Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Night of Two-Mile Madness

Coach,

We invite you to join us for The Night of Two-Mile Madness at Santa Rosa Junior College on the evening of Friday, November 13, 2015. This is a great opportunity for all high school cross country athletes to test their track speed when they are at the peak of their fall fitness. We are presenting this event as an opportunity for high school teams to also take part in the HOKA One One National High School 2-Mile Postal Competition. It also provides NCS Cross Country participants with a way to stay race sharp prior to the championships the following week. The meet will also be covered and broadcast by Runnerspace.com.

MEET DETAILS

Host               Cardinal Newman High School

Sponsors       HOKA One One and Heart & Sole Sports

Date                Friday, November 13, 2015 (First race begins at 6:00pm)

Site                 Santa Rosa Junior College

Entry Fee       $5 per athlete or $100 per team
                        Make checks payable to Cardinal Newman High School

Divisions       High School Girls
                       High School Boys

Schedule        Final time schedule will be sent to coaches prior to meet day. Races will
                        be run in order by division, with HS Boys first, HS Girls second, and the
                        fast heats for HS Boys and HS Girls run last.

Registration Go to EZMeets.com for password and entry information.
                        Entries must be submitted by Wednesday, November 11th @ 11:59pm.
                        Heats will be seeded with athletes of similar performance levels.
                        Entry fees must be submitted upon arrival at the meet.

Awards          HOKA One One gear for top finishers
                        Medals to Top-5 #1 through #7 runners (35 per gender)
                        HOKA One One t-shirts to all participants
                        Heart & Sole swag to all participants
                        HOKA One One sweatshirts AND shoes for all coaches

If you have any questions regarding the meet, please contact Chris Puppione at coachpup@gmail.com.


We look forward to seeing all of you shine under the lights!

Pac 12 Championship Results

Check out all the former NorCal runners that participated at yesterday's Pac 12 Championships:

Men: http://www.rtspt.com/events/pac12/xc2015/mp/
Women: http://www.rtspt.com/events/pac12/xc2015/mp/#event2

Top former NorCal HS'ers in each race? John Whelan Washington St (Etna HS) in 9th place and Vanessa Fraser Stanford (Scotts Valley HS) in 12th place.

Interview with John Whelan (From 2012)
Interview with Vanessa Fraser (From 2011)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Interview with Flintridge Prep boys coach, Ingrid Herskind

http://ca.milesplit.com/articles/167422-interview-with-flintridge-prep-boys-coach-ingrid-herskind

One of the top Division V programs in California. They are heavy favorites to win the state meet this year after demolishing the field at the Mt. SAC Division V sweepstakes race. The FP boys have had 14 podium finishes which tie them with McFarland for most top 3 finishes with 14. They will surpass that mark this year.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Northern California Top 10 teams Version #3 (Boys & Girls)

Boys
1) Jesuit (SJS)
2) Bellarmine (CCS)
3) Davis (SJS)
4) Campolindo (NCS)
5) Monte Vista (NCS)
6) St. Ignatius (CCS)
7) Willow Glen (CCS)
8) St. Francis, Mt. View (CCS)
9) Bella Vista (SJS)
10) Homestead (CCS)
10) Maria Carrillo (NCS)

Girls
1) Davis (SJS)
2) Monte Vista (NCS)
3) Bella Vista (SJS)
4) Redwood (NCS)
5) Aptos (CCS)
6) Santa Cruz (CCS)
7) Campolindo (NCS)
8) Granada (NCS)
9) St. Francis, Mt. View (CCS)
10) Mitty (CCS)
10) Homestead (CCS)

Comments on above teams are encouraged. This is the 3rd version after the pre-season and mid-season versions. Please include season results in support of any teams that should be moved up or added to above teams. It's very possible a team or two are hovering underneath the radar at this point so please bring up any teams that I have missed.

Northern California Weekly results

Bay Counties League West #3 Results (2.95 miles at the Polo Fields, Golden Gate Park)

DFAL #2 Results (2.95 miles at Shadow Cliffs)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Interview with Brooke Starn from March 10, 2015

This past Saturday, Monte Vista senior Brooke Starn ran 16:55 at the Mt. SAC Invitational to record the fastest time for girls throughout the weekend. Here is my interview with Brooke during last track season. It's definitely worth the read as she discusses her progression, some of her challenges and some great advice for age group stars.

2015 Brooks Mt. SAC XC Invitational: Ultimate Highlight

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Top Northern California performance at Mt. SAC Invitational

All results can be found at this LINK. The overall fastest times for both girls and boys can be found at this LINK.

