additions, please email them to me at albertjcaruana@gmail.com and I will add them to the list. You can also add their names, school for next year and their PRs in the comment section below.

Girls
Cassy Haskell - Miramonte.  4:44 for 1500m and 10:30 for 3000. Won Devil's Mountain 5K in 17:40 as a 7th grader.
Kate Tavella - San Ramon Valley. 4:56 for 1500.  5K in 18:35
Emma Tavella - San Ramon Valley.   5:19 for 1600  5K in 18:59.   Kate and Emma are twins
Jasmine Powell - Bishop O'Dowd. 2:19.3 for 800
Erin Hong - Piedmont 5:30 for 1600, 11:04 for 3000 and 19:36 for 5k

Boys
Preston Norris - Las Lomas.   4:24 for 1500 and 9:26 for 3000
Sean Carrick - Amador Valley.   5:02 for 1600m
Tommy Murphy - Bishop O'Dowd.  10:05 for 3000m
Cameron Meier - Granada.  5:08 for 1600m
Ryan Ma - Homestead 4:42 for 1600m
Caleb Foster - Albany 4:52 for 1600m
Colton Colonna - St. Francis, Mt. View 2:07.07 for 800, 4:27.56 for 1500 and 4:48.10 for 1600
Miles Worthen - Jesuit 2:15 for 800, 4:32 for 1500 and 9:52 for 3000
Rusell Sullivan - Foothill, Pleasanton 4:45 for 1500, 5:03 for 1600 and 10:31 for 3000

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Northern California Pre-Season Top 10 Teams (Boys and Girls)

Boys
1) Davis (SJS) One of top programs in NorCal. Great improvement during track season.
2) Bellarmine (CCS) Deepest team in NorCal. Lots of young talent to replace 2015 seniors.
3) St. Ignatius (CCS) Lose #1 (Ben Osipow) but everybody else is back.
4) Campolindo (NCS) Competitive year in, year out.
5) Jesuit (SJS) Resurgent team ready to compete at state level once again.
6) Willow Glen (CCS) Another deep CCS team that reloads yearly.
7) St. Francis, Mt. View (CCS) Will be tested by Bellarmine early and often.
8) Las Lomas (NCS) Will be led by two talented runners and ready to do damage in DFAL and NCS.
9) Monte Vista (NCS) Everybody is back looking for first section title since 2007.
10) College Park (NCS) One of top NCS teams returning top 5 runners.

Girls
1) Bella Vista (SJS) Finished 2nd in Division I last season and return majority of team.
2) Campolindo (NCS) Most consistent program with young runners ready to fill void.
3) Redwood (NCS) Best NorCal Division II team last season with 6th place state finish.
4) Davis (SJS) Led by one of the top runners in the nation with lots of depth behind her.
5) Monte Vista (NCS) Lots of talent returning with freshmen help on the way.
6) St. Francis, Sacramento (SJS) They lose their top 2 runners but everyone else is back.
7) Aptos (CCS) One of best programs in CCS that could challenge at state level in Division III.
8) St. Francis, Mt. View (CCS) Lots of returners make them favorite for CCS Div. II title.
9) Homestead (CCS) Tough Division I program that will be led by sophomore star.
10) Bishop O'Dowd (NCS) One of the top teams in NCS with tough divisional foe.

Comments on above teams encouraged. This is first version so highly possible that I missed a team or two. What teams deserve to move up? Who is going to contend for a top 3 finish at state? Who is looking good this summer? 

Bay Area Running Camp

We are excited to return for the 5th year to Portola Valley (Corte Madera School) on July 27th-July 31st. The cost of the camp is $350 ($300 for 5 or more teammates from the same school). Along with the great running trails, curriculum,awesome speakers (that include former Olympians) and counselors, campers will also receive a pair of training shoes, camp shirt, notebook, daily pre/post run snacks and much more. Any questions or interest in the team camp discount, email us at bayarearunningcamp@gmail.com.

We have had a great group of runners in the first four years that include some of the top runners in CCS, NCS and SJS. We will have over a 100 runners so you will definitely be able to find a group that matches your speed. Novice and elite runners both will be accommodated. Our counselors are also some of the best runners in colleges here in the Bay Area. We will finish the camp with a panel of runners who will be able to answer all your questions about running beyond high school.

If you are interested in taking your running to the next level, this is the camp for you. Any questions, please email us at the email address above.

If you have attended the camp before and would like to chime in on what you enjoyed about the camp, please do so below anonymously.

