What is typically the strongest cross country section in NorCal?

Monday, January 31, 2011

2011 Track & Field State Previews: Boys 800 Meters All-State Selections

Courtesy of ESPN Rise and Mike Kennedy.  For a complete list go to the following link:
8. –Jason McGhee (Menlo-Atherton, Atherton—CCS)

-Sean Gomes (Beyer, Modesto—SJS))
-Ashraf Mathkour (Miramonte, Orinda—NCS)
-Anthony Ortolan (College Park, Pleasant Hill—NCS) 
-Cole Williams (Urban School, San Francisco—NCS)

-Amaud Kpachavi (Woodside Priory, Portola Valley—CCS)

Los Gatos All Comer Meet Results for Saturday, January 29th

Friday, January 28, 2011

Sara Hall victorious at the Millrose Games today...

The former Montgomery HS and Stanford University runner (then Sara Bei) wins for the first time in 10 years at the Millrose Games.  Her last victory at the historic indoor meet was as a high school senior over Erin Donohue (4:57.10 to 4:57.12) captured in the photo below courtesy of the website formerly known as...http://www.dyestat.com/rivals/8080910.html

Here is a picture of Sara winning today's 1500 in 4:15.35 following three 2nd place finishes in the past three years.  The photo is courtesy of the Associated Press.

Complete results:

Lions honor 'White Lightning'

http://www.mercurynews.com/san-jose-neighborhoods/ci_17222496 (Former SJ Lincoln HS athlete/180 low hurdler).

2011 XC NATION Pre-Season Power Rankings

Are you feeling nostalgic about cross country?  Do you enjoy reading about historically great cross country teams and individuals?  Do you know what a postal meet is?  What is the greatest high school cross country team of all time?  Who are the top teams to watch out for next year nationally?  If you have a few hours to burn today, go check out http://www.xcnation.com/index.html

Also, check out Aron Taylor's projections for next year which includes the Campolindo girls' team:
Power Rankings:  http://www.xcnation.com/xcnationpowerpoll.html
Prep Watchlist:  http://www.xcnation.com/big15harrierheadlines.html

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Steve Prefontaine and the Civil War football game

The following article was relayed to me by former College Park HS and California Berkeley runner Craig Lee.  Trackfocus.com is in the midst of Steve Prefontaine Week in celebration of what would have been Pre's 60th birthday this week (January 25th).  One of the articles posted on the TF site details a charity relay race between Oregon and Oregon St during their Civil War Football game.  It came down to a battle between Steve Prefontaine and Oregon St. freshman Rich Kimball (former Jesuit HS and De La Salle HS runner pictured to the left courtesy of runningentertainment.com).

Kimball was an absolute stud in HS running 4:01.0 (converted 1600m. time) and 8:43.5 (converted 3200m. time).  He's the #1 NCS runner in both race distances on the NCS All Time Track and Field List.

You can find the article of the race here:

Steve Prefontaine and the Civil War football game

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Updated Track & Field News 2011 High School Boys' indoor lists

2011 High School Indoor List
2011 High School Indoor List

Who event boasts a Northern California National leader?

2011 Track & Field State Previews: Girls HJ All-State Selections (ESPN Rise)

   Athletes were selected below primarily on honors won and performance at the end of the season. First team is listed in order; second and third teams are listed alphabetically. 
– Senior; * Junior; ** Sophomore; *** Freshman. (NorCal athletes only)
List compiled by Mike Kennedy
9. *Lawre’ll Dobbins (Foothill, Sacramento—SJS)

-Noelle Latham (Del Oro, Loomis—SJS)
-Breanne Mackie (Central Valley, Shasta Lake—NS)
*Nikki Myashita (Aptos—CCS)
-Celeste Rietveld (Livermore—NCS)

**Courtney Tuck (Petaluma—NCS)

You can check out the complete list at the following link:

2011 USA Cross Country Championships

Check out all the current and former NorCal High School students taking part in this competition: http://www.usatf.org/events/2011/USAXCChampionships/entry/status_Junior.asp#women

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

2011 Preseason Girls' 300m. Low Hurdles All-State Selections

Courtesy of ESPN Rise and Mike Kennedy (NorCal athletes only posted below)
For a complete list, go to the following link:

Athletes were selected below primarily on honors won and performance at the end of the season. First team is listed in order; second and third teams are listed alphabetically. 

