Sunday, May 24, 2015

Northern California Section Meet Results

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Section Heat Sheets

I will post the rest as I find them.

North Coast Section
Class A Meet: http://running.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/files/2015/05/Heat-Sheets-NCS.pdf
Redwood Empire: http://running.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/files/2015/05/2015redwoodprogram7.pdf
Tri Valley Heats: Tri Valley Heat Sheets
Bayshore Heats at this LINK.

Central Coast Section
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/2015/ccst_ent.htm

Sac-Joaquin Section
Division I Live Results: http://timerhub.com/get_web_index.php?page=redcaptiming.com/2015/sjsd1/
Division II-III Live Results: http://www.bvtrack.com/tf_LiveResults.html
Division IV-V Live Results: http://www.rtspt.com/events/cif/2015Meets/sjsd45/

Oakland Section

San Francisco Section
San Francisco Section Heat Sheets: San Francisco Section Heat Sheets

Northern Section
Licensed to West Valley High School HY-TEK's Meet Manager 5/16/2015 10:39 AM
Northern SectionTrack and Field - 5/22/2015 
Division 2 Championships 
West Valley High School 
Meet Program 

Event 1 Girls 1600 Meter Run Junior Varsity (8)
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Name Year School Seed Finals
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Section 1 Timed Finals
1 Krier, Meri 10 Yreka 5:32.05 
2 Jackson, Lacey 10 Yreka 5:50.12 
3 Cluck, Madelyn 9 Lassen 5:53.59 
4 Aragon, Jasmyne 9 West Valley 5:55.66 
5 Rodriguez, Angelica 10 West Valley 6:09.61 
6 Haeckel, Issy 10 Central Vall 6:10.24 
7 Sannar, Whitney 9 Gridley 6:14.15 
8 Swift, Grace 10 Sutter 6:15.54 
Alternates
1 Barton, Hannah 9 Central Vall 6:11.78 
2 Gibson, Cassie 10 Gridley 6:21.31 
Click the link (Section Heat Sheets) above for the complete list.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Which four students would be on the Mount Rushmore at your school for XC and/or TF?

There are lots of these kind of lists so why not one for Northern California Cross Country and Track and Field? In the comment section below, name the four students/athletes that stand above the rest in your school's history in both XC and TF. You can name four students for each sport or four students for both sports. These lists will be co-ed which will definitely make it the best of the best. Thank you in advance for your nominations. 

Who else? Who are the all-time greats from your school?

George Washington-SF
John Pettus 100-200
Ernie Provost 100-200
Ollie Matson 100-200
Willie Eshman 1600


Miramonte High School:
Dixon Farmer Sprints/Hurdles
Adam McAboy 1600/3200
Marilyn Davis Distance
George Coon 800

Castro Valley Cross Country Mt. Rushmore:
Calvin Gaziano 2 time Kinney Regional Champion (14:49 Woodward)
John Bass (5th Norcal 1983)
Mike Spencer (2-time All-American D-II All-American Hayward State)
Beau Bettinger (NCS Champ 1999, Runner up 2010)

Castro Valley Track Mt. Rushmore
Larry Guinee -- 1983 State 1600 champion 4:06.16
Calvin Gaziano -- 1985 State 2ne place 3200
Beau Bettinger -- 2001 State 3rd place 800 meters
Nate Moore -- 2013 & 2015 LJ and TJ State Meet Champion

Monday, May 18, 2015

Time to change the qualifying procedure from league to CCS?

If you missed all the comments below in regards to the qualifying procedure to CCS, here you go. If you have anything to add, feel free to add your thoughts in the comment section below. Also, instead of further complaints, what is your solution? Do you have a proposal that can be implemented next year by CCS?
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 Pissed off parent said...
WCAL is the strongest league gets two spots. Everyone else gets 6 or 8? In track how hard is it to get the fastest qualifying on?
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Blogger Albert Caruana said...
No question that the qualifying procedure from league to CCS is something that has been argued over for many years. Unfortunately, when the North and South meets were eliminated, that made making CCS very difficult especially in leagues like the WCAL. The places that automatically qualify from each league are based solely on the sizes of schools which doesn't seem fair for smaller leagues with high quality participants.

