Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
"Longtime message board poster and DyeStat contributor Rob "Watchout" Monroe returns to the front page with the first of our weekly POWERADE FAB 50 ESPN RISE team rankings. Look for weekly FAB 50 updates from Rob from now through the end of the cross country season."
Coming in at #27 is the Campolindo HS girls although they are incorrectly listed as NCS champions from last year.
You can check out the complete list at the following link:
Boys' list is here:
Included in the preview is former Davis HS runner and now Stanford senior Brendan Gregg. Here is an interview I did with Brendan in February 2009.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Gunn cross country teams rebuilding
5 Questions: Woodcreek Cross Country Runner runs her competition into the ground
SRV Cross Country Preview: Wolves Looking to Build Off Strong 2009
Los Lomas Cross Country Preview: Schreiber Aims for High Finish at State
Amador Valley Cross Country Preview: Dons Committed to Success (Just added)
More season previews coming up...
Similar articles out there covering NorCal XC teams? Send the links to firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to post the link below in the comment section.
Good advice for both coaches and athletes from Alberto Salazar as he describes Alan Webb's comeback effort:
You can find results here: http://www.rietimeeting.com/info/results/index.html
Posted by Albert Caruana at 10:39 AM
Friday, August 27, 2010
also, Rick Milam by Mark Foyer of the Half Moon Bay Review
Posted by Albert Caruana at 7:29 PM
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
By Kevin Sparrer, for Silicon Valley Community Newspapers
Posted: 08/23/2010 07:42:32 PM PDT
The race to the finish line in the 37th annual Dammit Run looked a lot like the finish in a Central Coast Section meet during the 2009 high school cross country season.
The Dammit this year was dominated by youth with 15-year-old Richard Ho leading the charge and 18-year-old twins Weston and Nathan Strum close behind.
Ho, a member of the Leland High School cross country squad, finished first in the 5-mile run that beings and ends at the Los Gatos High School track after a trip up to the Lexington Reservoir.
Ho won the Dammit title by completing the course in 28:33. Ho won seven races for the Chargers as a freshman, setting four records during the cross country season.
Behind Ho were the Strum brothers, who starred in cross country and track at Pioneer High last year. W. Strum finished second to Ho in 28:42 and N. Strum was third in 29:25. Behind the Strums were Charles Deanda, 15, a standout at Bellarmine, and Kevin Bishop. DeAnda completed the course in 29:30, while Bishop was right on his tail in 29:36.
W. Strum set as record in the 3,200-meter run in the Los Gatos hosted Top 8 Track and Field Classic, snapping a mark that had been set in 1981. N. Strum also starred in the meet, finishing first in the 1,600- and 800-meter races.
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Below is a link for the first of the three part speaker series the Bay Area Track Club (BATC) is having at the Sports Basement this fall. Magdalena Lewy-Boulet and Peter Gilmore will be speaking about Marathon and half marathon training this Wednesday night.
Here is the link below to the flyer on their website:
Monday, August 23, 2010
Whether you are a new or veteran coach or just somebody that wants to learn more about the sport of cross country, this manual will be a worthwhile read for you.
Any other links out there that might be of interest to visitors of this site? Feel free to add them in the comment section below.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Casa distance star goes really long (Jacque Taylor)
RUNNING: Redemption Run (San Benito HS XC team)
Coach Brock on his start in coaching (Santa Cruz HS/Maggie Vessey's coach)
Mt. SAC track fixture Davis dies (Scott Davis)
Local 1960s football, track and field icon passes (Don Castle)
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Division 1 (2 Berths)
1. Oak Ridge
4. Grace Davis
Notes: This division should just be called the Youth Division. One thing was striking when calculating next year's possible positions. There were almost no seniors in the 2009 Section final. And a majority of those few seniors came from one school: Davis Sr. Legendary Coach Bill Gregg will have his work cut out for him to reboot his empire, but I don't see any reason why he wouldn't be able to. The obvious story here is that Oak Ridge is virtually unbeatable, losing only Hayley Scott. Lodi looks strong too however, especially with the track credentials of #1 Cassidy Daley. If Davis or Oak Ridge stumble seriously, Lodi might be ready and waiting.
