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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

2015 California State Championships - Varsity Boys D1 Race

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great video, nice locations and well done putting it together. Wish we had one for all races, but I guess too much to expect to have one school volunteer for all the races.

Anonymous said...

Some amazing performances on a great day at Woodward Park. Have to feel that Great Oaks and Dana Hills will do some damage at NXN. 2 of the top 7 team times in state meet history and the girl's race was even closer. Lack of an at large for California makes me wonder who is on the committee and what the process truly is. Looking to next year, Dana Hills has several returning, Bellarmine and Madera South also return most of their runners. It was a great season, sorry to see it over. Now I'll be rooting for the California kids at NXN and Foot Locker. And almost forgot to shout out the NorCal girls for grabbing all the individual spots for NXN. The section system still favors the Southern Section, but NorCal runners and teams brought it this year. Can someone think of some way that McFarland can get some support for the punishment they are receiving from their section? Did you see the enrollment numbers at the end of the video? McFarland's enrollment is 770 and their section forces them to compete at the D1 level against teams with (Great Oak) 3,600 and 15 other teams with over 2,500 enrollment! It's shameful that these kids have no chance of ever winning another state championship against schools that are in some cases over 4 times bigger than they are. What can be done about this? It seems like the most egregious example of the inequality that exists in California Cross Country.

Anonymous said...

We need to get over the NXN selection process. At the end of the day it's a Nike meet and they can do whatever they want to pick the teams. While I feel for Jesuit, when a committee selects teams someone is always going to be upset with the outcome. Anyway NXN is just a marketing event and not a true national championship. New York and California are their own region, the regional meets are on different dates and the biggest farce is they select the California auto qualifiers from a state meet power merge across five division races. Nike could make the process better but it's not in their interests. And it's not in CIF's interests to make things easier for Nike...

Anonymous said...

The Central Section, as with all other sections, is looking out for what it believes is the best interest for itself as a section. Until there is some leadership from the CIF to impose state wide standards for its divisions, the sections will continue to focus on their own section championships as the ultimate prize and the state championships will be someone else's concern.

Albert Caruana said...

I very much agree with your comment. I believe that any major changes will need to come from the state level although some section administrators are indeed trying to make changes now and listening to the concerns of their own coaches.

Anonymous said...

I guess I just can't believe that someone in a leadership position at the section level would look at the McFarland program and think that this "competitive balance" thing would be serving the kids at all. For a sport like cross country which takes incredibly dedicated individuals to reach the higher levels. There is a reason why this is unique for the Central Section and that's because no other section would do this to a program that has already overcome so many challenges, beyond competing against schools 4 times bigger than they are (and yes, size matters). The highest enrollment schools generally have deeper, larger and faster teams, which is why the 3 fastest boys teams were from the D1 race.

Anonymous said...

The Central Section is looking after itself and wants keep competitive balance within its section and apparently has no concern of the impact it has on the school on a state wide level. Last year a volleyball team from a school of 283 competed at the Division I level in the state playoffs from the Central Section. Someone ought to do a movie about this...

Anonymous said...

What happens when a team in D1, say Madera South, wins 3 Section titles in a row? Do they disband the team?

Albert Caruana said...

It's a good question but I am sure the section believes it's highest competition is at the Division I level and that they would continue to compete in that division.

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