Top 13 Northern California Girls
1) Brooke Starn Monte Vista HS (NCS) 16:55
2) Kristen Leung Lowell HS (SF) 17:36
3) Sofia Castiglioni Davis HS (SJS) 17:43
4) Kendall Derry Bella Vista HS (SJS) 17:48
5) Abigail Fisk Davis HS (SJS) 17:50
6) Elena Kamas Homestead HS (CCS) 17:53
7) Glennis Murphy Redwood HS (NCS) 17:53
8) Olivia O'Keeffe Davis HS (SJS) 17:59
9) Meredith Corda Monte Vista HS (NCS) 18:01
10) Sierra Brill Lowell HS (SF) 18:02
11) Delaney White Santa Rosa HS (NCS) 18:04
12) Madalyne Coney Monte Vista HS (NCS) 18:09
13) Adria Barich Casa Grande HS (NCS) 18:12




Top 15 Northern California Boys
1) Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) 14:48
2) Andy Ehrenberg Redwood HS (NCS) 15:15
3) Luis Grijalva Armijo HS (SJS) 15:16
4) Nick Borowsky Davis HS (SJS) 15:23
5) Kellen Browning Davis HS (SJS) 15:26
7) Nolan Dozier Sobrato HS (CCS) 15:26
8) Tim Chrisman Monte Vista HS (NCS) 15:28
9) Mieka Beaudoin-Rousseau Bellarmine HS (CCS) 15:30
10) Luis Aragon Lowell HS (SF) 15:35
11) Thomas Busse Bellarmine HS (CCS) 15:36
12) Tristan Miller Monte Vista HS (NCS) 15:39
13) Daniel Pride Santa Rosa HS (NCS) 15:39
14) Logan Taggart Oakmont HS (SJS) 15:41
15) Michael Vernau Davis HS (SJS) 15:42
To be continued... if you can help fill out the rest of this top 15, please add the names below.

Mt SAC Invitational: Brooke Starn 16:55 for fastest time at Mt. SAC, headed to Harvard

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Central Coast Section Individuals (Boys & Girls)

A more comprehensive list now posted at this link with my short list below:
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/XC/2015/ccs_rank.htm

BOYS
1) Kent Slaney Palo Alto Division I
2) Justin Robinson Lynbrook Division II
3) Ben Zaekse Los Altos Division II
4) Xander Olivero St. Francis (Mt. View)Division II
5) Nolan Dozier Ann Sobrato Division II

Top Runners in each division
Division I Kent Slaney Palo Alto
Division II Justin Robinson Lynbrook
Division III Stephen Law Saratoga
Division IV Robert Miranda Menlo
Division V Paul Colosi St. Francis CCC

GIRLS
1) Cate Ratliff Santa Cruz Division IV
2) Marea Zlatunich Aptos Division III
3) Gillian Meeks Gunn Division II
4) Mari Friedman Santa Cruz Division IV
5) Niki Iyer Harker Division IV

Top Runners in each division
Division I Elena Kamas Homestead
Division II Gillian Meeks Gunn
Division III Marea Zlatunich Aptos
Division IV Cate Ratliff Santa Cruz
Division V Hana Marsheck Woodside Priory

Feel free to comment if you agree or disagree with me. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

HOKA 2 mile local meet at San Ramon Valley

This Saturday Oct. 24 SRV will be hosting a HOKA 2 mile local meet. This is low key, no entry fees or registration needed. Just tell kids to come race 8 laps. Going to Mt. SAC with your varsity kids? Tell the others to come to SRV.

First race will be at 8:30am (we will determine how many races are needed once we see how many kids are racing)

Questions, contact me at thunter@srvhs.org

Tim Hunter
San Ramon Valley XC

Bay Counties League #2 at Golden Gate Park (5k course)

Updated Sac-Joaquin Section Rankings for all divisions

Thanks to an anonymous SJS parent. Overall top teams for both boys and girls listed as well. Feel free to comment in the section below.

