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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Golden West Invitational

14 comments:

Anonymous said...


1 Reonna Collier 10 Unattached 41.24

Albert Caruana said...

and 53.85 individual 400. That would have been 2nd place at state meet.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that they couldn't get the transfer to Piedmont Hill correct and then they didn't get the transfer to Vacaville correct. You would have thought someone would have learn something the 1st time around. Someone had posted that the coach at Piedmont is no longer there. Is this correct? Is he at vacaville now?

Anonymous said...

And 8th Grader Izzy Fauria ran a 5:03.51 for 2nd place finishing ahead of Kendall Derry in the girls mile.

Anonymous said...

I think Albert called out the one impressive performance of the meet.

But the rest of the meet was pathetic in regards to performances. The weather was atrociously hot and there was really nothing to hang around for.

Really is a shame that the GoldenWest meet has degraded to more of a community fun run. I think the inclusive nature of allowing _anyone_ to register, backfired on them in regards to luring high-caliber competitors. They even had a Youth run which was not a pleasure to watch. Hey maybe next year they will have a Coaches race and give out participant ribbons. Disappointing.

Anonymous said...

Great run by Izzy, and if you had stopped your post after her time and place, it would have been a lot classier than naming the high school athlete she managed to beat. We can all read results. And, no, I am not Kendall's parent or coach.

Albert Caruana said...

The Golden West Invitational used to be one of the premier post season meets in the country. It's now up against meets like Adidas which has taken a lot of athletes away from the GWI. I just don't think it will ever be the same meet again so opening it up to the younger runners is fine.

Anonymous said...

It has nothing to do with not filing the paperwork correctly. It was never filed at all the first time.

Collier transferred just in time for track season last year. That's a no-no in the CIF and she would have not been eligible the rest of the season. She then transferred to Vacaville, a known hurdle Mecca.

Vacaville did file paperwork. SJS called CCS to find out how they handle a double transfer. It was her third school in 9 or so months. CCS had no paperwork on a transfer.

I am a conspiracy theorist by nature so I can't help but feel the coach knew and never notified the AD of what was going on. Of course ultimately it's their job to know though so the ball was dropped here. Also in a Mercury News article she said she was living in Fairfield. You can't do that in the public school system.

So now Collier lands at Vacaville. I'd be interested if she is living in district lines. I am also surprised she got to run Frosh-Soph and doesnt have to sit out the year (or two) completely.

Albert Caruana said...

You are allowed to transfer one time during your high school career with no questions asked (plus the proper paperwork). Under that transfer situation, an athlete has to sit out 30 days and then is eligible to compete at the varsity level. In Collier's case, she couldn't compete at the varsity level but was eligible to compete at the FS level. After sitting out this year from varsity competition, she will be eligible to compete next year.

Anonymous said...

That is a common misconception. There are always questions asked and you can not transfer for athletic reasons without further sactions. You can not transfer mid-year because you did not make a team, playing time, coach, or any other athletic reason. Any outside coaching influence will also make you ineligible (i.e. Your club coach is at a school so you go there). Any athletic motivated transfer makes you ineligible for 1-2 years.

In the paperwork most say "AP classes" or something else to get around this. I don't think the CIF wants kids to play until it's thrown in their face. Most coaches don't complain in this sport about it. But when it comes up you see that there is much more to it then filling out a piece of paper, no questions asked.

NixOlympica said...

Sorry you took the Izzy post that way, no disrespect to Kendall intended. In fact just the opposite. As Kendall is ( and has been ) one of the Very top SJS runners in both XC & track, I was only trying to high light Izzy performance against one of the very best.

Bill said...

Anonymous @ 9:16

I think the performance by Isabel Fauria should be regarded as a noteworthy performance. (Makes me think back when Hasay ran as a 8th grader).

That being said, I don't think I will be going back to attend. There weren't many highlights and it wasn't run very well. Too many heats and no entry standards doesn't encourage the elite to attend (other than those that live in area).

I remember back 10 years ago when it was only place where different state champions would meet and it seemed the appropriate end to the post-season.

And there is something wrong when Milesplit broadcasts the GoldenWest meet online, but nobody (in NorCal) broadcasts the State meet. I think Milesplit was misled on that one.

Anonymous said...

Watch the milesplit video, it is definitely worth it. The best part of the interview is the last question, "What high school will you be competing for next year?

She has a bit of an attitude through the interview but considering she was at the schools in one year I think it's a valid question.

Anonymous said...

The meet is now an over priced all comers meet. Too bad, I remember it used to be the top meet in the country.

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