Saturday, January 26, 2013

Best High School Northern California Track and Field Athletes of All-Time

I have updated all the nominees.  Who else should be considered?  To whoever asked, I would say that more weight should given to high school performances and not what was accomplished after high school.  The list gets way too big when you start adding athletes who did "OK" in high school and then really took off in college and beyond.
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A little project before the official start of the 2013 Track and Field season.  Who are the best High School Track and Field athletes of all-time?  Who were the best boy/girl sprinters?  Hurdlers? Distance Runners?  Jumpers?  Throwers?  Can we pick the best overall for boys and girls?  I will add names as they are listed below in the comment section.  Let's see if we can get at least 10 nominees for each category.

Boys
Sprinters
Steve Lewis American HS (NCS)
Mel Gray Montgomery HS (NCS)
Rubin Williams Valley Christian HS (CCS)
Calvin Harrison North Salinas HS (CCS)
Bill Green Cubberley HS (CCS)
Derek Shepard Lincoln HS (SF)
Jahvid Best Salesian HS (NCS)
Bob Frick San Ramon Valley HS (?)
Kenny O'Neal Skyline HS (OAK)
Eddie Hart Pittsburg HS (NCS)
Dave Masters El Cerrito HS (NCS)
Jim Hines McClymonds HS (OAK)
Ken Robinson Berkeley HS (NCS)
Stoney McCree Berkeley HS (NCS)
James Jackson Alameda HS (NCS)
Kevin Willhite Cordova HS (SJS)
Andre Ammons Skyline HS (OAK)

Mid-Distance Runners
Rick Brown Los Altos HS (CCS)
Cole Williams Urban HS (NCS)
Kevin Griffith San Ramon Valley HS (NCS)
Gordon Johnson Piedmont HS (NCS)
Pete Richardson Berkeley HS (NCS)
James Robinson McClymonds HS (OAK)
Dan Gabor Amador Valley HS (NCS)
Aaron Richberg James Logan HS (NCS)
James Levine Golden Valley HS (SJS)
Jon Stevens Mission San Jose (NCS)
Don Bowden Lincoln HS (CCS)
Dan Aldridge Petaluma HS (NCS)
Jacob Evans Aptos HS (CCS)
Dale Scott El Cerrito HS (NCS)
Mike Katri Fortuna HS (NCS)
Craig Magness Santa Teresa (CCS)
Conrad Suhr Leigh HS (CCS)

Distance Runners
Michael Stember Jesuit HS (SJS)
Rich Kimball De La Salle HS (NCS)
German Fernandez Riverbank HS (SJS)
Tim Nelson Liberty Christian (SJS)
Mark Mastalir Jesuit HS (SJS)
Reggie Williams River City HS (SJS)
Roy Kissen San Ramon Valley HS (NCS)
Morgan Groth Alhambra HS (NCS)
Tom Hale Campolindo HS (NCS)
Erik Olson Novato HS (NCS)
Yung-Song Leal Arroyo HS (NCS)
Eric Mastalir Jesuit HS (SJS)
Ralph Gamez Berkeley HS (NCS)
Mike Ryan Del Mar HS (CCS)
John Johnson Skyline HS (OAK)
Tom Downs Skyline HS (OAK)
Bob Grubbs Washington HS (NCS)
Clifton West Kennedy HS (SJS)
Tim Nelson Liberty Christian HS (NS)
Jon Stevens Mission San Jose (NCS)
Calvin Gaziano Castro Valley HS (NCS)
Jay Marden Mision San Jose HS (NCS)
Alex Dunn San Lorenzo Valley HS (CCS)
Giliat Ghebray James Logan HS (NCS)
Yosef Ghebray James Logan HS (NCS)
Brett Gotcher Aptos HS (CCS)
Rod Berry Redwood HS (NCS)
Harold Kuphaldt Bella Vista HS (SJS)
Jason Balkman Lynbrook HS (CCS)
Rusty Knowles Vacaville HS (SJS)
Mason Myers Vacaville HS (SJS)
Paul Thomas Jesuit HS (SJS)
Kevin Blazona Casa Roble HS (SJS)
Gary Passanisi Aptos HS (CCS)
Micheil Jones Livermore HS (NCS)
Rob Wentworth Livermore HS (NCS)

Hurdlers
Kevin Craddock James Logan HS (NCS)
Joe Naivalu Fremont HS (CCS)
David Klech California HS (NCS)
Guy McGowan Leigh HS (CCS)
Dedy Cooper Harry Ells HS (NCS)
Robert Gaines Richmond HS (NCS)
Tony Hicks Serramonte HS (CCS)
Monte Corley James Logan HS (NCS)
Ron Kennedy Serramonte HS (CCS)
Jim Scannella San Ramon Valley HS (NCS)
Ryan Peters Skyline HS (OAK)