Don't miss out.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships

If you missed any or all of the events from this past week, you can find them archived at http://www.usatf.tv/. Although most of the distance races were tactical affairs, many ended up with fantastic finishes and lots of drama as to who made the world championship team.

What was the best distance race? Sprint race? Best performance in any event? Biggest surprise? Biggest upset? Most dominating effort?

Friday, June 26, 2015

California Cross Country CBEDs

1) Northern Section
2) North Coast Section
3) Sac Joaquin Section
4) San Francisco Section
5) Oakland Section
6) Central Coast Section Boys
7) Central Section
8) Los Angeles Section
9) Southern Section

The missing CBEDs will be added throughout the summer. If you have the links to those CBEDs, please email them to albertjcaruana@gmail.com and I will add those links.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Northern California Pre-Season Top 10 Individuals (Boys and Girls)

Boys
1) Sean Kurdy Jesuit (SJS) Senior
2) Andy Ehrenberg Redwood (NCS) Senior
3) Salem Bouhassoun Mission (SF) Senior
4) Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) Junior
5) Justin Robison Lynbrook (CCS) Senior
6) Michael Vernau Davis (SJS) Junior
7) David Frisbie John F. Kennedy, Fremont (NCS) Senior
8) Nick Downs Bishop O'Dowd (NCS) Senior
9) Kellen Browning Davis (SJS) Senior
10) Kevin Lehr St. Ignatius (CCS) Senior
Honorable Mention
Roman Munoz King City (CCS) Junior
Alex Glavin College Prep (NCS) Senior
Jordan Scobey Maria Carrillo (NCS) Senior
Luis Grijalva Armijo (SJS) Junior
Logan Taggart Oakmont (SJS) Senior
Zachary Katzman Skyline (OAK) Senior
Remington Breeze Vista del Lago (SJS) Senior

Girls
1) Fiona O'Keeffe Davis (SJS) Senior
2) Chloe Hansel Las Lomas (NCS) Senior
3) Brooke Starn Monte Vista (NCS) Senior
4) Cate Ratliff Santa Cruz (CCS) Senior
5) Morgan Coonfield McKinleyville (NCS) Senior
6) Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS) Sophomore
7) Elena Kamas Homestead (CCS) Sophomore
8) Megan McCandless Granada (NCS) Senior
9) Kendall Derry Bella Vista (SJS) Senior
10) Gillian Meeks Gunn (CCS) Senior
Honorable Mention
Caroline Gee Cupertino (CCS) Sophomore
Meredith Corda Monte Vista (NCS) Junior
Glennis Murphy Redwood (NCS) Junior
Niki Iyer Harker (CCS) Junior

Feel free to comment on the lists above. Who did I miss (perhaps honorable mentions)? Who should move up? Who are the state contenders in their division? 

Teams will be posted later this week.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mt. Pleasant senior to be, Darius Carbin

He jumped 7'0.25" today at Pacific Association USATF. Awesome jump! (2014 photo courtesy of Cardinal Track Club)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

2015 NCS Division III Pre-Season Rankings (Boys) by Campolindo Assistant coach, Andy Lindquist

Overview: Much like in 2013, the 2014 cross country season was another epic battle between Bishop O’Dowd and Campolindo for the NCS DIII team title. In one of the most interesting races in recent memory, ‘Campo’ managed to pull off the win over O’Dowd despite having no runner place in the top 7. It was a true team effort as the Cougars had an exceptional pack margin of 29 seconds between their 1st and 5th finisher. This was enough to counteract O’Dowd’s fearsome front 3 who all placed ahead of Campo’s #1. With Bishop O’Dowd graduating the majority of its team, it looks like there will be a new challenger who will try to unseat Campolindo as they attempt for a 3-peat. The last team to win 3 in a row in this division was (you guessed it) Campolindo back in 2003-2005. The next challengers to the Cougar’s supremacy are old rivals: Piner, who is moving back up into DIII after 3 seasons in DIV, and Petaluma, who is on the rise again after being dormant for the past 4 seasons. Both of these programs have been major rivals to Campolindo over the years and will no doubt put pressure on ‘Chuck’s Army’ yet again this upcoming season. DFAL rivals Las Lomas and Miramonte figure to factor into the remaining state meet slots, but will have to have great summers in order to challenge the depth of the top 3 teams.

