Friday, December 31, 2010
You can view the list of all-time list of plaques for the girls at the following link:
Please let me know if you spot any errors by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
To find out what teams (boys) have made it to the podium (top 3 finishes) in the history of the California State Cross Country Meet, check out the following link:
If you identify any errors, please email me the corrections at email@example.com
Girls will be posted tomorrow.
Empire's Top Runner Make All Nor-Cal Team (SR Press Democrat)
The top ten: Titles, playoffs, state bids for local teams (HMB Review)
Preps plus: Names and News (Sac Bee)
East Country's Year-End High School Sports Review (Contra Costa Times)
Top 10 of '10 (Los Altos Town Crier)
Say goodbye to 2010, Los Gatos
The Bee's All-District Cross Country Coach of the Year (Modesto Bee)
Serra Hoops, Hillsdale Baseball Among Year's Best (Lauren Croshaw Aragon XC)
Top 10 sports stories of 2010 (Lodi News)
Sequoia and Carlmont Football Dominate 2010 Feats (Carlmont Cross Country)
Petaluma sports Top 10 in 2010
Will post more as I find them. Feel free to send similar links to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Most Valuable Runner (boys)-Daniel Milechman Tamalpais HS
Most Valuable Runner (girls)-Carrie Verdon Campolindo HS
Most Impressive Performance (boys)-Kevin Bishop 14:50 at Mt. SAC Invitational
Most Impressive Performance (girls)-Julie Nacouzi 3rd place at Footlocker National Meet
Most Inspirational (boys)-Nolan Petersen/Jesse Chestnut Washington HS
Most Inspirational (girls)-Holland Reynolds University HS
Most Improved Runner (boys)-Jordon Rushing Del Campo HS
Most Improved Runner (girls)-Rachel Meadows Campolindo HS
Lifetime Achievement Award (boys)-Will Geiken Los Gatos HS
Lifetime Achievement Award (girls)-Lucy McCullough Marin Academy HS
Buster Posey (rookie of the year)-Aidan Goltra Las Lomas HS
Buster Posey (rookie of the year)-Clare Carroll Granite Bay HS
Shocker of the Year-San Rafael HS boys winning Division IV state team title
Most dominating team performance-Campolindo girls at CA state meet
Best Robin to Batman (best supporting actor)-Anthony Ortolan College Park HS
Best Robin to Batman (best supporting actress)-Grace Orders Campolindo HS
Coach of the Year (Directing)-Patrick McCrystle Bellarmine HS (boys)
Coach of the Year (Directing)-Chuck Woolridge Campolindo HS (girls)
Best running accessory-Running Arm Sleeves (and here and also here)
Best costume design (coaches)-Tim Hunter San Ramon Valley HS
Andy Chan Sacred Heart Cathedral
Partners in crime-Tyler Troxel/Adler Faulkner Acalanes HS (see comment section below)
Attached at the hip (teams)-Del Oro HS and Woodcreek HS girls (Section and State)
Any other awards?
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/12/26/SP4U1GVJA2.DTL (1 cross country and 1 track and field).
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
All-East Bay boys cross country first-team capsules
College Park High cross country star Jeff Bickert enjoys run of success
All-East Bay girls cross country capsules
Campolindo's Carrie Verdon is Bay Area News Group-East Bay Girls Cross Country Runner of Year
Manuel Morales, Mt. Eden: Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year
East Bay girls high school cross country coach of year
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
As posted at www.lynbrooksports.com (history of NorCal team and pictures of athletes included):