Horizontal Jumpers
Mel Gray Montgomery HS (NCS)
Nkosinza Balumbu James Logan HS (NCS)
Monte Upshaw Piedmont HS (NCS)
David Klech California HS (NCS)
Jim O'Sullivan Sir Francis Drake HS (NCS)
Tim Prince James Logan HS (NCS)
Kurt Durham Oakland HS (OAK)
Billy Hice Oakland HS (OAK)
Ken Frazier Mission HS (SF)
Chase Wheeler De La Salle HS (NCS)
Johnny Cleveland Soquel HS (CCS)
Kenny Duncan McClatchy HS (SJS)
Carl McCullough Sacramento HS (SJS)
Dusty Baker Del Campo HS (SJS)

Vertical Jumpers
Noel Frazier California HS (NCS)
David Klech California HS (NCS)
Maurice Crumby Balboa HS (SF)
Teak Wilburn Chico HS (NS)
Jeff Novitsky Mills HS (CCS)
Jeff Rogers Overfelt HS (CCS)
Tim Prince James Logan HS (NCS)

Vaulters
Scott Roth Granite Bay HS (SJS)
Scott Slover Leland HS (CCS)
Brent Burns Acalanes HS (NCS)
Nico Weiler Los Gatos HS (CCS)

Throwers
Ralph Rose Healdsburg HS
Bruce and Steve Wilhelm Fremont HS (CCS)
Sam Cavallaro James Logan HS (NCS)
Dave Porath Atwater HS (SJS)

Relay Teams
Berkeley 1600 relay team 1981

Girls
Sprinters
Jeneba Tarmoh Mt. Pleasant HS (CCS)
Sani Roseby Monterey HS (CCS)
Ashton Purvis St. Elizabeth HS (NCS)
Angelique Smith James Logan HS (NCS)
Chizoba Okodogbe Deer Valley HS (NCS)
Lilla McMillan Tamalpais HS (NCS)
Evelyn Ashford Roesville HS (SJS)
Kathy Hammond HS?
Maria Mulder HS?
Jernae Wright James Logan HS (NCS)
Aisha Margain Berkeley HS (NCS)
Kristina Davis James Logan HS (NCS)
Sharon Ware Berkeley HS (NCS)
Carla Estes James Logan HS (NCS)
Kelli White James Logan HS (NCS)
Freida Cobbs Berkeley HS (NCS)
Tania Woods Skyline HS (OAK)

Mid-Distance Runners
Lindsay Hyatt Placer HS (SJS)
Ann Regan Camden HS (CCS)
Kathy Costello Pleasant Hill HS (NCS)
Jessica Spies Livermore HS (NCS)
Becky Spies Livermore HS (NCS)
Francie Larrieu Fremont HS (CCS)
Nicole Teter West Valley HS (NS)

Distance Runners
Julia Stamps Santa Rosa HS (NCS)
Sara Bei Montgomery HS (NCS)
Amber Trotter Ukiah HS (NCS)
Alicia Follmar Saratoga HS (CCS)
Laurie Chapman Gunderson HS (CCS)
Alejandra Barrientos San Lorenzo Valley HS (CCS)
Francie Larrieu Fremont HS (CCS)
Becky Spies Livermore HS (NCS)
Corey Shubert Del Mar HS (CCS)
Nikki Hiltz Aptos HS (CCS)
Shannon Rowbury Sacred Heart Cathedral HS (CCS)
Anna Maxwell San Lorenzo Valley HS (CCS)
Diana George Livermore HS (NCS)
Carrie Verdon Campolindo HS (NCS)
Kristen Gordon Carandolet HS (NCS)
Laurynne Chetelat Davis HS (SJS)
Cheri Williams Livermore HS (NCS)
Lindsay Allen College Park HS (NCS)
Tori Tyler Gunn HS (CCS)
Jenny Aldridge Maria Carrillo HS (NCS)
Clara Horowitz Head Royce School (NCS)
Marissa Ferrante Aptos HS (CCS)
Taylor Johnson San Lorenzo Valley HS (CCS)
Elissa Riedy Mission San Jose HS (NCS)
Alex Kosinski Oak Ridge HS (SJS)
Joni Mooney Vacaville HS (SJS)
Jacque Taylor Casa Grande HS (NCS)

