Thursday, April 30, 2015

2xFL All-American (Trevor Reinhart-Marin Academy) To Bypass Final Track Season

Placer High Athletic Hall of Fame: Ron Hyatt was a stellar student and coach

You can check out the article at this LINK.

Aside from his stellar times, Ron also coached his daughter Lindsay Hyatt who is the only middle distance runner in California state history to win their event four years in a row. In Lindsay's case, that was the 800 meters which she won from 1996 through 1999.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Best High School Northern California Track and Field Athletes of All-Time

I bumped this back up to the top. As you can see, quite a list of names and will need to be updated with athletes who competed in the past few seasons. If you also see anybody that should be added from years past, please add them in the comment section below. Trivia Question. Who is the runner to the left?
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I have updated all the nominees.  Who else should be considered?  To whoever asked, I would say that more weight should given to high school performances and not what was accomplished after high school.  The list gets way too big when you start adding athletes who did "OK" in high school and then really took off in college and beyond.
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A little project before the official start of the 2013 Track and Field season.  Who are the best High School Track and Field athletes of all-time?  Who were the best boy/girl sprinters?  Hurdlers? Distance Runners?  Jumpers?  Throwers?  Can we pick the best overall for boys and girls?  I will add names as they are listed below in the comment section.  Let's see if we can get at least 10 nominees for each category.

Boys
Sprinters
Steve Lewis American HS (NCS)
Mel Gray Montgomery HS (NCS)
Rubin Williams Valley Christian HS (CCS)
Calvin Harrison North Salinas HS (CCS)
Alvin Harrison North Salinas HS (CCS)
Bill Green Cubberley HS (CCS)
Derek Shepard Lincoln HS (SF)
Jahvid Best Salesian HS (NCS)
Bob Frick San Ramon Valley HS (?)
Kenny O'Neal Skyline HS (OAK)
Eddie Hart Pittsburg HS (NCS)
Dave Masters El Cerrito HS (NCS)
Jim Hines McClymonds HS (OAK)
Ken Robinson Berkeley HS (NCS)
Stoney McCree Berkeley HS (NCS)
James Jackson Alameda HS (NCS)
Kevin Willhite Cordova HS (SJS)
Andre Ammons Skyline HS (OAK)
Jerry Bright Castlemont (OAK)
Chuck Bommarito Crestmoor HS (CCS)
John Figueroa Sunnyvalle HS (CCS)
Millard Hampton Silvercreek (CCS)
Dixon Farmer Miramonte HS (NCS)
Steve Odom Berkeley (NCS)
Joe DeDora Santa Rosa (NCS)

Mid-Distance Runners
Rick Brown Los Altos HS (CCS)
Cole Williams Urban HS (NCS)
Kevin Griffith San Ramon Valley HS (NCS)
Gordon Johnson Piedmont HS (NCS)
Pete Richardson Berkeley HS (NCS)
James Robinson McClymonds HS (OAK)
Dan Gabor Amador Valley HS (NCS)
Aaron Richberg James Logan HS (NCS)
James Levine Golden Valley HS (SJS)
Jon Stevens Mission San Jose (NCS)
Don Bowden Lincoln HS (CCS)
Dan Aldridge Petaluma HS (NCS)
Patrick McCrystle Jesuit HS (SJS)
Jacob Evans Aptos HS (CCS)
Dale Scott El Cerrito HS (NCS)
Mike Katri Fortuna HS (NCS)
Craig Magness Santa Teresa (CCS)
Conrad Suhr Leigh HS (CCS)

Distance Runners
Michael Stember Jesuit HS (SJS)
Rich Kimball De La Salle HS (NCS)
German Fernandez Riverbank HS (SJS)
Mark Mastalir Jesuit HS (SJS)
Reggie Williams River City HS (SJS)
Roy Kissen San Ramon Valley HS (NCS)
Morgan Groth Alhambra HS (NCS)
Tom Hale Campolindo HS (NCS)
Erik Olson Novato HS (NCS)
Yung-Song Leal Arroyo HS (NCS)
Eric Mastalir Jesuit HS (SJS)
Ralph Gamez Berkeley HS (NCS)
Mike Ryan Del Mar HS (CCS)
John Johnson Skyline HS (OAK)
Tom Downs Skyline HS (OAK)
Bob Grubbs Washington HS (NCS)
Clifton West Kennedy HS (SJS)
Tim Nelson Liberty Christian HS (NS)
Jon Stevens Mission San Jose (NCS)
Calvin Gaziano Castro Valley HS (NCS)
Jay Marden Mision San Jose HS (NCS)
Alex Dunn San Lorenzo Valley HS (CCS)
Giliat Ghebray James Logan HS (NCS)
Yosef Ghebray James Logan HS (NCS)
Brett Gotcher Aptos HS (CCS)
Rod Berry Redwood HS (NCS)
Harold Kuphaldt Bella Vista HS (SJS)
Jason Balkman Lynbrook HS (CCS)
Rusty Knowles Vacaville HS (SJS)
Mason Myers Vacaville HS (SJS)
Paul Thomas Jesuit HS (SJS)
Kevin Blazona Casa Roble HS (SJS)
Gary Passanisi Aptos HS (CCS)
Micheil Jones Livermore HS (NCS)
Rob Wentworth Livermore HS (NCS)
Mark Conover Miramonte HS (NCS)
Adam McAboy Miramonte HS (NCS)
Mark Stillman Willow Glen (CCS)
Mitch Kingery San Carlos (CCS)
Fred Huxham Redwood (NCS)
Tom Hale Campolindo (NCS)
John Dean Berkeley (NCS)
Buck Black Pittsburgh (NCS)

