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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Northern California Cross Country results

BVAL Championship at Crystal Springs (CCS) Monday

SCVAL Championship at Crystal Springs (CCS) Tuesday
EC Finals
DAL Finals

MBL Championship at Toro Park (CCS)

DVAL Cross CountryChampionships (NCS)
Hidden Valley Park
3.0 miles

Team Scores: Northgate 35, College Park 38, Clayton Valley 52, Concord incomplete, Berean Christian incomplete

Stanziano (CON) 19:15, Boucher (NG) 19:33, Osterkamp (CV) 19:48, Tseng (CP) 19:53, Swanson (CP) 20:14, Bolter (BC) 20:25, Olson (CV) 20:32, Reck (NG) 20:42, Seto (CP) 21:04, Blough (NG) 21:07, Kohlmeyer (NG) 21:21, Orellano (CP) 21:30, Sarah Verderamae (CV) 21:37, Lewis (NG) 21:48, Griswold (BC) 21:49, Parks (CP) 22:13, Antolin (NG) 22:25, Ruzicka (CV) 22:40, Villa (CV) 23:02

Rayna Stanziano of Concord ran away with the DVAL title in a quick time of 19:15 on the Hidden Valley course, easily outdistancing runner-up Jessie Boucher of Northgate.   The Northgate girls prevailed narrowly over College Park, reversing a 1-point dual meet loss earlier this year.

Team Scores: Clayton Valley 19, Northgate 46, College Park 59, Conc ord 109, Berean Christian incomplete, Ygnacio Valley incomplete

Bernabe-Velasquez (YV) 16:32, White (CV) 16:38, Opeyany (CV) 16:46, Kabbani (NG) 16:46, Cox (CV) 16:50, Perez (CV) 16:57, Seabrook (NG) 17:08, Maytem 17:14, Chuman (CP) 17:16, Abranches (NG) 17:24, Orellana 17:32, Grinbergs (CP) 17:32, Busby (CV) 17:34, Stame (BC)17:35, Malinov (NG) 17:44, Eide (CP) 17:47, Kugler (NG) 17:48, Hurley (CP) 17:49, Sornberger (NG) 17:55, Bizicki (CV) 18:01, Stanziano (CON) 18:10

Ygnacio’s Jorge Bernarbe-Velasques waited until the last hill before surging for the win, reprising his sophomore title run in 2013.  Clayton Valley, with five runners in the top eight finishers, dominated the race for convincing team victory.  This is the Eagles 1st boys’ varsity league title in 21 years, dating back to the old BVAL in 1984 when current coach Anthony Munch was running for Clayton.

Delta League Cross Country Championship (SJS)


Anonymous said...

It won't get much notice in SoCal, but Vernau threw down a 15:26 at Willow Hill, the second fastest high school time in the history of the course, German Fernandez ran a 15:01 that almost defies belief if you have ever run the course. Vernau's shoe didn't disintegrate like it did at Mt. Sac and he looks back on track to do some damage at the state meet. Jesuit put all of their top 5 in the top 8 in a race after a tough week of training and look to be peaking at just the right time. Next week will be a pack run to safely make it to Sections and then it's back to Willow Hill to make a run at a state meet birth. Fiona O'Keefe took the race off again this week, but was the team's number 1 cheerleader, supporting her continually improving teammates. Vernau, Grijalva, Holland, Kurdy, Jesuit's Boys and Davis Girls all seem to be primed to make their marks down at Woodward later this month. This was Jesuit's 41st league championship

Albert Caruana said...

15:26 at Willow Hills is MOVING. We all know what German Fernandez did as a senior in XC and on the track and for Vernau to be in German's neighborhood as a junior is really impressive.

Bryson said...

Although I would love to see Fiona racing, it is actually nice to see that fellow teammate Sofia Castiglioni is getting some well-deserved recognition. Sofia would most likely be a teams number one runner for (almost) any other school but sometimes people forget about her due to Fiona (who also deserves respect).

Anonymous said...

No doubt! The teams that really want to compete for a podium at the state championships in California need to have at least two runners capable of scoring extremely low and a 3-5 who can keep the gap to a minimum. I follow the boys more closely since my son runs, but there is no denying that the Castiglioni has reached a higher level this season and, along with the emergence of Fisk and Olivia (the other) O'Keeffe, they will be a team to be reckoned with at state, Unfortunately it seems like the 4-5 gap will keep them from making a serious run at Great Oak. The same could be said of Ben Holland at jesuit, with Kurdy missing a couple of meets due to college trips, he has had to mature quicker and the rest of the team built confidence that will surely serve them well come the post season.

Anonymous said...

Sophia impressed me from the first time I saw her at Lagoon Valley as a freshman. She's awesome. I think it's noteworthy that Kendall Derry ran 13 seconds faster than her at Willow Hills just the day before at the Capital Conference finals and it was pretty warm (low 80's).