Hurdlers
Thandi Stewart James Logan HS (NCS)
Vashti Thomas Mt. Pleasant HS (CCS)
Leslie Maxie Mills HS (CCS)
Natasha Neal James Logan HS (NCS)
Trinity Wilson St. Mary's Berkeley (NCS)
Talia Stewart James Logan HS (NCS)
Daje Pugh Fairfield HS (SJS)
Keri Sanchez Santa Teresa HS (CCS)
Tierra Ward James Logan HS (NCS)
Angela Harris Skyline HS (OAK)

Jumpers
Wendy Brown Woodside HS (CCS)
Alitta Boyd Moreau Catholic HS (NCS)
Jernae Wright James Logan HS (NCS)
Brittany Daniels Merrill West HS (SJS)
Deontee Kaye James Logan HS (NCS)
Ke'Nyia Richardson Holy Names HS (NCS)
Ciarra Brewer James Logan HS (NCS)
Vashti Thomas Mt. Pleasant HS (CCS)
Tracey Stewart James Logan HS (NCS)
Jamesha Youngblood Hercules HS (NCS)
Ashley Lodree El Cerrito HS (NCS)
Briana Stewart James Logan HS (NCS)

Vaulters
Tori Anthony Castilleja (CCS)
Cimran Verdi Las Lomas HS (NCS)

Throwers
Julie Dufresne Harbor HS (CCS)
Jere Summers Berkeley HS (NCS)
Suzy Powell Downey HS (SJS)
Jill Camarena Woodland HS (SJS)
Melissa Reis James Logan HS (NCS)
Chaniqua Ross Laguna Creek HS (SJS)
Kristen Heaston Ygnacio Valley HS (NCS)

Relay Teams
James Logan HS 400 Relay 1995, '96, '97, 2004, '06
James Logan HS 1600 Relay 2004
James Logan HS 1600 Relay 1996

135 comments:

Anonymous said...

Stember

Anonymous said...

Thrower Ralph Rosa
http://northbay.com/running/greats.html#Ralph%20Rose

Anonymous said...

Distance - Rich Kimball

Albert Caruana said...

Good calls so far. Keep them coming.

Anonymous said...

Hurdles include Thandi Stewart and Kevin Craddock, both from James Logan.
Sprints should include Steve Lewis from American

Seriously though, this list can easily be compiled from the NCS MOC all time list

Anonymous said...

Mel grey easily the best sprinter/horizontal jumper

Kevin Liao said...

I'm too young to remember some of the old timers but from my era I'd say German Fernandez and Jeneba Tarmoh.

Anonymous said...

Rubin Willams, sprinting.

Anonymous said...

Tim Nelson, Liberty Christian

Anonymous said...

Julia Stamps
Sara Bei
Amber Trotter

Anonymous said...

Scott Roth PoleVault Granite Bay HS

Anonymous said...

Alicia Folmer
Laurie Chapman
Alejandra Barrientos
Mark Mastalir
Francie Larrieu
CalvinHarrison
Wendy Brown
Bill Green

Anonymous said...

Vashti Thomas
Leslie Maxie
Reggie Williams
Derek Sheperd
Joe Naivalu
Scott Slover

Anonymous said...

Jahvid Best- Salesian HS

Mike DeVries said...

In the sprints, there is only one #1 all timer in norcal.

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_6026305

Bob Frick is the man.

Anonymous said...

Add David Klech in the hurdles and Roy Kissen on the distance.

Anonymous said...

Rick Brown
Becky Spies
Sani Roseby
Tori Anthony

Anonymous said...

Guy McGowan Leigh High Hurdles.

Anonymous said...

Morgan Groth, Alhambra HS. In 1961 ran a 4:10 mile at Golden West. Also only Olympian as far as I'm aware. Please add to the list

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Cole Williams as either sprinter or distance runner, depending on what you consider the 800m to be.

Anonymous said...

Trinity Wilson (St. Mary's, NCS) - Hurdles

Talia Stewart (James Logan, NCS) - Hurdles

Kenny O'Neal (Skyline, OAL) - Sprints

Nkosinza Balumbu (James Logan, NCS) - Jumps

Ashton Purvis (St. Elizabeth, NCS) - Sprints

John said...

Steve Lewis from American HS in Fremont has to be considered one of the best of the best. CIF 400 champ in '86 & '87 and then Gold Medalist in the 400 at the '88 Seoul Olympics as a UCLA freshman. Hard to top that.

Pete Richardson from Berkeley High should be on the mid-d list. He was the US HS 800m record holder winning the '81 CIF title in 1:47.31.

Anonymous said...

How about a list of PRs for these athletes. I don't know many of them listed.

But Niki Hiltz has to be considered no?

