What is typically the strongest cross country section in NorCal?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Modifications to Track & Field Championships Schedule to be Announced June 1

Due to high temperatures projected for the State Track & Field meet this weekend, CIF has announced that the time schedule will be modified and announced by this Wednesday 5pm.

You can find additional information at http://cifstate.org/news/2016_tf_preview

Sunday, May 29, 2016

CIF State Track and Field Championship Performance List

You can now view all the entrants plus their performance mark from the section qualifier for this weekend's CA State Track and Field meet at this LINK. For the 3200 meter races as well as the ambulatory events go to this LINK.

North Coast Section MOC videos courtesy of Rob Mackey

NCS MOC Boys 1600m final.


You can watch the rest of the videos at this LINK.

You can also check out photos for Redwood Empire athletes at the following links:
http://www.redwoodempirerunning.com/ncs-moc-girls-finals/

http://www.redwoodempirerunning.com/ncs-moc-boys-finals/

Friday, May 27, 2016

Northern California Section Finals Results

NCS MOC finals today. The trials results are linked below. It will be warm today which might slow down some events but the competition should be tremendous especially in the girls' distance races. What will be the race of the day? What was the best performance from yesterday's finals in CCS, SJS and NS?

Sac-Joaquin Section Masters
Trials and Finals Results LINK (live results which include yesterday's trials)
Meet Program =SJS Masters Final LINK

Central Coast Section
Finals Results LINK (live results)
CCS Finals Preview LINK (Running and Field Events)

North Coast Section
Performance Lists LINK
Trials and Finals Results LINK (live results)

Northern Section
Meet Program LINK

San Francisco Section
Finals Meet Program LINK
Finals Results LINK

Oakland Section
Results LINK

Feel free to comment below on any of the above section finals. The SJS and CCS finals will be tonight with the NCS trials this afternoon. The NCS, NS and SF Finals will take place tomorrow. What is the most competitive event in any section? What events have state meet championship contenders? Who has been the most impressive Northern California athlete this season?

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Central Coast Section (CCS) Track and Field Preview

You can check out my preview posted on Milesplit CA at this LINK. All the favorites and leading contenders are posted for running events. Feel free to add anybody that should be mentioned in the preview. Who are the strongest favorites to win CCS? Who will score the upset victories? What is the most competitive event? 

Also, feel free to vote in the poll to the right on who you think will win the most events at Friday's final. That includes relays.

All-time NCS lists additions in 2016

The NCS All-Time List through 2015.
http://cifncs.org/sports/track/files/RECORDS/NCS_All-Time_List_Through_2015.pdf

Athletes that have equaled or surpassed the tenth best mark on the NCS All-Time List so far this 2016 season:
Boys
1600 4:07.78 Cooper Teare (St. Joseph Notre Dame)
300H 37.35 Jonathan Harvey (De La Salle)
PV 16-0 Noah Hurley (College Park)
SP 69'3" Nate Esparza (Amador Valley)
DT 186'5" Nathan Esparza (Amador Valley

Girls
800 2:07.71 Alyssa Brewer (California)
1600 4:47.45c Brooke Starn (Monte Vista)
1600 4:47.87c Morgan Coonfield (McKinleyville)
3200 10:13.20 Rylee Bowen (Sonoma Academy)
3200 10:19.97 Brooke Starn (Monte Vista)
3200 10:20.58 Morgin Coonfield (McKinleyville)
3200 10:24.59 Megan McCandless (Granada)
100H 13.53 Kaylah Robinson (El Cerrito)
 c=converted from mile

Keith Conning
www.theconningtower.blogspot.com

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Catching up with California HS (NCS) coach, Mark Karbo

Today we chat with California HS coach, Mark Karbo. He has been at the helm of the California HS Track and Field team for 22 years. This past season, his star female sprinter, Alyssa Brewer, has established herself as one of the all-time great NCS 800 runners with two efforts under 2:10. At last week's Tri-Valley meet, Brewer won the 400 in a lifetime best 55.05. A short break later, she returned to compete in the 800 and was spectacular as she ran the 3rd fastest NCS time ever, the fastest time in California this season as well as the 5th fastest time in the nation at 2:07.71. 

