Friday, July 22, 2011

Top Cross Country programs in Northern California

The following is a list of cross country programs in Northern California who have won multiple section titles and have been consistently successful in the past decade.  As with any list, it's possible I may have left deserving teams so if you feel other teams should have been listed as well, feel free to add those schools in the comment section below.  The coaches listed next to the schools are their current coach for this coming season.  The teams are listed in alphabetical order.

Aptos CCS Dan Gruber
Bellarmine CCS Patrick McCrystle
Bret Harte SJS Keith Maurer
Campolindo NCS Chuck Woolridge
Carlmont CCS Jennifer Randazzo
Carmel CCS John Ables
Castro Valley NCS Dooney Jones
Chico NS Kevin Girt
College Park NCS Christina Pennes
Davis SJS Bill Gregg
De La Salle NCS John Pelster
Del Campo SJS Bob King
Del Oro SJS Kevin Ostenberg
Enterprise NS Jim Deaver
Granite Bay SJS Angie Pozzi
Gunn CCS Matt Tompkins
Half Moon Bay CCS Paul Farnsworth
Jesuit SJS Walt Lange
Los Gatos CCS Matt Snee(boys)/Margaret Hulgrave(girls)
Lowell SF Michael Prutz
Maria Carrillo NCS Greg Fogg
Monte Vista NCS Mike Davis
Mt. Shasta NS Steve Nesheim
Mt. View CCS Jim Bordoni
North Monterey County CCS Charles Pierce
Oak Ridge SJS Rob Fairley
Petaluma NCS Jim Lynch
Placer SJS Randall Fee
Pleasant Valley NS David Mosier
San Ramon Valley NCS Tim Hunter
San Lorenzo Valley CCS Rob Collins
Skyline OAK Andrew Cheng
St. Francis (Mt. View) CCS Mandy Benham(boys)/Roberta Chisam(girls)
St. Francis (Sacramento) SJS John DuCray
St. Ignatius CCS Nick Alvarado(boys)/Jerilynn Caskey(girls)
St. Mary's Berkeley NCS Jeff Rogers(boys)/Denis Mohun(girls)
University SF NCS Jim Tracy
West Valley NS Scott Fairley
Willow Glen CCS Victor Santa Maria
Woodcreek SJS Terri McKillop

Who did I miss?  Can you narrow it down to a top 10 list?  Who are the top coaches?  What is the best combined program (boys and girls)?  Which of the above teams won at least one state championship in the past decade?

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Correct me if I'm wrong but I think both College Park and Campolindo have one two girls state titles each in the past decade. Chuck Woolridge was the coach for 3 of the 4 teams.

Albert Caruana said...

College Park won girls' state xc titles in 2003 and 2004 and Chuck Woolridge was the coach.

Campolindo won the girls' state title in 2001 and I believe Chris Walsh was the coach then.

Campolindo won the Division III girls' title last year with Chuck coaching.

Anonymous said...

As always I think a team is only as good as the talent. While these teams and coaches are all well deserving of the traditions they have created I also think there are many coaches not on the list that have quality programs but just have not won a title. Andy Chan of Sacred Heart comes to mind. Salinas High School in the southern part of the section also comes to mind (they just happen to be in the same division as Bellarmine and Carlmont).

Anonymous said...

University SF should be on the list

Albert Caruana said...

No question about the talent factor and Sacred Heart Cathedral and Salinas are two deserving programs.

University SF is on the list already.

Anonymous said...

one might give a footnote to Urban as an up and coming team for having gone from the basement in 2007 to winning the NCS Division V boys title in 2010 and the girls team placing 4th at State with two girls in the top 10

SJS Fan said...

Coach Bob King of Del Campo is also a member of the SJS Hall of Fame and has a current XC League meet win streak of 130 -140 ish.

Albert Caruana said...

I deleted a couple of posts that were not in the spirit of the original post.

Anonymous said...

You should have a topic about some good colleges in California to run for. I know a lot of prospective college students read this website and it could open up their eyes to options across the state.

Anonymous said...

Out of all those teams here is who I would put in the top ten: Bellarmine, Campolindo, DLS, Jesuit, Mt. View, Petaluma, SRV, SI, University, and Willow Glen. Those are in no specific order, but I'd put the Bells and Mt. view in the 1-2 spots. I don't know much about the girls programs though. To me, it seems like these are the teams that are always competing for CCS Championships, and are basically a lock for a state bid.

Anonymous said...

Multiple CCS Boys Titles since 2000:

6 - Carlmont
4 - Los Gatos, St. Ignatius
3 - NMC, Carmel, St. Francis, King City, VC- Dublin
2 - Bellarmine, SHP, Gunn, Serra, Aptos, Mountain View, Stevenson, York

Interestingly, Mountain View never placed higher than third in CCS until they won in 2008. Since the start of CCS, Bellarmine has won 15 CCS titles (including 8 in a row from 1993 to 2000).

Anonymous said...

While their past couple of years have been underwhelming, I don't know how you can leave out Carondalet. They had NCS titles in 06 and 07, as well as a couple more in the late 90s if you want to go back that far.

Not to mention individual successes such as Heather Cerney and Nicole Hood, who both run in the Pac-10 (12?) currently I believe.

Anonymous said...

As a SVR dad, it pains me to say it, but you have to include Amador on the list. In the tough EBAL, they are always near the top.

Anonymous said...

I too think it would be great to have a whole separate post on college programs. I would love to read what high school runners/parents/coaches who are somewhat "in the know" think about different college programs and the coaches. I can look up the stats online - but what does everyone actually know from experience and word on the street? I know there will be a lot of strong, conflicting opinions in a post like this, but it would still be interesting to read. Maybe start it each year with a list of CCS seniors and where they are running in college (which is also interesting to know) and then ask people to post information they know about senior runners missing from the list as well as the strength, culture, and coaches of the college programs. Or is this just opening up a can of worms?

Anonymous said...

I know that Skyline and Lowell have technically won a lot of titles, but seriously....

Albert Caruana said...

I will see what I can do about the college programs.

In regards to Skyline and Lowell, I just wanted to make sure all sections are covered.

Albert Caruana said...

To follow up on Del Campo coach Bob King. Since 1987, his boys have won 12 section titles (including 7 in a row from 88-94) and finished second 7 times, all in three separate divisions. They have had 7 top five finishes at the state meet including a state championship in Division I in 1995 (I remember his team carrying him off on their shoulders after the team scores were announced).

Anonymous said...

"Or is this just opening up a can of worms?"

Not really. The problem is that one college program may be great for a particular kid but terrible for someone else.

Anonymous said...

Bishop O'dowd Girls team could be added. while being coached under steve brown

Anonymous said...

We're talking about XC programs, not who's won how many titles, right?

Albert Caruana said...

I think it's both. There are plenty of good cross country programs who have not won any section titles.

Anonymous said...

Yeah I think the ammount of titles won is irrelevant in alot of cases because the level of competition a program faces is different in every league, section, and division. For example, there isn't a team in D1 NCS that has completely dominated the field for a number of years in a row. However, that doesnt mean there is a lack of outstanding programs. That isnt a hit against any teams that HAVE dominated the field in any given division, i.e. Campolindo, which completely deserve to be on the top of this list.

Anonymous said...

What happened to Coach Puppione at SI? He knows everything.

Mo Money Mo problems said...

He may know everything but anonymous posters know it all!

Except this I guess...moved up to Washington, he will be missed. A good guy who loved the sport!

Anonymous said...

Since Bret Harte is on the list, you have to include Ripon the SJS D4 champs.