Corey Shubert (10:04, 9:16 for 3k in 1983)
Francie Larrieu (4:16 1500 AR in 1969)



Anonymous said...

tom hale- campolindo

Anonymous said...

Barrientos, 4:43.1 1600m, 2:09.35 800m, 10:11 3200m! Also Need to add in Shannon Rowbury into your List, Also Looking at Hanks List Anna Maxwell 4:48.1 1600m, 2:10.8 800m and 10:21 3200m!

Anonymous said...

Chizoba Okodogbe-sprints
Lilla McMillan-sprints
Noel Frazier-HJ
Diana George-distance
Kevin Griffith -800M/4x400
Alitta Boyd-jumps
Erik Olson-distance
Carrie Verdon-distance

Anonymous said...

scott bauhs?
and how could anyone forget

YUNG SONG-LEAL for god sakes

Anonymous said...

Pete richardson BHS/El Cerrito
Dale Scott El Cerrito

BHS has some of the greatest HS track teams ever, including the 1981 team that won boys and girls state team titles and to not include any is unbelievable ridiculous omission

Pete richarson, Ken Robinson, Walter Murray, sharon Ware, Sherifa Sanders and many more.

wacctrack said...

yong sung leal should for sure be on the distance list.

also, Rich Kimball is easily the best distance runner ever from norcal. 4:02 for the mile in the 70's

The Dirty P said...

Gordon Johnson, of Piedmont HS (ncs), won state in the 800 in 1989 in 1:51.09. he also got second at state as a junior in 1:51-mid. he should be on the 800 list for sure.

Anonymous said...

Talia Stewart 2 times state HH champ & 300 state champ and Ke'nyla Richardson with 2 TJ 'ship

Craiggypop The Angry Panda said...

Kristen Gordon, Carondelet, Footlocker Champion?

Anonymous said...

Jim O'Sullivan high jump Sir Francis Drake 1989 over 7 feet

Anonymous said...

Since there are so many quality section runners ..ultimately the criteria should be based on State championships. Otherwise the list will go on..and on.

Coach Tim said...

David Klech was a 7' high jumper and state competitor in the Long Jump too. He deserved to be listed in both categories.

Mattern said...

I believe that Cheri Williams of Livermore High won the 1978 State Mile and Two Mile (4:45 & 10:17). I think she ran 10:09 for Two Mile, which was possibly a national record.

Anonymous said...

Laurynne chetelate? Third best 3200 in highschool HistoryI believe

Anonymous said...

brent burns- acalanes (pole vault)

Anonymous said...

"Also only Olympian as far as I'm aware."

The late Bill Green (of the late Cubberley High, Palo Alto) won the U.S. trials in the 400 meters in 1980, the year of the boycott.

Anonymous said...

"yong sung leal should for sure be on the distance list.

also, Rich Kimball is easily the best distance runner ever from norcal. 4:02 for the mile in the 70's"

hmmm... i don't know about that. YSL does still have a national record standing today. he ran 14:27 as a sophomore in high school. He was literally 16 years old.

John said...

Wow, still no love for Pete Richardson from Berkeley. I guess 1:47.31 isn't fast enough to make the list. He only won CIF and broke the US high school record with that time. Also ran a 46 point leg on Berkeley's winning (and high school record) 4x400 team at the same meet.

Anonymous said...

Hey Albert,
Are we going to be voting for the top 3 in each category or something like that?

Andrew said...

gonna third the greatest 800 meter runner NorCal has ever seen, Pete Richardson.

Other Berkeley athletes - sprinter Aisha Margain, thrower Jere Summers, distance runner Ralph Gamez, sprinter Ken Robinson, sprinter Sharon Ware (holds many of our school's records), sprinter Stoney McGee.

Hmm seems we are lacking a mid distance girls runner...

Anonymous said...

Is the list for what they did in high school? Or beyond?

Anonymous said...

Mike Ryan. Sub 9 for 2mi in 1965.

Anonymous said...

I don't want to offend anyone here but verndon, maxwell, and many others on that list are nothing compared to Larrieu or Shubert no one has come close to them.

Also this is a HS list, not what they did post HS right? Many on the list were good but blossomed post high school.

Anonymous said...

Dan Gabor? 800m State champ 1987

Anonymous said...

Jeff Novitsky 7'0" High Jumper Mills High CCS @ Stanford 1986

Anonymous said...

Shot Put - Julie Dufresne, Harbor, 50'07.25

greg brock said...

Kathy Hammond, Maria Mulder from Wills Spikettes in the 60s. second Ralph Gamez, Does Maggie Vessey count?

Anonymous said...

One of the questions was identifying "the best." As for HS distance the poster had it right above and there really is no argument here on the girls side.

