Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Can you predict Cooper Teare's time at Sacramento Meet of Champions?

St. Joseph Notre Dame senior Cooper Teare (Ben Crawford photo on the left) will be making his 2nd sub 4 attempt this Saturday at the Sacramento Meet of Champions. His first attempt at the world famous Mt. SAC Relays resulted in a mighty close 4:00.16 effort.

Now it's your turn to predict his final time on Saturday. Will he dip under 4? If so, what will his time be? The person who gets the winning time or the closest will get... ideas for winning entry? A guest post?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2017 Stanford XC Meet Cancelled-more from Stanford SID

April 25, 2017

STANFORD CROSS COUNTRY INVITE CANCELED

Meet will return in 2018

STANFORD, Calif. – The 2017 Stanford Cross Country Invitational has been canceled because of a scheduling conflict, but will return in 2018.

The meet, which includes college and high school divisions, is among the largest in Northern California, with 14 races and more than 3,000 runners. The meet annually is scheduled on a Saturday in late September or early October. This year, it was October 1.

The target date for 2017 was September 30. However, that is the same date as Stanford’s home football game against Arizona State. Because of the demands on Stanford operations staff and local law enforcement, there was not enough manpower available for two large campus sporting events on a football gameday.

Because students make up a large portion of the meet workforce, the September 23 date was not available because classes have yet to start. And October 7 was not workable because of the spacing of Stanford’s cross country schedule.

The meet has been held annually since 1974.

For more information, contact:

David Kiefer
Athletics Communications
Stanford University

Monday, April 24, 2017

2017 Stanford Cross Country Invitational cancelled

Just received this email from Jess Riden, Director of Operations...
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Unfortunately – due to a scheduling conflict with Stanford football on Saturday, September 30, 2017 – we will be unable to host the meet this fall.

As we certainly enjoy having you all on campus, and are proud to host such a great competition - we plan to pick back up and running as normal in 2018.

We apologize for any issues this causes, and hope you will be back for 2018!

Thanks!  And please let me know if you have any questions!

Track: ‘Top 8’ Classic provides glimpse of CCS finals

A great review of last Saturday's CCS Top 8 meet at Los Gatos HS by Vytas Mazeika.
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/04/23/track-top-8-classic-provides-glimpse-of-ccs-finals/

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Central Coast Section (CCS) Top 8 Meet Entries now posted


LIVE RESULTS LINK

You can check out my preview of the meet which you can find at this LINK. If you have anything you want to add in regards to any of the events, please feel free to add your thoughts in the comment section below.

http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/2017/top8ent2.pdf
(NEW with lane assignments)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Viking Classic Entries at Montgomery HS

Luis Grijalva Adapts From His Only Coach To The Next Best Thing

Very cool article posted milesplitCA about Luis Grijalva transitioning from his previous coach for his first three years in high school, David Monk, to his current coach this senior season, Karl Wurzbach. It's great to see adults working in the best interest of a student athlete. You can find the article at this LINK.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Cooper Teare 4:00.16 at Mt. SAC Relays

Ben Crawford photo at the finish line. New NCS record for Cooper Teare plus 2nd fastest time run by California HS runner. Only Tim Danielson's 3:59.4 in 1966 is faster. He will get at least one more opportunity this season at the Sacramento Meet of Champions which will have a mile there as part of the invitational portion of the meet.

Cooper's time surpasses Richard Kimball's 4:02.04 from 1974. Kimball started out as a freshman at Jesuit HS and then finished up his next three year's at De La Salle HS. 

Also in the race were two NCS runners and Redwood HS teammates, Liam Anderson and Andrew Thomas. They finished with times of 4:16.14 and 4:18.69 respectively. 

Also at Mt. SAC Relays, Rylee Bowen won the girls' mile in a time of 4:48.44 just in front of Anna Gibson of Jackson Hole at 4:48.48. 

In the boys' 3200, Davis senior Michael Vernau finished in 2nd place with a time of 8:56.45.

