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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Does a hunger to win fuel eating disorders?

ESPN article includes former Healdsburg HS runner, Sarah Sumpter:
http://espn.go.com/blog/high-school/girl/post/_/id/1648/does-a-hunger-to-win-fuel-eating-disorders

Aptos' Hiltz takes fifth at Brooks PR Invite

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/sports/ci_20052575

"I want to break my PR of 4:43 and win state," she said succinctly.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Catching up with De La Salle HS sophomore, Blair Hurlock...

Today we chat with De La Salle HS sophomore, Blair Hurlock (picture to the left courtesy of dyestatcal.com taken during his freshman season at Tracy HS at the Clovis Invitational).  This past Saturday, Hurlock set a new meet record in the 3000m. at the Super 7 Invitational running 8:43.73.  According to the Track and Field News 'Big Gold Book', that time is equivalent to about 9:22.3 for 3200m.  Because of the transfer rules in California, Hurlock can only compete in F/S races during his sophomore school year.  During XC, he finished in 12th place at the 6 mild PAUSATF XC championship meet at Golden Gate Park.  Definitely one of the bright stars in the North Coast Section and Northern California.

1) What sports have you played besides cross country and track and field?
Aside from track and cross country, I have participated in football, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, karate, and swimming. 

2) How did you get your start in running and how old were you at that time?
I started running in the spring of 2010, during my eighth grade year as a 13 year-old. My teammate from baseball and football had run track the previous year for CYO and convinced me to join him. My first season of cross country was as a freshman at Tracy High School.

3) What was the first success that you remember in running?
My first success in running was during my first 1600 meter race. I had never run the distance before on a track (although I had run the mile for fitness tests in elementary school), but I was able to win by a large margin with a time of 5:06.

4) Tell us a little about your freshman experience at Tracy HS and some of your accomplishments during both cross country and track and field seasons.
At Tracy High, I was originally going to play football but decided to join the XC team after realizing my disadvantage in size and my recently discovered running talent. After joining XC, I went on to win my first race in an invitational with 216 runners. My coach then placed me on varsity, where I won every dual meet and was one of two runners on my team to eventually advance to the Section meet. I missed going to the State meet by 6 seconds, and was given the varsity MVP award at the end of the season. During the track season, I routinely would compete in the 800, 1600, 3200, and 4x400 relay in each dual meet in order to score points for the team. After running so many events, I quickly discovered that the 3200 was my best, and I ended up winning the SJAA League meet in the 3200 in the varsity competition. I then advanced to Sections, where I again was not able to advance to State, but posted a PR of 9:43 in the 3200.

5) You have also run for the Pleasanton Heat. What have been some of your achievements with that club? Who are some of your faster teammates that are now competing in high school?
My experience with the Pleasanton Heat and its coach is what first allowed me to realize my potential in running. During my first year of track for CYO, I was recruited to be on the Heat by Coach Kevin McCarthy. The summer following the CYO season, Coach McCarthy was able to bring down my times and I qualified for the Track and Field Junior Olympics in Sacramento, CA. I placed 8th in the nation in my age group in the 1500 meters in my first year of running. The 2010 XC season for the Heat included me placing 4th in the nation. In the 2011 Track JO's, I won the national championship for my age group in the 3000 meters, and almost won another gold in the 1500, placing second. The 2011 XC season had me placing 3rd. Heat teammates that are currently running high school include Nolan Petersen (Washington High), Jacob and Peter Schlachte (Amador Valley), Connor McCarthy, (AV), Connor McKinnon (AV), Natalie Dimits (Livermore High), Cody Mayer (Liberty High), and Parker Deuel (San Ramon Valley).

6) You transferred to De La Salle HS before your current sophomore year. What have been some of the positive changes for you both academically and athletically?
Positive changes academically at DLS include the higher quality of teachers and staff, their enthusiasm for God,teaching, and creating a great learning environment, and the increased difficulty in the learning material. Athletically, I have access to trainers, and the best coach that I have had thus far in my short running career, John Pelster, as well as much improved training facilities that include hills and a running track (which were not available at Tracy High).

