Thursday, April 19, 2018

Central Coast Section Top 8 Meet Preview

Coming up...

In the meantime, feel free to comment about the meet and what races/events you are most looking forward to watching this coming Saturday. What events do you feel are the strongest in CCS? Weakest? Who has been the athletes that have really shined this season to date? Who are the most improved?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Episode 28: Nikki Hiltz, All-American NCAA Collegiate Runner

For those of you that enjoy listening to podcasts, here is a recent one featuring former Aptos HS runner Nikki Hiltz. She had bests of 2:09.50 and 4:42.45 in high school and was the 2012 California state champion in 1600. She started out her collegiate career at the University of Oregon before transferring to the University of Arkansas. At the 2017 NCAA Track and Field meet, Hiltz finished in 2nd place in 1500, just .02 behind the winner. The podcast is only about 33 minutes.
http://strongrunchicks.podbean.com/e/episode-28-nikki-hiltz-all-american-ncaa-collegiate-runner/

Thanks to an anonymous poster for the link to the video below which is Nikki's victory at the CA state meet as a junior with her PR of 4:42.45. That is the 2nd fastest time ever run by a CCS athlete trailing only Anna Maxwell's converted 4:41.63 from the 2014 Stanford Invitational.

Here is a listing of the fastest 1600 meter runners in the past decade and where Nikki ranks among the best in California.
http://ca.milesplit.com/articles/238301-ranking-the-top-150-girls-1600m-over-the-past-decade

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CCS Top 8 Entries and Alternates now posted

Entries:
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/2018/top8ent1.pdf

Alternates:
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/2018/top8_alt.pdf

The above links will be updated throughout the week as scratches are received by the meet director. In the meantime, feel free to comment below on the most competitive events and if you know of any athletes competing that are ready to make a major statement this coming Saturday.

I will have a meet preview posted by mid-Thursday.

Friday, April 13, 2018

2018 Northern California Track and Field leaders

BOYS
100-Jack Breger San Benito (CCS) 10.75
200-David Phillips Jr Dixon (SJS) 21.63
400-Zachary Larrier Monterey Trail (SJS) 47.12 (California Leader)
800-Jett Charvet Heritage (NCS) 1:52.60 (California Leader)
1600-Alex Scales Bellarmine (CCS) 4:13.87 (California Leader)
3200-Liam Anderson Redwood (NCS) 8:52.74 (California Leader)
110mHH-Aiden Jackman Clayton Valley (NCS) 13.98 (California Leader)
300mIH-Aiden Jackman Clayton Valley (NCS) 37.47 (California Leader)
400Relay-Pittsburg (NCS) 41.95
1600Relay-Serra (CCS) 3:20.06
LJ-Malcolm Clemons St. Mary's Berkeley (NCS) 24'5.25" (California Leader)
TJ-Teaun Tre Pierce Pittsburg (NCS) 47'8"
HJ-Jake Grimsman Vista del Lago (SJS) 7'3" (California co-Leader)
PV-Sondre Guttormsen Davis (SJS) 18'2.5" (California Leader)
SP-Nicholas Betchart Washington (NCS) 56'3"
D-Dominique Navarrette El Capitan (SJS) 186'1"

GIRLS
100-Chinyere Okoro Amador Valley (NCS) 11.63
200-Tierra Robinson-Jones Bishop O'Dowd (NCS) 24.01
400-Tierra Robinson-Jones Bishop O'Dowd (NCS) 53.37 (California Leader)
800-Alyssa Brewer California (NCS) 2:08.99 (California Leader)
1600-Mari Friedman Santa Cruz (CCS) 4:47.89
3200-Gillian Wagner Redwood (NCS) 10:14.11
100mHH-Jazlynn Shearer Silver Creek (CCS) 14.09w
300mIH-Kirsten Carter Santa Rosa (NCS) 42.68
400Relay-Bishop O'Dowd (NCS) 47.41
1600Relay-Sheldon (SJS) 3:53.01
LJ-Jaala Downes Kimball (SJS) 19'5"
TJ-Kali Hatcher St. Mary's Berkeley (NCS) 42'3.25" (California Leader)
HJ-Delaney Peranich St. Ignatius (CCS) 5'7"
PV-Laurel Wong Santa Catalina (CCS) 13'1" (California co-Leader)
SP-Hannah Hall James Logan (NCS) 44'7.5"
D-Erica GrotegeerEWheatland Union (NS) 166'5" (California Leader)

Former Mt. Pleasant coach, Steve Nelson

My latest CA Coaching legend installment on MileSplit California is former Mt. Pleasant coach, Steve Nelson. You can read all about Coach Nelson at this LINK.