Sub 4 minute attempt tonight at Mt. SAC Relays by Cooper Teare

You can watch Cooper Teare's (photo to the right courtesy of Kirby Lee) race tonight at the Mt. SAC Relays which will start at 6:02pm at this LINK on FloTrack. It's the Brook's HS Mile and Cooper will be making his first attempt to become the 10th high schooler in history to break the historic barrier.

Cooper's outdoor personal record in the mile is from last year's United States Olympic Trials-Nike Elite Camp mile race in which he finished in 4th place with a time of 4:06.79. His indoor personal record is from the 2017 New Balance Indoor Nationals where he won in a time of 4:06.60.

This season, Cooper has record personal records in the 800 (1:54.53), 3200 (8:41.46) and 5000 (14:13.26).

The NorCal record for the mile is German Fernandez (Riverbank) at 4:01.70c in 2008. The North Coast Record is held by Richard Kimball (De La Salle) at 4:02.4 in 1974. The California record is held by Tim Danielson (Chula Vista) who ran 3:59.4 in 1966.

Live results link: http://www.rtspt.com/events/mtsac/2017/

Northern California Track and Field records through 2016 season

Best overall marks in all events for the following sections: CCS, NCS, SJS, NS, OAK and SF

BOYS
100 Kenny O'Neal Skyline (OAK) 10.34 2004
200 Calvin Harrison North Salinas (CCS) 20.57 1993
400 Calvin Harrison North Salinas (CCS) 45.25 1993
800 Pete Richardson Berkeley (NCS) 1:47.31 1981
1600 German Fernandez Riverbank (SJS) 4:00.29 2008
3200 German Fernandez Riverbank (SJS) 8:31.42 (converted time) 2008 (California record)
110 Hurdles (39") Kevin Craddock James Logan (NCS)13.39 2004
300 Hurdles David Klech California (NCS) 35.45 2006
4 x 100 Relay Skyline (OAK) 40.78 1995
4 x 400 Relay Berkeley (NCS) 3:08.94 1981
Long Jump Ken Duncan McClatchy (SJS) 26'2.25" 1972
Triple Jump Ken Frazier Mission (SF) 52'4.75" 1981
High Jump Maurice Crumby Balboa SF (1983)/Darius Carbin Mt. Pleasant CCS (2016) 7'4.5" (california record)
Pole Vault Brent Burns Acalanes (NCS) 17'8.5" 1987
Shot Put Nathan Esparza Amador Valley (NCS) 69'4.75" 2016
Discus Dave Porath Atwater (SJS) 209'6" 1978

Other Events
1500 German Fernandez Riverbank (SJS) 3:44.8 (en route to longer race)
3000 German Fernandez Riverbank (SJS) 7:59.83 2008 (national record)
5000 Eric Mastalir Jesuit (SJS) 14:01.40 1986 (California record)
6 miles Rod Berry Redwood (NCS) 29:13.2 1977
10000 Brett Gotcher Aptos (CCS) 30:18.41 2002
Marathon Mitch Kingery San Carlos (CCS) 2:23:47 1973 (California record)
2000 Steeplechase Steve Guerrini Santa Rosa (NCS) 5:43.9 1991 (California record)
3000 Steeplechase Steve Guerrini Santa Rosa (NCS) 9:22.13 1991
110 Hurdles (42') Kevin Craddock James Logan (NCS) 13.74 2004 (national record)
400 Hurdles David Klech California (NCS) 50.35 2006
4 x 200 Relay Berkeley (NCS) 1:25.1 1981
4 x 800 Relay De La Salle (NCS) 7:41.35 1997
4 x 1600 Jesuit (SJS) 17:22.6 1986
1600 Sprint Medley Relay Berkeley (NCS) 3:21.1 1981
Distance Medley Relay Jesuit (SJS) 9:56.3 1986 (California record)
Decathlon Tom McGraw Los Gatos (CCS) 6971 1981