1. Campolindo: After being the underdogs for the majority of the past 2 seasons, the machine known to many as ‘Chuck’s Army’ are firmly installed as the favorites to secure their 3rd straight NCS team title as they return 5 out of their top 7 from last season, plus add in a great deal of promising young upstarts. Leading the way is precocious junior to be JJ Yabu who seems ready to continue the legacy of past Campolindo greats (Thomas Joyce/Aidan Goltra) and battle it out for the individual title after an astonishing track season in which he dipped under 4:30 in the 1600 (4:29) and roared to a 9:29 in the 3200, both exceptional times for a sophomore. Right on his heels is veteran Nathaniel Sauerberg whose 4:31/9:41 performances in the 1600/3200 will provide an even greater front end presence for the cougars. As usual, Campo has a crazy amount of depth with Ray Diaz (4:38/10:05), Gabriel Valverde-Turner (10:05), Richard Gong (4:40/10:13), and Kyle Flett (4:46/10:23), all excelling this track season in the 1600/3200 on the frosh/soph level and will look to move up and make a massive impact on varsity this fall. Varsity veteran Miguel Baliwag was right there as well with his 4:44/10:15 performances in the 1600/3200 giving Campo an impressive 7 returners at or below 10:15 for the 3200. The biggest x factor for the Cougars is senior Jonathan Semenza who dazzled during last XC season, running 16:19 at the state meet as the #2 finisher for Campo. He appeared to struggle at times during the track season, ‘only’ managing to run 4:38 and 10:02 in the 1600/3200. If he can continue to improve and regain his form of a year ago, the Cougars become even more deadly. As it stands now, Chuck’s Army is the favorite to take home the team title, much of the chagrin of the countless detractors and critics who anonymously bash the program for its success.  
 
2. Piner: After a few down years it appears that Piner is back on the upswing in a big way this coming cross country season. It was not too long ago that the Prospectors were one of the top teams in the NCS, pushing Campolindo to the brink at the 2011 NCS meet and then knocking off the Cougars for the final podium spot a week later at the state meet. Look for a similar battle to ensue this year as Piner has their sights set on reeling in Campolindo. While some teams struggle when moving up divisions it would appear that Piner will have no trouble in this regard and have clearly shown a wicked improvement curve this track season; don’t let their 7th place finish in Division IV last year fool you: the Prospectors are a force to be reckoned with this fall. Senior Aidan Carpenter raced to a 4:31 this track season to firmly plant him as a legit frontrunner, while fellow senior Jacob Hayes also dipped under the 4:40 barrier, running 4:36 in the 1600. Jonny Vargas ran exceptionally well for a freshmen this track season clocking 4:41/9:54 in the 1600/3200 and should be a big factor for the Prospectors as they aim to close the gap on their opponents. Backing up this talented trio are seniors Brian Loung (4:40 1600) and Eduardo Calderon (4:42/10:11 1600/3200) who give Piner a fairly tight pack margin to work with. So long as this group can coalesce and work on training and racing together as a team their impressive improvement curve should continue. At this point in time Piner looks to be in great position to make a return to the state meet and the team with the tools necessary to reel in defending champion Campolindo.

3. Petaluma: Before Piner, the Trojans of Petaluma were the natural rivals to Campolindo in this division, narrowly losing to them in one of the greatest showdowns in sectional history at the 2008 NCS meet. The next two years Petaluma halted the Cougar’s title hopes, taking home the team title in both the 2009 and 2010 seasons. The following season a coaching change took place, bringing with it a downturn which has seen the Trojans fail to qualify to the state meet as a team the past 4 seasons. Look for that to change this year as former Petaluma standout Cole Yungert has turned things around in a big way. Ultra talented freshmen twins Will (4:33/1:57 1600/800) and Jack Dunbar (4:34 1600) thrived this spring and will no doubt continue their momentum this fall, giving Petaluma two impressive frontrunners. Sophomore PJ Lynch also notched a big improvement around the oval rocketing to a 4:42 1600 while junior veteran Edden Yashar also made progress running 4:47 in the 1600. Rounding out the upstart crew is another legit underclassman in sophomore Rory Rodgers (4:50 1600) giving Petaluma the depth needed to make a move up this list. Right now Petaluma is only a few steps behind Piner so a big summer and a big breakout by any of the aforementioned athletes could close the gap considerably.
 
