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Saturday, June 14, 2014

2014 NCS Pre-Season Division III Boys Individual Rankings

By Campolindo assistant coach, Andy Lindquist

NCS DIII Boys individuals
Overview: Last season was another electrifying year for the NCS boys in DIII as Aidan Goltra and Fred Huxham tore through the season en route to finishing 1st and 4th at the state championships. With both having graduated, the field is wide open for a host of talented upstarts to capture the individual crown.

1. Colin Burke (Bishop O'Dowd) After a breakthrough fall, finishing 4th and 17th at NCS and State, Burke continued to impress this track season in roaring to a 9:23 performance in the 3200. Looks to be the slight favorite at this point.

2. Cameron Gaskell (Acalanes)  Last years 3rd placer at NCS owns personal bests of 15:28 at Woodward Park and 15:25 at Hayward HS, both the top marks in this division. Illness derailed most of his track season but he was still able to clock 4:25/9:30 in the 1600/3200. Loads of talent and ability make for a huge amount of upside heading into the fall.

3. Nick Downs (Bishop O'Dowd) Another big talent for the dragons, Downs had a solid track season in running 4:25 in the 1600m to advance to the NCS Meet of Champions. Huge upside with a personal best of 16:02 at Woodward Park makes Downs a threat to challenge for a spot in the top 3.

4. David Frisbie (Kennedy) Had a massive personal breakthrough this track season in advancing to MOC finals by running a 4:22 1600m. Track times do not always translate well to cross country but Frisbie finished 18th in 16:13 at last years NCS meet so the potential is there to nab a medal position and advance to state.

5. Parker Lothamer (Campolindo) After a surprising breakout during cross country running as Campo's #3 man for most of the season, Lothamer focused on the long sprints this past track season. This did not stop him from continuing to make progress placing 9th at MOC finals in the 800m with a time of 1:58. Loads of upside and potential here to challenge the front pack.

6. Tom Robey (Las Lomas) A consistent performer for the Knights last season, Robey had a nice track season in running 9:46 in the 3200 as a sophomore. Plenty of potential here for another big step-up to challenge for DFAL supremacy.

7. Kevin Buckley (Campolindo) Another quality performer for Chuck's Army, Buckley was the critical #5 man for last year's team champions. Continued to be rock steady during track, clocking a 9:57 3200m.

On the bubble: Sean Burke (Bishop O'Dowd) Nathaniel Sauerberg (Campolindo) Riley Cooke (Bishop O'Dowd)  Keeson Davis (Las Lomas) Jared Yabu (Campolindo)

Thanks to Andy for his work on the posted pre-season rankings. If you feel like somebody should move up or down or a runner should be added to the list, feel free to use the comment section below.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

What could hurt Bishop O'Dowd it the lost of Coach Andrew Chang. I hope that I'm wrong, but I think he did a great job there.

Anonymous said...

Gotta say, there's going to be a pretty deep void without Goltra and Huxham at the top any more. Will be exciting to see if this new generation can fill the big shoes, those guys were absolute legends.

Anonymous said...

Team rankings anyone?

Albert Caruana said...

They will be posted tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Atta-babe robey

Anonymous said...

I guess the comments got cleaned up? Was that a troll or an unadvised move stating and a request by Chuck to take down comments because he was transferring for athletic reasons which results in a 1-2 year sit out period?

Anonymous said...

Where have you been 9:42? It's a 30 day sit our period. Please leave Chuck alone, he does not recruit but kids who want to run fast maybe be looking his way. Look at Thomas Joyce and Carrie Verdon, NCAA finalist this year.

Albert Caruana said...

I took those posts down myself. No need to get caught up in a frenzy of rumors at this point.

Anonymous said...

@ 11:06 PM

I sense your sarcasm but please read the rules before your post so definitively. Athletic motivated transfers are NOT ALLOWED under current laws. The transfer rules are very complicated and while there was an implementation of a "30 day rule" this does not apply to athletes transferring for athletic reasons such as "I will not make varsity," or for coaching. It surprises me that people hear such things but never read the rules. It is also surprising that Campolindo is not red-flagged or investigated for the high profile transfers coming into the school.

Anonymous said...

Really? Name another transfer besides Goltra in the xc/track team

Anonymous said...

Andy Ehrenberg from Redwood looks good and has great coaching. Don't overlook him!

Anonymous said...

Bishop O'Dowd is going to do big things this year even with the loss of Coach Andrew Chang. Some strong members in this season.

Anonymous said...

David Frisbie is one to watch and I believe way underrated.
2 years in a row undefeated in league meets in MVAL
2014 winner of Crystal Springs Invitational (15:34)
2014 9th at Mnt. Sac Invite (15:30)
2013 MVAL league champ in XC and Track (1600 4:22 and 3200 9:45)
2014 MVAL league champ 2nd year in a row in XC
2014 ran a 14:46 on a moderatly hilly course in league dual meet

Anonymous said...

Forgot one more stay on David Frisbie...
Second place in 2014 NCS about 6 seconds behind Burke who won. David is still a Junior.

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