GIRLS
100 Ashton Purvis St. Elizabeth (NCS) 11.17 2010
200 Tania Woods Skyline (OAK) 22.88 1999
400 Kathy Hammond 52.1 Mira Loma (SJS) 1969
800 Ann Regan Camden (CCS) 2:04.37 1977
1600 Alex Kosinski Oak Ridge (SJS) 4:38.15 2007
3200 Laurynn Chetelat Davis (SJS) 9:52.51 2008
100 Hurdles Vashti Thomas Mt. Pleasant (CCS) 13.03 2007
300 Hurdles Leslie Maxie Mills (CCS) 40.18 1984
4 x 100 Relay Berkeley (NCS) 45.13 1981
4 x 400 Relay James Logan (NCS) 3:37.85 2004
Long Jump Jamesha Youngblood Hercules (NCS) 21'0" 2007
Triple Jump Brittany Daniels Merrill West (SJS) 44'11.75" 2004 (national record)
High Jump Wendy Brown Woodside (CCS) 6'2.25" 1984/Julie Broughton Woodland (SJS) 6'2.25" 1989
Pole Vault Tori Anthony Castilleja (CCS) 14'1.25" 2007
Shot Put Elena Bruckner Valley Christian SJ (CCS) 54'7" 2016 (California record)
Discus Suzy Powell Downey (SJS) 188'4" 1994

Other Events
1500 Francie Larrieu Fremont (CCS) 4:16.8 1969
3000 Cory Schubert Del Mar (CCS) 9:11.80 1983 (California record)
5000 Caitlin Chock Granite Bay (SJS) 15:52.88 2004
10000 Roxanne Bier Independence (CCS) 34:54.8 1978
Marathon Heike Skaden Encina (SJS) 2:43:00 1980 (California record)
2000 Steeplechase Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS) 6:53.34 2016
3000 Steeplechase Jenny Aldridge Maria Carrillo (NCS) 10:49.63
400 Hurdles Leslie Maxie Mills (CCS) 55.20 1984 (California record)
4 x 200 Relay Mt. Pleasant (CCS) 1:39.14 2007/James Logan (NCS) 1:36.41 2006 Indoors
4 x 800 Relay Archbishop Mitty (CCS) 9:10.96 2005
4 x 1600 Relay Davis (SJS) 20:03.24 2014
800 Sprint Medley Relay Berkeley (NCS) 1:42.08 2000
1600 Sprint Medley Relay Piedmont Hills (CCS) 3:59.65 2014
Distance Medley Relay San Lorenzo Valley (CCS) 11:41.28 2000
4 x 100 Hurdles Relay Vacaville (SJS) 57.17 2014 (California record)
Heptathlon Shevell Quinley Merrill West (SJS) 5266 2005

Thursday, April 13, 2017

50th Annual Arcadia Invitational Meet Records (Updated through 2017)

Boys meet records
100 Meters Noah Lyles (T. C. Williams High School) 10.17 +1.2 2016
200 Meters Noah Lyles (T. C. Williams High School) 20.48 +0.0 2016
400 Meters Michael Norman (Vista Murrieta, CA) 45.51 2016
800 Meters Michael Granville (Bell Gardens, CA) 1:47.96 1995
One Mile Alan Webb (South Lakes, Reston, VA) 4:01.81 2001 (3:59.81 1600m en route)
3200 Meters Cooper Teare (St. Joseph Notre Dame, Alameda CA) 8:41.46 2017
5000 Meters Chris Derrick (Neuqua Valley, IL) 13:55.96 2008 (no longer contested)
110 Meter High Hurdles Johnathan Cabral (Agoura, Agoura Hills, CA) 13.43 2011
300 Meter Intermediate Hurdles David Klech (California, San Ramon, CA) 35.45 2006
4x100 Meter Relay Muir, Pasadena, CA 40.28 1997
4x200 Meter Relay Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta, CA 1:24.53 2015
4x400 Meter Relay Muir, Pasadena, CA 3:08.92 1996
4x800 Meter Relay L.B. Poly, Long Beach, CA 7:42.36 2003
4x1600 Meter Relay American Fork, UT 2017 16:41.30 NR
(Carson Clinger 4:25.5, McKay Johns 4:08.2, Patrick Parker 4:05.4, Casey Clinger 4:02.2)
800m Sprint Medley Poly, Long Beach, CA 1:28.43 2007
1600m Sprint Medley Los Alomitos, CA 3:26.36 2016
Distance Medley Atlantic Community, Del Ray Beach, FL 9:57.88 2001
4x110 Shuttle Hurdles Relay Brophy Prep, Phoenix, AZ 59.28 2007
High Jump Mike Morrison (Willingboro, NJ) 7-03.00 2003
Pole Vault Nico Weiler (Los Gatos, CA) 17-04 2008
Long Jump Dion Bentley (Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, PA) 25-03.75 1989
Triple Jump Will Claye (Mountain Pointe, Phoenix, AZ) 51-07.50 2009
Shot Put Brent Noon (Fallbrook High School Fallbrook, CA) 71-04.25 1990
Discus Throw Niklas Arrhenius (Mountain View, Orem UT) 234-03 2001
Decathlon (HS implements) Curtis Beach (Albuquerque, NM) 7,909 2009
Decathlon (International implements) Gunnar Nixon (Santa Fe High School, Edmond, OK) 7,524 2011 (also 7,577 wind-aided)