Division 2 (3 Berths)
1. St. Francis
5. Del Campo
Notes: I suspect that Woodcreek may have a secret stash of 21-flat Willow Hills girls waiting for November 2010, but for the time being, it looks like Woodcreek is out of contention for the 2010 season. St. Francis will be there though, possibly with a Top-10 in the State type team. Barring any dramatic improvements from Oakmont's 3-4-5 scorers, St Francis appears to be ready to roll through Section finals. Vacaville, Ponderosa and Del Campo return full squads with experienced leaders. Look for these 3 teams to pick up the pieces if St Francis or Oakmont fall by the wayside and/or move divisions. Additionally, a lot of us will be wondering what Bella Vista will do. Will they run their freshmen and sophomores down again like last year or will they unleash them on the varsity scene? With no results on their prowess at the 5km distance it is hard to guess what type of team BV could be. If they do run them all up, expect Bella Vista to cause some sort of stir.
Division 3 (3 Berths)
1. Del Oro
2. Vista Del Lago
3. El Dorado
Notes: Note to self; Del Oro is loaded. Looking at their frosh-soph team, it appears DO could be dominating this division once again for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, another perennial D3 power seems to have lost their hold on those coveted State berths. Placer loses Shannon Harcus and it hurts them quite a bit. The Hillgals do have a decent frosh-soph team that may be able to replenish their Varsity squad, but look to Vista Del Lago to keep hold of their berth and then it will likely be El Dorado, returning a strong front 3 with frosh-sophs ready to reinforce. If any of these teams falter however certainly Placer and Woodland are strong enough to take advantage.
-- Jason Jimenez
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
1) Going back to the beginning of your running career, how did you get your start with cross country and track and field?
I got my start in running when I was in junior high school. I was in 7th grade and my PE class had a 6 week cross country unit. Every day we would run a 1.5 mile course and our times got recorded. My PE teacher kept a top ten list and it was posted on a huge board in the locker room…it was a very big deal to get on the board. I wanted to be on the top of the list and when I got to the top I wanted to run so fast that no one else could beat my time.
2) When did you first realize your talents in the two sports? What were some of your successes during your first two years in high school?
I felt that early on I had the potential to be pretty good. Running was effortless in many ways for me growing up. I was always the fastest on my baseball and basketball teams and was always singled out for being the “fastest.” Naturally, I gravitated towards cross country as a freshman and experienced immediate success. 1987 was the first year of the California High School State Cross Country Meet and there was a lot of buzz around the sport that year…I finished 7th in 15:30 at Woodward Park and the rest was history.
3) What are some of your proudest accomplishments in high school in both sports? Who were some of the more notable competitors?
I had a couple of moments that really stood out in high school. Ironically, both coming during my sophomore year of high school. First, our team won the 2A CIF Cross Country Title…it was one of the most exciting moments of my career. It was the first and is still the only title my high school ever won in Boys cross country. Second, a few weeks later I PR’d by 25 seconds and ran 15:02 at Woodward Park to finish 5th at the Kinney (Now Footlocker) West Regionals to make the national meet. I was stunned after the race…I can still remember how much that race hurt…it seemed like I was red-lining the whole way…I was determined not to break.
4) Looking back at your high school training, what do you feel really worked for you and what do you think you could have done differently?
I think that my training was really sound. We were a moderate mileage team and I think physiologically we had a good plan. If I could have done anything different I would have been more disciplined with the little things. I ate like crap and was very inconsistent with my long run. Sometimes I would run on Sunday and sometimes I wouldn’t.
5) How did you end up choosing Villanova and what were some of your accomplishments there?
I had a lot of options during my Senior year. Looking back on it, I was pretty naïve about the recruitment process and have a very narrow scope when looking at schools. That’s not to say that I was looking at bad programs, it’s just that I didn’t do a lot of research and was quick with saying no to some schools. I definitely liked my recruiting trip to Villanova and was hosted by Terrence Mahon (Team USA California Coach Now)…he was a big influence on my decision to attend Villanova. He was a fellow Californian who was having success as a student-athlete and he was helpful with me making the transition across country. I had a moderately successful career at Villanova, but maybe not as successful as many would have projected. I was an All American 9 Times and finished 4th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships when I was just 19. I was banged up quite a bit during my career, but managed to string together some memorable performances.
6) What was the biggest positive change for you in terms of your training?