1) How long have you been at California HS? What sports and events have you coached there?
This is my 22nd season at Cal High. I coach the varsity sprinters at Cal and last year started helping out as an assistant on the freshman football team.

2) Who are the athletes that you have coached and stand out to you during your coaching career at California HS?
Too many to name!  I have enjoyed working with all of the athletes that I've been fortunate to coach and love seeing their growth over the years.  Being able to coach my daughter and son was a special pleasure.

3) Any interesting tidbits from coaching David Klech?  
David was so much fun to coach.  He always worked hard in practice and did whatever was asked of him.  He is a great example of an athlete with exceptional ability who worked hard and pushed himself to be the best that he could be while at Cal HS.  Off the track, he was a great person as well and we still have a close relationship.


4) Alyssa Brewer had a spectacular double on Saturday winning the 400 and 800 in 55.05 (above) and 2:07.71 respectively. Were you surprised with the times of both races?
Even having seen her run some outstanding races the past two years, I am still amazed at her ability to recover quickly and perform at such a high level in multiple races on the same day.

5) When did you first realize she had this type of talent?  
I had seen her times in CYO track as an 8th grader and knew she was already running well.  It has been nice to see her respond to our training at Cal High the way she has and continues to improve.

6) What does a typical week look like for her with a Saturday meet?  
For most of the season, I follow a plan and train through most meets with the goal of peaking at the end of the year.  I use invitationals as a way to practice high level competition.

7) What kind of workouts does she do on the track?  
She trains as a 400 runner with a lot of speed work along with extensive and intensive tempo workouts throughout the year.

8) What is her longest run during the season?
It varies during different parts of the season.  She never does anything longer than 800m in meets.

9) Weight work?
She has a weight room at home and her dad does a great job of guiding her strength workouts.

10) What changes as athletes get closer to May and the section meets and state final?  
Like most coaches I just start the tapering process, lowering the volume and keeping the intensity of the workouts high.  It gets more specific with race modeling and goals for different parts of the race.

11) What advice would you give a young coach just starting out as a head coach?  
My best advice for coaches sounds simplistic, but I think it's important to try to help kids get as close as possible to their potential while still letting them have fun and enjoy being a part of the team. Also, it's important to be comfortable with who you are and your own style of coaching.  You should always continue to learn from others, but you still have to be yourself.

Thank you very much for your time Mark! AJC

CCS Track and Field final live online

The NFHS Network will be broadcasting:
·         The CCS Track & Field Championships on Friday, May 27th

These broadcasts can be seen live OR on-demand.  Below you will see a special Spring offer from the NFHS Network.

$9.95 for first month if you want to watch the broadcast.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Section videos

From NCS Bayshore (Girls 3200)

More videos will be posted at this LINK.

From SJS Div I Championship

More videos at this LINK.

From SJS Div II-III Championship

More videos at this LINK.

Northern California, pick the state meet qualifiers in each event, in every section

Central Coast Section

Sac-Joaquin Section

North Coast Section

Sac-Joaquin Section

San Francisco Section

Oakland Section

I will add additional information throughout the week so for now, let's get the conversation started. Who are the favorites? Who will score the biggest upset? Who are the state meet contenders? What race in what section will be the most competitive? What is the best event and in what section in Northern California?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

NorCal Track and Field Records

Pushing this to the top. Let me know if any of the records below are incorrect.
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I updated the list below by adding the Mitty girls 4x800m. time of 9:10.96 from the 2005 Stanford Invite.  Does anybody know if there has been a faster 4x800m. time from a NorCal team?  The other missing mark is girls 4x200m.  Any ideas on the fastest NorCal mark there?

