Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Northern Section pre-season Cross Country rankings

"Here are my pre-season rankings for the Northern Section based on section cross country and track results from last year." Scott Fairley, West Valley coach

You can check out my interview with coach Fairley from April 2014 at this LINK.

1.       Kelly Koehnen (12) Hamilton
2.       Karly Gutermuth (12) Trinity
3.       Morgan Gregory (11) UPrep
4.       Naomi Renfroe (12) Red Bluff
5.       Meri Krier (12) Yreka

1.       Shasta
2.       Yreka
3.       Sutter
4.       University Prep
5.       Foothill

1.       Andrew Skoy (12) Shasta
2.       Jack Emanuel (12) Chico
3.       Brian Hastings (11) Las Plumas
4.       Michael Cramer (12) UPrep
5.       Chris Meeder (12) West Valley

1.       University Prep
2.       Shasta
3.       Chico
4.       Yreka
5.       West Valley

Note from Lowell Invitational meet director Andy Leong

The following was sent to teams that have switched from The Earlybird Invitational to the Lowell Invitational.

I need a couple of days to figure out how many schools I can accept to the meet.  Prior to Earlybird being cancelled, we were already approaching the all time high in number of schools.   

If you haven't already, please give me an estimate as to how many runners you will have per division.  I may have to ask the larger teams to limited what you can run.

If you have somehow been able to get on to the registration page on directathletics, please do not enter any names till I give the OK.

Andy Leong
Meet Director
Lowell Invite

Monday, August 22, 2016

***2016 Earlybird has been cancelled***

We regret to inform everyone that the 2016 Earlybird Invitational has been cancelled. The Soberanes fire containment date has moved more than a month later than originally predicted and Toro Park will be occupied by firefighters for the foreseeable future.  Be assured that we looked into all alternative options possible but we were not able to find any. Please make alternative plans for September 10th.

I want to thank all the teams that had committed to coming. We had the biggest and most competitive line-up of teams for our 22nd annual event. Special thanks to Saugus and Martin Luther King who were planning to make the trek from the southern part of the state and were bringing some of the top tradition rich programs in the state to face the best the northern part of the state has to offer. Please cancel any payments for the meet at this time and we will be sending your already received checks back to you ASAP.
Finally, traditionally we have had Earlybird the Saturday after Labor Day. For 2017 we will break with tradition and host the "Not So Early Earlybird" at Toro Park on the following SaturdayThe 22nd Annual Earlybird will be Saturday, September 16th, 2017. This will allow some top programs who prefer to wait one more week before racing to come to the meet. Please mark your calendars and we will surely make the 2017 meet the best with fire on the course where it belongs!

Best of luck this season to all the teams and athletes and please let me know if you have any questions.
Coach Ibarra
Earlybird Meet Director

Sunday, August 21, 2016

2016 Rio Olympics

Now that all the events are officially over, it's time to look back at the just completed 2016 Summer Olympics.

What was your favorite event(s)? Could be non Track and Field sport.
What was the biggest surprise for you?
What athlete or team did you cheer the hardest for from home (or wherever you watched the event)?
Who was most impressive?
What Olympian would you like to sit down and have a beer (or non-alcoholic beverage) with?
What was most disappointing about these Olympics?
Anything else you would want to add.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Mt. Pleasant High School searching for Head Track & Field coach

Mt.Pleasant HS in San Jose is looking for a head Track and Field coach.  Traditionally, one of the top programs in the Central Coast Section. Contact athletic director Eric Rocha at Rochae@esuhsd.org

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Update on the Earlybird Invitational

Greetings Earlybird coaches!
As many of you know, the Soberanes Fire is roaring just south of us. Their containment date is the end of this month but that could obviously change. At this time, Toro Park is being used as a base camp for the firefighters and is closed to any other use.
So, for now, after looking at all our options and restrictions including other dates and locations, we have decided to stick to the plan.
Earlybird is still set for September 10th at Toro Park.
IF the fire is not contained and the park is not reopened by then the meet will be cancelled.
We will obviously let you know as soon as we know but we are crossing our fingers at this point that all will be well and the meet will be on.
I know we have teams traveling from far away and I wanted to make sure we gave everyone the heads up of the possibility of the meet being cancelled.
For now, stick to the plan and make sure your athletes are registered on athletic.net by the deadline on 9/6/16 by 8 PM. Also, continue to send in payments and we can cancel checks or mail them back if the meet is cancelled.
If you need any information please visit the meet webpage
The meet competition is the best we have ever seen and I know your teams and kids will enjoy the meet! The meet preview story will be out the week of the meet.
If you have any questions please email me gusibarra@netscape.net
Gustavo Ibarra, 
North Monterey County
Earlybird Meet Director

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ask the Coach

Now that we are into August, I am moving up the ever popular "Ask the Coach" to the top of this page. If you have any questions in regards to summer running, the upcoming cross country season, training questions or anything that you want answered, please add your question below in the comment section.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sportsmanship at the Olympics

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Bay Area ties for two Olympic Gold Medalists

Yesterday, two athletes recorded two of the bigger upsets that you will see at the 2016 Olympics. They both have Bay Area ties.