The biggest positive change was the long run and that really didn’t come into play until my 2nd year at Nova. I ran 3:41 as a freshman for 1500m and I was really doing a lot of speed work. My coach, Marty Stern and I, starting to reflect on my disappointing freshman cross country season and we made some adjustments in the training. Mainly, adding a 15-18 mile long run on Sunday. I was real consistent in my training and my confidence just grew. I began to dream everyday that I would win the NCAA Title that fall. Every run I envisioned racing side by side with Bob Kennedy. I progressed fantastically that fall and finished 4th at the big dance.
7) Who inspired you to get in coaching and when did you realize this was what you wanted to pursue?
I think that I secretly always wanted to get into coaching. My Dad was always a coach while I was growing up and I really respected his ability to reconstruct bad teams and get them to believe. I’ve always been that way I guess. I never wanted to be on the “IT” team, I always liked to play for the underdog. It was probably my biggest reason for choosing Villanova. They hadn’t made the NCAA in cross country for over 10 years and I was adamant to change that. I think that was my biggest attraction to Arizona State in the beginning. I wanted to work with Walt Drenth who was known for turning programs around…that really excited me about ASU.
8) Who have been your coaching mentors?
Walt Drenth and Greg Kraft at ASU have really showed me the way. I spent many an afternoon and early morning just soaking everything in from Coach Drenth. He is one of the best college coaches in the country. I admire Coach Kraft’s ability to construct a well rounded track and field program. He has really been the most influential coach that I have come across in my career.
I started at ASU in the Winter of 2002 and really was the product of fantastic timing. ASU is known for it’s mentoring of Graduate Assistants and I called Walt Drenth that fall to put my name into the hat to be the next GA. They currently had a GA (Corey Ihmels – Now the Head Track Coach at Iowa State and Coach of Lisa Kohl). Corey got offered the Cross Country job at Iowa State that Fall and Walt called me immediately. I packed up and moved to Tempe with my wife who just happened to be from Phoenix. It really was just great timing. In 2004, I took over the duties of Coaching the Cross Country and Distance team…so I’m going into my 7th season as the Head Cross Country Coach. We have been fortunate to really have some great moments and achievements these past few years, but one of the achievements I’m most proud of was the 2007 Women’s Cross Country team that finished 4th at the NCAA Cross Country meet. That team defied expectation that day. They just believed they could do anything.
10) Since your days of competing in high school, what do you feel have been the most important changes in how runners train today?
Biggest change is access to information. There is great info out there that is easily accessible that has really helped how young distance runners train. We are seeing our great distance runners develop a greater aerobic foundation that is beginning to pay off at the international level. I think we’ll see several more distance runners from the US run under 13 minutes for 5K over the next 5 years. It will be extremely difficult to make US National teams.
11) What is your advice for high school coaches who want to have competitive teams year in, year out and have students who have a positive experience in cross country?
I think at the end of the day we want the students to really come to enjoy running. We want them to continue to pursue running as an integral part of their lives. It doesn’t matter if they continue competing in college, but if they enjoy running it will change their life.
Thank you very much for your time Louie! AJC
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
De La Salle High announced that Kevin Selby has resigned as head track and field coach and will be succeeded by assistant coach John Harvey.
“As my sons have gotten older (they are ages 5 and 7), the demands of a dad have increased. It was a reluctant decision and a difficult decision, and I totally support John Harvey. He’s a proven coach,” said Selby, a 1991 De La Salle graduate. “He has kind of been a co-head coach.”
Selby will continue to be a physical education and health teacher at the school. “I could see myself coming back to coaching at some point,” said Selby, who was the 2009 Bay Area News Group East Bay Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year.
He coached three years in his second stint as the Spartans’ track and field head coach. De La Salle won North Coast Section Meet of Champion team titles all three years and were tied for sixth at the 2009 California Interscholastic Federation state championships . He was also the school’s head coach from 2000 to 2002.
Harvey has coached De La Salle’s sprinters and also the long jumpers and triple jumpers the past four seasons, including 2009 California Interscholastic Federation state long jump champion Chase Wheeler. Previously he was the head coach at Merrill West-Tracy from 1999-2005, which included a CIF state girls team title in 2005 and five individual state titles, and Wilcox-Santa Clara from 1992-98.
