Friday, December 19, 2014

2014 NorCal Cross Country Awards

Now that the 2013 XC season is complete, here are my awards for this past cross country season.
2011 Award Winners
2012 Award Winners
2013 Award Winners
Feel free to share your comments below.

Most Valuable Runner (boys)-Trevor Reinhart Marin Academy
Most Valuable Runner (girls)-Fiona O'Keeffe Davis

Most Impressive Performance (boys)-Trevor Reinhart at CA State XC Meet/Footlocker Nationals
Most Impressive Performance (girls)-Fiona O'Keeffe at SJS Section Final

Most Impressive Performance (boys' team)-Placer at CA State Meet
Most Impressive Performance (girls' team)-Bella Vista/St. Francis, Sacramento at CA State Meet

Most Inspirational (boys)-Lucas Matison Palo Alto (CCS)
Most Inspirational (girls)-Morgin Coonfield McKinleyville (NCS)

Most Improved Runner (boys)-Sean Kurdy Jesuit (SJS)
Most Improved Runner (girls)-Elizabeth Lacy Menlo School (CCS)

Lifetime Achievement Award (boys)-Chris Foster Los Gatos/Steven Sum Saratoga(CCS)
Lifetime Achievement Award (girls)-Miranda Myers/Peyton Bilo St. Francis, Sacramento (SJS)

Buster Posey (rookie of the year)-Robert Miranda Menlo School (CCS)
Buster Posey (rookie of the year)-Toni Finnane Campolindo (NCS)

Best Robin to Batman (best supporting actor)-Sean Burke Bishop O'Dowd (NCS)
Best Robin to Batman (best supporting actress)-Mary Mon Oewell Redwood (NCS)

Best Three Amigos-Edgar Bonilla, Roman Munoz, Eduardo Orozco King City (CCS)
Best Three Amigas-Brighie Leach, Toni Finnane, Mary Orders Campolindo (NCS)

Boys Coach of the Year (Directing)-Dave Daines King City/Doug Chase Scotts Valley (CCS)
Girls Coach of the Year (Directing)-Melanie Cleland Bella Vista (SJS)

Any other awards?

Donation to Cross Country Express

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This site will remain a free service throughout the year but as you know, a lot of time, effort and money goes into the maintenance of a website.

Thank you to all of you that have contributed already.  It's very much appreciated. Those of you that can't donate or feel no reason to donate, no problem. I will always appreciate your frequent visits to my site.

All-CCS Team

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014 Northern California Cross Country Awards

I will post the awards next week. In the meantime, please chime in on your choices. Somebody who should be considered for an award may be off the radar. Thank you in advance for your nominations.

2011 Award Winners
2012 Award Winners
2013 Award Winners
Feel free to share your comments below.

Most Valuable Runner (boys)-
Most Valuable Runner (girls)-

Most Impressive Performance (boys)-
Most Impressive Performance (girls)-

Most Impressive Performance (boys' team)-
Most Impressive Performance (girls' team)-

Most Inspirational (boys)-
Most Inspirational (girls)-

Most Improved Runner (boys)-
Most Improved Runner (girls)-

Lifetime Achievement Award (boys)-
Lifetime Achievement Award (girls)-

Buster Posey (rookie of the year)-
Buster Posey (rookie of the year)-

Best Robin to Batman (best supporting actor)-
Best Robin to Batman (best supporting actress)-

Best Three Amigos-
Best Three Amigas-

Boys Coach of the Year (Directing)-
Girls Coach of the Year (Directing)-

Any other awards?

Monday, December 15, 2014

National: A Cross Country Story

Check out former Bishop O'Dowd runner, Karsten Kaufmann's documentary.
"National: A Cross Country Story" depicts Tommy McGuan and several other members of the Chico State Cross Country team driving 2500 miles across the United States in a matter of days to watch their fellow teammates compete at the NCAA Division II National Championships In Louisville, Kentucky. This film captures the candid vignettes from countless hours spent on the road, stops along the way, as well as insightful interviews from current team members, as well as alumni, reflecting on their past trips stories and experiences. The film also depicts the races themselves.

National: A Cross Country Story from Karsten Kaufmann on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Updates from USATF Jr Nationals thanks to Thomas Benjamin

After taking a week off from the State Championships, Rylee Bowen took the National title in the Girls 15-16 age group at the USATF jr National Olympic Championships today in Myrtle Beach, SC. Her time of 17:40.7 not only was the fastest for her age group but also the fastest girls 5k of the day. The time also was her fastest XC 5k of the season.