http://www.dyestatcal.com/ATHLETICS/XC/2010/allnorca.htm (click also for contact information to receive your certificate if you are named below)
1, %,+,SB D4 Daniel Milechman Tamalpais 12 NCS 1, SB D3 Domenic D'Acquisto Enterprise 12 NS 1, SB D2 Chris Kigar El Camino HS 12 SJS 1, SB D2 Parker Schuh Mountain View 12 CCS 1 D1 Jeff Bickert College Park 12 NCS 1 D2 Will Geiken Los Gatos 12 CCS 1 D1 Trevor Halsted Davis HS 12 SJS 2,++ D3 Luis Luna Piner 11 NCS 2 D1 Kevin Bishop Monta Vista 11 CCS 2 D3 Thomas Joyce Campolindo 11 NCS 2 D1 Anthony Ortolan College Park 12 NCS 2 D2 Robert Pflasterer Del Campo HS 12 SJS 2 D2 Riley Ruppenthal Ponderosa HS 11 SJS 2 D2 Jordan Rushing Del Campo HS 11 SJS 2 D3 Forrest Shaffer Petaluma 12 NCS 3, +++ D1 Johannas Estifanos Milpitas 10 CCS 3 D2 Kyle Feuerhelm Woodside 12 CCS 3 D2 Grant Foster Los Gatos 11 CCS 3 D1 Adrian Hinojosa Bellarmine 11 CCS 3 D2 Jack Nevins Del Campo HS 12 SJS 3 D1 Kyle Rae Bellarmine 12 CCS 3 D5 Cole Williams Urban School of SF 12 NCS hm D2 Peter Anthony Cupertino 11 CCS hm D1 Jack Bordoni Bellarmine 11 CCS hm D1 Trent Brendel Granite Bay HS 10 SJS hm D3 Dylan Chamberlen Paradise 11 NS hm D1 Brian De La Mora Davis HS 12 SJS hm D2 Parker Deuel San Ramon Valley 11 NCS hm D3 Ryan Douglas Petaluma 10 NCS hm D4 Trevor Ehlenbach San Rafael 12 NCS hm D2 Richard Ho Leland 10 CCS hm D4 John Lawson Sir Francis Drake 10 NCS hm D1 Cormac McCullough Jesuit HS 12 SJS hm D3 Donald Plazola Willow Glen 12 CCS hm D3 Kevin Poteracke Petaluma 10 NCS hm D2 Ben Schneider Los Altos 12 CCS hm D4 Ned Tannenbaum SF University (HS) 12 NCS hm D1 Estaban Valencia Bellarmine 11 CCS hm D1 Miguel Vasquez Andrew Hill 10 CCS hm D1 Kyle Williams DeLaSalle 12 NCS hm D1 Benji Xie Oakridge HS 12 SJS SB D3 Cameron Trinh Skyline 12 OS SB D1 Patrick Gray Lincoln 12 SF all-frosh, ++++ D3 Aidan Goltra Las Lomas 9 NCS all-frosh D5 Gabe Arias-Sheridan St. Joseph Notre Dame 9 NCS all-frosh D1 Ben Garcia Pleasant Grove 9 SJS all-frosh D2 Taylor Guinnip Woodcreek HS 9 SJS all-frosh D3 Dante Hay Maria Carillo 9 NCS all-frosh D2 Blair Hurlock Ponderosa HS 9 SJS all-frosh D1 Austin Lloyd Berkeley 9 NCS all-frosh D4 Logan Marshall Half Moon Bay 9 CCS all-frosh D1 Parker Marson College Park 9 NCS all-frosh D1 Trystin Martin Jesuit HS 9 SJS all-frosh D3 Andrew Melendez Bishop O'Dowd 9 NCS all-frosh D3 Zach Stelzer Placer HS 9 SJS
GIRLS1,SB,%,++ D3 Carrie Verdon Campolindo 11 NCS 1,+ D1 Kelsey Santisteban Castro Valley 12 NCS 1,SB,++++, all-Frosh D1 Clare Carroll Granite Bay HS 9 SJS 1, SB D1 Jessie Petersen Carlmont 12 CCS 1, all-Frosh D4 Anna Maxwell San Lorenzo Valley 9 CCS 1 D1 Brooke Holt Granite Bay HS 12 SJS 1 D3 Grace Orders Campolindo 12 NCS 2,+++ D4 Vanessa Fraser Scotts Valley 10 CCS 2, all-Frosh D1 Sophie Hartley Granada 9 NCS 2, all-Frosh D4 Spencer Moore St. Mary's College (HS)9 NCS 2 D3 Madeline Ankhelyi Vista Del Lago HS 10 SJS 2 D5 Lucy McCullough Marin Academy 12 NCS 2 D1 Carina Novell Granada 11 NCS 2 D1 Samantha Ralstin Oakridge HS 12 SJS 3 D5 Bridget Blum San Francisco Univ (HS)11 NCS 3 D1 Maryann Gong Granada 10 NCS 3 D3 Nikki Hiltz Aptos 10 CCS 3 D3 Rachel Hinds St. Ignatius 12 CCS 3 D3 Lauren Kraus Maria Carillo 10 NCS 3 D3 Annie Marggraff Acalanes 10 NCS 3 D1 Elaine McVay California 12 NCS hm D1 Cassidy Daley Lodi HS 10 SJS hm D2 Caitlin Devitt-Payne Del Oro HS 12 SJS hm D1 Jessica Diaz St. Francis HS 11 SJS hm, all-Frosh