Girls:
Best 3k/3200: Corey Shubert (10:04, 9:16 for 3k in 1983)
Best 1500/miler: Francie Larrieu (4:16 1500 AR in 1969)

Anonymous said...

How about some OAL love. Jim Hines and James Robinson

Anonymous said...

How many on that list were a national high school record holder?

#3 all time HS 800-- Pete Richardson, Berkeley High

Anonymous said...

What about Eric Mastaslir

Anonymous said...

They didnt have girls track when Evelyn Ashford ran for Roseville but she still ran on the boys team and ran great for the Junior Olympics in High School. She has to be the best sprinter of all time from N Cal

Anonymous said...

Olympian Eddie Hart from Pittsburgh, Dave Masters El Cerrito, and how about still NCS high school record holder in the LJ Monte Upshaw Piedmont. Remember the HH battles between Dedy Cooper and Robert Gaines

The Dirty P said...

Monte Upshaw, Piedmont HS (ncs), class of 1954. jumped 25'4 in the long jump, which stood as a national record for a while. he was also a state finalist in the high hurdles. incredible athlete. should DEFINITELY be on the jumper list

The Dirty P said...

Monte Upshaw, Piedmont HS (ncs), class of 1954. jumped 25'4 in the long jump, which stood as a national record for a while. he was also a state finalist in the high hurdles. incredible athlete. should DEFINITELY be on the jumper list

Anonymous said...

Maggie Vessey should be eliminated from the conversation her recent failed drug test.

Anonymous said...

John Johnson Skyline Oakland 4:07 1600 and state champion 1975. Tom Downs Skyline 8:55 2 mile 1979 All American at Cal. Also Hurdlers Robert Gaines and Dedy Cooper 13.3 best in the country in the mid 70's

Anonymous said...

CCS finals 1975 Serramonte H.S.
Tony Hicks
330 LH 37.0
120 HH 13.9
Ron Kennedy
120 HH 13.8

Anonymous said...

Jumpers. 1977 Oakland High Kurt Durham LJ 25-1 State Champion and Billy Hice HJ 7-0

greg brock said...

Cliff West won Golden West Invitational when it was the biggest post season meet, went on to Cal and years later became a born again sprinter.512

Anonymous said...

Billy Hice jumped 7'2" in 1977 However, the two nor cal leaders all time are Maurice Crumby ( Balboa SF ) and Tek Wilborn form Chico at 7' 4'.25

Mattern said...

You may also consider Bob Grubbs of Washington High who still holds the Alameda County record from 1972 in 8:54ish.

Albert Caruana said...

Greg,
Where did Cliff West go to HS?

Everybody else has been added and the lists should be up to date. Anybody else?

Nils said...

Thank you whoever you are for mentioning Marie Mulder (880) and Kathy Hammond (400 and 800?) from the 60's/70's. Marie is from my home town, and I now remember I had a crush on Kathy Hammond (from a distance of course). In those days women had to join a club like Will's Spikettes to train; HS track teams were all male.

Anonymous said...

clifton west Kennedy of Sacto. State 1600 winner in 1968.

http://cifstate.org/images/Track_and_Field/Track_and_Field_Records_through_2012.pdf

Anonymous said...

This is unrelated to this topic, but seeing as how many people are posting here and I don't know where else to ask....

When will the results from the Los Gatos All-Comers Meets be posted?

Albert Caruana said...

They are usually posted on the Lynbrook site but I haven't seen anything for this season.
http://www.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/2013/2013.htm

Anonymous said...

Missed a big one. Tim Nelson, '03 graduate from Liberty Christian (NS) but maybe that's too far north! :)

Anonymous said...

Aaron Richberg Logan 1:48.4 took down Micheal Granvile at State. And Jon Stevens Mission San Jose 1:48 and 4:47 DOULBE state champ in the 1,600 and 800!!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry typo Jon Steven 4:07 1,600

Albert Caruana said...

In 1998, Jon Stevens became the first CA runner to win both the 1600 and 800 at the CA state meet in 75 years. I am guessing that the competition in 1998 was a little greater than 1915 and 1923, the only two other times in history that a runner won both titles.

hank said...

If they send me the results then I will post. If you go to the LGAC meets, ask either Willie or Mike to send me the results for posting, otherwise, it's tough to post something that I don't have.

hank

Anonymous said...

Lindsay Allen- College Park

Anonymous said...

That men's sprint list is mind blowing. Bob Frick (#2 in the world in '36), Jim Hines (prep record holder, future worlds fastest human), Mel Grey (prep record holder). Toss in Jhavid Best and Eddie Hart and you'd have a decent relay team ;-)...and thats just the 100 guys!