The coaches are the ones that need to initiate proposals that could fix the current format. Until somebody really makes a strong push for a change, we will be stuck with the current format.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Why even have an auto-qualifying time? At least in the distance races, NOBODY across all the leagues benefited from the auto-qual time. Those that ran under the time qualified based on place to CCS
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
In the girls 1600 final at the SCCAL league, there were three girls who qualified with the auto time to CCS (after the top 2 finishers). SCCAL is another league that only gets two qualifiers to CCS.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
In the boys 800, a 1:58.7, the 7th fastest time in CCS doesn’t make CCS.
In the boys 1600, 4:23.3 and 4:23.5, the 9th and 10th fastest times in CCS don’t make the meet.
In the boys 3200, six times under 9:45 -- the 14th, 17th , 19th, 21st and 22nd fastest times in CCS don’t make the meet.

CCS should do away with mis-proportional automatic qualifiers and move to a straight “top 2 qualify per school plus the next fastest 16.” That ensures all districts get at least 2, the largest districts likely more.

For example, in the 800, BVAL would get 6 (instead of 8), MBL 2 (instead of 5), WCAL 5 (instead of 2) and the other leagues their same amount.

In the 1600, BVAL would qualify 2 (instead of 8), MBL 2 (instead of 5), MTAL (+4), PAL 4 (instead of 5), SCCAL 6 (up from 2), SCVAL 5 (from 6), WBAL 2 and WCAL 5 (up from 2).

In the 3200, BVAL would qualify 7 (down from 8), MBL 2 (down from 5), MTAL 2, PAL 2 (down from 5), SCCAL 2, SCVAL 8 (up from 6), WBAL 2 and WCAL 7 (up from 2).

This would ensure everyone runs hard at league finals, and avoid as Albert says “there is no reason for some athletes to throw down quality efforts at their league final with the much tougher races looming ahead.”
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
There needs to be a qualifying system that is fair. A fair thing would be to make the qualifying equal to the 24th ranked time the previous 4 years. That's three heats. Or 32 for 4 heats. Whatever it is, you hit the time you are in. So what if you have 20 schools in your league or have an extra heat at trials. Also, you should be able to qualify at your league meet, trials or finals. This way you get two meets to hit the time at the end of the year. It's time for a change. Could you imagine? 3rd place is in that league and could be 3rd in CCS but doesn't get to go? Does anyone have a reasonable argument against a straight time qualifier? I say league champs and hit a time to go to CCS. This is an individual sport. Best marks should go!
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Also note, the WCAL has a frosh soph division that should get CCS qualifiers. A girl runs 5:11/11:26 in jv. A 5-0 high jump girl jv. A 16-9 lj jv girl. A 4:22 frosh mile. 2 guys under 2 in 800. A 9:40 2 mile in frosh soph boys. Let's have any kid that hits the time get to go. League races are tactical. Also could you imagine throwing against VC girls? 3rd would win almost every league but doesn't make CCS.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Those in power voted to make it the 8th qualifier instead of the "last qualifier" (12th in distances). They are making it harder to make CCS.

Those voting I doubt read this and have an idea of how people really feel.
4:42 PM
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
WCAL and WBAL get same number of qualifiers? Doesn't that say enough? Complain all the time but no change. Duals mean nothing, in season results mean nothing and same old archaic qualifying continues.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
How does qualification for NCS from league work exactly? Is it top six per event for every league? I know BVAL (Bay Valley) does this and was curious as to if this is the way it works in every other league.
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Blogger Albert Caruana said...
The qualifying from league to the four NCS meets next weekend vary but you can check out the automatic qualifiers as well as the at-large times at http://cifncs.org/sports/track/. We used to be in NCS and the NCS Class A meet was an awesome meet for us smaller schools. The same goes for the other 3 area meets. From there, the top 7 automatically qualify to the NCS MOC as well as the top 3 from the Class A Meet.

It's very fair and really adds to those four section meets with team awards given out at each meet.

The qualifying standards for CCS are just way too rigid in most sports and really limits the numbers who get to compete. The only way changes will be made is if coaches speak up and get their league behind bylaw changes.
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Blogger Andrew said...
Here are the details on how many qualifiers each NCS league gets to their respective area meet:

Class A (Branson and Berean Christian get special exceptions as their athletes must place in top 4 at league to move on to the Class A meet):

BCL - 6
Coastal Mountain - 8
Humboldt-Del Norte - 4

Redwood Empire (Lower Lake athletes must place in top 4 to advance):

HDN - 6
MCAL - 6
NBL - 6
SCL - 6

Bay Shore:

MVAL - 6
TCAL - 9
WACC - 9

Tri-Valley:

BVAL - 6
DFAL - 6
DVAL - 6
EBAL - 6
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
League races might be a little more competitive if a large pecentage of top athletes weren't poached away from their home schools for athletic reasons. Top BVAL guy runs a lot faster if FS WCAL 4:23 is still in the race. I've heard the Bellarmine kids know the FS deal when they get there. We all have our choices to make. Don't worry though, the kid who finished 2nd to him in 8th grade has run a very fine 4:29 and decided he'd take one of those 8 BVAL spots.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
So you're saying because they are private the deserve less qualifying spots?
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Qualifying spots are based on population size of leagues. If kids aren't being recruited for athletic reasons, then what's the problem. I'm saying we shouldnt change the system to promote more of this behavior. We all know it's going on. Accept more schools and kids in WCAL and you'll get more spots. Sound fair to me.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Lol. Like anyone wants to enter the WCAL. They don't even want to compete against them at CCS you think they want to join a league. So your argument is slower kids should advance to CCS because they are not private?
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
My argument is Ha Ha. You guys cry about this every year. The world is unfair. Sometimes you got the votes sometimes you don't. That's my argument. Slower kids who stay at home and aren't recruited to go to private schools for purely athletic reasons should move on. The system isn't set up to take care of the few. Tough luck. Most of them know the deal going in. Isn't that why the put you all in your own league anyway? Good thing is colleges don't really care where you run your times. CCS or WCAL. We all have choices to make. If you want to cut you teeth as a freshman against the likes of Steven Sum, and Jose PiƱa, you'd better stay at home, or you'd better be able to run that auto qualifier. The best will be at the meet.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Sounds like everyone thinks this is a WCAL argument – tell that to the kid from Pacific Collegiate who ran 4:23.3 in the 1600 and isn’t going to CCS. Tell that to the 2 other kids from King City, making it 4 from that school who should be going to CCS in the 1600. Tell that to the kids from Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley who ran 4:27 and aren’t going to CCS. Tell that to the kids who “stayed at home” at Lynbrook and Homestead and ran under 9:45 in the 3200 and aren’t going.

It’s incorrect to state “the best will be at the meet” when you leave someone out who’s ranked in the top 16, and that does a disservice to all who are interested in competition.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...
So it is time for a change and league reps to get behind this. How many heats do the want at trials? 4? Top 32?
Have a time qualifier equal to the average 24th fastest time. Take league champions fill the next.
And no one is getting recruited give me a break. This is not about economics, it's about being fast. And what about the Piedmont Hills that moves from school to school. Is that any better?
Seems like public schools are more affected than WCAL. All I can say is speak up at the evaluation meeting.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Northern California League Final Results

Central Coast Section
PAL Results (New)

WCAL Results
Elena Bruckner Valley Christian SJ Discus 182'8" NEW CCS Record/Previous mark 165'10"
Darius Thomas St. Francis High Jump 7'0" 4th CCS athlete to jump over 7' in HJ.

MTAL Results

WBAL Live Results

SCVAL Results

BVAL Results

North Coast Section
BCL Results (New)

TCAL Results (New)

CMC Girls Results (New)
CMC Boys Results (New)

SCL Boys Results (New)
SCL Girls Results (New)

WACC Results (New)
Videos from WACC meet thanks to Rob Mackey

MCAL Results (New)

DVAL Results

DFAL Full Results

MVAL Results

EBAL Results

NBL Varsity Boys Results
NBL Varsity Girls Results

HDN Results (New)

Sac-Joaquin Section
Modesto Metro Conference Championship Results

Also, thanks to David Unterholzner, the SJS league final meets are indexed at the following divisional links:

California State Junior College Meet Results (New)