Girls meet records
100 Meters Angela Williams (Chino, CA) 11.32 1998
200 Meters Marion Jones (Rio Mesa, Oxnard, CA) 22.87 1991
400 Meters Monique Henderson (Morse, San Diego, CA) 52.51 2001
800 Meters Heidi Magill (Mountain View, Orem, UT) 2:06.34 2002
One Mile Alex Kosinski (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills, CA) 4:43.34 2007
3200 Meters Alexa Efraimson (Camas High School, Camas, WA) 9:55.92 2014
100 Meter High Hurdles Tara Davis (Agoura, CA) 13.01 2017
300 Meter Intermediate Hurdles Sydney McLaughlin (Union Catholic, NJ) 38.90 NR 2017
4x100 Meter Relay Poly, Long Beach, CA 44.95 2004
4x200 Meter Relay Poly, Long Beach, CA 1:33.87 2004
4x400 Meter Relay Wilson, Long Beach, CA 3:39.12 2001
4x800 Meter Relay Randolph, New York, NY 8:58.30 2002
4x1600 Meter Relay Great Oak, Temecula, CA 19:58.71 2015
800m Sprint Medley Poly, Long Beach, CA 1:38.73 2003
1600m Sprint Medley Harvard Westlake, CA 3:56.34 2012
(Sydney Barger, Tiana Bonds, Holli Dunn, Tyler Rowlette)
Distance Medley Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood, CA 11:40.89 2011
4x100 Shuttle Hurdles Relay Vacaville, CA 57.17 2014
(Nia Vance, Jurnee Woodward, Pattriana Perry, Daria Cook)
Long Jump Jernae Wright (James Logan, Union City, CA) 20’09.75" 1995
Triple Jump Brittany Daniels (Merrill West, Tracy, CA) 43’05.00” 2005
High Jump Yleana Carrasco (Anaheim, CA) 6’00.00" 1985
Pole Vault Rachel Baxter (Canyon High School (Anaheim, California)) 14 ft 2 in (4.31 m) 2016
Shot Put Kristin Heaston (Ygnacio Valley, Concord, CA) 51’01.50" 1993
Discus Throw Anna Jelmini (Shafter, CA) 185’05" 2009
Heptathlon Ashley Smith (Millikan, Long Beach, CA) 5,225 points 2010

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Excellent Track and Field coverage by local newspapers

3 excellent articles below covering the sport of Track and Field. If you enjoy reading any or all of the articles, please reach out to them and thank them for their coverage. 