7) What are your current PRs in 800, 1500, 1600, 3000, 3200, 5000 and 10000?
800: 2:05 (Regional Meet before 2011 Track JO's)
1500: 4:06 (2011 Track JO's)
1600: 4:23 (2012 Simplot Games)
3000: 8:43 (2012 Super 7 Track Invitational)
3200: 9:43 (2011 SJS Section 1 Meet)
5000: 15:18 (2011 XC JO's)
10000: 32:36 (2011 PAUSATF XC Championships)

8) You cannot compete in Varsity competition this school year due to your transfer. What other races will you be competing in to maintain appropriate competition for yourself?

Due to my inability to compete in varsity races, Coach Pelster and I developed a track schedule prior to the 2012 outdoor season. I will be racing in open collegiate meets at local colleges such as UC Davis and Sacramento State.

9) Tell us a little about your current and previous coaches and how they have helped become the person and runner you are today.
The first great coach that I had the privilege of training with was Kevin McCarthy (coach of the Pleasanton Heat). He allowed me to realize my potential and introduced me to the training that would be required in order to become elite. Coach John Pelster of DLS has shown identical traits and combines experience and knowledge to give me the most effective training and racing schedule that allows me to develop to my fullest potential.

10) How many miles a week do you typically run? What is the length of your longest run? What are some of your toughest workouts? Favorite workout? Favorite race distance?
I am currently running about 70-80 miles per week. The length of my long run is typically 14 miles. The toughest workouts for me include intervals involving speed. My endurance is well developed, but my turnover needs improvement before the end of the season. My favorite workout includes tempo runs, in that I am able to sustain a relatively hard pace for a long duration. My favorite race distance is the 10K (although I've only raced the distance once). I enjoy longer races in that my endurance allows me to be competitive, they typically involve more strategy, and they test the guts of every competitor. 

11) What are some of the races in the summer that you are really looking forward to once the high school season is over?
Once my season is over, my coach and I have targeted the USA Junior Outdoor T&F Championships in Indiana, where I hope to qualify in either the 3200, 5000, or even the 10000. This will easily be the biggest meet of the season for me and should result in PR's for whatever event that I decide to run.

Thank you very much for your time Blair!  AJC

Watch Luis Luna break indoor 2 mile Redwood Empire record

Ex-Granite Bay track star Scott Roth qualifies for World finals

National Postal Team Championship

As found at www.xcnation.com.  You can check out some of the current fastest teams in the nation which includes their 5 fastest 3200m. runners.  You can send in your times for your school as well.  The rules are posted at the links below.  
Boys:  http://www.xcnation.com/postalchampionship

Girls:  http://www.xcnation.com/postalchampionship#!__postalchampionship-girls

For you history buffs out there, you can check out the following link which has results of all the previous postal meets from 1957 to 1978.
http://www.xcnation.com/postalchampionship#!__tfnpostal

Who would be on the top 10 list of NorCal teams (boys and girls) if we added the times of the 5 fastest 3200m. runners?  I will compile a list as the season progresses so we can find out.  Who are the favorites?

Buchanan Distance Results

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Brooks PR Invitational Results link...

http://www.gohuskies.com/livestats/c-track/022612/index.htm

Some great performances by local athletes.

Capital Classic Relays results (2/25/12)

Super 7 Invitational Results

Super 7 Invitational Results

Meet records were set in the Varsity girls 300m. hurdles, Varsity girls pole vault, Varsity boys pole vault (two vaulters tied for the new record), Varsity boys discus, F/S Distance Medley Relay, and F/S and meet records in 3000m. by Blair Hurlock.

Los Gatos All-Comers results (February 25th)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Bellarmine Invite Results

XC State Meet Qualifier changes for 2012

You can check out how many teams qualified last season from each section at the following link (Page 5):
http://www.cifstate.org/images/Cross_Country/2011_XC_Handbook_-_Final.pdf

The following computations were by Gunn HS coach Ernie Lee.  They are not official.

Division I Boys - no change
Division I Girls - CS loses 1, SJS gains 1
Division II Boys - CS gains 1, SJS loses 1
Division II Girls - CCS loses 1, SDS gains 1
Division III Boys - no change
Division III Girls - no change
Division IV Boys - CCS gains 1, SJS loses 1 (assuming I have the tie-breaker correct)
Division IV Girls - no change
Division V Boys - no change
Division V Girls - no change (again, assuming I have the tie-breaker correct)

"Of course, I could have made a calculation or attribution mistake, so until the CIF releases the official numbers, these are just guesses."  Ernie

Nicole Lane and the UC Davis connection

Northern California Track and Field Invitationals this weekend...