Other results? Send them to albertjcaruana@gmail.com

Racing the Rain: A Review of John L. Parker’s newest novel

For you "Once A Runner" fans out there, check out the following book review for John L. Parker's latest book, "Racing the Rain".
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Racing the Rain delivers the goods on young Quenton Cassidy with Parker’s flair for inspirational running scenes, an intriguing cast of characters, and a verdant setting above and below the surface of the Florida Gold Coast.
John L. Parker returns in Racing the Rain to flesh out the character of Cassidy, beginning with the young boy that would toe the line barefoot to run his first race, not against people, or even himself, but just to feel the wind and the joy of the act of running. Quenton Cassidy, the famed hero of Once a Runner, received the gifts of speed and the courage of a miler from the gods, but until those talents were nurtured by coaches and mentors, they lay quiescent.
Parker opens the novel with scenes from an American childhood that will seem alien to most of his young readers, but that resonates with authenticity for the age; and, of course, there’s a race.
The boys in the story—Cassidy, his friends Stiggs and Randleman—roamed freely as the story unfolds, the early years touched on at the highlights, until Racing the Rain settles into the early teenage years when Cassidy turns serious about sports even as he searches for his identity.
For Cassidy, identity gets bound by the character of the Florida Gold Coast and by Trapper Nelson. Trapper, who as Cassidy thought of it, “. . . was supposedly bigger and stronger than Paul Bunyan, had more powers than Superman, knew more about animals than Tarzan . . .”  is the first to suggest that Cassidy pursue running, and was wise enough to wait for the seed to germinate. Trapper lives alone in the Everglades and the two form a relationship built on a mutual appreciation of each other and the Glades.
Parker’s ability to write a race scene that leaves your pulse pounding was the backbone of Once a Runner. In Racing the Rain, he adds a graceful skill in describing the natural world of Cassidy, whether describing a foray to capture bait fish amongst the cattails in the tide pools, scuba-diving in coral “so exotic they seemed not the product of the natural world, but of some schizophrenic jeweler,” or the feel of the oppressive summer heat as he works for Trapper maintaining an exotic menagerie. Parker’s affinity for Florida helps him paint the scenes with details that allow the richness of the place and time shine through.
As an author, Parker also added some misdirection to his repertoire as he gently builds a training program for young runners under the guise of telling the story. Gone are the sixty quarter miles, replaced by the guiding wisdom of Archie San Romani through Trapper, and later, from his coaches, especially Mr. Kamrad. The running is interspersed with basketball. It’s on the court that Cassidy first stars, learning the lessons of diligent practice and focus to reach beyond the barriers that had been applied to him.
Parker does a smooth job of bringing the previous book’s characters back to round out the scenes. Readers of Once a Runner will recognize many of the characters, not the least Mizner and a young Jack Nubbins and the race finale takes place at Southeastern University, the setting forOnce a Runner.
Parker continues to blend in the science of training with his racing, but does so subtly. He sets basketball as the prestige sport, with cross country and track distant also-rans in the school hierarchy of popularity, not so different from the reality for most runners. As the plot develops, so does Cassidy’s character. The reader watches the writer deftly molding young Cassidy into the man that he will be in Once a Runner, the athlete with an almost visceral rejection of stupidity masquerading as authority. The tension builds through the second third of the novel as Cassidy is forced, by a combination of his own talents and decisions as well as the internal pressures of the sports programs with the prestige to decide on his future.
The result is less a one dimensional running book like Once a Runner and more a coming of age story for Quenton Cassidy, teenager. As such, it should have wider appeal to more readers. And yet, there’s that Parker touch, and the runners will recognize the magic that Parker brings to running fiction, that makes it special to all of us that once dreamed of being that runner.
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Paul Duffau writes novels about running and works with junior high cross country runners part-time. His first novel, Finishing Kick, was recognized by Running Times in their Summer Reading list July, 2014. His newest novel, a high-octane adventure set in the mountains of Montana, is Trail of Second Chances. He blogs on the running life, running book, and interviews people that he finds interesting atwww.paulduffau.com .

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Santa Rosa High School freshman Kirsten Carter is off and running


Santa Rosa High School freshman Kirsten Carter is off and running (One of the top freshmen in California goes to Santa Rosa HS. Keep an eye on her in NCS and beyond)

Northern California Coaching Opening in the fall?

Send me the details to albertjcaruana@gmail.com and I will post the job opening right here. Looking for a job in the fall? Same.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

“THE COMPETITIVE MOMENT”

by Coach “Peanut” Harms

While much has been written about the physical and psychological preparation for the “COMPETITIVE MOMENT” in the various sports and amount of literature available dealing with the sequence of events which guides an athlete through the actual competitive experience is limited.

In the next few paragraphs I will take a psychological, pseudo philosophical look at the “Moment” in the sport of running. The period I refer to is the time from the sound of the gun to the crossing of the finish line.