I had no idea we had this kind of sprinter history in norcal.

Anonymous said...

@9:16 am - I do remember Dede Cooper v Robert Gaines. I beleive NCS was at DVC that year if my memory serves me at all well.


Anonymous said...

Also Cimran Verdi for vaulting (Las Lomas)

Anonymous said...

Albert- when will we know the nominations. Thanks

Peter Brewer said...

Are you thinking relay teams, too? There are a raft of top times from NorCal teams.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to suggest Keri Sanchez from Santa Teresa High in the late 80's/early 90's for consideration for both hurdles and horizontal jumps.

Anonymous said...

Calvin Gaziano. Distances

Anonymous said...

Tori Tyler State 3200m champ

Albert Caruana said...

I am still gathering names so keep them coming. I think I know the history of California track and field pretty well but I have definitely learned some new names.

I also added relay teams so let's start listing the best relay teams as well.

DHTFKTA said...

GOTTA PUT UP ROD BERRY!
Silly man you forgot about the Redwood All-Star who put up HS marks of (1600m. of 4:12 and 3200m. 8:50.4-converted from 2 miles)! He still holds the MCAL record, much faster than that Erik Olson stud.
*Mr. Caruana, your great btw*

Peter Brewer said...

Albert:

You might do well to sort these athletes by decade, so you don't have to do the always-unresolved overall comparisons.

As for relay teams, the Berkeley teams of the '80's were superb. St. Mary's has done well in the 4x400, as DeLaSalle has done in the 4 x 800. Carondelet's 4 x 800 of the Kristen Gordon era was a national power. SLZ valley's DMR with Barrientos was best in the country that year. Oakland had the 4x100 with Jeff Layne. Skyline had a girls' sprint medley that briefly set a national record. Bishop O'Dowd's girls 4 x 400 were state champions one year. God know how many others are out there.

Andy DiConti said...

...biggest distance omission thus far is Jay Marden...8:51, crystal springs course co-record holder, kinny xc national champion...you should also include danny aldridge...1:49 800 guy...

Marty Beene said...

Just got around to reading these comments - so interesting!

Here's one that none of us (probably) actually remember: James Jackson of Alameda High. In 1954, he ran the 100 (yards) in 9.4, only 0.1 slower than the world record at the time, and it equaled Jesse Owens's national high school record. The Hornet track web site has some cool info on this: http://www.hornetfootball.org/boosters/team_docs/track/Track-History.htm

That should qualify him for this list, right?

Anonymous said...

Besides Danny Aldridge..how about daughter Jenny aldridge and Kathy Costello (pleasant Hill), Clara Howowich (H Royce)

Anonymous said...

Hey Albert You Need to Include also SLV Taylor Johnson 4:53 pr and 3X CCS 1600 Champion! Also Aptos Marrisa Ferante 4:51! Boys Aptos Jacob Evans 1:52.8 800m and 4:10.87 1600m and Aptos Brett Gotcher 4:13 1600m and 8:55 3200m also Foot Locker Quailfier! SLV Alex Dunn 4:10.87 and 9:04 3200m also Foot Locker Qualifier! Just Have To represent the Great Distance in the SCCAL

Rob Collins said...

That was My post above!

Anonymous said...

While this thread is great an fun you could just list at the all time state list also!
http://espn.go.com/high-school/track-and-xc/california/story/_/id/7810657/all-time-california-track-field-records

Mike DeVries said...

I seem to remember Jim Scannella of SRV winning state meet in the hurdles.. circ '79?

Albert Caruana said...

While running fast, throwing fast, jumping far are important, the most important factor is did this particular athlete dominate his or her event(s) when they competed? Very similar to how hall of fame athletes are selected. Right?

Anonymous said...

I soon we forget Jamesha Youngblood, TJ, LJ, 300h, freida Cobb BHS 100-400, Carla Estes Logan 400, Ashley Lodree EL cerrito hurdles, LJ and Kelli White hopefully pre-roids.

Anonymous said...

Boys Jumpers - Chase Wheeler (DLS) - State Meet Champ

Anonymous said...

SJS:
Joni Mooney, Vacaville
Rusty Knowles, Vacaville
Mason Myers, Vacaville
Paul Thomas, Jesuit
Kevin Blazona, Casa Roble

Anonymous said...

Kevin Wilhite - Cordova HS

hank said...

Sorry Andy, Jay is not co-record holder at Crystal Springs. Kingery is 14:28 Marden is 14.28.4 (or 14:29 if you round). Mitch has him by a second.

hank

Anonymous said...

