North Coast Section changes
Lots of changes this year in North Coast Section especially at the section level with many teams dropping down to a different division this year. It will be very interesting to see how it all plays out and in the next couple of weeks, I will post the first in-season rankings to see what the divisions look like at this point. If this is all new to you, here are the divisions for this season which you can check out at this LINK. The other changes are that several schools changed leagues such as St. Joseph Notre Dame moving to BCL East, Dublin moving to EBAL and College Park, Clayton Valley and Northgate moving to DAL (there are other teams that moved as well). You can check out all the leagues on the NCS site at this LINK.
Central Coast Section course site
Toro Park is scheduled to be the site of the CCS meet this year since this is an even numbered year. Due to the Sobranes fires, Toro Park has been used as a staging area for fire fighters and at this point, the park is still closed. It's still unclear about when the park will be open which means the location of the CCS meet is still at Toro Park at this point but it is still possible that there might be the need for a change of location.
Sac-Joaquin Section Rankings
Now that the SJS has released the divisions for the 2016 season, I can begin ranking each division in the section. I will need to do some research and reach out to coaches out there but the plan is for the first edition of the SJS rankings to be posted before next week. In the meantime, please feel free to discuss any of the individual and team state contenders as we have had to see most of them compete.
Newspaper links and videos
In the past, I have posted links to newspaper articles as well as videos. I still do but in order not to overcrowd the front page, you will now find most of those links and videos on my twitter account at https://twitter.com/CCExpress, instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/albertjcaruana/ and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/crosscountryexpress/. To help increase the audience to those social media sites, please follow, like, tag etc. You will not be disappointed.
For the past two years, I have also been contributing to ca.milesplit.com which I have enjoyed reaching out to a larger part of the state. For those of you that don't know, MileSplit was started by a Florida runner named Jason Byrne when he was 19 years old. The site grew from the sunshine state and expanded to the entire nation. You can read a bit more about Jason at this LINK. Jason sold MileSplit to Flosports 3 years ago and at this point, there are 150 people that work for Milesplit. If you have ever wondered why our two sports (Cross Country & Track and Field) continue to grow at such a rapid rate and why times continue to drop, look no further than what sites like Milesplit have done to help promote our sport and amazing athletes. Aside from ca.milesplit.com, check out the national site at www.milesplit.com. You can also follow on twitter at https://twitter.com/milesplitca, instagram at https://www.instagram.com/milesplitca/ and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MilesplitCA/.
Reaching Out to Me
While I do post daily on this site, there are definitely days when I am looking for material to post. If you have links, videos, newspaper articles, tips etc that you feel should be shared with everybody, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. A lot of what I post on the site has been relayed to me by athletes, coaches and parents.
If you have anything to add such as any thoughts about the start of this season, please feel free to comment below.