4. Las Lomas: The Knights impressed last fall, managing to grab 3rd place at the NCS meet, only 7 points back of runner up Bishop O’Dowd, and 18 points back of 1st place Campolindo. Look for a similar situation this year as Las Lomas returns their entire top 5. Leading the way as usual are Tom Robey and Danny Jervis who ran exceptionally well during the track season, both clocking identical performances of 4:25 in the 1600. After that the rest of the returners seemed to stagnate as Kyle Ivy (4:53 1600) and Tristian Chung (10:43 3200) put up respectable times but were not factors in those events by the end of the season. However, track times do not always correlate to cross country success, so look for both of them to rebound this fall. Ultra talented freshmen Reese Liberman put up solid times in the 1600 and 3200 (4:52/10:35) to give the Knights the foundation needed to catch up to the top teams in this division. In order for Las Lomas to close in on the 3 teams ranked ahead of them it will take a commitment to pulling the 3-4-5 scorers closer to their lead duo, as a weakness at those scoring positions will lead to an inflated score come championship season.

5. Miramonte: The Matadors lose a lot from graduation but the talent pool is still deep enough to put them in great position to make the state meet. Christian Gonzalez made his mark in the middle distances this track season, rolling to a 1:56 in the 800m to make the final at the NCS Meet of Champions. He showed his great aerobic strength as well, running 4:30 in the 1600. Backing him up are the Bull brothers: Pete (10:07), Edward (10:15), and James (10:36) who all posted respectable times in the 3200 during the track season. Behind them it looks like Kyle Finger (10:44 3200) is the next one up. Miramonte always has a large team which will no doubt give them plenty of more talent to back up this crew moving forward.

On the bubble: Bishop O’Dowd, Acalanes, San Rafael, Albany

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

2015 NorCal Track and Field Awards

Now that the 2015 Track and Field season is practically complete, here are my awards for this past Track and Field season.
Feel free to share your comments below.

Most Valuable Runner (boys)-John McDonald Lincoln, Stockton (SJS)
Most Valuable Field (boys)-Austin Laut Oak Ridge (SJS)
Most Valuable Runner (girls)-Fiona O'Keeffe Davis/Mecca McGlaston Dublin (NCS)
Most Valuable Field (girls)-Elena Bruckner Valley Christian SJ (CCS)

Most Impressive Performance (boys' relay team)-Davis (SJS) 4x400 & 4x800 Relays
Most Impressive Performance (girls' relay team)-St. Mary's Berkeley (NCS) 4x400 Relay

Most Improved Track & Field Athlete (boys)-Elijah Lucy Emery (NCS)/Ross Walker Del Campo (SJS)/Salem Bouhassoun Mission (SF)
Most Improved Track & Field Athlete (girls)-Elena Bruckner Valley Christian SJ (CCS)

Lifetime Achievement Award (boys)-Steven Sum Saratoga(CCS)
Lifetime Achievement Award (girls)-Chloe Jenkins St. Mary's Berkeley (NCS)/Brighie Leach Campolindo (NCS)

Buster Posey (rookie of the year)-Alex Scales Bellarmine (CCS)
Buster Posey (rookie of the year)-Kirsten Carter Santa Rosa (NCS)/Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS)

Sprint Coach of the Year: Jay Lawson St. Mary's Berkeley (NCS)
Distance Coach of the Year (boys): Bill Gregg Davis (SJS)/Pat McCrystle Bellarmine (CCS)
Distance Coach of the Year (girls): Chuck Woolridge Campolindo (NCS0
Hurdle Coach of the Year: Mike Papadopoulos Vacaville (SJS)
Jumps Coach of the Year: Jeff Rogers St. Mary's Berkeley (NCS)
Throws Coach of the Year: Arpedge RolleValley Christian SJ (CCS)

Any other awards?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NBA Champions!


Assistant Cross Country coaches needed

Crystal Springs Uplands School (CCS) is looking for two cross country assistant coaches for the 2015 fall season.  CSUS competes in Division 5. This is for the 2015-2016 school year. A passion for distance running, a positive attitude, and running experience is a plus.  Practice will start at the end of August and will run until the end of November. Stipend is available. Interested individuals should send a resume with references to Michael Flynn at MFlynn@crystal.csus.org.

Monday, June 15, 2015

NCS Division III Pre-Season Rankings (Girls) by Campolindo Assistant coach, Andy Lindquist

Overview: Like many previous years, the 2014 cross country season saw the vaunted Campolindo machine tear through the season, capturing the programs 12th NCS title on the girls side and landing a 2nd place finish at the state meet, its 11th podium finish. While losing the core of last year’s team, the Cougars still return enough talented runners to make a lot of noise and capture its 3rd straight section title. However, Bishop O’Dowd, last year’s runner up, returns a strong contingent of girls, many of whom had mind blowing personal bests at the end of the track season, putting them in a great position to capture the team title. The two other teams who advanced to the state meet from last year; Las Lomas and Tamalpais both return the majority of their squads to put them in contention for state meet births as well. As usual, freshmen/transfers will make a big impact on the outcome of the season but for now these are how things stand.