Saturday, February 25th
Capital Classic Relays @ Elk Grove HS (SJS) 
San Francisco Fog All-Comers @ Lincoln HS (SF) 
Stocking "Super 7" Invit'l @ Diablo Valley College (NCS)
Bell Invite @ Bellarmine HS (CCS)
Los Gatos All Comers Meet @ Los Gatos HS (CCS)
MCAL All Comers @ Drake HS (NCS)

Any other meets taking place this weekend?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Coming up later today...

How many cross country teams qualify to the state meet in 2012?  Found out what sections lost state meet berths and what sections gained additional state meet berths?  These are not official but it will give you an idea of what will most likely be the numbers for next XC season.

A teaser:  There are 4 divisions that will have a change.  Care to venture a guess on those changes?

Stay tuned...

2012 Half Moon Bay Hall of Fame Class

Becky Schmidt-Hollenshead, Class of 1978 will be a charter member of the Half Moon Bay HS Hall of Fame:
http://www.hmbreview.com/sports/she-was-part-of-first-ccs-winning-team/article_6262eb22-5dba-11e1-8a43-0019bb2963f4.html

Here are the results from the first CCS meet for girls in 1977:
http://www.dyestatcal.com/ATHLETICS/XC/1977/ccsres.htm

Also entering the HMB Hall of Fame is Craig Branstrom who high jumped 6'11" in high school and went on to compete in the decathlon at the University of Kansas.
http://www.hmbreview.com/sports/branstrom-held-high-jump-record/article_643d2b18-5dbc-11e1-9d0d-0019bb2963f4.html

Website of the Month Updated

Check out the just posted website of the month above.  If you have time, check out the year of that school's record holder in the 100m. and 200m.  Any other school has records that old?

There are a few CCS school records posted at www.lynbrooksports.com at this link.  Where are your school's track and field records posted?  What is your most impressive school record?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Couple of NorCal updates from Simplot Games

Some of the following was reported by Rich Gonzalez of ESPN Rise (https://twitter.com/#!/dyestatcal):
South Bay Express (3 athletes from Valley Christian San Jose and one from Piedmont Hills) won the Sprint Medley Relay in 3:31.5.  Sean Davis (above) of Valley Christian SJ anchored the team running a reported hand time of 1:53.7.  He ran cross country this past fall for the first time during his high school career.

Trinity Wilson of St. Mary's Berkeley won the 60 meters Hurdles final in 8.23 which is a California Indoor Record (2nd fastest all-time in the nation).

Sophomore Blair Hurlock of De La Salle (ineligible this year to compete in varsity competition due to his transfer from Tracy HS) ran 4:23.91 to finish 4th.

Senior Byron Marshall of Valley Christian SJ won the 60m. in 6.87.

2012 North Coast Section Preview Men

Saturday, February 18, 2012

NorCal athletes and their college destination...

Chris Waschura Woodside HS-Stanford University
Kevin Bishop Monta Vista HS-Stanford University
Alex Conner Sonoma Valley HS-Yale University
Carrie Verdon Campolindo HS-Colorado University
Kieran Gallagher Gunn HS-Harvard University
Allison Sturges Mt. View HS-Duke University
Bridget Blum San Francisco University-Claremont McKenna (new)
Shea Taylor Grace Davis HS-Brigham Young University (new)
Deon Pinder Merrill West HS-Oklahoma University (new)
Kendal Nielsen Bear River HS-Cal Poly SLO (new)
Holland Reynolds San Francisco University-Colgate University (new)
Brielle Rowe Mountain View HS-Princeton University (new)
Kenneth Walker John F. Kennedy HS-UCLA (new)
Jamie Fehrnstrom Miramonte HS-Princeton (new)
Bryon Marshall Valley Christian SJ-University of Oregon (new)
Erich Wilson Serra HS-Washington University (new)
Cody Bickham St. Francis HS-Cal Berkeley (new)
Trevor Fuhriman Monte Vista HS-Brigham Young University (new)
Nicole Lane El Molino HS-UC Davis (new)
Nick Bayley Amador Valley HS-Stanford University (new)

Any others?  Email me at albertjcaruana@gmail.com

Cal All-Comers Results for today's meet (2/18/12)

Heart & Sole Festival of Miles, presented by Blood Centers of the Pacific

May 20th, 2012 at Santa Rosa Junior College

The first annual Heart and Sole Festival of Miles, presented by Blood Centers of the Pacific, is a community event to celebrate physical fitness as well as the sport of competitive running. 

