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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Which four students would be on the Mount Rushmore at your school for XC and/or TF?

Moving this back to the top. Let's add more teams and individuals in the comment section below. 
There are lots of these kind of lists so why not one for Northern California Cross Country and Track and Field? In the comment section below, name the four students/athletes that stand above the rest in your school's history in both XC and TF. You can name four students for each sport or four students for both sports. These lists will be co-ed which will definitely make it the best of the best. Thank you in advance for your nominations. 

Who else? Who are the all-time greats from your school?

George Washington-SF
John Pettus 100-200
Ernie Provost 100-200
Ollie Matson 100-200
Willie Eshman 1600


Miramonte High School:
Dixon Farmer Sprints/Hurdles
Adam McAboy 1600/3200
Marilyn Davis Distance
George Coon 800

Castro Valley Cross Country Mt. Rushmore:
Calvin Gaziano 2 time Kinney Regional Champion (14:49 Woodward)
John Bass (5th Norcal 1983)
Mike Spencer (2-time All-American D-II All-American Hayward State)
Beau Bettinger (NCS Champ 1999, Runner up 2000)

Castro Valley Track Mt. Rushmore:
Larry Guinee -- 1980 State 1600 champion 4:06.16
Calvin Gaziano -- 1985 State 2nd place 3200
Beau Bettinger -- 2001 State 3rd place 800 meters
Nate Moore -- 2013 and 2015 LJ and TJ State Meet Champion

Bishop O'Dowd:
Miesha Marzell
Michelle Decoux
Bisa Grant
Ari Wright

Montgomery HS Track and Field:
Mel Gray
Sara Bei
Chris Day
Deanne Neff

Montgomery HS Cross Country:
Sara Bei
Kim Conley
Julie Nacouzi
Mike Contos

Dublin HS Cross Country:
Dan Harvey
Anirudh Surapaneni
James Attarian
Julie Hayes

Dublin HS Track and Field:
Mecca McGlaston
Keremiah Crockett
Chuck Gangnuss
Noria Mitchell

Berkeley HS Track and Field
Pete Richardson 800
Kenny Robinson 100/200/400
Sharon Ware 100/200
Yvette Jump Long Jump/Triple Jump

Silver Creek HS Track and Field
Millard Hampton
Andre Phillips
Nanett Garcia
Harold Rucker

Jesuit HS Track and Field
Michael Stember 800 1:49, 1600 4:04, 3200 9:02
Eric Mastalir 800 1:54, 1600 4:04, 3200 8:44, 5k 14:01
Mark Mastalir 800 1:55, 1600 4:04, 3200 8:51
Paul Thomas 800 1:54, 1600 4:08, 3200 8:53

Campolindo Cross Country
Tom Hale
Aiden Goltra
Carrie Verdon
Sarah Riley

James Logan Track and Field
Kevin Craddock
Aaron Richburg
Talia Stewart
Ciarra Brewer

James Logan Cross Country
Yosef Ghebray
Gilliat Ghebray
Kim Wilkes
Alexandra Newsom

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do relays count as one person or nah

Albert Caruana said...

Good question but looking for individuals.

Anonymous said...

Bhavik Kanzaria

Anonymous said...

George Washington-SF
1. John Pettus 100-200
2. Ernie Provost 100-200
3. Ollie Matson 100-200
4. Willie Eshman 1600

Anonymous said...

Miramonte High School:
Dixon Farmer
Adam McAboy
Marilyn Davis
George Coon

Anonymous said...

10:19
What? No Gerhart, Foley or Conover?

Albert Caruana said...

What are the events for the Miramonte athletes?

Christopher R.V. Puppione said...

Farmer is an all-time great sprinter/hurdler.

McAboy ran the 1600/3200 in the 1980s.

Marilyn Davis could win anything on the track, but gained notoriety in the distances at MHS and Cal.

Coon was a legendary 800m guy.

Of note, Mark Conover does not hold a school record at MHS, but he did win the 1988 Oly Trials in the marathon.

"Who the hell is Mark Conover?"

Christopher R.V. Puppione said...

Oh, and Wendy Sihner should be up for consideration for Miramonte--she was a monster in the 3200 and XC.

Peter Brewer said...

Castro Valley Cross Country Mt. Rushmore:

Calvin Gaziano 2 time Kinney Regional Champion (14:49 Woodward)
John Bass (5th Norcal 1983)
Mike Spencer (2-time All-American D-II All-American Hayward State)
Beau Bettinger (NCS Champ 1999, Runner up 2010)

Castro Valley Track Mt. Rushmore
Larry Guinee -- 1983 State 1600 champion 4:06.16
Calvin Gaziano -- 1985 State 2ne place 3200
Beau Bettinger -- 2001 State 3rd place 800 meters
Nate Moore -- 2013 & 2015 LJ and TJ State Meet Champion



Anonymous said...