How about a top 3 for each event, and you can only be eligible for one top 3 finish. If Dunn and Gotcher are on, then you gotta put on State Champs like Craig Magness,, Mike Katri, and Jason Balkman.
Ato Boldon would look pretty good on the after high school list.
How about last years P.H. 4x400?
There are definitely some studs in the distances, and I never saw Kimball run, but I don't think anyone comes close to the whuppin Fernandez laid down his senior year. 4:00/8:36!
Barrientos best year, she ended up injured and probably would have won the 16 and 32 at state. She ran 10:11 at a REGIONAL meet, where second place was 11:28. From what I remember, she pretty much owned Siraki and Bei on the oval.

Rob Collins said...

Albert also Don't forget Gary Pasanissi of Aptos a State Champion in 3200m! Also From your post earlier I'm pretty sure everybody above had dominated there respected event in the era they lived in if we are covering 50 to 60 years of Track and field and I'm pretty sure everybody at Least had to be a Section or State Champion on this Great Subject you started! It's just amazing at looking at and seeing the History that a lot of us have forgotten and now we are reminded how strong of a Tradition Northern California has had in the Past and that to Come! Best of Luck this year and see you soon Albert! Rob

Anonymous said...

looking at the enhanced list indicates that Conrad Suhr, Leigh High School guessing 1975 should be on the 800 list.

Anonymous said...

If we are to use domination as a criterion, as Albert suggests, Cole Williams absolutely dominated the North Coast in the 800 during 2011

Anonymous said...

Take into consideration the quality of the track surfaces, running shoes, and training routines of different eras as well. Cinder tracks were prevalent in the 70's and before which was certain to slow down times, as compared to the high quality mondo tracks and such today.

Albert Caruana said...

That is a good point. Check out some of the vintage track and field pictures that Hank Lawson has been posting at www.lynbrooksports.com and you will see how spoiled we are when it comes to the equipment we get to use.

Anonymous said...

again bad info. high jump ??High Jump. Aiona Key. Mesa Verde. 7-1. 2005.

Anonymous said...

Chelsea Reilly.

Anonymous said...

Jacque Taylor Casa Grande- 4:49 1600
10:34 3200 4 year medalist at State
best 2nd in the 1600.

greg brock said...

forgot another one, LJ, Johnny Cleveland, Soquel High School. 26' and won State his junior year.

Anonymous said...

Start a poll for each event

Albert Caruana said...

That's the plan.

Anonymous said...

From a former coach in the Bay Area...the best I've ever seen:
-Angela Harris (Skyline) hurdler, sprinter and pretty much won the State meet by herself that year
-Ryan Peters (Skyline) hurdler
-Andre Ammons (Skyline) - ran for only one year at Skyline. What would he have done if he had run all three?
-Gordon Johnson (Piedmont) - incredible 800m runner
-Pete Richardson (Berkeley) - 800m!
-Tania Woods (Skyline) 200m!

SJS Fan said...

How about Dusty Baker ( yes him ) in the long jump in 1966 ? still a Del Campo record !

SJS Fan said...

Sorry @ 23' 6"

Michael D said...

How could you leave out Kenny Duncan(C.K. McClatchy HS) and Carl McCullough(Sacramento HS)in the long jump?

Anonymous said...

Jim O'Sullivan was a high jumper

Gil said...

Albert,

What about Laura DeSnoo, Washington High School, discus. Lead the nation as a senior. I don't remember her best distance but I believe around 175'. In my opinion no middle-distance runner beats the accomplishments of Don Bowden. Ran 1:52 in 1954, setting a national record becoming the first American to break the 4-minute mile.

Anonymous said...

Anyone remember DeeDee Thomas? What about Laurie Hollingsworth? Albert Higgs? All 1980's

Anonymous said...

No mention of Felton Charles UNBELIEVABLE!!! Definite top 5...46.6 as a sophmore...

Anonymous said...

Joe Dedora 100-200-400 best all around sprinter at 3 distances. NCS winner 440 2 yrs state finalist 2 yrs top 5 alltime 440- 46.5 relay leg also long jumped 23 ft.
Carl McCloughla Sacto in sprints 100 cif champ ran 20.8 220.
Mike Shavers in sprints Won NCS 100 and 220 3 yrs in a row- cif 220 champ 21.0 ran 9.5 six times!
Don Ward- st. marys hurdler won state highs and lows 13.73 top 10 all time 13.5 hand timed
Mark Boyd-st. marys- hurdler won state in highs also long jumper- won numerous ncs titles
Robert Reading- st. marys hurdler- won state also long jumper USC star.
Ralph Frugaletti- albany weights 194'0 discus- 62 plus shot numerous ncs championships and state finalist- also usc star

Anonymous said...