There will be heat after heat of by-age miles, so that you can run against others of your same relative age and ability. Then the Festival will end with a series of invitational races, culminating with our Heart and Sole Elite Miles, as we try to run the first ever sub-4 minute mile in Sonoma County history!
  
Cost is just $10 for youth, $15 for adults. (Price goes up after April 25.)
There will be a $5 door fee to spectate, so you may as well run! 

Check out our website to see how you can run your first, fastest, or most fun mile, as you support others and watch some of the world's best milers all on the same stage!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bell Invite

What: Bell Invite. All events in dual meet order

Where: Bellarmine College Prep (please park on campus)

When: Saturday February 25, first event 9:00 am

Who: Boys Varsity and Frosh Soph in all events; girls Varsity in all events, plus JV when numbers merit. Bellarmine for sure, and probables include Presentation, Notre Dame San Jose, Andrew Hill, St. Lawrence, San Lorenzo Valley…and you!

Cost: 25 dollars per team, to cover starter and finish line supplies. No medals, a very low key meet, just a chance to get our athletes out on the track before the big meets begin.

Medical science helps to explain "runner's high"

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Piner's Luna aims for personal milestone

BATC Clinic: March 3rd

The BATC would like folks to RSVP for the March 3rd Clinic at Campolindo by sending a note to: community@bayareatrackclub.com

Coaches,

The Bay Area Track Club will be returning to Campolindo High School of Moraga on March 3rd!  BATC athletes, including Magdalena Lewy Boulet, Alysia Johnson Montano,  Shannon Rowbury, Bolota Asmerom and Mark Matusak will be offering a clinic for all high school and youth athletes.

Registration begins at 10:30am.  Clinic will run from 11:00am to approximately 3:00pm.  Cost is $20 per person.  Each participant will receive a BATC T-Shirt, stretching rope, and GU product.

This event is geared for all track & field athletes!  Instruction will include speed/power development, dynamic strength, core strength, mobility/flexibility,   and myofascial therapy.  Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups some of the premier local athletes in our sport!

I hope you will consider encouraging your athletes to attend!

You can check out a video of last year's BATC clinic at the following link:

http://www.flotrack.org/speaker/102-Alysia-Montano/video/459187-2011-Bay-Area-Track-Club-Clinic-Campolindo-High-School

-Chuck Woolridge
Campolindo High School

Cracking the Long-Jump Code

Monday, February 13, 2012

Model Coach Award

Two Northern California coaches receive this prestigious award:
Michael Buchanan Oroville HS (Northern Section)
Bill Daskoralis Aragon HS (Central Coast Section)

You can view a complete list of all the winners here:

http://www.cifstate.org/images/Releases/Model_Coach_rel_11-12.pdf

The list of the All-Time Model Coach Winners is here:http://www.cifstate.org/images/PDF/Past_CIF_Model_Coach_Award_Winners.pdf

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Sara Hall National Champion again

Cross Country and Track and Field this weekend

USA Cross Country Championship can be currently seen live courtesy of runnerspace.com:
http://www.runnerspace.com/USACrossCountryChampionship

105th Millrose Games can be seen live (1pm to 7pm) on youtube at the following link:
http://www.youtube.com/armorytrack

USA Track & Field Classic in Fayetteville Arkansas on ESPN2 Sunday 9:30am to 11:30am

Friday, February 10, 2012

2012 North Coast Section Preview Men

From THE CONNING TOWER (top 10 returning athletes in each event):
http://theconningtower.blogspot.com/2012/02/2012-north-coast-section-preview-men.html

Who are the heavy favorites this year?  Who are the contenders that are not listed?