1. Bishop O’dowd
The Dragons are poised to fly even higher this season and look to improve on their runner up finish at last year’s meet as well as improve on their 4th place finish at the state meet. Grace Taylor spearheads the attack for O’Dowd with her times of 5:03 and 10:54 in the1600/3200 being the top marks posted by any individual in this division during track. Junior Jourdan Amen continued to be solid during track as well running 11:22 in the 3200. What really gives O’Dowd the advantage in the team race is the remarkable late season improvement by Linnea Gullikson and Madison Burke who both unleashed big personal bests in the 3200 at the Bay Shore meet, with both of them running identical times of 11:50 in that event. Right behind them is Emma Wawrzynek who clocked solid times of 5:36 and 12:04 in the 1600/3200 giving the dragons some fearsome depth. Rounding out the returners are veterans Kaelyn Shirley (5:36 1600) and Natalia Brusco (5:42/12:11 1600/3200). With the staggering depth coming back, Bishop O’Dowd is poised to end Campolindo’s steak and capture their first NCS title since 2004. However it will take a commitment to bringing up the younger members of the team to the rigors of competing at the varsity level and working on running together as a cohesive unit. 

2. Campolindo:
While the Cougars only return 3 runners from last year’s NCS title team, an epic track season has once again planed “Chuck’s Army” in great position for the 2015 season. Leading the way is senior Hana Sun, who impressed this spring running 5:08 in the 1600 and 10:59 in the 3200 and should provide a much needed low stick in the team score. A trio of underclassmen also impressed during the spring as Jenna Miles 5:23/11:29, Bella Chao 5:37/12:15 and Hannah Ruane 5:17/11:13 give the Cougars some great depth. Veteran Emma Ishida continued her steady improvement curve as well, running 5:33 and 12:13 in the 1600/3200. The wild card yet again for Campo is senior Sarah Cella, who came alive during the closing stages of this past track season to run 2:14 in the 800, finishing 4th in the event at MOC. Considering she has been a varsity scorer for the team the past 2 seasons, the potential is there. While Bishop O’Dowd has fashioned a small lead in this division going into the season, Campolindo has the necessary tools to reel them in if they can focus on honing down the margin between their 4th-5th scoring positions.   

3. Las Lomas
The Knights look to continue their recent string of time success and make it to the state meet for the 6th year in a row. Leading the charge yet again is defending section/state champion Chloe Hansel, who will give the knights a low stick in every race, a valuable asset in team competition. Veteran Sydney Polich impressed during the track season, breaking the 12:00 barrier in the 3200 and running 5:19 in the 1600 while Junior to be Elise Stankus also had a solid spring in running 5:29/12:20 for 1600/3200. In addition, twin sisters Emma (5:36/12:29) and Katie (5:38/11:59) Saenger both excelled during the track season in the 1600/3200 pointing to some great potential this upcoming fall. The biggest challenge for Las Lomas will be closing down the gap between Hansel and the rest of the scoring pack. If an effort can be made to work on bringing the 2-5 scoring back closer to the front of races it will pay huge dividends for the team score. However, at this point in time, Las Lomas has done enough to position themselves in the hunt for a berth to state and a medal position (top 3) at the NCS finals. 
    
4. Tamalpais
Tam came on strong at the end of last cross country season to grab a 3rd place finish at the NCS meet and advance to the state meet for the first time since they have been in D3. The red tailed hawks continued that momentum this spring as frontrunner Lizzy Labeeuw-Anderson made it all the way to the NCS MOC finals in the 1600, running a personal best of 5:12 to put her in contention for a top 10 finish at the section meet this upcoming season. Junior Kate Miekley will look to improve upon her 13th place finish at last year’s NCS meet, with her 5:21 clocking in the 1600 this spring pointing to good things in the future. Behind those two are the tandem of Meghan Tanel and Olivia Phillips who put up respectable 1600 times of 5:35 and 5:30 to help bolster the ever important pack margin. The big wild card appears to be Megan Bartschat, who impressed this spring in running 11:39 in the 3200, a performance which indicates that big things are in store for her after some more consistent training this summer. As it stands now Tam is just a few steps behind Las Lomas and with a great summer of training could move up considerably.  

On the bubble: Miramonte, Acalanes, Albany