Peter, No Sasha Wallace?

Anonymous said...

Guinee - 1980

Tony Green said...

Tony Green Bishop O Dowd High

We have a long list of great kids but the top four have to be State Champions or multiple State medalists
1. Miesha Marzell, 2 time cross country state champ and unbeaten in all big meets and duals over two years. Miesha was also 2 time state champ in the 800 meters and unbeaten in all duals and big meets over two years. Miesha also ran on two state medalist 4x400 teams.(Georgetown)

2. Michelle Decoux-2 x state champion 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles her senior year also had to rerun 300 hurdles morning of the finals because of one missing hurdle the trial day of the state. Undefeated her senior year and won the Keebler National Championship meet.(USC)

3. Bisa Grant 100 hurdle State Champ 100 and 200 meter medalist, 4x100 state medalist and 4x400 State medalist. Ran four races all big meets leading up to the state meet.(UCLA)

4. Ari Wright state cross country champ and 1600 and 3200 medalist at the state meet. (Brown-USC)

Anonymous said...

Montgomery High, Santa Rosa, CA
Track
Mel Gray
1967
State Champ 220 in National High School record
100y equaled the National High School record
Long jump 2nd, 880 Relay 7th.

Sara Bei
3-time State Champ 1600/3200

Chris Day
1981 2nd State Discus

Deanne Neff
1978 NCS HJ Champ, NCAA III National Heptathlon Champion

Cross Country
Sara Bei
2000 Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships, course record
First ever CA Four-time State Champ

Kim Conley
2001 State 4th II, two-time Olympian

Julie Nacouzi
2010 3rd Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships, Western Regionals Champ

Mike Contos
1987 29th Div. I State

Anonymous said...

Berkeley High and James Logan would have very long lists to get to only four.

Albert Caruana said...

I am sure somebody can narrow the choices for Berkeley and James Logan to four. For Berkeley, Pete Richardson is one. Now you just need three more.

Coach Ozzie said...

Amador Valley
Dan Gabor-State 800m Champion
Monica Van Wegen-Competitive from 200m to 1600m with a highlight of 2:11.87 in the 800m.
Nathan Esparza-NorCal Record in Shot Put, #3 in Discus, state runner up in Shot Put
Amber Nixon-5-8 in the high jump.

Mr. Rob said...

Dublin Cross Country
Dan Harvey
Anirudh Surapaneni
James Attarian
Julie Hayes

Dublin Track & Field
Mecca McGlaston
Keremiah Crockett
Chuck Gangnuss
Noria Mitchell

Mr. Rob said...

Dublin Cross Country
Dan Harvey
Anirudh Surapaneni
James Attarian
Julie Hayes

Dublin Track & Field
Mecca McGlaston
Keremiah Crockett
Chuck Gangnuss
Noria Mitchell

Mr. Rob said...

Dublin Cross Country
Dan Harvey
Anirudh Surapaneni
James Attarian
Julie Hayes

Dublin Track & Field
Mecca McGlaston
Keremiah Crockett
Chuck Gangnuss
Noria Mitchell

Anonymous said...

James Logan T & F records, Pick four! WOW.
http://logantrackandfield.com/track-and-field/records/

Anonymous said...

http://bhsxctf.com/tfrecords/
Berkeley High records, Pick four!

Anonymous said...

Livermore should have a solid four.

Rob Collins said...

San Lorenzo Valley Alejandra Barrientos- 2x1600 (4:43.24) State Champion. 800m (2:09.34), XC State Champion, Junior National Champions, Nike Indoor National Champion, Footlocker Finalist. 1xUSA Junior Pan Am 1500m runner-up!

Alex Dunn- XC State Champion, Foot Locker Finalist, 1600m 4:10.41

Anna Maxwell- XC State Champion, 1600m (4:41.63) State Champion, 800m (2:08.32), 3x Footlocker Finalist, 2x USA (World Youth and Bupa International) qualifier.

SR Cassie Ackemann- HJ (5'8.75), LJ (17'4.25), TJ (37'5), 100m (12.75), 200m (26:06) 400m (56.56). It will be interesting to see what she does this year!

Possible:
Cody Johnson 800m (1:52.44)
Taylor Johnson 3x CCS 1600m (4:53.17) Champion, 800m (2:13.86) CCS Champion!

Andrew said...