Boys:
D1
1) Jesuit
2) Davis
3) Armijo
4) Woodcreek
5) Sheldon
6) Modesto

D2
1) Bella Vista
2) Merced
3) Oakmont
4) Atwater
5) Whitney
6) Rocklin

D3
1) Vista Del Lago
2) Rio Americano
3) El Dorado
4) Del Oro
5) Placer
6) Buhach Colony

D4
1) Christian Brothers
2) Riverbank
3) Hughson
4) Amador
5) Sierra
6) Weston Ranch

D5
1) Capital Christian
2) Foresthill
3) Golden Sierra
4) Vacaville Christian
5) Argonaut
6) Waterford

Overall:
1) Jesuit D1
2) Davis D1
3) Bella Vista D2
4) Merced D2
5) Oakmont D2
6) Armijo D1
7) Atwater D2
8) Rocklin D2
9) Woodcreek D1
10) Whitney D2
11) Vista Del Lago D3
12) Sheldon D1
13) Granite Bay D2
14) Rio Amer D3
15) El Dorado D3
16) Christian Bros D4

Girls
D1
1) Davis
2) Woodcreek
3) McClatchy
4) Oak Ridge
5) Armijo
6) Sheldon

D2
1) Bella Vista
2) St Francis
3) Granite Bay
4) Nevada Union
5) Vacaville
6) Whitney

D3
1) Vista Del Lago
2) Placer
3) Rio Americano
4) Del Oro
5) El Camino
6) El Dorado

D4
1) Amador
2) Dixon
3) Hughson
4) Riverbank
5) Christian Bros
6) Sierra

D5
1) Vacaville Christian
2) Forest Lake Christian
3) Western Sierra
4) Delta
5) Ripon Christian
6) Buckingham

Overall
1) Davis D1
2) Bella Vista D2
3) St Francis D2
4) Granite Bay D2
5) Woodcreek D1
6) Nevada Union D2
7) Vacaville D2
8) Vista Del Lago D3
9) McClatchy D1
10) Oak Ridge D1
11) Whitney D2
12) Placer D3
13) Amador D4
14) Rio Amer D3
15) Dixon D4
16) Armijo D1
17) Del Oro D3
18) VV Christian D5

Saturday, October 17, 2015

NorCal League/Invitational Results

Monterey Bay Invitational
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/XC/2015/mbay_res.htm

Bella Vista Invitational
http://www.bvtrack.com/2015BellaVistaXCInviteResults.htm
Photo below courtesy of Daniel Tyree. Also from Mr. Tyree...
"This is Luis Grijalva of Armijo and Benjamin Holland of Jesuit leading the Large School Varsity Boy's Race which Grijalva pulled out in a meet record time and the 4th fastest time in Willow Hill history. Very impressive showing by the two juniors who were the only runners to go sub-16. We got a short burst of thunder showers in the middle of the night which settled the notorious dust and after a week of 90+ temps, the races were run in a ideal low 60s."
Mariner Invitational Results
http://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=109044#925

Warriors Region Meet Full Results

SCCAL #2
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/XC/2015/sccal_2.pdf

WCAL #2
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/XC/2015/wcal_2.txt

WBAL #2
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/XC/2015/wbal_2.htm

College (lots of notable alumni)
http://timerhub.com/get_web_index.php?page=redcaptiming.com/2015/bronco/

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Jim Tracy Challenge Live Results

http://www.rtspt.com/events/cif/2015Meets/jtxc15/mp/ (Posted)

Jim Tracy, former University coach, passed away early April 2014. His battle with ALS was chronicled by many media outlets and in the documentary "Running For Jim" which you can find at this site: http://runningforjim.com/. You can also check out an additional short feature by ESPN below from 2011.

The race today brings all the BCL schools (East and West) together at Golden Gate Park in a race dedicated to Jim.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Northern California Cross Country Top 10 Individuals (Boys & Girls) Updated


BOYS
Honorable Mention
Salem Bouhassoun Mission (SF) Top runner in SF
Nick Downs Bishop O'Dowd (NCS)
Andy Ehrenberg Redwood (NCS)
Ben Harper Trinity (NS) Top runner in NS
Tre Lockwood Granite Bay (SJS)
Roman Munoz King City (CCS)
Xander Olivero St. Francis, Mt. View (CCS)
Brian Schulz El Molino (NCS)6)
Kent Slaney Palo Alto (CCS)
Jared Yabu Campolindo (NCS)

Top 10
10) Cameron Gaskell Acalanes (NCS)
9) Jeremy Leary Sir Francis Drake (NCS)
8) Zachary Katzman Skyline (OAK) Top runner in OAK
7) Justin Robison Lynbrook (CCS)  Top runner in CCS
6) Andrew Clusserath Rocklin (SJS)
5) Luis Grijalva Armijo (SJS) Top runner in SJS
4) Sean Kurdy Jesuit (SJS)
3) Benjamin Holland Jesuit (SJS)
2) Michael Vernau Davis (SJS)
1) Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) Top runner in NCS