Hurdlers
Kevin Craddock James Logan HS (NCS)
Joe Naivalu Fremont HS (CCS)
David Klech California HS (NCS)
Guy McGowan Leigh HS (CCS)
Dedy Cooper Harry Ells HS (NCS)
Robert Gaines Richmond HS (NCS)
Tony Hicks Serramonte HS (CCS)
Monte Corley James Logan HS (NCS)
Ron Kennedy Serramonte HS (CCS)
Jim Scannella San Ramon Valley HS (NCS)
Milt Turner Castlemont (OAK)
Don Ward St. Mary's Berkeley (NCS)
Marquis Morris De La Salle (NCS)

Horizontal Jumpers
Mel Gray Montgomery HS (NCS)
Nkosinza Balumbu James Logan HS (NCS)
Monte Upshaw Piedmont HS (NCS)
David Klech California HS (NCS)
Jim O'Sullivan Sir Francis Drake HS (NCS)
Tim Prince James Logan HS (NCS)
Kurt Durham Oakland HS (OAK)
Billy Hice Oakland HS (OAK)
Ken Frazier Mission HS (SF)
Chase Wheeler De La Salle HS (NCS)
Johnny Cleveland Soquel HS (CCS)
Kenny Duncan McClatchy HS (SJS)
Carl McCullough Sacramento HS (SJS)
Dusty Baker Del Campo HS (SJS)
Nate Moore Castro Valley HS (NCS)
Craig Conway Cupertino HS (NCS)

Vertical Jumpers
Noel Frazier California HS (NCS)
David Klech California HS (NCS)
Maurice Crumby Balboa HS (SF)
Teak Wilburn Chico HS (NS)
Jeff Novitsky Mills HS (CCS)
Jeff Rogers Overfelt HS (CCS)
Tim Prince James Logan HS (NCS)
Craig Conway Cupertino HS (CCS)

Vaulters
Scott Roth Granite Bay HS (SJS)
Scott Slover Leland HS (CCS)
Brent Burns Acalanes HS (NCS)
Nico Weiler Los Gatos HS (CCS)

Throwers
Ralph Rose Healdsburg HS
Bruce and Steve Wilhelm Fremont HS (CCS)
Sam Cavallaro James Logan HS (NCS)
Dave Porath Atwater HS (SJS)
Chris Adams Los Altos (CCS)
Rolin Luka Ygnacio Valley (NCS)
Dennis DeSoto Santa Rosa (NCS)

Relay Teams
El Cerrito 400 relay team 1971
Berkeley 400 relay team 1981
De La Salle 400 relay team 2009
Castlemont 1600 relay team 1971
Berkeley 1600 relay team 1981
St. Mary's Berkeley 1600 relay team 1992
Castlemont 440 relay team 1970

Girls
Sprinters
Jeneba Tarmoh Mt. Pleasant HS (CCS)
Sani Roseby Monterey HS (CCS)
Ashton Purvis St. Elizabeth HS (NCS)
Angelique Smith James Logan HS (NCS)
Chizoba Okodogbe Deer Valley HS (NCS)
Lilla McMillan Tamalpais HS (NCS)
Evelyn Ashford Roesville HS (SJS)
Kathy Hammond HS?
Maria Mulder HS?
Jernae Wright James Logan HS (NCS)
Aisha Margain Berkeley HS (NCS)
Kristina Davis James Logan HS (NCS)
Sharon Ware Berkeley HS (NCS)
Carla Estes James Logan HS (NCS)
Kelli White James Logan HS (NCS)
Freida Cobbs Berkeley HS (NCS)
Tania Woods Skyline HS (OAK)

Mid-Distance Runners
Lindsay Hyatt Placer HS (SJS)
Ann Regan Camden HS (CCS)
Kathy Costello Pleasant Hill HS (NCS)
Jessica Spies Livermore HS (NCS)
Becky Spies Livermore HS (NCS)
Francie Larrieu Fremont HS (CCS)
Nicole Teter West Valley HS (NS)
Marie Mulder Encina HS (SJS)
Dominique Jackson Fairfield HS (SJS)
Marilyn Davis Miramonte HS (NCS)
Miesha Marzell Bishop O'Dowd (NCS)

Distance Runners
Julia Stamps Santa Rosa HS (NCS)
Sara Bei Montgomery HS (NCS)
Amber Trotter Ukiah HS (NCS)
Alicia Follmar Saratoga HS (CCS)
Laurie Chapman Gunderson HS (CCS)
Alejandra Barrientos San Lorenzo Valley HS (CCS)
Francie Larrieu Fremont HS (CCS)
Becky Spies Livermore HS (NCS)
Corey Shubert Del Mar HS (CCS)
Nikki Hiltz Aptos HS (CCS)
Shannon Rowbury Sacred Heart Cathedral HS (CCS)
Anna Maxwell San Lorenzo Valley HS (CCS)
Diana George Livermore HS (NCS)
Carrie Verdon Campolindo HS (NCS)
Kristen Gordon Carandolet HS (NCS)
Laurynne Chetelat Davis HS (SJS)
Cheri Williams Livermore HS (NCS)
Lindsay Allen College Park HS (NCS)
Tori Tyler Gunn HS (CCS)
Jenny Aldridge Maria Carrillo HS (NCS)
Clara Horowitz Head Royce School (NCS)
Marissa Ferrante Aptos HS (CCS)
Taylor Johnson San Lorenzo Valley HS (CCS)
Elissa Riedy Mission San Jose HS (NCS)
Alex Kosinski Oak Ridge HS (SJS)
Joni Mooney Vacaville HS (SJS)
Jacque Taylor Casa Grande HS (NCS)
Eileen Claugus Rio Americano HS (SJS)
Heike Skaden Encina HS (SJS)