Chris Adams- Los Altos- cif state champ in discus 201'3 finished in top 3 in shot- 62'7. Won numerous CCS titles.
Jerry Bright- Castlemont 1965- 9.6 numerous times 21.4 220- state placer in both events- only guy who ever beat Jine Hines- ran 20.29 at ASU- Pan American gold medal on relay and 2 silvers in sprints- Nicknamed " the white god".
Milt Turner- Castlemont- 13.7 highs and 18.3 los- cif state champ also medaled in highs- memeber of 2 crack Knight relay teams 41.2!
EC relay teams- 1970- 41.2 and 1971 41.1- won state-held record for years.
Castlemont long relay 3:13.2 won state in 1971.
DLS short relay- 40.85 NCS record-broke BHS record of 40.86. Finished 3rd at state.

Anonymous said...

Jerry Williams BHS 9.5 and 20.5. state placer- also long jumper over 24 ft.
Jerod Mack- st. marys 51'0 triple jumper- 2nd at state.
Mike Louisanna- Logan 185'7 discus state placer top 10 for years.
Parry O'Brien- DeAnza- shot- Olympics
Ron Luka- Ygancio Valley- shot- CIF over 62 ft.
Castlemont 880 relay 1:26.0 1960 one tenth off record set by Jefferson high of 1:25.9.
St Marys long relay 3:12.4 only BHS teams better-nicknamed the four horsemen.
Jmes Figouria- sprinter sunnyvalle high 9.5 and 21.3 ncs champ.
Chuck Bomaritto- state champ 220 in 1970 placed in 1969 won in 100 1970-race re-ran twice- won both races. numerous CCS titles. nicknamed the bomber!
ran 9.6 numerous times 21.2 220.

Anonymous said...

some corrections - john figueroa sunnyvale high 1964- 9.5 100 20.4 220 on a straight.
chuck bommarito- crestmoor high 9.5 100 1971 he did not win state 100 in 1971- 2nd in both races- had a rerun. did place 3rd in 1970 100 also, won 1971 220 in 21.2 and placed in 1970 220.
another candidate- Ron Whitaker- wilson high san fran 47.0 440 1973 cif state winner, also ran 9.5 and 20.8. ran at san jose state. member of both cif state short relay winners 1972 and 1973.
Wilson short relay 1972 and 1973 both cif state winners.
correction- mike louissane- logan discus throw was 186'5.
correction- jim obrien -deanza high- not pary obrien 62' plus.
correction- rolin luka- YV high- 63'1 throw.

Anonymous said...

Millard Hampton- silvercreek- cif state placer 3 years- the rest is history!
Mike maddog Farmer- wilson san fran. ran 9.4w 9.5 and 20.8 placed in 1972 cif state meet in 100.

Anonymous said...

Jerry Williams Berkeley 1963
100,220, long jump

Anonymous said...

Amber Purvis 2010 State Long Jump Champ.

Add to sprints as well

Anonymous said...

Lee Evans Overfelt HS 440
John Figueroa Sunnyvale HS 100/220
Placed 4 and 3 at the Golden West Invite 1964

Anonymous said...

Piedmont Hills girls 1600 relay team 2013. State champs and first team from Northern CA to win the 1600 in a long time. Broke CCS record by 7 or 8 seconds.

Babbino said...

A state sprint champion must be included is Chuck Bommarito (Crestmoor, 1970-71). He dominated the 100 and 220 in two consecutive years--a rare feat. In 1970, he was 3rd in the 100 and 2nd in the 220 at the CIF finals. The next year he went 2nd in the 100 and 1st in the 220. Best times: 9.5 and 21.2. Newspapers referred to him as "Silky Sullivan" -- the race horse famous for come-from-behind finishes.

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Anonymous said...

Marquis Morris, hurdler from DeLaSalle now has to be considered one of the best. state HH champ 2013 at 13.9 and most recently backing that up at Aracadia with a 13.93 and 36.94 IH.

Anonymous said...

all time 100 yd dash most consistant

Dave Masters (ec) 9.5(5)
state 2nd and 3rd ncs 2 times
220- 20.9(3)

Mike Shavers (albany) 9.5(6)
21.0

forget Hines, Burns, Jackson and the others.
These 2 cats did it a lot, not just a couple of times.

Anonymous said...

Bye the way, Shavers won NCS 3 straight years.

Anonymous said...

Marquis Morris DLS now has ran 13.68 110 hh 2nd state meet and 36.86 300 Ih 1st state meet, both all time, 7th and 5th.