My thoughts on broadcasting track & field on TV

Some great ideas by Ryan Fenton of flotrack.org on how to improve the presentation of the sport of Track and Field on TV:
http://www.flotrack.org/blog/40977

Do you have any ideas how to make Track and Field more appealing on TV?

Thursday, February 09, 2012

CHRONOLOGICAL LISTING OF U.S. MILERS WHO HAVE BROKEN 4:00 IN THE MILE

Thanks to Track and Field News, a great look back at all the first time American sub 4 minute milers.  To date, there have been 366.  The list has definitely grown in the past few years as you will see.  See if you can find the runners who have some sort of Northern California connection.
http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/images/stories/tfn_pdfs/ussub4s.pdf

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

San Jose Relays 1977 Mile -- Stillman 4:11.54

The following video is posted at www.lynbrooksports.com.  It was originally posted on youtube by John Sup of Palma who still holds the 15th fastest mile in CCS at 4:12.01.

Check out the 2 turn stagger at the start of the mile race below in 1977 race.  Mark Stillman of Willow Glen still holds the CCS record for the mile at 4:07.04 (converted to auto time from 4:06.9) and was CA state champion in 1977.  You can check out the CCS top 100 list in the mile here:  http://www.dyestatcal.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/ccs1600b.htm
Mark Stillman-Willow Glen 1977

Holland Reynolds, San Francisco High School Track Star, Inspiration For New York Giants (VIDEO)

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Teen a giant inspiration for Big Blue


Kyle Williams, you are off the hook...ha!

NCS Fall Sports Scholastic Team Awards

Track and Field on TV today (Sunday)

The 17th New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston.  (11am to 1pm on ESPN2)
If you can't wait for the results, here they are:
http://www.letsrun.com/2012/newbalance-results-0205.php

Modesto JC to Host High School & Youth Track Clinic

Saturday, February 11 (9am to 12pm)
http://www.mjc.edu/general/news/events/2011/clinic.html

Friday, February 03, 2012

Spartans hire coaches (Mountain View HS)

Mountain View hired three spring sport coaches -- Adam Petke (baseball), M. Anthony Chen (boys volleyball) and JeTrout (track and field). Trout will also coach cross country.
Petke, a former player at Cal, has coached and developed baseball players in the Bay Area for more than 10 years, according to the school's release. Petke previously led Lowell-San Francisco to city and regional titles.
Chen, better known as "Coach M.A.C." to the volleyball community, is in his 16th year as a volleyball coach at the middle school and high school levels.
Trout is a certified coach for USA Track and Field, USA Cycling, USA Triathlon and the National Federation of High School Associations. He has coached distance and cross country at Branham-San Jose and Notre Dame-San Jose, as well as West Valley College-Saratoga.
Above blurb was found at the following link:
http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_19883227

2012 Track and Field Invitational Dates (Northern California)

I believe the following list is accurate.  If you have additions and/or corrections, email albertjcaruana@gmail.com
For all SJS meets, please check out the following link:

http://bvtrack.com/sjs_invitational_dates.htm

For all CCS meets, please check out the following link:
http://www.dyestatcal.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/2012/2012.htm

January 21, Saturday, Skyline "all comers" at Skyline HS

February 25, Saturday, Joe Stocking Super 7 Invitational at Diablo Valley College