Hurdlers
Thandi Stewart James Logan HS (NCS)
Vashti Thomas Mt. Pleasant HS (CCS)
Leslie Maxie Mills HS (CCS)
Natasha Neal James Logan HS (NCS)
Trinity Wilson St. Mary's Berkeley (NCS)
Talia Stewart James Logan HS (NCS)
Daje Pugh Fairfield HS (SJS)
Keri Sanchez Santa Teresa HS (CCS)
Tierra Ward James Logan HS (NCS)
Angela Harris Skyline HS (OAK)
Ryan Peters Skyline HS (OAK)

Jumpers
Wendy Brown Woodside HS (CCS)
Alitta Boyd Moreau Catholic HS (NCS)
Jernae Wright James Logan HS (NCS)
Brittany Daniels Merrill West HS (SJS)
Deontee Kaye James Logan HS (NCS)
Ke'Nyia Richardson Holy Names HS (NCS)
Ciarra Brewer James Logan HS (NCS)
Vashti Thomas Mt. Pleasant HS (CCS)
Tracey Stewart James Logan HS (NCS)
Jamesha Youngblood Hercules HS (NCS)
Ashley Lodree El Cerrito HS (NCS)
Briana Stewart James Logan HS (NCS)

Vaulters
Tori Anthony Castilleja (CCS)
Cimran Verdi Las Lomas HS (NCS)
Greta Wagner Los Gatos (CCS)
Taylor Jaques Presentation (CCS)

Throwers
Julie Dufresne Harbor HS (CCS)
Jere Summers Berkeley HS (NCS)
Suzy Powell Downey HS (SJS)
Jill Camarena Woodland HS (SJS)
Melissa Reis James Logan HS (NCS)
Chaniqua Ross Laguna Creek HS (SJS)
Kristen Heaston Ygnacio Valley HS (NCS)

Relay Teams
James Logan HS 400 Relay 1995, '96, '97, 2004, '06
James Logan HS 1600 Relay 2004
James Logan HS 1600 Relay 1996
Piedmont Hills HS 1600 Relay 2013, 2014
Vacaville Shuttle Hurdles Team 2014

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Menlo School's Lizzie Lacy wins Napa Silverado Half Marathon today in 1:30:00.5

You can check out results at this LINK

Campolindo Girls at Mt. SAC Relays

On Friday, the Campolindo girls finished in 2nd place in the 4 x 1600m. relay behind Great Oak's new state record and #3 US all-time 19:53.81. The Campo girls final time of 20:07.23 was a new school record by 30 seconds and the 8th best time in state history. The splits were as follows: Toni Finnane 5:00.4, Mary Orders 5:05.4, Hana Sun 5:09.2 and Brighie Leach 4:51.9. 

On Saturday, they returned to compete in the Distance Medley Relay and finished 3rd behind 2 of the top programs in the state and country, Great Oak and Saugus. Their final time of 11:48.29 trailed Great Oak 11:46.92 and Saugus 11:48.18. The splits were as follows: Toni Finnane 3:40.6, Julie Hyatt 59.9, Mary Orders 2:19.0 and Brighie Leach 4:48.7. Photo below courtesy of Steve Leach with same order of relay from left to right.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

CCS Top 8 Meet Videos

Girls 1600m. (Winner-Elana Kamas Homestead 4:58.58)

Girls 800m. (Winner-Kelly Bishop Monta Vista 2:18.35)

Boys 800m. (Winner-Steven Sum Saratoga 1:55.50)

Boys 3200m. (Winner-Jose Pina Lincoln SJ 9:15.55)

NorCal Invitational Results

Mt. SAC 1 mile results

The results of the Brooks 1 mile which includes Sonoma Academy freshman, Rylee Bowen with a new personal record and 2nd place finish (4:54.96) can be found HERE.

The boys results can be found HERE which include Johain Ounadjela of Carlmont (4:13.75) and Arturo Sotomayor, Roseville (4:14.84).

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CCS Top 8 Track & Field meet Entries #2 (Heat assignments included)

http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/2015/top8ent2.pdf

Results:
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/2015/Top8_SJCC.htm

Including Elena Bruckner's winning shot put at 50'5.25". #1 mark in US
Her discus mark was 160'9" and also winning throw.
Both marks broke the existing CCS Top 8 meet records.

Best race/event of the day?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Interview with Lowell HS (SF) coach, Andy Leong

You can check out my interview with Lowell HS coach, Andy Leong at this LINK. Andy is definitely one of the more underrated coaches here in the Bay Area. He has had a great group of kids on the track who have also been competitive at the state level. His girls DMR team (pictured to the left here at Stanford Invite) finished in 2nd place at the Stanford Invitational running 12:09.40. They followed that effort with an even faster time at the Arcadia Invitational running 11:55.71. That time is the #3 fastest time in the US. 

National Signing Day

If you are officially signing today, please email your decision with signing pic to albertjcaruana@gmail.com. If you are tweeting your announcement, please add @CCExpress. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

CCS Top 8 Entries have now been posted

Thomas Joyce, New Cal and Big Meet Record 3:39.43 1500

1500m. race video
3000m. race video

From today's Flotrack front page at this LINK. You can also check out my interview with Thomas in March 25, 2012 at this LINK.

California State Track and Field Championships 2015 "At-Large" Standards

Now that we are turning our attention to the end of the season (yes, it will be here before you know it), here is the link to the at-large marks that will qualify you to the state meet if you are not one of the auto qualifiers at your section final.
http://static.psbin.com/i/l/tb1mh66i1en4qb/2015_State_At_Large_Standards.pdf

Looking at all the NorCal section meets (NS, SJS, OAK, SF, NCS and CCS), which marks do you feel will be in play and what section?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Most impressive performance by a Northern California athlete at Arcadia Invitational?