I refer to the “COMPETITVE MOMENT” in Cross Country/Track as being in the “Eye of the Hurricane” or as a “microcosm of life” whereas numerous pressures and occurrences are all happening in a short period of time. The trick is to remain calm despite all of the confusion. These are the moments when all of the flood gates are open-adrenalin is flowing at fever pitch and you are there to match your abilities and your training with your opponents. The manner in which you react to this moment depends on several factors, the most important one being the amount of preparation (training) you have done for the event. There is a direct correlation between the amount of PREPARATION you have and the level of CONFIDENCE available to you. CONFIDENCE is the KEY that opens the DOOR to the world of potentially successful performances! How you manage your confidence determines whether you walk through that door or not. PREPARATION has allowed you to approach this with limited apprehension. From this point on the decisions you make, how you manage the stress of competition determines whether it’ll be positive (exciting) or negative (anxious/nervous). Of course there are other lesser factors which contribute to a positive experience but CONFIDENCE THROUGH PREPARATION is the foundation; KNOWLEDGE AND MANAGEMENT are the keys!

THE START
Everyone on the line is going through the same anticipation. Anxiety is limited by confidence through preparation. It is important for the athlete to realize HE/SHE is in control of his or her own destiny. Concentration should be on the task at hand and the internal control through pace judgment and common sense will get you off to a good, solid start.

THE RACE
After settling into the race the athlete should practice EVALUATION of the first several moments of the race. This evaluation process should take place during the actual “HEAT OF THE RACE.” Sample questions could be, “Where am I in the pack?” or “Where are my teammates?” If systems are go YOU have prepared YOURSELF to approach “THE CRITICAL STAGE OF THE COMPETITIVE MOMENT”!

CRITICAL STAGE – “THE RED LINE GOES ON!!!!”
The athlete should not be frightened by the questioning of his/her commitment at some point in the race. I believe every runner goes through this stage and the ENTIRE RACE depends: A) RECOGNITION OF THE MOMENT, B) UNDERSTANDING THE MOMENT, C) SUCCESSFULLY MANAGING THE MOMENT, AND D) PROCEEDING CONFIDENTLY BEYOND THE MOMENT.

It usually happens like this: after a smooth start you settle into your race – at some point, be it a hill, a stiff challenge from an opponent, a fall in the mud, etc., you instinctively place your finger on an imaginary panic button.

You have now reached what I refer to the “RHETORICAL STAGE OF YOUR RACE,” the stage at which you being conversing with yourself as to what you are going to do about this challenge. How you reach to this challenge (there will usually be more than one) will determine whether you have a positive experience or a negative experience. Emulating the moment “in practice” is critical in athletes’ preparation for actual competition. A more illustrative analogy would find two sides to the “CONVERSATION.”
“The DEVIL—MR./MS. NEGATIVE” saying things like, “Back Off! You’re too tired!” or “Slow Down!! You’ve never beaten this girl!” or “You’re not a Hill Runner!!” or “You’re worthless, that’s why your boyfriend left you!” THIS DEVIL WILL SAY ANYTHING TO CONVINCE YOU THAT YOUR BEST JUST ISN’T WORTHWHILE!!!

On the other hand and fighting just as hard (Hopefully Harder!!) is the
REALISTIC, TRUTHFUL, CALM “ANGEL OF GOOD PERFORMANCES—MR.MS. POSITIVE!!” He or she is saying things like, “You’re in GREAT SHAPE and READY TO MAKE A MOVE!!” or “WORKOUTS HAVE BEEN GREAT!! I’VE IMPROVED EVERY WEEK & I AIN’T FINISHED YET!!” or I’M GONNA MAKE MY MOVE AT THE THREE AND TAKE CHARGE OF THIS GROUP!!”

You get the picture. The best way to manage this as well as any “stressful” event is to ARM YOURSELF WITH SO MUCH REAL CONFIDENCE THROUGH CONSISTENT, HARD, COMMON SENSE TRAINING THAT THE DEVIL CAN’T POSSIBLY WIN OUT. Better yet, CONCENTRATE ON THE TAST AT HAND and don’t enter into conversation with yourself—JUST SHUT UP AND RUN!!! At the very least, every time you race put the conversation further and further back in your race.

REMEMBER-THE ATHLETE IS IN CONTROL OF HIS/HER COMPETITIVE DESTINY!!

In conclusion, we should train our athletes about the recognition, understanding, managing and going beyond these “CRITICAL MOMENTS” in the competitive experience. Most of all each athlete should “ARM” themselves with consistent, common sense training, which would prevent them from talking themselves out of a positive, DESERVED, COMPETITIVE EXPERIENCE.