March 2, Friday, Pitman Distance Wars at Pitman HS
March 2, Friday, Steve March Relays at Del Oro HS
March 3, Saturday, San Rafael Twilight Relays at San Rafael HS
March 3, Saturday, East Bay Invitational at California HS
March 3, Saturday, 14th Annual Sierra-Tom Moore Relays at Sierra HS
March 3, Saturday, Mt. Pleasant Relays at Mt. Pleasant HS
March 3, Saturday, Skyline Invitational at Skyline HS
March 8, Thursday, Honker Mini Invite at TBA
March 9/10, Friday/Saturday, Dan Gabor Invitational at Amador Valley HS
March 10, Saturday, K-Bell Invitational at Westmont HS
March 10, Saturday, Newark Memorial's Cougar Invitational at Newark Memorial HS
March 10, Saturday, King Gilbert Invitational at Granite Bay HS
March 10, Saturday, Port City Invitational at Bear Creek HS
March 16, Friday, Calaveras' Frosh/Soph Invitational at Calaveras HS
March 16, Friday, North State Relays at Chico State
March 17, Saturday, Dublin Distance Fiesta at Dublin HS
March 17, Saturday, St. Francis Invitational at St. Francis HS
March 17, Saturday, Bruder/Martinez Relays at Martinez HS
March 17, Saturday, Piner Gold Rush Relays at Piner HS
March 17, Saturday, Welton "Moe" Moore Relays at Grant HS
March 17, Saturday, Garlic Classic Invitational at Christopher HS
March 17, Saturday, Big Cats Relays at Kezar Stadium
March 23, Friday, Eagle Classic Relays at West Valley HS
March 23/24, Friday/Saturday, West Valley Relays at Wesmont HS (new)
March 24, Saturday, Bronco Invitational at Bella Vista HS
March 30, Friday, Cougar Co-Ed Relays at El Dorado HS
March 31, Saturday, King City Invitational at King City HS
March 31, Saturday, Hornet Invitational at Enterprise HS
March 31, Saturday, Deer Valley Invitational at Deer Valley HS
March 31, Saturday, Avis Kelley Invitational at Gilroy HS
March 31, Saturday, Hornet Invitational at Enterprise HS

April 6, Friday, F/S Top 8 Track and Field Classic at TBA (CANCELLED)
April 6/7, Friday/Saturday, Stanford Invitational at Stanford University
April 6/7, Friday/Saturday, Arcadia Invitational at Arcadia HS
April 14, Saturday, Junipero Serra Top 7 Invitational at Serra HS
April 14, Saturday, John Frank Invitational at Central Valley HS
April 20/21, Friday/Saturday, Mt. SAC Relays at Mt. SAC
April 20, Friday, CCS Top 8 Track and Field Classic at TBA
April 20, Friday, West Valley/Chico Invitational at Chico State
April 20, Del Oro Invitational at Del Oro HS
April 21, Saturday, San Mateo Bearcats Invitational at San Mateo HS
April 21, Saturday, Pacific Grove Invitational at Pacific Grove HS
April 21, Saturday, Northern California F/S Championships at Dublin HS
April 21, Saturday, Bret Harte Invitational at Bret Harte HS
April 21, Saturday, RVHS Falcon Invitational at RV HS
April 21, Saturday, Halden Invitational at Davis HS
April 21, Saturday, Woody Wilson Invitational at UC Davis
April 27, Friday, Cougar Twilight Invitational at El Dorado HS
April 27, Friday, Sheldon Distance Carnival at Sheldon HS
April 27, Friday, Yreka Lions Invitational at Yreka HS
April 28, Saturday, Sacramento Meet of Champions at Hughes Stadium
April 28, Saturday, Viking Track Classic at Montgomery HS
April 28, Saturday, Alisal High School Invitational at Alisal HS

May 4, Friday, Gold Rush Elite Invitational at Calaveras HS
May 15 and 17, Tuesday and Thursday, SJS Division IV and V at Modesto JC
May 16 and 18, Wednesday and Friday, SJS Division I at Elk Grove HS
May 16 and 18, Wednesday and Friday, SJS Division II and III at Bella Vista HS
May 18, Friday, NS Division I at Enterprise HS
May 18, Friday, NS Division II at Yreka HS
May 18, Friday, NS Division III at College of Siskiyou
May 18, Friday, NS Divison IV at Los Molinos
May 19, Saturday, CCS Semi-Final at Gilroy HS
May 19, Saturday, NCS Class A Meet at TBA
May 19, Saturday, NCS Area Meets at TBA
May 24/25, Thursday/Friday, SJS Masters Meet at Elk Grove HS
May 25, Friday, NSCIF Finals at West Valley HS
May 25, Friday, CCS Finals at Gilroy HS
May 25/26, Friday/Saturday, NCS Meet of Champions at UC Berkeley
June 1/2, Friday/Saturday, CA State CIF Championship at Buchanan HS

Sonoma’s Studdert, Wilber, Conner bound for Clemson, Ole Miss, Yale

Deon Pinder Merrill West HS to Oklahoma University

From the Tracy Press and the following link:
http://www.tracypress.com/view/full_story/17388217/article-Local-seniors-commit-to-2012-13-college-plans-?instance=sports_lead_story_left_column

Deon Pinder

The West High senior had a few choices among school that would offer him scholarships to play football or join their track and field teams. He chose a track and field scholarship at the NCAA Division I University of Oklahoma, where he plans to continue his development as a long jumper and triple jumper.

