Sac-Joaquin Section Finals at Willow Hill Reservoir course on Saturday, November 14th.
Courtesey of dyestatcal.com and Joe Hartman:
Cross country makes adjustments at subsections (pattersonirrigator.com)
Central Coast Section Finals at the Crystal Springs course on Saturday, November 14th.
Courtesy of dyestatcal.com:
Runners keep Fresno in mind (thecalifornian.com)
Los Gatos Teams Set for CCS Action (losgatosobserver.com)
Boys cross country team heads to Central Coast Section Finals (mercurynews.com)
The following is from Valley Christian coach Josh Small:
My “officially unofficial” predictions for GIRLS 2009 CCS XC
(My Boys Predictions Tomorrow)
1 Carlmont (D1)
Despite all the drama this year this team is better than ever. Peterson is the top runner in CCS this year with a time of 17:41 at Crystal, and is the only runner to break 18 so far in 2009. While the quality of the top runners is lacking in the CCS this year this team has three of the best. If they are running on full cylinders they will be hard to beat.
2 Gunn (D1)
This team is solid and is lurking on the edge. The top 4 teams could all win it this year and with perhaps the fastest 5 runner (19:17) in the section what is there not to like about this team. Even with a bad day their 6 & 7 could be #1 on most teams. The only reason I put them #2 is because of the powerhouse 1-2-3 of Carlmont.
3 Mountain View (D2)
Mountain View has been a power in the CCS and this year is no different. Expect Coach Evan Smith to have his team ready to roll. With a big run from their #5 runner they could be the #1 at the end of the day.
4 Aptos (D3)
This team has been tough as nails. Not only did they bring back their top 6 but added a stud freshman to the mix. Their strength comes from their incredible depth. Mountain View, Carlmont and Gunn will need a great performances from everyone in their top 5 to take them down. This team is in the mix for the top spot in CCS.
5 Half Moon Bay (D4)
Half Moon Bay has been on fire this year with two girls in the 18’s at Crystal. The team has incredible depth with their number 5 runner running 20:17.
6 Saint Ignatius (D3)
Rachel Hinds leads a talented group of runners that could all be under 20 minutes at the CCS meet. They drop off after #5 so they will need everyone to have a good day, but this team has never failed to perform and ran well in WCAL. They will not roll over and concede the D3 title to Aptos so look for them near the top.
7 Gilroy (D1)
Good group of runners up front. Their #5 runner is key to their performance but they came through last year. They will be good again this year.
8 Mitty (D2)
A solid group of runners with a top 5 spread of about a minute. They got some big help from freshman this year which make them a tough team to beat.
9 Presentation (D2)
A solid group of top runners. With a solid performance from their 5 runner they will be tough and should challenge for a state spot in D2.
10 Scotts Valley (D4)
A solid group of 6 runners finished second to Aptos in the SCCAL. They ran well in big meets like Stanford and should do well at CCS.
11 Lynbrook (D2)
This team has got it done all year. Consistency comes to mind. Expect them to get it done once again at CCS.
12 Los Gatos (D2)
With four runners 20:18 or better they need a big run from their #5 who has a best of 21:18 at Crystal this year. That said they have tons of potential and could surprise people and be as high as 6th at the end of the day
13 St. Francis (D2)
Their top 5 runners are bunched together well with their #5 running mid 20’s at Crystal but needs the pop from their top runners to move up the rankings.
14 Notre Dame - Belmont (D4)
A good group of runners who performed well at Toro and Stanford this year. They could be a tough team and have a solid top 5.
15 Valley Christian (D3)
A talented group of runners that has battled injury all season is finally healthy and ready to go. Decent performances from their top 4, but needs a quality performance from their #5 runner.
Teams to Watch:
Evergreen Valley (D1); San Benito (D1); Aargon (D2); Leigh (D2); Sacred Heart (D3); Notre Dame – San Jose (D3); Santa Cruz (D4); Carmel (D4); Woodside Priory (D5); Crystal springs Uplands (D5)