Lauren Jacob also had a great time of 18:06 to finish 6th in the race.

The Buffalo Babes also took the National team title in the 17-18yr age group featuring runners from SJS (Jenica Dodge,Regina Nyareso & Laura Cox), NCS (Shaz Breedlove), CCS (Emily Aiken) and Lindsey Adams from Douglas HS in Nev.

Also local Mid school standouts Izzy Fauria and Madison Denny finished 4th & 9th respectively in the girls 11-12 race.

Rylee’s 13 yr. old sister kate finished 23rd out of 384 girls in the 13-14 age grp. race while her 7yr old sister Taylin finished in the top 15% in the girls 7-8 yr. old age group

I probably missed some others. The complete results can be found at:

2014 All NorCal High School XC Teams - Boys & Girls

Now that the Cross Country season is officially complete, it's time to look back and reflect on the accomplishments of NorCal runners. Feel free to comment on what runners you feel belong on the All NorCal HS XC Teams for the 2014 season. Who are the NorCal runners of the year? Who are the best runners in each section (NS, NCS, SJS, OAK, SF and CCS)? Who are the best runners by grade? The team will be posted around Christmas time.

As a reminder, here is last year's team:

2014 Footlocker Nationals results

Place Time Bib Name Grade Region School City State
1 17:13 31 Anna Rohrer 12 Midwest Mishawaka H.S. Mishawaka IN 
2 17:23 21 Ryen Frazier 12 South Ravenscroft School Raleigh NC 
3 17:29 41 Makena Morley 12 West Bigfork H.S. Bigfork MT 
4 17:33 22 Paige Hofstad 11 South New Braunfels H.S. New Braunfels TX 
5 17:47 12 Hannah DeBalsi 11 Northeast Staples H.S. Westport CT 
6 17:48 24 Libby Davidson 10 South E.C. Glass H.S. Lynchburg VA 
7 17:51 34 Audrey Belf 12 Midwest Seaholm H.S. Bloomfield Hills MI 
8 17:52 44 Annie Hill 9 West Glacier H.S. Kalispell MT 
9 17:56 23 Gabriella Karas 10 South Martha Layne Collins H.S. Simpsonville KY 
10 18:01 43 Elizabeth Lacy 12 West Menlo School San Mateo CA 
11 18:04 32 Lauren Gregory 10 Midwest Fort Collins H.S. Fort Collins CO 
12 18:06 33 Maryjeanne Gilbert 11 Midwest Peoria Notre Dame H.S. Peoria, Ill. IL 
13 18:07 37 Annie Frisbie 12 Midwest River Falls H.S. River Falls WI 
14 18:08 42 Caroline Pietrzyk 12 West Malibu H.S. Malibu CA 
15 18:08 35 Stephanie Jenks 11 Midwest Linn-Mar H.S. Aurora IA 
16 18:14 19 Gabrielle Richichi 12 Northeast New Fairfield H.S. New Fairfield CT 
17 18:16 18 Kelsey Potts 11 Northeast Mount Lebanon H.S. Pittsburgh PA 
18 18:19 11 Brianna Schwartz 12 Northeast Shaler Area H.S. Pittsburgh PA 
19 18:20 36 Hannah Long 12 Midwest Eureka H.S. Pacific MO 
20 18:20 25 Weini Kelati 9 South Heritage H.S. Leesburg VA 
21 18:23 40 Morgan Florsheim 11 Midwest Shorewood H.S. Shorewood WI 
22 18:26 45 Toni Finnane 12 West Campolindo H.S. Moraga CA 
23 18:28 13 Emma McMillan 11 Northeast Barrington H.S. Barrington RI 
24 18:28 27 Emma Grace Hurley 11 South Fellowship Christian School Roswell GA 
25 18:31 17 Marissa Sheva 12 Northeast Pennridge H.S. Sellersville PA 
26 18:33 46 Bryn Morley 9 West Bigfork H.S. Bigfork MT 
27 18:34 26 Ciara Donohue 12 South Loudoun Valley H.S. Purcellville VA 
28 18:37 28 Kathleen Mansure 12 South Watauga H.S. Boone NC 
29 18:40 47 Claire Graves 10 West Citrus Valley H.S. Highland CA 
30 18:45 39 Amy Davis 12 Midwest Madison Edgewood of the Sacred Heart Madison WI 
31 18:45 16 Anna Flynn 11 Northeast The Ursuline School New Rochelle NY 
32 18:58 29 Logan Morris 11 South Spartanburg Christian Academy Inman SC 
33 18:58 50 Kimberly Coscia 12 West South Torrance H.S. Torrance CA 
34 19:07 20 Eve Glasergreen 12 Northeast North Hunterdon H.S. Clinton NJ 
35 19:16 49 Grace Ling 12 West Lynbrook H.S. San Jose CA 
36 19:26 30 Abby Gray 11 South Alamo Heights H.S. San Antonio TX 
37 19:38 15 Erin Dietz 12 Northeast Bedford H.S. Bedford MA 
38 19:49 48 Kendall Derry 11 West Bella Vista H.S. Fair Oaks CA 
39 19:51 38 Sarah Kettel 11 Midwest Capital Homeschool H.S. Brighton MI 
40 20:26 14 Madeleine Davison 11 Northeast North Allegheny Senior H.S. Wexford PA 

