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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Norcal Pre-Season Rankings

Below is the pre-season list of the top 10 Norcal (CCS, NCS, NS, OAK, SF and SJS) teams and individuals for boys and girls. It's based primarily on last season's cross country and track and field results. It will be updated throughout the season leading up to the California state meet.

Boys
.................................................Girls

1) Petaluma NCS.................................1) Carondelet NCS

2) Jesuit SJS......................................2)
Carlmont CCS
3)
Carlmont CCS.................................3) St. Francis, Sacramento SJS
4)
Woodcreek SJS...............................4) Davis Sr. SJS
5)
Davis Sr. SJS...................................5) Del Oro SJS
6)
North Monterey County CCS.............6) Ponderosa SJS
7) Santa Clara CCS
..............................7) Placer SJS
8) Aptos CCS......................................8) Los Gatos CCS
9)
Los Gatos CCS.................................9) Campolindo NCS
10)
Maria Carrillo NCS.......................10) Mt. Shasta NS
Honorable Mention (5 teams added in no particular order)
Del Campo SJS.....................................Maria Carrillo NCS
Oak Ridge SJS......................................Mountain View CCS
De La Salle NCS....................................Aptos CCS
St. Ignatius CCS....................................North Monterey County CCS
Campolindo NCS...................................Gunn CCS


Boys' Individuals
1) German Fernandez (12) Riverbank SJS
2) Mohammed Abdalla (12) Willow Glen CCS
3) Brad Surh (12) Carlmont CCS
4) Phillip MacQuitty (10) Palo Alto CCS
5)
Diego Estrada (12) Alisal CCS
6) Rylan Hunt (11) Aptos CCS
7) James Tracy (12) Del Campo SJS
8)
Chris Romo (12) Woodcreek SJS
9)
Gambileg Bor (12) Jefferson CCS
10) Matt Duffy (12) St. Mary's College NCS

Girls' Individual
1)
Laurynne Chetelet (12) Davis Sr. SJS
2)
Jacque Taylor (10) Casa Grande NCS
3) Justine Fedronic (11) Carlmont CCS
4) Diana George (11) Livermore NCS
5) Rebecca Habtamu (12) Prospect CCS
6) Stephanie Barnett (11) Leland CCS
7) Katy Daly (11) St. Ignatius CCS
8) Nicole Hood (10) Carondelet NCS
9)
Samantha Hamilton (10) Half Moon Bay CCS
10) Sara Howard (10) Colfax SJS


This is by no means set in stone. Rankings are subject to editing as I get more information. Feel free to add your input to these lists.

Check out the poll to the right. Only four days left to vote.

8 comments:

griep08 said...

not concerning the rankings, but how did you not include Kenenisa Bekele in the poll? he has the WR in the 5k and 10k.

Albert Caruana said...

Kenenisa Bekele is a great runner as proven by his 2004 Olympics success and his world records. I didn't put him on the list because he still needs a few more years at the top to stamp himself as an alltime great. There is no question that if he wins races in Osaka and then Beijing, he will belong with the runners I listed.

Anonymous said...

I usually agree with your rankings, but concerning the boys team rankings, how could you not put de la salle in the top 10? 4 out of the top 5 from state trip (all under 17:00) are coming back off solid track seasons and the other man in top 5 ran a 17:01 at DLS/CHS Nike invite.

Albert Caruana said...

I appreciate the comment. I am sure DLS will be one of the top teams as I ranked them #2 in Division II behind Petaluma when I did the NCS pre-season rankings. You can check those out here: NCS Division II Pre-Season Rankings

It was really tough trying to cut it down to only 10 teams in Northern California. I am sure there are 5-10 other teams that think they deserve to be on that list as well. I will add the 5 honorable mention teams shortly.

Things will start to fall into place once the season begins.

Thanks again for your input.

Rich Vasquez Clayton Valley HS 1976 said...

Okay, but you missed Greg Drosky, who ran faster than Duffy in track and XC. Leaving out the #1 NCS time (15:18) is inexcusable.

Clayton Valley's Nate Litwiller will break out this year, and perhaps supplant Drosky as top NCS XC runner, with two 5K XC wins in New Zealand against 150+ NX schoolboys in July, after a 14:56 5K in Pleasant Hill 7/4, where he floated very quickly. His 4:21 sophomore 1600 was rare and show the promise that makes him a wise man's choice for top 5 on NorCal list.

Albert Caruana said...

Rick, thank you for your comment. This is still pre-season and if any runners belong on the list, they can quickly make their statement in the races. I am simply starting out with a list and will keep updating it throughout the season.

Keep chiming in.

Rich said...

Nicole Hood is no worse than #3 on your list now, right? I give Chetalayat #1 and until Taylor falls directly to Hood in XC, keep her ahead, but it is pretty clear to those watching that Hood (breaking Allen's Newhall record easily in huge margin over George) is ahead of where she left track season with a 10:41 after a 4:53, ahead of Jacque.

Albert Caruana said...

Rich, new Norcal rankings were posted this past week and Nicole is in fact #3. Link listed below.

I will have new Norcal rankings coming out on Monday.

Link to Norcal Rankings #2


Thanks for the input.