Not sure what Berkeley's XC team one would be...but track has many candidates. This is my personal 4, and I'm sure the other, more notable alums would have much to say (marks either from our record board or Keith Conning's all-time NCS list):

Pete Richardson - 800, still #3 all-time in the nation?, national record at the time (1981), 1:47.31, leg on the state champ 4x400 (NCS #1), could also run a mean mile or 400
Kenny Robinson - short sprints, 10.39 100m (#2 NCS), 10.24w (#1 NCS all-conditions), 21.03 200m (#3 NCS), 46.94 400m (#5 NCS), on NCS #1 4x400 and NCS #2 4x100
Sharon Ware - short sprints, 11.34 100m (#2 NCS), 23.62 200m (#5 NCS), member NCS #1 4x100 and NCS #2 4x400
Yvette Bates - horizontal jumps, WELL ahead of her time with her elite marks, #6 LJ and #4 TJ in NCS history, but no marks above hers were done until 12 years later, and mostly 20+ years later!

Others considered: Ralph Gamez (distance representative, short but great peak at 8:53 equivalent 2 mile), Kerry Myers (NCS #1 HJ at 7' 2"), and Freida Cobbs (#2 NCS 400m 53.12).

Not sure how many/which won state titles and I don't enjoy going into those. Safe to say, lots.

Andrew said...

Cleaner version for Albert to copy:

Pete Richardson - 800
Kenny Robinson - 100/200/400
Sharon Ware - 100/200
Yvette Jumps - Long Jump/Triple Jump

Anonymous said...

Silver Creek High School.....we lead, others follow.
Millard Hampton: Gold Medalist
Andre Phillips: Gold Medalist
Nannette Garcia: CIF 4th place in 1600
Harold Rucker: Top CCS TJ record.

Anonymous said...

Obviously a ton of candidates for Jesuit HS, but as much as they have had some great sprinter/hurdler and field event athletes, these are all distance runners (in no particular order):

Michael Stember: '95 State Champ 3,200 (800-1:49, 1,600-4:04, 3,200-9:02)
Eric Mastalir: '86 State Champ 3,200 (800-1:54, 1,600-4:04, 3,200-8:44, 5k-14:01, DMR-9:56)
Mark Mastalir: '86 State Champ 1,600 (800-1:55, 1,600-4:04, 3,200-8:51, DMR-9:56)
Paul Thomas: '87 State Champ 3,200 (800-1:54, 1,600-4:08, 3,200-8:53)

Anonymous said...

Yo, Silver Creek. It's been along time since you have been leading :-)

Anonymous said...

hahaha...no kidding, Time to change our motto? 2 Gold Medalists in Track is hard to beat.

Pat said...

Correction: Stember won the 1600 in '95 & '96. In '95 he placed 6th in the 3200. In that space between Roosevelt and Lincoln I would squeeze in Pedro Reyes, 2nd at state in 1980 and 2nd in the mile at Golden West with a 4:06.01.

Anonymous said...

Back to the Silver Creek Mountain, Has any Nor Cal school produced more than one individual Olympic gold medalist in track and field? Sliver Creek had Phillips 400H and Hampton 4x100 relay along with silver in the 200.

Hank said...

If you want to see athletes from your school (not just XC & T/F), check out this link:

http://www.bayareasportsstars.com/schoolsathletes.htm

hank

Hank said...

Harrison brothers from N Salinas both won gold.

hank

Anonymous said...

Did those medals stand? If I remember correctly they were busted for PEDs and were involved with BALCO for a time period.

Albert Caruana said...

I stopped keeping count of how many Olympic Track and Field athletes lost medals due to PED violations. That said, the Harrison brothers had an amazing senior season and those in the stands won't forget their 1600 relay finish at the state meet.

Anonymous said...

Antonio Pettagrew tested positive and the USA was disqualified from the Gold medal.

Anonymous said...

Campolindo XC

Boys:
Thomas Joyce
Aidan Goltra
Jared Yabu
Robert Pulford

Girls:
Carrie Verdon
Brighie Leach
Grace Orders
Hana Sun

Anonymous said...

Hank, i ran that link of Bay Area stars past HS friends of mine, They were swimmers. All went to MHAL/ ESUHSD schools. Set off a fire storm. The early 80s was when the ESUHSD board (Frank Fiscalini) decided to consolidate the guys and girls season into one season. MHAL swimming was no longer able to compete in CCS. Independence HS had 2 Olympic trials qualifiers back then: Jean Badding & Krista Berkland. I believe they attended UCLA. Not on list. Anyway, I completely forgot about their missed opportunities and picked an old scab.

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