There are too many athletes/performances to post in a poll so instead, please start naming athletes and their performances. I will add them in this post as they are posted. Who had THE most impressive mark? Who was the biggest surprise? Who had the BIGGEST PR? Who will be a state championship contender? 

Best Performance by NorCal Track and Field Athlete
3200
Steven Sum Saratoga 8:56.86
Colin Burke Bishop O'Dowd 9:00.40
Sean Kurdy Jesuit 9:08.91
Salem Bouhassoun Mission 9:15.46

Fiona O'Keeffe Davis 10:15.53
Brighie Leach Campolindo 10:20.36
Morgin Coonfield McKinleyville 10:20.72
Lizzie Lacy Menlo 10:25.05
Brooke Starn Monte Vista 10:29.20
Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy 10:29.61
Caroline Gee Cupertino 10:29.75

Boys DMR
Bellarmine 10:16.38 (#5 US)

Girls DMR and 4x800
Lowell DMR 11:55.71 (#3 in US)
Lowell 4 x 800 9:28.35

Shot Put/Discus
Elena Bruckner Valley Christian SJ 48'5"/153'10" Both first place finishes

Marshall Godsil Bellarmine 187'2" (#4 US)

Who else? What other events?

Friday, April 10, 2015

Jim Tracy ALS 5k this Sunday

This was in today's SF Chronicle at this LINK:

The longtime San Francisco University High School cross-country and track coach lost his battle with ALS a year ago (April 6, 2014), but his legacy lives on. At 9 a.m. Sunday, students from University High and the ALS Association’s Golden West Chapter are putting on a 5-kilometer race in Golden Gate Park to raise funds for ALS research (www.jimtracyals5k.com).Tracy’s fight gained worldwide attention after his top runner in the 2010 state finals, Holland Reynolds, fell 10 yards from the finish line, stricken with dehydration and hypothermia. She crawled over the line to secure the team’s eighth state title. The story reached the New York Times and ESPN, head coach Tom Coughlin used it to inspire the New York Giants to a 2012 Super Bowl win, and the story inspired the documentary, “Running for Jim.”

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Catching up with Crestmoor HS grad and 1971 State 220 champion, Chuck Bommarito

I ran and graduated from Capuchino HS (San Bruno) in 1987. I remember reading about Chuck Bommarito (pictured to the left as as senior by Tony Machado) who graduated from the now closed Crestmoor HS (also in San Bruno) in 1971. His name was splattered all over our school record list and was the 1971 state champion in the 220. My freshman Track and Field coach, Ron Etherton, who was also Chuck's coach, wrote the following about him "Chuck was easily the greatest and most exciting trackman in the history of Peninsula high school track. He won the state championship in the 220 in 1971. He finished in second in the 100 that year in a disputed race that had to be run TWICE! He won 8 MPL, 7 region, and 5 Central Coast Section championships. In his junior year he finished second in the state meet 220 and third in the 100. No Bay Area male athlete has ever scored more points in the state track meet! Chuck was a tall sprinter who had a slow start but finished races with an incredible burst of speed that had to be seen to be believed. Chuck had a short college career at UC Berkeley." Chuck's first experience at the CA state meet came as a member of Crestmoor's mile relay team. They won CCS in 1969 and clocked 3:20.4 in the state trials. 

1) What sports did you play before you got to high school? When did you first realize you were fast and discover Track and Field?
In grade school I went to St. Roberts, a parochial school in San Bruno and there I played basketball and baseball. As a child I had a father that never really worked me on sports and it seems like I was always up against kids with their dads or older brothers who helped them become better at sports and/or like when I wanted to pitch, the coach's son was the pitcher. So my basketball and baseball careers as a young boy were okay, nothing dramatic. At St. Roberts, starting in the fifth or six grade (I think fifth grade) you had to attend a spirit festival once a year and at that spirit festival was a track meet. Well as a fifth-grader, I had to sit in the stands and it was very much of a regiment in terms of cheers, how you sat, what you did, you couldn't get out of the stands. It was kind of like a hell day. So my thought was the next year I'm gonna run track so I don't have to sit in the stands so I went out for the track team and I ran track the next three years (6, 7 and 8th grades). In the eighth grade, I won the hundred yard dash for the north section, if I remember correctly, long  time ago. Anyway, that's when I started to understand that I was fast. I never really was very good at any kind of distance, at all Never had the ability. So that's my start to running track as a career, as a sport.

2) How did you end up attending to Crestmoor HS? How was it determined who went to Crestmoor and who went to Capuchino HS in San Bruno?
As I mentioned earlier, I went to a parochial grade school, one through eight, and of course there was a lot of discussion about going to Serra HS which was down the peninsula. At the time I was done with parochial school, not that I was a wild guy but wanted some freedom. So I did attend Crestmoor HS and the decision to go there was based on the boundary maps for San Bruno.

3) What sports did you play as a freshman? Highlights? 
My freshman year, I decided to go out for C basketball in the fall and went to the first tryouts and realized that I had a lose too much weight to make the C cut off so I switched and went to freshman football. In freshman football, I was a third string alternate halfback with 50+ people on the team. Coming from St. Roberts, when we played on the play yard, I was always the quarterback. At Crestmoor, I was behind the scale since I never play tackle football and didn't do very well. I didn't play a winter sport and then went out for the track team in the spring. My freshman year on the track team, I primarily ran the 440 and the mile relay. I did some sprints but pretty much was more of a quarter-miler. I did fairly well. One of the funny stories was one of my teammates who was a senior came up to me at a home duel meet and said if I beat him, he would kick my butt. At the end of my freshman year, we held a freshman track meet against Capuchino HS. At the time, the high school record we had at Crestmoor was 10.2 for the hundred yard dash. I was timed at either a 10.2 or 10.0 (can't remember which) but my coach said no way so he ended up giving me the freshman record for the school at 10.5. I don't know if he had a watch on me or not that day but that's pretty much my highlights of my freshman year.

