Sunday, September 30, 2007

Norcal Rankings #4

Now that the Stanford Invitational is in our rear view mirror, we have a better idea of where most teams and individuals fall in the Norcal Sections (CCS, NCS, NS, OAK, SF and SJS). While it's easy to compare times and team efforts from yesterday's race, one cannot get caught up in the trap of simply ranking teams the way they finished yesterday. Some teams were missing individuals while others use Stanford as just another step to peaking when it counts, in November. As always, feel free to comment on the rankings below.

The following list will be updated throughout the season leading up to the California state meet.


Boys ....................................................Girls
1) Petaluma NCS...................................1) Carondelet NCS
2)
Woodcreek SJS.................................2) Carlmont CCS
3)
Jesuit SJS.........................................3) Davis Sr. SJS
4) Willow Glen CCS...............................4) Ponderosa SJS
5)
Amador Valley NCS...........................5) Campolindo NCS
6)
Skyline OAK ....................................6) St. Francis, Sacramento SJS
7)
De La Salle NCS................................7) Castro Valley NCS
8)
Davis Sr. SJS....................................8) Gunn CCS
9)
Los Gatos CCS...................................9) Mt. View CCS
10)
Carlmont CCS.................................10) St. Ignatius CCS
Honorable Mention (5 teams in alphabetical order)
Acalanes NCS.......................................
Aptos CCS
Bellarmine CCS.....................................Del Oro SJS
Grace Davis SJS
....................................Los Gatos CCS
Monte Vista NCS..................................Maria Carrillo NCS
Sheldon SJS.........................................Woodcreek SJS

Boys' Individuals
1) German Fernandez (12) Riverbank SJS
2) Mohammed Abdalla (12) Willow Glen CCS
3)
James Tracy (12) Del Campo SJS
4)
Philip MacQuitty (10) Palo Alto CCS
5)
James Attarian (12) Dublin NCS
6) Diego Estrada (12) Alisal CCS
7)
Nate Beach (12) Acalanes NCS
8)
Matt Duffy (12) St. Mary's NCS
9) Lance Wolfsmith (11) Sobrado CCS
10)
Brad Surh (12) Carlmont CCS

Girls' Individual
1)
Laurynne Chetelat (12) Davis Sr. SJS
2)
Jacque Taylor (10) Casa Grande NCS
3)
Nicole Hood (10) Carondelet NCS
4) Katy Daly (11) St. Ignatius CCS
5) Sarah Sumpter (12) Healdsburg NCS

6)
Deborah Maier (12) Ponderosa SJS
7) Stephanie Barnett (11) Leland CCS
8) Justine Fedronic (11) Carlmont CCS
9) Diana George (11) Livermore NCS
10) Samantha Hamilton (10) Half Moon Bay CCS

Feel free to comment on the list above. If you feel that a team or individual is missing or should be higher up on the list, please let yourself be heard. If you don't want your comment to be made public, you can email me at albertjcaruana@gmail.com

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

did Davis Sr. have a bad race at stanford? or is that their normal team, because if it is i don't think they should be on the top ten - they should be in the honorable mentions.

Albert Caruana said...

Davis did not run well yesterday but when you look at their season success, they still belong in the top 10.

Peter Brewer said...

Albert: Castro Valley's girls team was missing two of the top 5 runners yesterday at RAM due to illness and a broken arm (the broken arm won the Ram GJV race instead). Still, nothing to take away from Gunn who was missing a girl as well. Ernie seems to have them humming right along now.

Also, our boys' team should be able to unveil our full lineup when we finally add our hotshot frosh boy (BFrosh winner at Ram) to the varsity mix at Artichoke. Maybe we can make a notch or two up the ladder.

The Skyline boys are for real, and Coach Chris is definitely developing some backup for his fab four. It is only a matter of time.

Peter Brewer
Castro Valley

Albert Caruana said...

Peter, thank you for chiming in with the rankings. I noticed you had a couple of runners missing from the Varsity race at the Ram.

As I mentioned with the Tim Hunter in his interview, the NCS Division I field is incredibly deep this year. Your boys are just one of 8 teams that will by vying for those 2 qualifying spots at Hayward. It should be the best race in NCS this year.

Skyline moved up from 10th to their current position. They continue to prove themselves worthy of their ranking on different courses. Their front four can run with anybody in Northern California. If their 5th man inches closer to that group, watch out SS!

Anonymous said...

Skyline ARE for real. Their Top 4 boys most likely are going to take Top 10. And the way Coach Chris Williams is coach them boys, I'm not surprised if the 5th boy is right behind the 4th. Skyline is going to dominate Norcal. So watch out for them when they blow people's mind with their amazing performance.

Anonymous said...

Woodcreek and Petaluma are doing great right now and are going to give the socal guys a run for their money come state

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what Mtn. View girls did or didn't do to justify being dropped from #5 last week to #9 this week, below Gunn. At the Central Park Invite on Tuesday, Mtn. View did a "pack run" letting their #7 girl set the pace and still finished far ahead of Gunn:
http://www.dyestatcal.com/ATHLETICS/XC/2007/scvalres.htm

Also, are Los Gatos varsity girls even running anymore? I haven't seen a result from them since the Early Bird.

Albert Caruana said...

Very good questions.

First, it's not what Mt. View did this past week but more what other teams did to move up. Campolindo was very impressive at Stanford moving up to #5 on the Norcal list. Same for St. Francis, Sacramento to move up to 6th.

Gunn and Castro Valley ran well at the Ram to finish 1st and 2nd.
Results are here: Ram Results

At Central Park, it appears Gunn was "pack running" as well so I wouldn't give that race too much weight.

Los Gatos ran at Jim Danner this weekend. You can find their results on their website:
Los Gatos Website

Thank you very much for your questions. Keep checking in.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see Monte Vista slowing moving up.

The best pack in NCS, with their number one runner, and number six runner, only 18 seconds apart.

Bhavik Kanzaria and Harry Nunns have both been out with injury, so look for MV for that second spot behind Amador in NCS D1 Boys for State.