Pinder has made his mark on the West High track and field team with repeat trips to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet. He also competed in the Junior Olympics as a member of Beast Athletic Performance, led by West track and field coach T.J. Williams.

During the June 2011 National Junior Olympics in Eugene, Oregon, Pinder gained the attention of college track and field coach Chris Huffins, who was coaching another competitor at the event.

It turned out that Huffins was recruiting athletes for his new job at University of Oklahoma, and he invited Pinder to check out the campus in Norman.

“When I made the visit the campus was really nice,” Pinder said. “Coach Huffins is a really good coach, and I really think that’s my best opportunity to do something big.”

He said it looked better than other offers he had, including a chance to play football at Sacramento State University.

Pinder also holds a place in the West High record books for a triple jump of 48 feet, 4 inches at the 2011 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet at Sacramento City College last May. The jump, his first attempt of the day, automatically qualified him for last year’s CIF state meet, and gained him a silver medal at the section meet.

His experience at West, Pinder said, is what directed him to pursue track and field as his top sport.

“I get a whole lot of support from the community at West High,” he said. “Coach Williams really pushed me to where I need to be, and I always trust in him to get me to the top, and that’s what he did for me.”

Read more: Tracy Press - Local seniors commit to 2012 13 college plans 

Thursday, February 02, 2012

CCS Girls' teams to watch this spring courtesy of MV Moose

1. Mountain View: Return all individual scorers from last year's runner up team. Has four girls in the NorCal top 10.
2. Piedmont Hills: One stellar freshman from stealing this year's crown.
3. Aptos: Also has four girls in the NorCal top 10.
4. Saratoga: They slide up in the events where seniors graduated. A move to the tough-as-nails De Anza Division gives them early season competition.
5. Mt. Pleasant: If they add another jumper or sprinter, could retain their crown.
6. Wilcox: Have a Senior and Sophomore from last year's team to carry them to a top finish this spring
7. Valley Christian: Return a top notch runner and jumper. 
8. St. Francis: Return the best relay teams in the CCS
9. Everyone else: There are great athletes that are a joy to watch and cheer on. Everyone in the CCS is a champion to me!

Lastly. I can assure you of one thing. A few freshmen, injuries, return from injuries, and more will totally juggle these at the end of the season.

Enjoy!

NCS Returning State Meet Qualifiers

Event 3  Girls 1600 Meter Run                                                     
  1 Verdon, Carrie            11 Campolindo             4:51.80   10     
  3 Novell, Carina            11 Granada                5:00.61    6   
  4 Blum, Bridget             11 University-SF          5:00.72    4 
Event 4  Boys 1600 Meter Run                                                    
  2 Fuhriman, Trevor          11 Monte Vista            4:15.26    8   
  3 Fehrnstrom, Jamie         11 Miramonte              4:15.79    6             
 
Event 5  Girls 100 Meter Hurdles                                                  
  1 Wilson, Trinity           11 St. Mary's               13.38   NWI  10   
  3 Wallace, Sasha            10 Holy Names               14.07   NWI   6   
  4 Craft, Taylor             10 Newark Memorial          14.19   NWI   4         

Event 6  Boys 110 Meter Hurdles                                                   
  1 Barton, Michael           11 DeLaSalle                14.22  -0.6  10      
  3 Walker, Kenneth           11 Kennedy-Richmond         14.41  -0.6   6    
 
Event 7  Girls 400 Meter Dash                                                     
  2 Hollis, Taylor            11 Newark Memorial          56.98    8   
  3 Winn, Chloe                9 Monte Vista              57.09    6         
 
Event 8  Boys 400 Meter Dash                                                      
  2 Bayley, Nick              11 Amador Valley            49.08    8    
  4 Carter, Christian         10 San Leandro              49.51    4            
 
Event 9  Girls 100 Meter Dash                                                     
  1 Campbell, Strangenae      11 Pinole Valley            11.96  -0.7  10   
  2 McMillan, Lilla           JR Tamalpais                12.09  -0.7   8     
  4 Harvey, Atiya             11 James Logan              12.21  -0.7   4         