4) You made it to the CCS finals as a sophomore. What did you learn from that experience?
Honestly, I don't have a lot of recall about the CCS meet. I know it took place at the College of San Mateo and that we did go to the state meet that year in the mile relay so for me that was the highlight. My sophomore year, as a sprinter, I competed against a fellow from San Mateo HS, Alonzo Emery, who was the elite sprinter at the time. I think the fastest he ever ran was a 9.9. He beat me in the hundred in a duel meet and I beat him in the 220. If I remember right, at the finals, I think he beat me again in the hundred at the MPL (Mid Peninsula League) and I think he withdrew from the 220 but our mile relay team was the was the main main event that was going on. What I learned from my sophomore year is that upperclassman again didn't appreciate my abilities and wanted to kick my butt often. When I arrived at the state meet hotel with my teammates, we got out of the car and somebody opened up one of the other doors at the hotel and there were some guys from San Mateo and Hillsdale and they said come over here, come in this room and I knew to stay far away.

5) You had an even better junior season with CCS championships in the 100 yard and 220 yard races as well as a 3rd place finish (100 yard) and 2nd place finish (220 yard) at the state meet. How helpful was it for you to compete at the state meet the year before? (Picture to the right was taken at Foothill College winning 100 yard race)
I think that running in the state track meet as a sophomore definitely helped me as a junior because it took all the surprises out of the grand stage and how everything was handled. I think it was definitely a benefit to compete my sophomore year at state. I think it was also helpful that the state meet my junior year was held at Berkeley so I could actually go home at night and I could have more of a typical life rather than the travel life there.

6) You repeated as CCS champion in both events as a senior. How much pressure did you experience as far as repeating the double victory? 
I don't know that there was much pressure or at least in my mindset thinking about it back then. The interesting thing though was Benny Brown who went to Sunnyvale HS, earlier that year, we competed at Foothill College in the Kiwanis Invitational and he beat me in the 220. At the finish line of that race I was coming on him and coming from behind which was typical for me but he won. The timer came up to me and says to me that I got second and you ran 20.5. I looked at the guy and said there is no way I ran that fast since I dogged the turn. It turns out that we ran a 200 yard dash instead of the 220 yard dash so had we run the right race distance, I  would've beat him and ran right by him before the finish line. My brother-in-law was a counselor and teacher at Sunnyville HS and once CCS came along, of course, there was no way, in my mind, that I was gonna lose to Benny Brown in 220. I had to prove that I was better than him and my brother-in-law started this whole thing with lots of talk in the stands and he had all this stuff happening on top of it. So on that day, there was no way I was gonna loaf the turn. I was going to run the turn hard to make sure that I would win the race and if I remember correctly I'm pretty sure I passed Benny on the turn. He was a heck of a runner and actually went to the Olympics and I am not sure if you know who Benny Brown was but I think he made it on the mile relay team and he actually died fairly young.

7) The 1971 CA state meet was held at UCLA. You finished 2nd in the 100 yard race that had to be run twice. What was the reason for the re-run of the race? How much rest did the competitors get? You won the 200 yard sprint in a time of 21.2. Describe crossing the finish line of that race as the CA state champion.
Let me backtrack a little bit. Going to the state meet my senior year, I felt really confident I could win the 220. It wasn't really a worry for me. My real worry and concern was placing in the hundred yard dash. I knew I could place in the 220, if not win it. In the trials, in the hundred yard dash, I was known for my slow start. The gun went off and the first step out of the blocks (or second step) but my memory was that once I was up and everybody was next to me, my immediate thought was you guys lose. If you are not in front of me, there's no way I'm gonna lose this race and I won the 100 very easily. In the 220 that day (my trials) I dogged the turn like I typically would do and coming out of the turn I had to run to actually place and go to the finals. In hindsight it may have helped me a little bit because it put me out in a different lane. The rerun of the hundred took place during the second day of finals and I was standing there in the middle of the 9 lane track at UCLA in lane 5. Not being racial in my my mind, I had four black competitors to my right and four black competitors to my left. I was standing there and relatively calm and confident and as I stood there looking on the track, I realized that I was way too calm. I thought that I needed to get up and think about what this race meant to me. Then all of a sudden, the competitor to my right said "What's a white boy doing in this race?" It was the eventual winner from the LA Hamilton and I just kinda disregarded the whole comment, just trying to keep my focus but he said he said something else again. I just said "Hey, we'll just see who wins the race" (something like that). Honestly all the other guys I pretty much knew and had run against him before. So this fellow from LA Hamilton, George Reddick, was his name, was the fastest qualifier heading into the final. We ran the race and I was coming on him and probably in the first race (if he didn't false start) I probably would've won the 100. I was really exhausted after the race probably just a let down and remember as I was down at the far end of the stadium sitting against the wall by myself just thinking how damn tired I was and that I still had to run the 220. Then I heard over the announcement that the race was going to be rerun and I want to say that they wanted to run it after the mile. We went back and ran the second race. I had just a lethargic start and probably about the the 70-75 yards into the race I found myself in the back of the pack and thought to myself that I'm gonna lose this thing. Somehow I kicked it in the next gear and could see myself closing and passing people and ended up getting second in the re-run 100. Going to the 220, I remember getting into the blocks and I was flat out exhausted. As I got down in the blocks and the starter said set, I said to myself "I don't know that I can lift myself up to get in the set position" That's how weak I felt. Of course, the gun went off and as I was running the turn I recall that I wasn't trying to dog the turn in this race. After the race, Sammy Burns from El Cerrito told me somewhere just coming out of the turn (I must of been on the inside of him) that I came up alongside him and he said it was just amazing, Chuck you just lifted your knees higher and you just started to run away from me. I tried to go but couldn't stay near you. Interesting perspective from a fellow competitor. Close to the finish line, I could see that I was going to win the race, I was very excited, ecstatic and I threw my hands up you know that over my head as I crossed the finish line. I remember thinking "oh my god did I just lose the race because I did that?" Did somebody lean and get me? Thankfully I didn't screw myself out of that victory.