In the pool, Maya DiRado won the 200m backstroke with a great finish to defeat 3 time gold medalist Katinka Hosszu of Hungary. You can check out the finish to that race at this LINK. Maya attended Maria Carrillo HS and Stanford University. You can check out her bio at this LINK. Her dad Ruben (below, far left) was an assistant coach on the Cross Country and Track & Field teams.
On the track, Michelle Carter won the gold medal in the shot put on her last throw. The mark was a new American Record and was the first gold medal for an American woman in the event. Her dad Michael, was a former 49er. He won the silver medal in the shot put at the LA Olympics in 1984. He joined the 49ers immediately after the summer games and was part of their Superbowl winning team. It's the only time that an athlete has won an Olympic medal and a Superbowl in the same year. Michael and Michelle at one time both held the high school records in the shot put. Michelle's mark was surpassed recently by fellow Olympian Raven Saunders. Michael's record (81'3.5") still stands and some consider it the greatest high school Track & Field record of all. You can check out the video below from his throws from the 1981 Golden West Invitational.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Top Cross Country programs in Northern California

This was posted on July 22, 2011. What programs should be considered to the following list now that we are approaching the 2016 season?
The following is a list of cross country programs in Northern California who have won multiple section titles and have been consistently successful in the past decade.  As with any list, it's possible I may have left deserving teams so if you feel other teams should have been listed as well, feel free to add those schools in the comment section below.  The coaches listed next to the schools are their current coach for this coming season.  The teams are listed in alphabetical order.

Aptos CCS Dan Gruber
Bellarmine CCS Patrick McCrystle
Bella Vista SJS Harold Kuphaldt (boys)/Melanie Cleland (girls)
Bret Harte SJS Keith Maurer
Campolindo NCS Chuck Woolridge
Carlmont CCS Jennifer Randazzo
Carmel CCS John Ables
Castro Valley NCS Dooney Jones
Chico NS Kevin Girt
College Park NCS Christina Pennes
Davis SJS Bill Gregg
De La Salle NCS John Pelster
Del Campo SJS Bob King
Del Oro SJS Kevin Ostenberg
Enterprise NS Jim Deaver
Granite Bay SJS Angie Pozzi (now coached by Carla Kehoe)
Gunn CCS Matt Tompkins (now coached by Patti Sue Plumer)
Half Moon Bay CCS Paul Farnsworth
Jesuit SJS Walt Lange
Los Gatos CCS Matt Snee(boys)/Margaret Hulgrave(girls)
Lowell SF Michael Prutz
Maria Carrillo NCS Greg Fogg
Monte Vista NCS Mike Davis
Mt. Shasta NS Steve Nesheim
Mt. View CCS Jim Bordoni
North Monterey County CCS Charles Pierce
Oak Ridge SJS Rob Fairley
Petaluma NCS Jim Lynch
Placer SJS Randall Fee
Pleasant Valley NS David Mosier
San Rafael NCS Jason Jacobson
San Ramon Valley NCS Tim Hunter (now coached by David Bayliss)
San Lorenzo Valley CCS Rob Collins (now coached by Jay Avenmarg)
Skyline OAK Andrew Cheng (now coached by Sean Kohles)
St. Francis (Mt. View) CCS Mandy Benham(boys)/Roberta Chisam(girls) (now coached by Phil Pompei)
St. Francis (Sacramento) SJS John DuCray
St. Ignatius CCS Nick Alvarado(boys)/Jerilynn Caskey(girls)
St. Joseph Notre Dame NCS Tony Fong
St. Mary's Berkeley NCS Jeff Rogers(boys)/Denis Mohun(girls)
University SF NCS Jim Tracy (now coached by Carin Marrs)
West Valley NS Scott Fairley
Willow Glen CCS Victor Santa Maria
Woodcreek SJS Terri McKillop

Who did I miss?  Can you narrow it down to a top 10 list?  Who are the top coaches?  What is the best combined program (boys and girls)?  Which of the above teams won at least one state championship in the past decade?

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