D1 Reaghan Emrick Oakridge HS 9 SJS hm D2 Emma Freeman Del Oro HS 12 SJS hm D2 Jessica Gerards Washington 12 NCS hm, all-Frosh D3 Kendal Hacker St. Ignatius 9 CCS hm D4 Becky Hobby Hughson 11 SJS hm D3 Amy Hollshwander Acalanes 10 NCS hm D2 Kayla Knapp Los Gatos 11 CCS hm, all-Frosh D1 Lauren Larocco St. Francis HS 9 SJS hm D1 Erin Matranga St. Francis HS 12 SJS hm, all-Frosh D5 Julia Maxwell Branson 9 NCS hm D3 Rachel Meadows Campolindo 11 NCS hm D2 Ashley Moffet Casa Grande 10 NCS hm D2 Julie Nacouzi Montgomery 12 NCS hm D2 Karina Nunes Woodcreek HS 10 SJS hm D5 Holland Reynolds San Francisco Univ (HS)11 NCS hm D1 Erin Robinson Gunn 12 CCS hm D2 Brooke Ruppenthal Ponderosa HS 10 SJS hm D2 Allison Sturges Mountain View 11 CCS hm D2 Alexandra Tate Clayton Valley 11 NCS hm D1 Christine Zavesky Granite Bay HS 12 SJS all-Frosh D2 Elizabeth Hutchison Rio Americano HS 9 SJS all-Frosh D1 Sophie Meads Davis HS 9 SJS all-Frosh D1 Sarah Robinson Gunn 9 CCS SB D2 Kody Atkins Chico 11 NS SB D2 Isabella Bowden Balboa 10 SF SB D3 Jessica Kong Oakland 12 OS SB = Section Best % = Runner of the Year + = Senior of the Year ++ = Junior of the Year +++ Soph of the Year ++++ = Frosh of the Year hm = Honorable Mention
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
You can find lots of newspaper, web and video links covering Jim's battle with ALS as well as Holland Reynolds' crawl to the finish at the state meet here:
Monday, December 20, 2010
We are in the process of selecting the All NorCal Cross Country team (Sections include NS, SJS, NCS, CCS, OAK and SF). I would love to hear your input on who belongs on this team. What we need is the following:
Boys and Girls
1st Team-7 runners
2nd Team-7 runners
3rd Team-7 runners
Honorable Mention-20 runners
Boys Runner of the Year
Girls Runner of the Year
Senior of the Year, Junior of the Year, Sophomore of the Year, Freshman of the Year.
Top 10 Freshmen Boys
Top 10 Freshmen Girls
Let's hear from everybody out there on what runners belong on the above lists. I just want to make sure we (the committee) are as accurate as possible in selecting all the runners that deserve to be at the very least nominated.
Speak now or don't complain later when the lists come out.
Who had the best performances during this past cross country and/or track and field seasons? It could be individual or team.
Here is Runner's World take on 2010:
One of the most studied aspects of sports psychology is that of goal setting. The research on its impact has been consistent. More than three-quarters of the published studies on goal setting in sport and physical activity found that it yields positive results. In fact, the evidence is so overwhelming that many sports psychologists feel that goal setting may be the most effective performance enhancement strategy in sport. Take a look at this chapter on goal setting – it’s a great how-to guide for doing it right. It’s taken from “Sports Psychology for Coaches”, a book written by two sports psychology professors.
At XCStats, we did a study of our own to evaluate the impact of goal setting. The results agree with the other research. Based on about 3,000 races in which goals were set and 10,000 that weren’t, runners who set goals improved 76% of the time versus 57% of those who didn’t.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
"Warning - extremely graphic! This video includes projectile vomiting that may be disturbing to some!"