Interesting to note that since the formation of the Central Coast Section in 1965, there have only been 5 CCS teams that have won state team Track and Field titles including Coach Nelson's Mt. Pleasant girls' team in 2007. 

Los Altos Boys in 1970
Andrew Hill Girls in 1978
Woodside Girls in 1983 (All 38 points scored by Wendy Brown)
North Salinas Boys in 1993 (Co-Champions)
Mt. Pleasant Girls in 2007

Serra and Bearcat Invitationals Performance Lists

Granada Distance & Sprint Festival

3200m – The girls will be lead by Lauren Lum of Alameda who has already broken the 11-minute barrier this season.  She’ll be followed closely by eight girls from five other schools who have run under 12 minutes this season.  The boys’ race features fourteen boys under 10 minutes, headlined by Division 3 Cross Country All-Stater Greg Aufderheide of Livermore and Sean Laidlaw of Lick Wilmerding.  They’ll be leading a group of boys trying to run in the 9:20s.

800m – The girls’ race has at least three girls that will be trying to break the 2:20 mark including Veronica Valenton of Livermore, Cynthia Rosales of Piner, and Jordyn Gleaton of Kimball.  The boys’ race has a ton looking to break 2 minutes, and features three that have already gone under that mark.  Parker Wilkerson of Las Lomas, Nate Harris of Tamalpais, and sophomore sensation Matt Strangio of Jesuit have proven credentials to run in the 1:55 range.

1600m – The girls’ race is loaded with big potential for multiple sub-5 performances.  The field includes Jenna Miles and Isabella Chao of Campolindo, Colleen McCandless and Kalea Bartolotto of Granada, Lauren Lum of Alameda, Amanda Olla of San Ramon Valley, and Kelli Wilson of Monte Vista—all of whom have ran under 11 minutes in the 3200 this season, and are seeking fast times as they step down to the 4 lap distance.  The boys’ race should be a great opportunity to break both the 4:20 and 4:30 barriers.  John Bennett (4:18/8:57) of Granada headlines, followed by Spencer Berkins of Bishop O’Dowd, Ethan Ash of Head-Royce, and Edward Buckley of Campolindo.

400m – The girls’ race has several hunting for their first sub 60 of the season in Maddy Doane of Campolindo and Veronica Valenton of Livermore.  Several boys are hovering around 50 seconds, including Elijah Sheppard and Matthew Friedler of Monte Vista as well as Will Watkins of Tamalpais and Tomas Kersulis of Foothill.

100m – The girls have two under 13 seconds this season: Belle Aduahe of Foothill and Giovanna Duley of Granada.  There are several others looking to get into the 12-second range for the first time this season.  The boys have a very fast heat with all at or under 11.5, including Alameda’s 10.96 dasher Ramir Smith.

100m/110m Hurdles – The girls’ field features Dublin’s Amayia Brandon at 16.86, Livermore’s Abigail Harnish 17.06, and Granada’s Kaila Kheirolomoom 17.75.  The boys’ race will showcase a great dual between Dublin’s Donald Davis 15.31 and Kimball’s Andrew Washington 15.55.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Catching up with St. Mary's Stockton senior, Karl Winter

Today, we chat with St. Mary's Stockton senior distance runner, Karl Winter. While other Sac-Joaquin athletes have been getting lots of attention this spring including Davis HS senior pole vaulter Sondre Guttormsen, Winter has been recording his best Track and Field season to date. He has already recorded multiple personal bests over the 1600 and 3200 distances and his current PRs now stand at 4:16.39 and 9:12.09. The latter mark took place this past weekend at the Arcadia Invitational as Winter recorded a victory in one of the Friday 3200 races. He also just recently announced that he has committed to attending Pepperdine University next fall.

You can check out my interview with Karl at this LINK.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Northern California Track and Field records through 2018 season

Best overall marks in all events for the following sections updated through 2018 Track and Field season:
CCS, NCS, SJS, NS, OAK and SF

BOYS
100 Kenny O'Neal Skyline (OAK) 10.34 2004
200 Calvin Harrison North Salinas (CCS) 20.57 1993
400 Calvin Harrison North Salinas (CCS) 45.25 1993
800 Pete Richardson Berkeley (NCS) 1:47.31 1981
1600 Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) 3:58.76 2017
3200 German Fernandez Riverbank (SJS) 8:31.42 (converted time) 2008 (California record)
110 Hurdles (39") Kevin Craddock James Logan (NCS)13.39 2004
300 Hurdles David Klech California (NCS) 35.45 2006
4 x 100 Relay Skyline (OAK) 40.78 1995
4 x 400 Relay Berkeley (NCS) 3:08.94 1981
Long Jump Ken Duncan McClatchy (SJS) 26'2.25" 1972
Triple Jump Ken Frazier Mission (SF) 52'4.75" 1981
High Jump Maurice Crumby Balboa SF (1983)/Darius Carbin Mt. Pleasant CCS (2016) 7'4.5" (california record)
Pole Vault Sondre Guttormsen Davis (SJS) 18'2.5" 2018
Shot Put Nathan Esparza Amador Valley (NCS) 69'4.75" 2016
Discus Dave Porath Atwater (SJS) 209'6" 1978

