What is typically the strongest cross country section in NorCal?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Northern California Pre-Season Top 10 Individuals (Boys and Girls)

Boys
1) Sean Kurdy Jesuit (SJS) Senior
2) Andy Ehrenberg Redwood (NCS) Senior
3) Salem Bouhassoun Mission (SF) Senior
4) Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) Junior
5) Justin Robison Lynbrook (CCS) Senior
6) Michael Vernau Davis (SJS) Junior
7) David Frisbie John F. Kennedy, Fremont (NCS) Senior
8) Nick Downs Bishop O'Dowd (NCS) Senior
9) Kellen Browning Davis (SJS) Senior
10) Kevin Lehr St. Ignatius (CCS) Senior
Honorable Mention
Roman Munoz King City (CCS) Junior
Alex Glavin College Prep (NCS) Senior
Jordan Scobey Maria Carrillo (NCS) Senior
Luis Grijalva Armijo (SJS) Junior
Logan Taggart Oakmont (SJS) Senior
Zachary Katzman Skyline (OAK) Senior
Remington Breeze Vista del Lago (SJS) Senior

Girls
1) Fiona O'Keeffe Davis (SJS) Senior
2) Chloe Hansel Las Lomas (NCS) Senior
3) Brooke Starn Monte Vista (NCS) Senior
4) Cate Ratliff Santa Cruz (CCS) Senior
5) Morgan Coonfield McKinleyville (NCS) Senior
6) Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS) Sophomore
7) Elena Kamas Homestead (CCS) Sophomore
8) Megan McCandless Granada (NCS) Senior
9) Kendall Derry Bella Vista (SJS) Senior
10) Gillian Meeks Gunn (CCS) Senior
Honorable Mention
Caroline Gee Cupertino (CCS) Sophomore
Meredith Corda Monte Vista (NCS) Junior
Glennis Murphy Redwood (NCS) Junior
Niki Iyer Harker (CCS) Junior

Feel free to comment on the lists above. Who did I miss (perhaps honorable mentions)? Who should move up? Who are the state contenders in their division? 

Teams will be posted later this week.

21 comments:

Bill said...

From the Sac-Joaquin section, for boys I think Sean Kurdy (Jesuit) has to be mentioned in top-10. He performed well in track (excluding state meet) and has the top returning time from sections.

For girls, I think Fiona O'Keeffe has to be #1 as the top returning State time from Norcal. I would say that Angelo Dipentino (Woodcreek) and Sofia Castiglioni (Davis) also have to mentioned in the top ten as well. Kendall Derry (Bella Vista) had a sub-par track season (compared to last year) but she at least deserves an Honorable mention going into XC.

kevin said...

Roman Munoz

Anonymous said...

Alex Glavin, Jordan Scobey, Luis Grijalva, Logan Taggart. All low 9:20 two milers

Anonymous said...

umm, Brooke Starn is definitely in the top 10. how'd you miss her?

Anonymous said...

In addition to Starn, you might want to consider her teammate Meredith Corda and Redwood's Glennis Murphy...

Anonymous said...

Hansel #2?

Albert Caruana said...

I added the names mentioned above. I know there are others that will have an opportunity to crack the top 10 during the season. Starn had a couple of tough races at the end of her last cross country season. Along with Corda and Murphy, they are all worthy considerations for the top 10. Hansel was state Division III champion last year. Until proven otherwise, she has to be highly ranked in cross country.

Anonymous said...

These lists seem completely skewed to only last xc season and don't factor in how the athletes ran this spring or have over their careers to date. Yes, there are differences between track and xc, but you have to factor it all in. Maybe instead of trying to rank them, you just list them as runners to watch? Or if you're going to rank them, show last year's best xc results and this year's best track results, especially the 3200 and 1600. Noting injuries would be interesting too, as they obviously factor in.

Albert Caruana said...

You will notice that several athletes appear in both lists following much improved track and field seasons.

Anonymous said...

I was curious about your comment about Starn having a couple of tough races at the end of last cross country season and the other post about looking at more than just last cross country season. I remembered your interview with her from this spring and read it again. It says that she had a low iron issue and that was the cause of her tough races at the end of cross country. It also said that in October she ran 17:44 at the Clovis Inv., which makes her the 8th fastest returning runner in the entire state on the Woodward course (looking at CIF State meet, Clovis Inv., and Rough Rider results). She's also the 8th fastest returning runner for Mt. Sac Inv., so pretty solid cross country credentials. She then came back this spring with 10:29 (3200) and 4:48 (1600) as well as her second podium finish at the state track meet--again credentials that are exceptional. I also quickly scanned results from last cross country and track PRs for the other runners you ranked ahead of her and it certainly seems like she should rank ahead of most of your top 10. And if trending matters, then it seems like Glenis Murphy will certainly be on that list.

Anonymous said...

Anybody think St Francis boys can get to state this year?

Anonymous said...

Definitely, but they will have to compete against loaded teams such as Mitty, Serra, SI, Willow Glen, and Lynbrook. But SF has a good top five guys heading into the season, based on track times.

Anonymous said...

Mission and Lowell should be at the top of the SF Section. Lowell already has a solid foundation, but Mission can strike any time. Salem Bouhassoun should be an indicator of that happening.

Anonymous said...

A Honorable mention is Remington Breeze (Vista Del Lago). He had been injured all of last XC season and made the State meet on a couple of weeks training. If he keeps his mileage under control, then he could emerge as a section champ.

Anonymous said...

Zachary katzman should be honorable mention with 9:20 at state.

Anonymous said...

What is more important: Last year XC times or last season's track times? I've noticed some people on this list were barely noticeable during XC, but improved mightily in the spring

Anonymous said...

How do you account for an incoming freshman? Do they factor or is it too rare that they have any impact?

Anonymous said...

Anyone with the name "Remington Breeze" should make ANY top ten list!

Albert Caruana said...

I looked at last year's XC times first and took into account major improvements from this past track season.

As for freshmen, they will have more of an impact on the girls' side. I know there are incoming freshmen that will have an impact but they are not listed yet.

Anonymous said...

Itll be interesting to see how fast O'Keeffe could go if she stays healthy

Anonymous said...

Don't rule out Alex Scales from Bellarmine.
He had a great track season, and will surprise some people in cross-country.

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