5.00 Kilometers - December 13, 2014 - Morley Field - Balboa Park - San Diego, CA 
Team Results Points 
1 South 4 1 2 4 6 9 20 23 26 
2 Midwest 4 4 1 7 11 12 13 15 19 
3 West 5 6 3 8 10 14 21 25 27 
4 Northeast 7 8 5 16 17 18 22 24 28

Friday, December 12, 2014

Footlocker National Finals Live Webcast link

Girls race at 9:15am. Boys race at 10am.

Just as a reminder, here are the NorCal competitors at tomorrow's meet:
Trevor Reinhart Marin Academy
Colin Burke Bishop O'Dowd

Elizabeth Lacy Menlo School
Toni Finnane Campolindo
Kendall Derry Bella Vista
Grace Ling Lynbrook

Here is a link to rankings (boys and girls) as well as previews for boys and girls (only boys so far):

Any predictions for the race? How will the 6 athletes above fare tomorrow? How many former NorCal runners can you name that have won this meet (without looking it up)?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

North Coast Section Cross Country Post-Season Notes

Couple of notable points from last night's meeting:

With Hayward taking on renovations next year, there is a chance that the Hayward HS course could be altered. The plan for now is to use Hayward HS but that is not set in stone.

The CBEDs for next year are almost complete although there are still schools with missing data. At this point, the following schools will be in a new division next fall.

Division I-College Park, Dublin and Santa Rosa all moved up from Division II.
Division II-Concord up from Division III.
Division III-Piner and San Rafael both up from Division IV.
Division IV-St. Helena up from Division V.

Monday, December 08, 2014

State Meet Statistics Courtesy of Bellarmine Coach, Patrick McCrystle

Tori Tyler and Kaitlin Gregg Goodman both qualify for 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials

Former Gunn HS runner Tori Tyler and former Davis HS runner Kaitlin Gregg both qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials race with their efforts yesterday at the California International Marathon (CIM). Tyler ran 2:38:48 to finish in 6th place in the 24-29 division. Gregg placed 7th in the same division running 2:39:29. They were 8th and 9th respectively overall. Their times both dip under the B standard which is 2:43 and allows them the enter the trials race. For more information on the A and B standards, go to this link.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

6 NorCal qualifiers to Footlocker National Meet in San Diego

In girls race:
3rd Place Elizabeth Lacy Menlo School (CCS)
5th Place Toni Finnane Campolindo (NCS)
8th Place Kendall Derry Bella Vista (SJS)
9th Place Grace Ling Lynbrook (CCS)

In boys race:
2nd Place Trevor Reinhart Marin Academy (NCS)
10th Place Colin Burke Bishop O'Dowd (NCS)

At NXN, Fiona O'Keeffe of Davis (4th place) and Chloe Hansel of Las Lomas (51st place) out of 199 runners:

NXN Live Webcast and Footlocker West Region Information

NXN RACE SCHEDULE - Saturday, December 6, 2014 - Glendoveer Golf Course, Portland OR
9:30am: Webcast Starts
10:05am: Girl's Championship Race
11:35am: Boy's Championship Race
12:45pm: Community Race
* Awards to follow each race
* Schedule subject to change

Footlocker West Region at Mt. SAC