“I think the goal is always to continue to build the program … the goal is to continue to develop the kids,” said Harvey, an off-campus coach. “I’m honored to be there as a coach.”
Jessie Petersen is still a relative novice when it comes to the steeplechase.
In sports, however, few things trump sheer athleticism and hard work, and Petersen is Exhibit A in that regard.
Competing in the steeplechase for just the fourth time in her career, the incoming Carlmont High senior blew away the field to win the event two weeks ago at the AAU Track and Field Junior Olympic Games on the campus of Norfolk State University in Virginia.
Competing for track club RF United, Petersen won the 2,000-meter steeplechase in the young women’s division in a personal-best time of 7 minutes, 11.79 seconds. How dominant was Petersen? Oteia Prince of Tennessee was a distant second, nearly 35 seconds behind.
Petersen has three firsts and one second-place finish to her credit in the event, with the runner-up finish coming at last summer’s Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa. Petersen was elated with her performance, especially when you consider the fact that she only trains — for a couple of weeks, tops — for the steeplechase during the summer club season.
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From the CIF state website:
- CIF/NFHS "Fundamentals of Coaching" Online Course ($52 PER COACH)
- "Fundamentals of Coaching" is a general coaching course that will count towards CIF certification. It is listed under core courses at the NFHS web site. Please note that the courses at the NFHS site with a specific sport name attached WILL NOT count for this certification. The above link will take you directly to the correct course.The same site that offers the coaching certification course also has a new course (FREE) on concussions in sports. I highly recommend you taking the course which only takes 30 minutes. While cross country is not one of the leading sports in numbers of concussions, you just never know. You can get the certification at the following link:
Monday, August 16, 2010
Your turn to answer the following questions as we head closer and closer to the start of XC '10.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Posted by Albert Caruana at 5:52 PM
Thursday, August 12, 2010
If you love high school cross country and enjoy looking back in history of some of the great teams and individuals of the past, then you have to check out XC Nation. Be prepared to be on the site for a while looking back at years and years of data and information.
Interesting to look back at the Postal National Championships (5 x 2 miles) and the listing of several CCS teams including Palo Alto HS, Hillsdale HS, Carlmont HS, Mills HS and Burlingame HS who either finished 1st or 2nd in the national "meet".
You can find a complete list of the winners here:
Also from the site, a great video "The Bill McChesney Jr. Story"
Hopefully someone with a greater span of cross country history than I can respond to this but who is the best boys' team to come out of Northern California? What about girls? Is German Fernandez the best individual or is there someone else that we are overlooking? Who is the best girl? Amber Trotter? Julia Stamps? Sara Bei? Other?
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
You can find all the teams posted at the following link:
You can also find his complete season rankings for the 2008 and 2009 seasons at the following link:
Who are the NorCal teams that have the potential to be one of the best at the state level? National level?
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
10) Robin O'Connell Eureka HS Division III
9) Nick Kraus Eureka HS Division III
8) Anthony Martore Castro Valley HS Division I
7) Dylan Laucher Campolindo HS Division III
6) Forrest Shaffer Petaluma HS Division III
5) Parker Deuel San Ramon Valley HS Division II
4) Ben Eversole Castro Valley HS Division I
3) Jeff Bickert College Park HS Division I
2) Daniel Milechman Tamalpais HS Division IV
1) Luis Luna Piner HS Division III
10) Amber Peirsol Windsor HS Division II
9) Kelsey Santisteban Castro Valley HS Division I
8) Elaine McVay California HS Division I
7) Natalie Dimits Livermore HS Division I
6) Grace Orders Campolindo HS Division III
5) Holland Reynolds University HS Division V
4) Jennie Callan University HS Division V
3) Carrie Verdon Campolindo HS Division III
2) Lucy McCullough Marin Academy Division V
1) Julie Nacouzi Montgomery Division II
Feel free to comment below. Who should move up? Down? Who did I miss?
Jessie Petersen 1st Place 7:11.79 (New CCS Record)
For a complete list, check out http://www.dyestatcal.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/ccsalltm.htm
Also at the same meet:
Jessie Petersen 2nd Place 10:31.37
Cindy Huang 5th Place 4:50.33
Jessie Petersen 6th Place 4:52.68
For complete results, check out: