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Monday, September 07, 2015

Northern California Top 10 Teams Version #2 (Boys & Girls)

Boys
1) Jesuit (SJS) Record setting "Meeting of the Marauders" and dominant Del Oro result.
2) Davis (SJS) Michael Vernau impressive early at Lagoon Valley Classic.
3) Bellarmine (CCS) Deepest team in NorCal. Lots of young talent to replace 2015 seniors.
4) St. Ignatius (CCS) Lose #1 (Ben Osipow) but everybody else is back.
5) Campolindo (NCS) Jared Yabu leading the way for strong Cougar pack.
6) Homestead (CCS) Will chase Bellarmine for Division I section supremacy.
7) Monte Vista (NCS) Everybody is back looking for first section title since 2007.
8) St. Francis, Mt. View (CCS) Will be tested by Bellarmine early and often.
9) Las Lomas (NCS) Will be led by two talented runners and ready to do damage in DFAL and NCS.
10) Dublin (NCS) Young team that improved during 2015 Track and Field season.

Girls
1) Bella Vista (SJS) Finished 2nd in Division I last season and return majority of team.
2) Redwood (NCS) Best NorCal Division II team last season with 6th place state finish.
3) Davis (SJS) Led by one of the top runners in the nation (Fiona O'Keeffe) with lots of depth behind her.
4) Monte Vista (NCS) Lots of talent returning with freshmen help on the way.
5) Aptos (CCS) One of best programs in CCS that could challenge at state level in Division III.
6) Campolindo (NCS) Add former Athenian runner Grace Brown to their arsenal.
7) St. Francis, Sacramento (SJS) They lose their top 2 runners but everyone else is back.
8) St. Francis, Mt. View (CCS) Lots of returners make them favorite for CCS Div. II title.
9) Homestead (CCS) Tough Division I program that will be led by sophomore star (Elena Kamas).
10) Bishop O'Dowd (NCS) One of the top teams in NCS with tough divisional foe.

Comments on above teams encouraged. This is the 2nd version after the pre-season one that was posted on July 9th. Please include early season results in support of any teams that should be moved up or added to above teams.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Re the girls CCS teams listed, all three mentioned (Aptos, St Francis Mountain View and Homestead) are excellent. Note, however that the Mitty team that beat St Francis at WCAL leagues and CCS Div II in 2014 also returns 6 of the top 7 runners from last year.

Anonymous said...

Mitty has a new coach and it will be interesting to see how they do. No doubt they'll get 1-2 really good freshman. Still Saint Francis is on another level. And yes they lost league (without a full squad) but beat them at ccs. So let's just keep it real.

Albert Caruana said...

Mitty will be one of the top teams in CCS and NorCal and we should see some great matchups between the Monarchs and St. Francis in league, CCS and state.

Anonymous said...

Mitty girls beat Saint Francis at CCS last year, but finished behind them at state.

Anonymous said...

Really, another transfer to Chucks Army?

Albert Caruana said...

Grace Brown lives in Campolindo's district and will be able to compete without missing any meets.

Anonymous said...

Campo knows that their native runners simply aren't good enough to win by themselves, so they steal top athletes from other schools. Pathetic.

Albert Caruana said...

Campolindo had nothing to do with her transfer. She chose to transfer on her own with no outside influence. Fact.

Anonymous said...

Good call Albert, I'm actually tired of people putting down good Coach's and their programs.

Anonymous said...

On the other hand I think it is a valid question. If one program constantly receives to runners transferring in, whether athletically motivated or not it should at least warrant questions.

Listen every top athlete I have coached has had someone drop a comment like, "move here, come to my school," be it from a coach, an athlete, a family, alumni or someone else. There is always someone involved that sparked that thought. Maybe it wasn't there coaches but it was someone.

Remember when a certain runner put down he moved for classes but then in an interview on this site said he talked to the coach and transferred so he could run for them? Ya, it happens.

Anonymous said...

Athenian is a pretty dam good private school so I don't think it a question of Campo being better academically. Just saying. Does Chuck tell anyone to come to Campo, NO. They come because he runs a great program. That said I thought you couldn't transfer for athletic reasons? Of course that 36K plus tuition could cause one to leave.

Anonymous said...

As everyone knows(by now) it's not Chuck doing the recruiting but his newly promoted First Lieutenant Andy Lindquist.Andy is at all of the JO/Middle school meets looking for the next great Campo star.He hooked Goltra with the promise of letting him be the lead singer in his band.

Anonymous said...

What is the NCS/CIF rule when you transfer schools with out moving?

DarkKnights said...

There is this wonderful tool called the Internet where you can search for NCS eligibility rules:

http://www.cifncs.org/eligibility_bylaws/index.php

Also school districts have there own rules for transfers from both inside and outside the district.

Lastly, students transfer/families move for personal reasons. Maybe running/sports is one of them but there are a host of other important reasons such as top schools, academics, housing values, job situation, commute, local community, etc.

It's a personal matter and unless you are the student/family in question, all the finger pointing and speculation is meaningless.

Anonymous said...

Chuck is the man ,don"t be jealous ,embrace his skills as a coach

Anonymous said...

!st Lieutenant Lindquist "persuades" athletes to go to Campo with the power of the Mjölnir. Don't know about the band stuff though...is he into music?

Anonymous said...

Aptos and the SCCAL schools just get them to move when they are in junior high.

Anonymous said...

If you could live in Santa Cruz wouldn't you?

Anonymous said...

Just got back from Monte Vista Invite - Monte Vistaboys are going to do some damage this season.

Bing said...

A little surprised that Willow Glen didn't make the list. They seem to have a deep team with 5-6 runner all within seconds of each other.

Anonymous said...

Piedmont Girls 3 at 18:30 1 at 19:30 2 at low 20's for Woodbridge

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