BOYS
100m. Kenny O'Neal Skyline HS OAK 10.34 2004
200m. Calvin Harrison North Salinas HS CCS 20.57 1993
400m. Calvin Harrison North Salinas HS CCS 45.25 1993
800m. Pete Richardson Berkeley HS NCS 1:47.31 1981
1500m. German Fernandez Riverbank HS SJS 3:44.8 2008
1600m. German Fernandez Riverbank HS SJS 4:00.29 2008
3000m. German Fernandez Riverbank HS SJS 7:59.83 2008 California Record
3200m. German Fernandez Riverbank HS SJS 8:31.42c 2008 California Record
5000m. Eric Mastalir Jesuit HS SJS 14:01.40 1986 California Record
Marathon Mitch Kingery San Carlos HS CCS 2:23:47 1973 California Record
110m. HH Kevin Craddock James Logan HS NCS 13.39 2004 California Record
300m. IH David Klech California HS NCS 35.45 2006
4x100m. Relay Skyline HS OAK 40.78 1995
4x200m. Relay Berkeley HS NCS 1:25.1 1981
4x400m. Relay Berkeley HS NCS 3:08.94 1981
4x800m. Relay De La Salle HS NCS 7:41.35 1997
4x1600m. Relay Jesuit HS SJS 17:22.6 1986
1600m. SMR Berkeley HS NCS 3:21.1 1981
DMR Jesuit HS SJS 9:56.3 1986 California Record
High Jump Maurice Crumby Balboa HS SF 7'4.5" 1983 California Record
Pole Vault Brent Burns Acalanes HS NCS 17'8.5" 1987
Long Jump Ken Duncan McClatchy HS SJS 26'2.25" 1972
Triple Jump Ken Frazier Mission HS SF 52'4.75" 1981
Shot Put Steve Mongtomery Lassen HS NS 68'5.5" 1976
Discus Dave Porath Atwater HS SJS 209'6" 1978
Decathlon Tom McGraw Los Gatos HS 6971 1981

GIRLS
100m. Ashton Purvis St. Elizabeth HS NCS 11.17 2010
200m. Tania Woods Skyline HS OAK 22.88 1999
400m. Kathy Hammond Mira Loma HS SJS 52.1 1969
800m. Ann Regan Camden HS CCS 2:04.37 1977
1500m. Francie Larrieu Fremont HS CCS 4:16.8 1969
1600m. Alex Kosinski Oak Ridge HS SJS 4:38.15 2007
3000m. Cory Shubert Del Mar HS CCS 9:11.80 1983 California Record
3200m. Laurynn Chetelat Davis HS SJS 9:52.51 2008
5000m. Caitlin Chock Granite Bay HS SJS 15:52.88 2004
10000m. Roxanne Bier Independence HS CCS 34:54.8 1978
Marathon Heike Skaden Encina HS SJS 2:43:00 1980 California Record
100m. HH Vashti Thomas Mt. Pleasant HS CCS 2007 13.03 California Record
300m. LH Leslie Maxie Mills HS CCS 40.18 1984
400m. LH Leslie Maxie Mills HS CCS 55.20 1984 California Record
4x100m. Relay Berkeley HS NCS 45.13 1981
4x200m. Relay Mt. Pleasant HS CCS 1:39.14 2007/James Logan HS 1:36.41 2006 Indoors
4x400m. Relay James Logan HS NCS 3:37.85
4x800m. Relay Archbishop Mitty HS CCS 9:10.96 2005
4x1600m. Relay Davis HS SJS 20:03.24 2014 NEW
800 SMR Berkeley HS NCS 1:42.08 2000
1600 SMR Piedmont Hills HS CCS 3:59.65 2014 NEW
DMR San Lorenzo Valley HS CCS 11:41.28 2000
High Jump Wendy Brown Woodside HS 6'2.25" 1984/Julie Broughton Woodland SJS 6'2.25" 1989
Pole Vault Tori Anthony Castilleja HS CCS 14'1" 2007 California Record
Long Jump Jamesha Youngblood Hercules HS NCS 21'0" 2007
Triple Jump Brittany Daniels Merrill West HS SJS 44'11.75" 2004 California Record
Shot Put Elena Bruckner Valley Christian SJ HS 54'7" 2016 California Record
Discus Suzie Powell Downey HS SJS 188'4" 1994
Heptathlon Shevell Quinley Merrill West HS SJS 5266 2005

