Tuesday, November 17, 2015

CIF-SJS Championships - Varsity Boys D1 Race

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

That Vernau kid is fast. Just noticed that the top 3 at SJS D1 are juniors (Vernau, Holland and Grijalva). All of them are capable of being top 10 at state, will be interesting to see what they will be able to do with another year under their belts.

Anonymous said...

Jacob Miller is top 2 at state konfirmed

Anonymous said...

That drone footage is so great. Adds an amazing perspective.

Anonymous said...

Totally! There is a kid at Jesuit who is a really good drone pilot and who takes video for events. Cross Country races seem like a natural fit for the technology. I certainly don't mind running around to see runners on different parts of the course, but at big meets, it can be hard to downright impossible to see finishes or when moves are made on distant parts of the courses.

Anonymous said...

Its nice to see that money can build a great team, Go Jesuit$$$!!!
Just how much money will this podium finish cost? Average Joe's I think not...

Anonymous said...

9:02 post comment. These are the same kids from last year except for one runner. The same kids who got beat by a fine Davis team and a Granite Bay team who raced very well at section finals last year. So these kids did not go to state last year and they came back and won the section this year. Did you make your same stupid comment last year when they didn't go to state. No you didn't. Grow up, obviously your not informed about the program and the amount of hard work the kids put in this year. Show some respect.

Anonymous said...

Go home 9:58, you're drunk

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! I wish there was this type of footage at the State meet this year. It's a fantastic way to cover a race. Whoever took this video did a great job.

Also, the top Davis runner will be even more amazing as soon as he figures out how to use his arms.

Dan said...

9:02 About the most asinine comment I have seen in some time and I have seen some pretty idiotic ones. What money are you alluding to? Let's go with your false premise for a moment and assume they spend loads of money on their program, which they do not, how would money equate to a fast runner. Cross Country is not Golf or Tennis where money makes the sport cost prohibitive for those without extra funds.. If you are questioning the ethics of the program you are questioning one of the most respected coaches in the state who nobody has anything bad to say about. There are no transfer students on the team, Every single one of the varsity runners has been a part of the program since they enrolled in the school as freshman. So if you have some sort of concrete proof of shady business going on, say it otherwise STFU and go troll somewhere else. I feel sorry for you, destined to go through life portraying yourself as a victim because life just ins't fair to you and only if you had the advantage of others, maybe someday you could be a success. Unfortunately, with your attitude, you will always be a loser, not due to a lack of money, but due to all the excuses you will always provide for your mediocrity. Don't ever attempt to take anything away from these young men or any cross country runner who gets out there and puts in the work to be successful, Crawl back in to your hole troll.

Albert Caruana said...

Disregarding that previous comment trying to knock the Jesuit program, I have known Jesuit coach Walt Lange for quite some time now. He is truly one of the great human beings in our sport and a wicked sense of humor to boot. Aside from being a great coach (Jesuit's all-time track list and XC accomplishments are ridiculous), Walt has been in innovator in our sport. The maps of many cross country courses that he has put together are shared with the public. Using a drone to show races from a different perspective. The training plans of some of his top runners are also easily accessible. I am sure Walt is as competitive as it gets but he is more than happy to share what he is doing at Jesuit with anyone that asks.

Anonymous said...

Well at least the jealousy and idiotic comments about private schools is not confined to the CCS. Welcome to the nonsensical public vs. private debate, SJS. Just so we can fast-forward the debate, here is what the anti-private side will say: the private schools recruit and it's not fair, they have more money and it's not fair (BTW have you seen the incredible tracks built at public schools with our taxes?), the privates get all of the good kids and it's not fair....but don't worry because they will also say that with all that stolen talent they should win sections every year and, because they don't, it is proof that these great kids that are "recruited" to these evil schools suck and will never amount to anything because they don't have the same grit and heart as the kids that go to public school. There, I just saved us 90 posts and a lot of BS about some great kids that want to go to good schools and run.

aaron rios said...

Albert, your comment about Walt being more than open to sharing his knowledge is true! I am still in my infancy in regards to coaching and Walt has been very supportive and helpfully when it comes to sharing his knowledge of the sport and life.

Albert Caruana said...

And one more point, the key to successful programs is not about recruiting fast middle schoolers but being able to recruit students within your own school.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more Albert. There is a reason why the biggest schools are (historically) the most successful. The coaches can cast a wider net, get more people out, create more day to day competition and find those hidden gems. The attendance numbers at the current D1 Boys Top 10: Great Oak: 3,621 Dana Hills: 2663 Jesuit: 1,064 (doubled to 2,128 since it is all boys) Madera South: 2,757 Burroughs: 2,659 King: 3,331 Ventura:2,617 Arcadia: 3,442 Roosevelt: 4,116 California: 2,962 Davis: 2,928 Bellarmine: 1,625 (doubled to 3,250 since it is all boys).
I honestly think the biggest obstacle to a fair playing field is the CIF leaving it up to the individual sections to determine what division teams compete in. Which is why McFarland is forced to compete against teams with up to 4 times their enrollment in order to maintain "competitive balance" within the section. Those kids will never have a chance to realistically compete for a team title.
In SJS, they just put 20% of the schools in each division, even if it means that SJS D1 schools are competing against SS D1 schools with up to 2,000 more students.

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