8) What do you remember about your training in high school? Who were your coaches that had the biggest impact on you? Knowing what you know now, what would have you done differently in HS?
My goal in high school track was to win state and get a scholarship. I gave up a lot of things in high school because I had those goals. Ron Etherton (on right behind relay team) was my coach in high school. We called him the fly, after a cartoon about a fearless fly that wore glasses. Somewhere in my 20s, I had a conversation with him asking him how far I ran in 40 seconds in practice. He told me that sometimes he turned the watch on and sometimes he didn't. He told us what we needed to hear. We thought we manipulated him but in actuality he was manipulating us. He competed in the Big 10. He was a world record holder indoors so we respected him as a coach. He was still beating us all as freshmen. He was the biggest influence to me. My future brother-in-law, Johnny Brown, came to our school to be the football coach and wanted to coach me in track but I trusted Mr. Etherton. In high school, there was always the Bommarito challenge (match sprint). Different people challenged me including the math teacher who also coached me in football. Despite my slow starts, I beat them all. They never realized that I had slow starts compared to very good sprinters but compared to them, my start was pretty good. All the bantering with my older teammates made for competitive practices and kept me motivated. I was labeled as a light worker in practice but they didn't understand that we ran the winter circuit, all the all comers meets in the winter and summer. It was a lot of running that left me tired at the end of each season. I learned how to pace myself but when we ran different distances in practices, those were all at a very hard effort.

9) Did you get to compete in any sport in college? If so, highlights?
I competed in college. I had a full athletic scholarship to UC Berkeley. Getting there, Dave Maggard recruited me. He was the Track and Field coach at the time. As a sophomore, I went to a track camp that Dave ran and met him there. I was recruited primarily, my two choices were UC Berkeley or Oregon State. I wanted to go to USC but I really had no interest for any Southern California colleges. I did compete at Cal and when I got there my freshman year, Dave Maggard became the athletic director and so we ended up with no track coach. I had put on weight over the summer, drinking, and just enjoying my fruits of my wins and when I got to Cal I never really developed a college life. I would come home on the weekends and hang with my buddies and track wise, Etherton pretty much kept a tab on me in high school. So I was little lackadaisical starting out and we had no coach. Maggard turned out to be just a figurehead. He would come out and jog around and horse around with the weight guys. We ended up with a long distance runner as the coach (from American River College). He started with the training but never really looked at what training worked well for me so it wasn't working well. All of a sudden, one day, we had Eddie Hart who went to the Olympics and if you remember he lost to Valeriy Borzov (actually missed his heat). He was our sprint coach at the time but was in his own quandary preparing for the Olympics. I came to practice one day and there was a man over there, a young gentleman so I asked Eddie who he was and the reply was that was my new coach, Irv Hunt. So then we had Eddie Hart, Irv Hunt and the long distance coach but they never really looked at how I was trained, what motivated me or how to work me. Etherton knew how to work me. One of the things that soured me was the 440 relay. The other person that was supposed to be there was another sprinter, Isaac Curtis. He ended up redshirting and went to San Diego so it ended up being myself and other underclassmen on the team. One of them was Sammy Burns from El Cerrito. Sammy and I were basically fierce competitors in high school. They came to me in college and told me that I was going to run 2nd leg with Sammy as the anchor. Every major race (Downey Games, Fresno Relays, State Meet etc.) I had beaten Sammy. The camera is at the finish line and that is where you get the recognition. So that peeved me and left a sour taste in my mouth. During the season, I had my best times when we where down in Arizona. I got to work out with Eddie Hart. It was very similar to being a sophomore in high school, chasing the upperclassmen. My workouts with him, those couple of days were fantastic. I ran my best times there. We ended up competing back then in the PAC 8. The other sprinters were Donald Quarrie, Willie Deckard, Warren Edmonson. Quarrie went to the Olympics and the other two were elite sprinters as well. I ended up not placing in the 200 in the PAC 8. I ended up running the mile relay where we placed 3rd. I never liked running the quarter because I usually ended up throwing up after the race from running so hard. At that race, I ended up running because somebody else wouldn't run. I was going to run the 2nd leg and before the race I told the runner I was handing off to that he shouldn't move because I wasn't going to take any more steps past the beginning of the zone. We both laughed about this after. During the 2nd leg, it got very physical and elbows were thrown at two different portions of the race (backstretch and 300 mark). Maggard came up to me after the race and told me he had never seen anybody run a quarter mile like that before. I competed my freshman year and did so-so and my sophomore year, I returned back to school and opted to leave at the end of the first quarter (Christmas). I met with Maggard as the athletic director and he told me that if I didn't graduate from Cal, I would never be a man. That didn't go very well with me. Irv Hunt, to his credit, tried and spent significant time trying to convince me to stay but things in my personal life changed so I ended up leaving. Years later when I spoke with Irv and having a better perspective of what he was doing for me, thanked him for his efforts.