Anonymous said...

In two weeks we'll all be back at Willow Hill with state meet births on the line and I am pretty sure all runners, all teams will be running all out. Davis had the girl's league title in the bag as soon as they showed up, so I am pretty sure Castiglioni left a lot in the tank. With that said, looks like Derry is rounding in to form. The SJS championships are going to be a blast in several divisions.

John Rankr said...

It’s League Week! I will do my best to preview the action at Crystal Springs this week, starting with the BVAL.

Rain, rain, more rain. Will there even be a meet today? I remember when kids used to run and race whether it was “rain or shine.” With no rain for, oh about 6 years, my guess is that course is going to soak it up nicely. Though the top dust layer could get slick and cause some problems. Not sure when they would even hold a rain-out date as the course is booked through the week. Next Monday? Someone chime in and let us know.

Assuming there will be a meet today here are my picks. Be forewarned that I have been so off that if this were fantasy football I would be a 1-7 team. So take this all with a grain of salt.

Pre-Prediction Rant:
For the record I love the BVAL. They have 30+ teams on the starting line and let them sort it out the way it should, on the course. It is a shame that CCS doesn’t follow suit and allow all teams to compete. Section championships should be exactly that: represent the section. In our sport you can allow for large fields. BVAL does it right.

Of the 30 or so teams Willow Glen is the shining star. This group of blue collar kids are on a mission and by the chatter on the boards feel a bit slighted by some others in the area. They have a strong 4 but the one thing that could keep them from a section title is their #5. If that gap closes a section title is not out of the question. Lots of individuals including Yep from Evergreen Valley, Estrella and Saval of Andrew Hill, and a strong duo out of Mt. Pleasant. Dosier of Sobrato is the favorite for the individual but it won’t come easy as 4 other Willow Glen guys and a slew of others are also looking for the win. Dosier seems to be a lone wolf running many meets solo such as Mt. Sac last week. It is an interesting match up no less.

Individual Prediction: Dosier (Sobrato)
Team Prediction: Willow Glen
Dark Horse: Euerele (WG)

The girls individual and team titles are up for grabs. Leland has a strong core of runners and is the favorite in the team title, Prospect, Piedmont Hills and Willow Glen could all challenge. While Leland enters as the team favorite it is runner-up Prospect has the best odds of making the State Meet in D3. The BVAL features a lot of strong individuals in contention of the individual title: Howell of Santa Teresa, Grant of Live Oak and Miller of Branham and Baron of Prospect are all in the hunt for the win.

Individual Prediction: Howell (Santa Teresa)
Team Prediction: Leland
Dark Hourse: Baron (Prospect)

Albert Caruana said...

Thank you John. I do agree that CCS should allow any team that wants to compete at CCS to compete just like they do at NCS. It will make for bigger and more competitive fields. Some of the races are really small (Division III and V are very light). I do understand why the qualifications are difficult in other sports due to time constraints etc but that is not the case in XC.

John Rankr said...

League Week continues, SCVAL low-down here.

Pre-Prediction Rant:
How about a separate thread for league meets where I can post this stuff? By the way I was pretty close on the BVAL stuff; The favorites were all right there, though the big story is that the Prospect girls dominated and look really good heading into CCS.

Another great dual today at Crystal Springs, this time between Kent Saney of Palo Alto and Justin Robinson of Lynbrook. This is the individual race of the week as two of the best in the CCS go at it one more time. Sandy is the favorite, Robinson with the motivation to win as a senior. This is the race to watch. For the team title Homestead finally showed up at Mt. Sac and put 5 runners between 15:50 and 16:27 making them a strong favorite for the team title. Palo Alto has a solid 1-2 punch that could make things interesting. Throw in the Lynbrook front runners a kid from Los Altos and points may be at a premium. But do we even know if Homestead is even going to try? They very well could just cruise to a qualifying place and go for it at CCS.

Individual Pic: Saney (Paly)
Team Favorite: Homestead
Dark Horse: Palo Alto wins the team title

Meeks is the run away favorite for this one and honestly in another league. Though Gee of Cupertino and Jacob of Los Altos are stars in their own right. Escalera is expected to challenge as well. There will be some Homestead runners in there too. My bold prediction of the day: Gunn will run away with this one. There is just too much firepower up front. Combined with Homestead, the on-paper favorite, running hard in Mt. Sac I don’t think they have it in them to take down Gunn. But Homestead is tough and the favorite and it won’t be surprising to see them win (again, if they run hard). I am going out on a limb here and taking a gable. Also fighting for the podium: Los Gatos, Paly and Fremont all have an interesting battle for third.

Individual Pic: Meeks (Gunn)
Team Favorite: Homestead
Dark Horse: Gunn for the team title

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