GIRLS
Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order)
Sierra Brill Lowell (SF)
Sofia Castiglioni Davis (SJS)
Kendall Derry Bella Vista (SJS)
Niki Iyer Harker (CCS)
Abbey Meck San Lorenzo Valley (CCS)
Glennis Murphy Redwood
Alexandra Newsome James Logan (NCS)
Delaney White Santa Rosa (NCS)

Top 10
10) Mari Friedman Santa Cruz (CCS)
9) Chloe Hansel Las Lomas (NCS)
8) Morgin Coonfield McKinleyville (NCS)
7) Brooke Starn Monte Vista (NCS)
6) Marea Zlatunich Aptos (CCS)
5) Gillian Meeks Gunn (CCS)
4) Kristen Leung Lowell (SF) Top runner in SF
3) Megan McCandless Granada (NCS) Top runner in NCS
2) Cate Ratliff Santa Cruz (CCS) Top runner in CCS
1) Fiona O'Keeffe Davis (SJS) Top runner in SJS

Comments? Omissions? Who should move up? Who should move down? 

The top NorCal teams will be posted next.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Weekend Live Results Links

Crystal Springs Invitational
http://www.rtspt.com/events/cif/2015Meets/serraxc/
Videos from this invite will be posted on Instagram https://instagram.com/albertjcaruana

Clovis Invitational (can also buy their app for your phone for $0.99)
http://ca.milesplit.com/meets/212854/results#.Vhp5chNViko

Castro Valley Invitational (NEW)
http://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=106921#1020

The Other Meet
http://ca.milesplit.com/meets/214027/results#.VhswqRNViko

San Ramon Unified Run for Fun 5k and 10k (Sunday)
https://results.chronotrack.com/m/ctlive/#16382/race/38641

More result links will be added as I receive them. If you have any updates, feel free to share in the comment section below.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Cate Ratliff, Santa Cruz runs 16:42.5 at Crystal Springs Invite and Aptos girls just miss team time record

It's the 2nd fastest time on the course trailing only Ellen Lyons' mark of 16:30.6 which was established in 1979 at the Kinney Western Regional race.

In the same race, the Aptos girls just missed the team time mark set by Carlmont in 2007 (91:20). The Aptos girls ran 91:23 today missing the mark by a mere 3 seconds. Watch out for them at CCS and state. (photos below courtesy of Andrew Hutchinson)







Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Northern California Cross Country Top 10 Individuals (Boys & Girls)

  
BOYS
Honorable Mention
Nick Downs Bishop O'Dowd (NCS)
Ben Harper Trinity (NS) Top runner in NS
Zachary Katzman Skyline (OAK) Top runner in OAK
Tre Lockwood Granite Bay (SJS)
Roman Munoz King City (CCS)
Xander Olivero St. Francis, Mt. View (CCS)
Brian Schulz El Molino (NCS)

Top 10
10) Jared Yabu Campolindo (NCS)
9) Andrew Clusserath Rocklin (SJS)
8) Kent Slaney Palo Alto (CCS) Top runner in CCS
7) Salem Bouhassoun Mission (SF) Top runner in SF
6) Cameron Gaskell Acalanes (NCS)
5) Sean Kurdy Jesuit (SJS)
4) Benjamin Holland Jesuit (SJS)
3) Michael Vernau Davis (SJS)
2) Luis Grijalva Armijo (SJS) Top runner in SJS
1) Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) Top runner in NCS


GIRLS
Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order)
Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS)
Sierra Brill Lowell (SF)
Kendall Derry Bella Vista (SJS)
Karly Guthermuth Trinity (NS) Top runner in NS
Cassi Land Sonora Union (SJS)
Julia Lemak Archbishop Mitty (CCS)
Gillian Meeks Gunn (CCS)
Alexandra Newsome James Logan (NCS)
Delaney White Santa Rosa (NCS)

Top 10
10) Chloe Hansel Las Lomas (NCS)
9) Mari Friedman Santa Cruz (CCS)
8) Kristen Leung Lowell (SF) Top runner in SF
7) Morgin Coonfield McKinleyville (NCS)
6) Sofia Castiglioni Davis (SJS)
5) Brooke Starn Monte Vista (NCS)
4) Marea Zlatunich Aptos (CCS)
3) Megan McCandless Granada (NCS) Top runner in NCS
2) Cate Ratliff Santa Cruz (CCS) Top runner in CCS
1) Fiona O'Keeffe Davis (SJS) Top runner in SJS

Comments? Omissions? Who should move up? Who should move down?