San Francisco Section Performance Lists

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sac-Joaquin Section Results

SJS Division I Results LINK (5/18/16)
SJS Division II-III Results LINK (5/18/16)
SJS Division IV-V Results LINK (5/17/16)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

CCS top 10 list for all events

Thanks to Mt. Pleasant coach, Steve Nelson
"Ok everyone this is the updated CCS top 10 marks which you can find at this LINK. These are the all-Time marks. Indoors, outdoor,wind legal only. Marks on the list were or are accepted by track and field news. These are Wind legal only!!!"

NCS Redwood meet: Live results/lanes/performance list

Do you have a question for an athlete, coach or parent?

If you are an athlete and you have a question about race strategy, training or anything else that is pertinent to Track & Field and/or Cross Country, please feel free to add your question in the comment section below.

Same goes for any coaches or parents out there. I will do my best to answer your question(s) and if I am stumped, I am sure there are plenty of others out there that can help answer your question(s).


Northern California League Results

Results will be added as I find them or are sent to me. Please share results that are missing by sending them to albertjcaruana@gmail.com. You can send a link to the results or send them as an attachment.

CCS
Peninsula Athletic League trials results LINK
Peninsula Athletic League finals results LINK (new)
Mission Trail Athletic League results LINK
Blossom Valley Athletic League results LINK
West Bay Athletic League results LINK (new)
Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League results LINK
West Catholic Athletic League results LINK (new)
Santa Clara Valley Athletic League results LINK (new)

NCS
East Bay Athletic League results LINK
Bay Counties League results LINK
BCL West results LINK
BCL East results LINK
H-DN prelims results LINK
H-DN finals results LINK (new)
DVAL finals results LINK (new)
DFAL Live Results (FS and Varsity Trials Complete)- http://atwresults.com/atwupload/20160510/
MVAL results LINK (new)
MCAL results LINK (new)
TCAL results LINK (new)
NBL boys results LINK (new)
NBL girls results LINK (new)
SCL boys results LINK (new)
SCL girls results LINK (new)
WACC results LINK (new)
CMC Boys results LINK (new)
CMC Girls results LINK (new)

SJS (all SJS results can be found at the 3 links below)
SJS Division I results LINK (new)
SJS Division II results LINK (new)
SJS Division V results LINK (new)

NS

OAK
Oakland Finals will be May 25/26

SF

Sunday, May 15, 2016

New California State Shot Put record for Elena Bruckner, Valley Christian SJ

Valley Christian SJ senior Elena Bruckner tossed her 5th attempt to 54'7" at WCAL championship meet at St. Francis, Mt. View HS this past Friday. Her 6th throw as you can see by the result above also surpassed the previous CA record. The previous record holder was Anna Jelmini Shafter-Central Section with a best of 54'4.75" set in 2009. Bruckner's mark is also US #4 all-time trailing only Raven Saunders 56'8.25", Michelle Carter 54'10.75" and Maggie Ewen 54'8.25". For those of you keeping score, Bruckner is also US #4 in Discus with her 186'10".

Delta League (SJS) and WACC (NCS) race videos

Delta League videos can be found at this LINK thanks to Walt Lange.

WACC videos can be found at this LINK thanks to Rob Mackey.

Friday, May 13, 2016

CCS Track and Field Semis and Finals will be held at Gilroy HS this year

CCS Track & Field Community et al.
We had to make a venue change for this years’ CCS Track and Field Championships.  The track and field meet will be held at Gilroy High School on the same days and times, May 21st and 27th.

San Jose City College is having major construction going on and the construction company has accelerated their schedule and has blocked off access areas as well as competition areas.  This would have created a potentially dangerous situation and not conducive to a championship event.   We had hoped that we could have avoided this eventual construction, but the construction company moved up their time tables.