Event 10  Boys 100 Meter Dash                                                     
  1 McBride, Andre            11 San Leandro              10.82   0.9  10        
  3 Speegle, Myles            10 Castro Valley            10.97   0.9   6         

Event 11  Girls 800 Meter Run                                                     
  1 Ibrahim, Sadia            10 Santa Rosa             2:12.99   10   
  2 Ricks, Madison             9 California             2:14.00    8   
  3 Jones, Nijae              10 San Leandro            2:14.71    6   
  4 Julien, Aida               9 Head Royce             2:14.97    4         
 
Event 12  Boys 800 Meter Run
  None         
 
Event 13  Girls 300 Meter Hurdles                                                 
  2 Johnson, Kyra             11 Piner                    44.05    8              
  4 Edwards, Tori             11 California               46.11    4         
       
Event 14  Boys 300 Meter Hurdles                                               
  1 Grimble, Kenny               Las Lomas                38.34   10      
  3 Kutchera, Kevin           11 Granada                  39.53    6            
 
Event 15  Girls 200 Meter Dash                                                   
  1 Campbell, Strangenae      11 Pinole Valley            24.24  -1.1  10      
  3 McMillan, Lilla           JR Tamalpais                24.75  -1.1   6         

Event 16  Boys 200 Meter Dash                                                     
  2 Simms, Shawn              11 Deer Valley              22.08   0.4   8   
  3 McBride, Andre            11 San Leandro              22.11   0.4   6   
  4 Corbin, Christian          9 Novato                   22.20   0.4   4         

Event 17  Girls 3200 Meter Run                                          
  1 Verdon, Carrie            11 Campolindo            10:41.50   10    
  4 Pianin, Jena              10 Amador Valley         11:03.91    4        
 
Event 18  Boys 3200 Meter Run                                                     
  1 Luna, Luis                11 Piner                  9:13.71   10

Event 32  Boys Discus Throw                                
  4 Gagliano, Stanley         11 McKinleyville           153-03    4       
 
Event 27  Boys High Jump                                                         
  1 Frazier, Noel             11 California             6-08.00   10            
 
Event 24  Girls Triple Jump                                                   
  2 Wallace, Sasha            10 Holy Names            39-04.50   3.1   

Event 25  Girls Shot Put                                                          
  1 Ioramo, Danielle          11 James Logan           40-07.50   10   
  2 Laney, Morgan             11 Del Norte             39-08.50    8   
  3 Taito, Chantell           10 Deer Valley           39-05.00    6          
 
Event 22  Girls Pole Vault                                                    
  1 Virdi, Cimran             11 Las Lomas             12-09.00   10   
  2 Steffen, Danielle         11 Petaluma              11-09.00    8   
  3 Gemar, Megan              12 Las Lomas             11-06.00    6   
  4 Chang, Ariel              10 Mission San Jose      11-03.00    4             
 
Event 30  Boys Triple Jump                                                
  3 Prothro, Jeffry           10 James Logan           46-00.50   1.9   6  

Event 26  Girls Discus Throw                                                      
  2 Durand, Kathleen          10 Maria Carrillo          124-11    8              

Event 21  Girls High Jump                                              
  2 Tuck, Courtney            10 Petaluma               5-06.00    8   
  3 Guinn, Jasmine            11 Berkeley               5-02.00    5              

Event 29  Boys Long Jump                                                 
  2 Moore, Nate                9 Bishop O'Dowd         22-08.75   1.4   8    
  4 Moran, Nick               11 McKinleyville         21-10.75  -1.1   4        
 
Event 31  Boys Shot Put                                                          
  4 Perrella, Sam             SO Redwood               50-11.50    4        
 
Event 28  Boys Pole Vault                                           
  2 Julyk, Noah               11 Las Lomas             14-00.00    8   
  3 Wentworth, Marshall       11 Piedmont             J14-00.00    6   
  4 Morales, Jesus            11 Liberty               13-06.00    4           
 
Event 23  Girls Long Jump                                                   
  2 Guinn, Jasmine            11 Berkeley              18-03.75  -0.2   8     
  4 Smyers-Jones, Kortni      10 Holy Names            18-00.25  -0.8   4   

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

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