Northern California Cross Country results

SCVAL
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/XC/2015/scval_cs.htm

BCL East #2
http://www.rtspt.com/events/cif/2015Meets/bcleast2/

Redwood Empire Meets
http://running.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/18755/107-meets/

Sierra Foothill League XC Meet #2
http://timerhub.com/get_web_index.php?page=redcaptiming.com/2015/sflxc2/

MBL Center Meet #2 Results
http://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=107563

If you have league results that you want to share, send them to albertjcaruana@gmail.com and I will add them to this list.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Updated CCS Time Comparisons by Walt Van Zant (10/5/15)

http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/XC/2015/comparsn.htm

The CCS rankings as voted on by CCS coaches can be found here:
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/XC/2015/ccs_rank.htm

You can also check out CCS rankings at http://ca.milesplit.com/. The 3 mile rankings are a bit skewed due to our 1st league meet at San Bruno Mountain marked as a 3 mile course (actually 2.8 miles). The 5k rankings are pretty solid and a good reflection of the top teams in CCS.

I will have a Crystal Springs Serra Invite preview posted on Friday.

Sac-Joaquin Section Mid-Season Cross Country Team Rankings

Sac-Joaquin Section rankings on ca.milesplit based on 5k and 3 mile times:
http://ca.milesplit.com/articles/165062-sac-joaquin-section-team-rankings

Division I Boys (2 state meet qualifiers)
1) Jesuit
2) Davis
3) Armijo
4) Cosumnes Oaks
5) Woodcreek

Division I Girls (3 state meet qualifiers)
1) Davis
2) Oak Ridge
3) Woodcreek
4) Armijo
5) McClatchy

Division II Boys (3 state meet qualifiers)
1) Bella Vista
2) Granite Bay
3) Rocklin
4) Oakmont
5) Whitney

Division II Girls (3 state meet qualifiers)
1) Bella Vista
2) Granite Bay
3) St. Francis, Sacramento
4) Vacaville
5) Nevada Union

Division III Boys (3 state meet qualifiers)
1) Vista Del Lago
2) Rio Americano
3) El Dorado
4) Placer
5) Del Oro

Division III Girls (3 state meet qualifiers)
1) Vista Del Lago
2) Placer
3) Rio Americano
4) El Dorado
5) Del Oro

Division IV Boys (2 state meet qualifiers)
1) Christian Brothers
2) Sierra
3) Riverbank
4) Dixon
5) Weston Ranch

Division IV Girls (2 state meet qualifiers)
1) Amador
2) Hughson
3) Riverbank
4) Sonora
5) Dixon

Division V Boys (2 state meet qualifiers)
1) Capital Christian
2) Foresthill
3) Golden Sierra
4) Argonaut
5) Vacaville Christian

Division V Girls (2 state meet qualifiers)
1) Vacaville Christian
2) Forest Lake Christian
3) Ripon Christian
4) Argonaut
5) Sacramento Waldorf

If I missed any schools that you feel deserve to be mentioned, feel free to comment in the section below. Include reasons why you feel they belong in the top 5 of their respective division. Also, if you feel there are teams listed above that should move up, feel free to comment as well.

Thank you to all the coaches that helped compile the above lists.

DO NOT WASTE GOOD TIME – MY REFLECTIONS ON SARAH SUMPTER, BY CHRIS PUPPIONE

Found at the Empire Runners Blog which you can read at this LINK. Definitely worth the read.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Hall of Fame: Hitting his stride: Chris Walsh went the distance

Former Campolindo coach, Chris Walsh will be inducted in the Southington Sports Hall of Fame class of 2015. During his 10 years coaching Campolindo HS cross country team, the Cougars won 11 section titles (boys and girls) and his girls team won the state championship in 2001. A great guy and well deserved recognition.

You can check out the article about his induction here:
http://southingtonobserver.com/2015/10/01/hall-of-fame-hitting-his-stride-chris-walsh-went-the-distance/

Friday, October 02, 2015

44th Annual Artichoke Invitational Preview

You can check out links to lots of history of the Invitational at this link as well as all the competing teams:
http://ca.milesplit.com/articles/164721-44th-annual-artichoke-invitational-preview

Some great runners have run at that invitational in the past. Check out all the course records posted there as well as the three different courses due to school construction.

If you have a great memory from this race and course, feel free to share in the comment section below.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

NorCal HS Alumni now in college update...

Former SLV runner Anna Maxwell with a lengthy interview at www.gohuskies.com which you can get at this LINK.

Former Scotts Valley runner Nick Heat making waves at Pepperdine. Check out this LINK.

If you have information of other NorCal athletes doing well in college, please feel free to share corresponding links and/or info to albertjcaruana@gmail.com or you can post in the comment section below.

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