Friday, December 17, 2010
The 3rd Annual NorCal Distance Coaches’ Collaborative Round Table
Coaches that have signed up to date:
1. Chris Puppione St. Ignatius
2. Albert Caruana Crystal Springs Uplands
3. Jason Oswalt Amador Valley
4. Al Berrin St. Ignatius
5. Chuck Woolridge Campolindo
6. Craig Stern Albany
7. Enrique Henriquez Moreau Catholic
8. Andrew Schreiber Las Lomas
9. Josh Small Valley Christian
10. Steve Brown Bishop O’Dowd
11. Walt Lange Jesuit
12. Koffi Kpachavi Woodside Priory
13. Marin Rodriguez St. Theresa
14. Gus Ibarra North Monterey County
15. Charlie Pierce North Monterey County
16. Peter Brewer Northgate
17. Aron Lyons Xavier College Prep
18. Chris Williams Dublin
19. Vince Sturgis Evergreen Valley
20. Tim Hunter San Ramon Valley
21. Tony Fong St. Joseph
22. Kenneth Wilner Sacred Heart Prep
23. Nick Alvarado St. Ignatius
24. Nino Hernandez Alameda
25. Ernie Lee Gunn
26. John McMullin Terra Nova
27. John Hotchkiss Mission San Jose
28. Jeff Banks Amador Valley
29. Cara Banks Amador Valley
30. Conor Dunn San Ramon Valley 31. Dave Iremonger Washington
32. Ben Vose Washington
Crystal Springs Uplands School
400 Uplands Drive
Hillsborough CA 94010
Saturday, January 8th, 2011
• Session I: 9am-12pm
• Lunch: 12pm-1pm
• Session II: 1pm-3pm
Round Table Leaders
• Chris Puppione – Clinic Co-Director
o St. Ignatius College Preparatory
• Albert Caruana – Clinic Co-Director
o Crystal Springs Uplands School
Round Table Features
• Everyone is a clinician, everyone is a student.
• Round table topics selected by attendees in advance via email..
• All attendees receive “A Packet of Nuggets”—a compilation of coaching gems from each attending coach.
• Attendees will also receive a collection of training programs submitted by the other coaches in attendance.
• Cost for the round table discussion is FREE.
• Event is open to the first 60 coaches to register.
Contact Chris Puppione (email@example.com) to register for the event, as well as to receive further information. This event is for HIGH SCHOOL COACHES ONLY.
Please contact Chris ASAP as spots are filling up fast. Some of the best coaches in NS, SJS, NCS, and CCS will be at this Round Table. Don't miss out.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE ROUND TABLE. KEEP READING!
November 29, 2010
Now that cross country season is in the books and the track and field season looms on the not-so-distant horizon, we would like to invite you to join us for a clinic unlike any other in the state of California.
On January 8th, 2011, we will be hosting The NorCal Distance Coaches Collaborative Round Table in Hillsbrough at Crystal Springs Uplands School. The event is scheduled to kick-off at 9am and will be attended by many of the finest coaches from our part of the state. This clinic is unique in format and conception.
Many of us have attended clinics over the years, and although we have been lucky enough to hear some great speakers, the part most of us look forward to is the aftermath—sitting around with your peers, swapping stories, discussing training ideas, asking questions, all while enjoying some good food and drink.
We have decided to get rid of the lectures and ditch the conventional while getting straight to the good stuff—some high-energy shop talk with some of our sport’s finest coaches in a relaxed environment full of friends and soon-to-be friends. At this event, the attendees will choose the topics. Whether you want to rehash the last cross country season or talk about the track season ahead, you tell us and we will put it on the agenda.
1. Limited to the first 60 coaches to sign-up via email, this round table discussion is completely based on the contributions of all attendees. Here is how it works:
2. Coaches are asked to email Chris Puppione (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign-up for the event.
3. Upon receipt of your email, Chris will ask you to submit the following for the clinic by December 21, 2010:
a. Topics and ideas you would like to discuss or gain knowledge about at the clinic (training, recruiting, nutrition, state of the sport, etc.)
i. This is an absolute necessity, as these suggestions will function as our agenda for the day.
b. A 1-3 page installment (or “nugget of knowledge”) describing something you do with your athletes that you feel is key to your program’s success (i.e. a particular workout, coaching philosophy, mental training, etc.)
i. All coaches are expected to contribute with this—consider it as Part I of your entrance fee!
ii. These “nuggets” will be compiled and all attendees will receive the full collection of notes at the clinic in both print and digital formats.
c. A copy of your training plan and notes from the past cross country season or the upcoming track season.
i. This is Part II of your entrance fee, and coaches are to submit these so that they may be shared with other attendees for review, critique, and to foster discussion of training methods.
ii. These training programs will be sent out to all attendees in digital format, and you are asked to print them out prior to the round table and make notes on them for discussion purposes.
iii. By submitting your training ideas or plans in advance, you can have your season’s training discussed by some of our sport’s greatest coaches, so don’t miss out on this opportunity.
d. All submitted information must be sent in either MS Word or MS Excel docs so that they can be easily formatted for compilation.
