Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wharf to Wharf results

2015 Wharf to Wharf results (Cate Ratliff, Santa Cruz HS-7th place overall woman) She finished in 4th place at last year's CA state XC meet in Division IV. She will be one of the favorites to win this year along with Morgin Coonfield of McKinleyville.

Friday, July 24, 2015

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 Albert Caruana at albertjcaruana@gmail.com.

Candlelight Vigil for Las Lomas '14 graduate Clare Orton

Link here to the coverage of this very unfortunate situation.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cross Country Countdown Series on CA Milesplit

Check out the top 30 teams in California as they are being counted down at the links below.
Boys:
http://ca.milesplit.com/articles/158180-boys-countdowntoxc-23-campolindo
Girls:
http://ca.milesplit.com/articles/158179-girls-countdowntoxc-23-yucaipa

The rest of the teams will be posted at http://ca.milesplit.com/. Check in daily. What other NorCal teams will make either list?

Friday, July 17, 2015

CCS alumni and current athletes news

Former SHC runner Shannon Rowbury breaks American record in 1500 with 3:56.29.

Former Aptos runner Nikki Hiltz has transfered to Arkansas from University of Oregon.

My Pleasant's Darius Carbin jumps personal record 7'1" to finish in 3rd place at World Youth Championship.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

NorCal Cross Country All-Decade Teams (2000-2009)...

This was originally posted in January 2010. I thought it would be fun to bring it back up and start a new conversation in regards to the best NorCal XC runners for this decade so far.  I ranked the runners below based on what they accomplished in cross country only.  Feel free to put your own list in the comment section below.    

BOYS
Honorable Mention
Alex Dunn San Lorenzo Valley HS
Giliat Ghebray James Logan HS
Jeremy Mineau Menlo Atherton HS
James Tracy Del Campo HS
Carl Dambkowski Granada HS

Top 10
10) Mohamed Abdalla Willow Glen HS
9) Brett Gotcher Aptos HS
8) Erik Olson Novato HS
7) Jake Schmitt Redwood HS
6) Garret Rowe Mt. View HS
5) Yosef Ghebray James Logan HS
4) Ben Sitler St. Francis HS
3) Tim Nelson Liberty HS
2) Yong-Sung Leal Arroyo HS
1) German Fernandez Riverbank HS


GIRLS
Honorable Mention
Melissa Grelli Presentation
Jenny Aldridge Maria Carrillo
Bridget Duffy St. Mary's Berkeley
Alicia Follmar Saratoga HS
Lindsay Allen College Park HS

Top 10
10) Sarah Sumpter Healdsburg HS
9) Tori Tyler Gunn HS
8) Alex Kosinski Oak Ridge HS
7) Jacque Taylor Casa Grande HS
6) Rachel Bryan Laguna Creek HS
5) Clara Horowitz Head Royce HS
4) Laurynne Chetelat Davis HS
3) Caitlin Chock Granite Bay HS
2) Sara Bei Montgomery HS
1) Amber Trotter Ukiah HS

Comments? Omissions? Who should move up? Who should move down?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Night of Two-Mile Madness - November 13, 2015

Hi Coaches-
As we all firm up our fall schedules, I wanted to send out this invitation to The 2nd Annual Night of Two-Mile Madness, hosted by Cardinal Newman High School at Santa Rosa Junior College on Friday, November 13, 2015.

That's right--it's back! We will hold the event under the lights on the gorgeous SRJC track. HOKA One One back is our signature sponsor, as our event is registered as the Flagship Postal Two-Mile for all of Northern California. We are looking to draw top teams and athletes from throughout Northern California as a sharpener 8 days out from the NCS Championships. It will also be a great way for your JV kids to finish their seasons in style after the completion of your league championships.

We will send out greater details once school begins, but for now please let me know if you will be interested in bringing your teams (JV & VAR) to this great event under the lights. We will have:

- Fast times
- Photo ops
- Awesome music
- T-shirts for all competitors
- HOKA One One shoes and sweatshirts for all coaches who attend and submit postal results
- Special awards for all top finishers

HOKA One One also partners with RunnerSpace.com, so we will have online coverage of this event!

Please email me to confirm your interest in bringing your teams so we can keep a running tally. If you already have confirmed attendance with me, I apologize for the repeat notice. And if you know any other coaches who may be interested in having their kids be a part of this exciting event, please forward this email on.

I hope to see all of you and your teams at this great event!

Thanks,
Chris Puppione (coachpup@gmail.com)
Cardinal Newman High School

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Thursday, July 09, 2015

California XC pre-season rankings based on 3200 times from 2015 Track season

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) Jesuit (SJS) Resurgent team ready to compete at state level once again.
3) Bellarmine (CCS) Deepest team in NorCal. Lots of young talent to replace 2015 seniors.
4) St. Ignatius (CCS) Lose #1 (Ben Osipow) but everybody else is back.
5) Campolindo (NCS) Competitive year in, year out.
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? 

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Jesuit HS track named after Coach Walt Lange

Well deserved honor for one of the finest coaches in this country. 

Nike Coaches Clinic at San Ramon Valley HS this Saturday

We will meet in the Library at SRVHS which has an entrance that faces Danville Blvd and is located near the electronic marquee.

We will get started at 9am with Doug Soles of Great Oak HS. The library will be open at 8am.

All attendees need to bring their $50 clinic fee, cash or check (check made to SRV XC).

Tony Fong of St. Joe's of Alameda and Ken Reeves of Foothill Tech in Ventura will be presenting as well.

Hope to see you there,
Tim Hunter SRV XC