Other Events
1500 German Fernandez Riverbank (SJS) 3:44.8 (en route to longer race)
Mile Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) 4:00.16 2017
3000 German Fernandez Riverbank (SJS) 7:59.83 2008 (national record)
5000 Eric Mastalir Jesuit (SJS) 14:01.40 1986 (California record)
6 miles Rod Berry Redwood (NCS) 29:13.2 1977
10000 Brett Gotcher Aptos (CCS) 30:18.41 2002
Marathon Mitch Kingery San Carlos (CCS) 2:23:47 1973 (California record)
2000 Steeplechase Steve Guerrini Santa Rosa (NCS) 5:43.9 1991 (California record)
3000 Steeplechase Steve Guerrini Santa Rosa (NCS) 9:22.13 1991
110 Hurdles (42') Kevin Craddock James Logan (NCS) 13.74 2004 (national record)
400 Hurdles David Klech California (NCS) 50.35 2006
4 x 200 Relay Berkeley (NCS) 1:25.1 1981
4 x 800 Relay De La Salle (NCS) 7:41.35 1997
4 x 1600 Jesuit (SJS) 17:22.6 1986
1600 Sprint Medley Relay Berkeley (NCS) 3:21.1 1981
Distance Medley Relay Jesuit (SJS) 9:56.3 1986 (California record)
Decathlon Tom McGraw Los Gatos (CCS) 6971 1981

GIRLS
100 Ashton Purvis St. Elizabeth (NCS) 11.17 2010
200 Tania Woods Skyline (OAK) 22.88 1999
400 Kathy Hammond 52.1 Mira Loma (SJS) 1969
800 Ann Regan Camden (CCS) 2:04.37 1977
1600 Alex Kosinski Oak Ridge (SJS) 4:38.15 2007
3200 Laurynn Chetelat Davis (SJS) 9:52.51 2008
100 Hurdles Vashti Thomas Mt. Pleasant (CCS) 13.03 2007
300 Hurdles Leslie Maxie Mills (CCS) 40.18 1984
4 x 100 Relay Berkeley (NCS) 45.13 1981
4 x 400 Relay James Logan (NCS) 3:37.85 2004
Long Jump Jamesha Youngblood Hercules (NCS) 21'0" 2007
Triple Jump Brittany Daniels Merrill West (SJS) 44'11.75" 2004 (national record)
High Jump Wendy Brown Woodside (CCS) 6'2.25" 1984/Julie Broughton Woodland (SJS) 6'2.25" 1989
Pole Vault Tori Anthony Castilleja (CCS) 14'1.25" 2007
Shot Put Elena Bruckner Valley Christian SJ (CCS) 54'7" 2016 (California record)
Discus Suzy Powell Downey (SJS) 188'4" 1994

Other Events
1500 Francie Larrieu Fremont (CCS) 4:16.8 1969
3000 Cory Schubert Del Mar (CCS) 9:11.80 1983 (California record)
5000 Caitlin Chock Granite Bay (SJS) 15:52.88 2004
10000 Roxanne Bier Independence (CCS) 34:54.8 1978
Marathon Heike Skaden Encina (SJS) 2:43:00 1980 (California record)
2000 Steeplechase Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS) 6:41.26 2015 (California record)
3000 Steeplechase Jenny Aldridge Maria Carrillo (NCS) 10:49.63
400 Hurdles Leslie Maxie Mills (CCS) 55.20 1984 (California record)
4 x 200 Relay Mt. Pleasant (CCS) 1:39.14 2007/James Logan (NCS) 1:36.41 2006 Indoors
4 x 800 Relay Santa Cruz (CCS) 9:08.84 2018
4 x 1600 Relay Davis (SJS) 20:03.24 2014
800 Sprint Medley Relay Berkeley (NCS) 1:42.08 2000
1600 Sprint Medley Relay Piedmont Hills (CCS) 3:59.65 2014
Distance Medley Relay San Lorenzo Valley (CCS) 11:41.28 2000
4 x 100 Hurdles Relay Vacaville (SJS) 57.17 2014 (California record)
Heptathlon Shevell Quinley Merrill West (SJS) 5266 2005

Any errors? Let me know.

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