10) What has been your primary occupation as an adult? How often do you reflect back to your high school Track and Field experiences?
I quit college and wanted to be a mechanic and I worked as a mechanic for a couple of years. I also worked in public works for a city in maintenance. By chance, I then worked for my brother-in-law who was becoming a home builder and in ten years, they were a company doing 40 million dollars a year. I was #3 in the company and I decided to leave and start my own business. That didn't work out and then worked for different developers and after 10 years returned working with my brother-in-law. I have been there from 1996 to currently. The interesting part with working as a mechanic, public works and building homes and office buildings is all about problem solving. My hobby now is machine which is all about problem solving. Everything I have done in my career is self taught, as a mechanic, public works etc. I am a VP in construction, have built 1000s of homes, 4-story homes, built 40000 square foot buildings, intense grading hillsides and it's all about problem solving. How much does it cost, how to cut costs, how to do it, how to make sure it's going to last. It all goes back to me and through track and my competitive nature. All through my career, any day that I showed up on a day and I didn't know what I was supposed to know, I showed up the next day with the answers. It's the competitive side of me.

The question about track, people remember me. I was quite the star athlete on the peninsula. My buddies that I ran with, we always talk about our competing track days. It was some challenging times and I somewhat regret that I didn't finish my career and see how far I could have went. In a career, it's not only about yourself but people around you who support you as an athlete. The running days are gone. At 50 years old, I was still doing sprint workouts, totally enjoying it. My back started giving me problems and worked down to my calves. I am now 62 and haven't run since my 50s.

Here winning the CCS Region 1 220 race as a junior at Serramonte HS.

Thank you very much for your time Chuck! AJC

Weekend Invitational Information

Serra Top 7 Invitational at Serra HS (San Mateo) Entries HERE
DeAnza/Cupertino HS Invitational at DeAnza College. Entries HERE
Arcadia Invitational at Arcadia HS. All meet info including entries, schedule etc. HERE
Santa Rosa Twilight Invitational meet information HERE

More will be posted as I receive them.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Arcadia Invitational Mile Invitational Sections PRs (Girls & Boys)

Girls
Destiny Collins Great Oak 4:45.26
Amanda Gehrich Tesoro 4:46.53
Katie Rainsberger Air Academy, Colorado 4:48.84
Marissa Williams Palisades 4:50.77
Ashley Cantine Lakeside (Seattle), Washington 4:51.10
Bryn Morley Bigfork, Montana 4:51.10
Hannah Benoit Buchanan 4:51.46
Kendall Derry Bella Vista 4:52.00
Julia Guerra Indian Hills, New Jersey 4:52.12
Kashley Carter Juab, Utah 4:53.00
Emily Hamlin Boise, Idaho 4:53.00
Jordyn Colter Cherry Creek, Colorado 4:55.40
Nicole Hutchinson Sentinel, Canada 4:57.84 (mile)
Lauren Gregory Fort Collins, Colorado 4:57.36

Boys
Jack Yearian Bellarmine Prep, Washington 4:08.50
Braxton Dajour Centennial, Nevada 4:10.61
Ryan Clevenger Downers Grove North, Illinois 4:11.20
William Ernst San Luis Obispo 4:12.53 (mile)
George Gleason Huntington Beach 4:11.58
Erik Armes Coronado 4:13.21
Cooper Kossick Edison 4:13.48 (mile)
Andrew Vandine North Central, Washington 4:13.92
Josh Collins Wasatch, Utah 4:14.47
Millen Trujillo Walnut 4:15.52 (mile)
Kai Benedict McQueen, Nevada 4:15.48 (mile)
Logan Mackay Davis, Utah 4:19.59
Garek Bielaczyc East, Utah 4:19.60

Arcadia Invitational 800m Invitational Sections PRs (Girls & Boys)

Girls
Mikaela Smith Clovis North 2:06.85
Ginelle DeMone Leduc, Canada 2:08.78
Bianca Bryant Piedmont Hills 2:09.12
Jordyn Colter Cherry Creek, Colorado 2:10.18
Sophie Cantine Lakeside (Seattle), Washington 2:10.49
Cassie Durgy Huntington Beach 2:11.19
Chloe Jenkins St. Mary's Berkeley 2:11.31
Arianna Lord New Zealand 2:11.45
Carly Smiedala Helena, Montana 2:12.10
Nia Akins Rancho Bernardo 2:12.33
Gabby Satterlee Central Valley Christian 2:12.62
Drianna Mustin North Canyon, Arizona 2:12.88
Megan Melnyk Crescenta Valley 2:13.34
Erica Schroeder San Marcos 2:14.06

Boys
Ty Moss Neuqua Valley, Illinois 1:50.52
Connor Ross McQueen, Nevada 1:50.75
Connor Morello Clovis 1:51.05
Arturo Sotomayor Roseville 1:51.93
Jeremiah Bias Vista del Lago 1:52.19
Isaac Cortes Great Oak 1:52.66
Carlos Villarreal Rio Rico, Arizona 1:53.00
Dillon Beckum Bonita 1:53.07
Logan Mackey Davis, Utah 1:53.09
Michael Slagowski Rocky Mountain, Idaho 1:53.25
Braxton Dajour Centennial, Nevada 1:53.31
Elijah Inuwa Central Academy, North Carolina 1:53.62
Nathan Pixler Eastlake, Washington 1:53.76
Cooper Kossick Edison 1:54.03

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Arcadia Invitational 3200m Invitational Sections PRs (Girls & Boys)

Select the top three finishers for each race. Who will win? Who will be the biggest surprise? How many boys will break 9? How many girls will break 10:30?