4. A running tally of coaches who commit to attending the round table willbe maintained on Albert’s website (www.crosscountryexpress.com) so everyone can prepare any specific questions that they may have for their fellow coaches.
5. Prior to the event, Chris and Albert will release a schedule that will outline the topics for the day so that each coach attending may come prepared to participate and contribute.
6. THERE ARE NO LECTURERS AT THIS EVENT. We are not presenting a seminar—this is an opportunity to expand the discussion and for everyone to be a student and a teacher.
7. Attending coaches are encouraged to bring any information they wish to discuss or share to the event. We will have overhead projectors, LCD projectors, as well as AV equipment—bring it all.
8. Also, we would like all coaches in attendance to bring their laptop computers with them, as we will be using internet connections to access information during discussion periods. Please be sure to have your flash drive or memory stick with you so you can steal/borrow info from other coaches.
9. Sign-in on January 8th will begin at 8:30am with the round table beginning promptly at 9am. We will section the day into topics picked by our attendees,
10. Break for lunch at noon, and then reconvene for further discussion starting at 1pm. The round table ends when either you go home or they kick us out of the building at 3pm.
11. While this is an open discussion, we have designated the following coaches as leaders for the event:
a. Chris Puppione, St. Ignatius College Preparatory
b. Albert Caruana, Crystal Springs Uplands School
12. These coaches will act as guides for the discussion, keeping the round table focused while moving the group through the agenda and moderating input from all coaches. They will offer their insights as well, but they are not clinicians or panelists.
13. On the day of the event, all attending coaches will receive the following:
a. “A Packet of Nuggets”—a compilation of coaching gems from all attendees
b. A collection of all attendees training programs
c. Great conversation with amazing colleagues
It is our belief that this collaborative round table will be of great benefit for all coaches—rookies and veterans alike. Please join us for this amazing event by emailing your registration to Chris Puppione (email@example.com).
Be a part of the excitement—be a part of the conversation. Join us January 8, 2011 at Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough, CA for The 3rd Annual NorCal Distance Coaches’ Collaborative Round Table.
Yours in running,
Thursday, December 16, 2010
As posted on The Conning Tower at the following link:
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Present: Jim Tracy (BCL-West); Eddie Salazar (EBAL); Peter Brewer (DVAL); Doyle O’Regan (BSAL); Manny Myers (DFAL); Keith Conning (At-large); Chris Puppione (At-large); Bri Niemi (NCS Staff).
Absent: Jason Jacobsen (MCAL); Steve Gregg (BCL-East); Chuck Woolridge (DFAL); John Luppes (USATF); Albert Caruana (At-large).
1. NCS DIVISIONS
Niemi presented the group with the divisions for 2011. Jim Tracy reported that the SF University boys would move back down to Division V, as they had not placed first in Division IV. Niemi also noted that Dougherty Valley moved up to Division II, as it had grown more than 15% in enrollment in the past year. All other schools remained the same for 2011 (the final year of the alignment cycle).
2. EVALUATION OF 2010 NCS/LES SCHWAB TIRES CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
a. Despite the weather, 2010 was one of the better championships in the past few years.
b. Wood chips should be placed at the top of the hill in inclement weather.
c. NCS would ask leagues to send in their league results to be posted on the NCS website.
d. Course monitors should be on a separate channel.
e. As always, the places where the course crossed caused the most concern. Monitors did very well in keeping spectators off the course.
f. Manpower at the chute in the afternoon was lagging.
g. Keith and Tom will both need microphones next year.
h. NCS would look into improving the sound at the course so that spectators could hear better, outside of the finish area.
The financial summary for the 2010 championship was reviewed. Niemi reported that when all the expenses had been accounted for, the net gain would be about 11,000. Gate admission was down approximately $2000 because of the weather, but entry fees were up slightly over 2009.
The group discussed moving to chip timing at the 2011 NCS championship. Niemi was to follow-up with Sean Laughlin of Record Timing to see if he would be available for next year’s event and what his group could provide in terms of the chip timing system, bibs and the entry process. Niemi would report back to the group, but the general consensus was that chip timing would be used in 2011.
The group also discussed additions to the management committee, including Angela Paradise from Alhambra, as well as a USATF official to take the place of John Luppes, who was retiring from the committee.
3. LOCATION OF 2011 NCS/LES SCHWAB TIRES CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2011 NCS/Les Schwab Tires Cross Country Championships were to be held at Hayward H.S., pending approval from the administration.