– Senior; * Junior; ** Sophomore; *** Freshman.
3. *Daje Pugh (Fairfield—SJS)
5. –Erica Wilson (Deer Valley, Antioch—NCS)
6. **Sasha Wallace (Holy Names, Oakland—NCS)
7. –Alexandria Whitmore (Fairfield—SJS)
-Stephanie Blumm (Roseville—SJS)
-Shaniqua Walker (Mt. Pleasant, San Jose—CCS)
-Katie Barton (Acalanes, Lafayette—NCS)
-Allison Daley (Burlingame—CCS)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Track and Field clinics at Serra HS (January 30th)

Good morning,
On Sunday, January 30th, Serra High will host a variety of clinics for track and field officials. The Pacific Association of USA Track & Field will present clinics for the following:
1st...I know some of you have new FinishLynx cameras. If we can gather a crowd, this will be your opportunity to find out how to use them. Please bring your camera and laptop. You should be using your own equipment. The class begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends when you run out of questions.
2nd...I know some of you have versions of Hy-Tek's Meet Manager. This is your opportunity to learn how to use this software for your dual/multi-team meats. Please bring your laptops and software.
3rd…We have specific classes for Introduction to STARTING and Introduction to CLERKING.
4th…We are offering an “Introduction to Track & Field Officiating” clinic. Do you have students who are looking for an edge on their college applications. How many can say they are certified officials? Do you have parents who are going to help you?
Below is the link to a WORD document which gives more details. If you have more questions, please feel free to send me an e-mail.

Jim Hume  PA/USATF Certification Chair

1600m & 3200m Adaptations by Jeff Arbogast

Interesting reading about 1600/3200 training by Bingham HS coach Jeff Arbogast.
1600m & 3200m Adaptation

Saturday, January 22, 2011

NorCal Running Legend: Don Bowden

Yesterday, Hank Lawson posted the  picture to the left of former Lincoln HS (San Jose) runner Don Bowden on the front page of his website, www.lynbrooksports.com.  I consider myself a sports historian so I was familiar with the name.  After some quick research, I was reminded that Mr. Bowden was the first American to break the 4 minute mile as a 20 year old Cal Berkeley student in a solo effort in a race in Stockton on June 1, 1957.  His best event in HS was the 880yd. in which he ran 1:52.3 in 1954.  His converted 800m. time of 1:51.79 still stands as the 11th fastest time in CCS history.

If you would like to read more about Mr. Bowden, check out the following articles.
1997 Sports Illustrated Article:
Four Minutes of Fame

2005 Stockton Record Article:
Bowden passed test with first U.S. sub-4:00 mile

Interestingly enough, his Cal record for the mile lasted close to 50 years until David Torrence finally broke it on April 28, 2007.  You can watch the video of that race here:

Friday, January 21, 2011

2011 Track & Field State Previews: Boys Discus All-State Selections

As posted on ESPN Rise at the following link (NorCal athletes only):

Athletes were selected below primarily on honors won and performance at the end of the season. First team is listed in order; second and third teams are listed alphabetically. 
– Senior; * Junior; ** Sophomore; *** Freshman.
3. –Mauricio Cornejo (Terra Linda, San Rafael—NCS)
5. –James Kinloch (Granite Bay—SJS
-Travis Baker (Santa Rosa—NCS)
*Curtis Bleasdale (Vacaville—SJS)
-Stephen Boals (Jesuit, Carmichael—SJS
-Alex Horncliff (Heritage, Brentwood—NCS)

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