Girls
Fiona O'Keeffe Davis 10:14.60
Marissa Williams Palisades 10:25.02
Emily Beneduce Oak Park 10:25.93
Samantha Ortega Saugus 10:26.39
Caroline Pietrzyk Malibu 10:30.45
Lucy Biles Herriman, Utah 10:32.18
Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy 10:37.13 (Indoor 2 mile)
Danielle Jones Dessert Vista, Arizona 10:34.16
Morgan Florsheim Shorewood, Wisconsin 10:36.29
Brooke Starn Monte Vista 10:36.51
Morgin Coonfield McKinleyville 10:37.06
Emily Hamlin Boise, Idaho 10:38.5
Mikayla Sodersten Clovis 10:40.99
Brighie Leach Campolindo 10:41.45
Caroline Yarbrough Page, North Carolina 10:43.63
Niki Iyer Harker 10:44.19
Baylee Jones Dessert Vista, Arizona 10:45.32
Andrea Masterson Lakeside (Seattle), Washington 10:46.58
Kashley Carter Juab, Utah 10:49.11
Kyla Danforth Canyon (Canyon Country) 10:49.62
Aubrey Argyle Davis, Utah 10:49.85
Carleen Jeffers Ridgewood, New Jersey 10:49.98
Desirae Jones Simi Valley 10:50.32
Claire Graves Citrus Valley 10:50.45
Caroline Gee Cupertino 10:50.45
Desiree Stinger Great Oak 10:50.83
Lizzie Lacy Menlo 10:54.31
Karli Piaia Rock Springs, Wyoming 11:02.06
Abbey Kargol Downers Grove (South), Illinois 11:07.14

Boys
Jesse Reiser McHenry, Illionois 8:54.31
Elijah Armstrong Pocatello, Idaho 8:55.92
Robert Brandt Loyola 8:56.69
Austin Tamagno Brea Olinda 8:56.86
Zack Snider Brefeuf Jesuit Prep, Indiana 8:58.4 (Indoor 2 mile)
Zach Dale Hoffman Estates (Conant) Illinois (8:59.76 (Indoor 2 mile)
Caleb Webb Big Bear 8:59.17
Brian Zabilski Saugus 8:59.98
Miles Yapp Brookwood, Georgia 9:01.05
George Beamish New Zealand 8:24.08 (3k)
Tanis Baldwin East Henderson, North Carolina 9:02.66
Philip Hall Terry Sandord, North Carolina 9:03.03
Alek Parsens Ogden, Utah 9:04.94
Andrew Snyder Kamiakin, Washington 9:05.03
Benjamin Veatch Carmel, Indiana 9:05.20
Stuart Smith Nathan Hale, Washington 9:07.09
Ryan Clavenger Downers Grove (North) Illinois 9:07.22
Adam Barnard Daniel Boone, Tennessee 9:07.54
Kyle Christ West Johnson, North Carolina 9:07.58
Eduardo Herrera Madera South 9:07.82
Blaise Ferro Christian Brothers Academy, New Jersey 9:08.02
Steven Sum Saratoga 9:08.56
Collin Price St. Margaret 9:08.87
Kai Benedict McQueen, Nevada 9:08.96
Wesley Walsh Canyon (Anaheim) 9:09.15
Pedro Nasta John Cooper, Texas 9:09.30
Kevin Salvano Buffalo Grove, Illinois 9:10.05
Devon Reed Jurupa Hills 9:10.13
Ben Barrett Norman North, Oklahoma 9:10.52
Phillip Rocha Arcadia 9:11.15
Kasey Knevelbaard Immanuel 9:12.80
Sam Ritz Germantown Academy, Pennsylvania 4:08.67 (Indoor mile) 9:22.79
Eric Hamer Palmer Ridge, Colorado 9:30.66

Catching up with Branham senior hurdler, Aidan Kirwan


Aidan won both hurdle races at the just completed Stanford Invitational. His 400m. hurdle time of 55.31 ranks #2 in the country. He will be competing at this weekend's Arcadia Invitational invitational section in both the 110 and 300 hurdles. You can check out the interview HERE.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Kaitlin Goodman, née Gregg (Former Davis HS, UC Davis runner)

Awesome 10K race for Kaitlin this past Friday at Stanford Invitational as she finished in 3rd place in a new lifetime best time 32:09.82 (77.29 per 400 for 25 laps). According to her dad Bill (Davis HS coach), she finished the last 9 laps of the race in 11:20.3 (She also ran the last 3200 in 10:04.0, last 1600 in 4:55.0 and last 400 in 69.2). Kaitlin has made great improvements from her high school running days. Her high school PR in the 1600 was 5:18.22 (also ran 11.27.x 3200m.). She improved to 16:21.99 in the 5K as a senior at UC Davis. Her 10K PR before Friday's race was 33:01.03

You can check out her finish at Friday's 10K which is Flotrack's Kick of the Week here:
Watch more videos on Flotrack

You can check out Kaitlin's blog at the following link where she has chronicled her pursuit of the Olympics. She is definitely a great example of someone who has continued to develop as a runner and will be an Olympic contender without the fanfare of high school and college superstardom.
http://www.runningjoyfully.com/

Check out her blog as well and read "Have a little faith".
http://www.runningjoyfully.com/blog

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Stanford Invitational Live Coverage

Check out twitter at @CCExpress and on Instagram @albertjcaruana. Lots of pictures posted with interviews coming up right here.

If there is an athlete and/or coach that you would like to see interviewed, please let me know by posting their name in the comment section below.

In the meantime, who was the most impressive athlete and/or team at the meet? Biggest surprise? Best mark? 

Friday, April 03, 2015

2015 Stanford Invitational Coverage

You can find updates, photos and videos at both my twitter account @CCExpress and also on instagram @albertjcaruana.

Best high school result and biggest surprise today?

Live results can be found at:
http://www.rtspt.com/events/stanford/invite2015/

Flotrack/CAMilesplit are also livestreaming the meet and posting the races at these links:
http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/252166/video?category=race
http://ca.milesplit.com/videos

Below, winning DMR teams (Granite Bay and Campolindo)

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

2015 Stanford HS Track & Field Invitational Meet Preview

You can check out the meet preview with all the favorites as well as their main competitions at this LINK.

Best race of the weekend? Who is going to be the biggest surprise? 

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