Gilroy Principal Dr. Marco Sanchez and his community has extended their facility for our use and we are grateful for their generous offer.  They host numerous league and invitational events on their new track and renovated seating areas, and with the assistance of CCS staff and tournament committee I am very confident we will be able to conduct a championship event.

Thank you for understanding.

Duane Morgan
CCS Commissioner

Prep track: Gunn's Watt is more than meets the eye

Prep track: Gunn's Watt is more than meets the eye. You can read the article by Vytas Mazeika at this LINK.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

2 CCS alumnae battle at Oxy Invite 5000

Maya Weigel (Mt. View HS alumni) 16:20.19 (Maya runs for Pomona-Pitzer; looks like DIII leader unless someone else ran better this weekend)

Mary Kriege (Archbishop Mitty alumni) 16:24.22 (Mary runs for Santa Clara)

There’s probably more Nor-Cal runners at this meet if you’ve got a sharp eye looking at the results.

Jim Bordoni

If you know of other results that should be mentioned, feel free to add them in the comment section below. The Strum brothers ran 1:49.63 (Nathan) and 3:40.81 (Weston). Others?

Monday, May 09, 2016

CIF State Track and Field "At-Large" Marks

What is the most difficult "at-large" mark in any event for boys? Girls? Which "at-large" mark is in play the most for NorCal athletes/teams and in what section?

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

7th annual "5 Star High Jump Camp" at St. Mary's, Berkeley

The 7th annual  "5 Star High Jump Camp"  will take place on June 16th & 17th at Saint Mary’s High School in Berkeley.  It is designed for intermediate and advanced high jumpers who are looking for improvement.  The 2 day camp will cover all aspects of high jumping... the approach, take-off and layout... as well as general and high jump specific plyometrics, drills, and specific weight-training exercises. Video will be taken of very athlete and an analysis of the video will be used to provide the best possible recommendations for each jumper.  Athletes will be presented with an instructional manual and DVD, complete with personal written evaluations, analysis and recommendations. 
         The camp will be limited to 8  -  10 jumpers to insure that every athlete is afforded specialized time with the coaches.    Admission to the camp is on a first come - first serve basis.   All participants must fill out a questionnaire and sign a liability waiver.  The camp is being run by former U.C. Berkeley All-American (and school record-holder - 7'5¾") Jeff Rogers who is currently the coach at Saint Mary's High School .  Coach Rogers' former pupil, 2004 California State Champion and 2012 Olympic Trials 5th place finisher Ed Wright will be the other camp clinician. For more information about the camp, go to:
 
http://sites.google.com/site/5starhjcamp/ 

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Santa Cruz Sentinel Editorial: Hits and Misses, May 3, 2016: A coach’s legacy and a garden deal

The following is taken from the editorial found at this LINK.

HIT >> How does a coach take the smallest public high school in the county and transform it into a running powerhouse? That secret lies with San Lorenzo Valley High track and cross country coach Rob Collins. We offer a tip of our cap as he prepares to step down in June. The numbers are pretty stunning. During his 18-year tenure, Collins has amassed 11 Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League team championships in cross country and track, 14 Central Coast Section team championships and five state team titles. His runners have garnered 24 CCS individual titles, six state titles, two national titles and one national record. In the end, though, it’s not just about numbers. For nearly 20 years Collins has helped mold the lives of hundreds of young people, showing them what can happen when you combine smart training, hard work, passion and drive. Those lessons learned will play out over the lifetimes of his runners. Collins aims to spend some quality time with his family in Colorado, where his children and grandchildren reside, as his wife has advanced cancer. We wish the family the best.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Northern California Invitational results

Sacramento Meet of Champions results LINK
Alisal Invitational results LINK
Pacific Grove Rotary Invitational LINK
Clash of the Titans results LINK (New)

More to come...

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Sacramento Meet of Champions videos thanks to Jesuit coach, Walt Lange

Some great races. I highly recommend you watch them all! To view all the videos click the heading above.

Girls Invitational 1600 Meters


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