Run for ages: Bay Area high school star breaks longstanding records
St. Joseph Notre Dame’s Cooper Teare eclipses meet, NCS marks in 3,200 at Arcadia Invitational.
By Darren Sabedra

Track: Records fall at 50th annual Arcadia Invitational
Oldest mark, set in 1976, broken as top 25 times in boys 3,200 meters achieved in a single race
By Vytas Mazeka

Benefield: Rain brings out the best in Empire track athletes
By Kerry Benefield

Catching up with Oak Ridge HS junior twins, Maddy and Elena Denner

You can check out my interview with Maddy and Elena Denner at this LINK. They are currently ranked 8th and 9th in the nation in the mile with Maddy at 4:50.32 and Elena at 4:51.42. Last Friday, at the Arcadia Invitational, they both set PRs in the 3200m. with Maddy winning the 3200m. seeded race in 10:24.08 followed by Elena at 10:25.78. On Saturday, Oak Ridge won the Distance Medley Relay in US #1 11:49.49. Photos to the left courtesy of Ben Crawford with Maddy leading off the DMR on top and Elena anchoring below.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Impressive distance marks for NorCal runners at Arcadia

There were other impressive marks including relays (DMR victories for Oak Ridge and Bellarmine) and Bellarmine's 4 x 800 CCS record but these are the individual times that stood out for me. If you have others that you think deserve attention, add them to the comment section below.

Girls 800
Alyssa Brewer California HS (NCS) 2:07.90
Mari Friedman Santa Cruz HS (CCS) 2:09.56

Boys 800
Alex Scales Bellarmine (CCS) 1:50.64
Xavier Weaver Franklin (SJS) 1:53.76

Boys mile
Jason Gomez Westmont (CCS) 4:19.46
Neil Braganza Dougherty Valley (NCS) 4:22.23

Girls mile
Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS) 4:48.92

Girls 3200
Alex Beitia Granite Bay (SJS) 10:22.19
Maddy Denner Oak Ridge (SJS) 10:24.08
Elena Denner Oak Ridge (SJS) 10:25.78

Boys 3200
Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) 8:41.46 (new meet and NCS record)
Luis Grijalva Armijo (SJS) 8:45.58
Michael Vernau Davis (SJS) 8:50.69
Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau Bellarmine (CCS) 9:07.16
Robert Miranda Menlo (CCS) 9:12.12
Neil Braganza Dougherty Valley (NCS) 9:15.72
Matt Strangio Jesuit (SJS) 9:17.58 (fastest 9th grader in US)

4 x 800 (Girls)
Santa Cruz (CCS) 9:19.77
St. Francis, Sacramento (SJS) 9:30.92
Castilleja (CCS) 9:37.94

4 x 800 (Boys)
Bellarmine (CCS) 7:45.56 (1st place and new CCS record)
Heritage (NCS) 7:52.89
De La Salle (NCS) 7:59.20

Distance Medley Relay (Girls)
Oak Ridge (SJS) 11:49.49 (1st place)
San Ramon Valley (NCS) 12:16.97
Campolindo (NCS) 12:20.64

Distance Medley Relay (Boys)
Bellarmine (CCS) 10:11.20 (1st place)
Dublin (NCS) 10:25.07

4 x 1600 (Girls)
San Ramon Valley (NCS) 20:42.89
Davis (SJS) 20:56.03

4 x 1600 (Boys)
Dublin (NCS) 17:46.56
Palo Alto (CCS) 17:54.68
Campolindo (NCS) 18:00.10

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Arcadia Invitational Live Webcast

For those of you not able to attend the Arcadia Invitational live, you can watch it from the safety of your own home (if watching track on your computer at home is safe :D) at this LINK.

Coverage starts on Friday at 4:30pm. 

I will try to post some of the better efforts to NorCal athletes this weekend. Feel free to share your own highlights in the comment section below.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Arcadia Invitational 3200 Meters Invitational Sections (Boys and Girls)

How many boys will break 9:00? Will Clinger repeat? How many girls will break 10:30? How many girls under 10:00? 

Boys (Personal Records and year set)
1) Casey Clinger American Fork 8:50.70 '16/8:51.68 2 miles '16 (Defending Arcadia Champion)
2) McKay Johns American Fork 9:10.43 '16
3) Luis Grijalva Armijo 8:59.98 '16
4) Chase Equall Bozeman 9:13.40 '16
5) Connor Lane Cardinal Gibbons 8:53.59 2 miles indoors '17
6) Owen Bishop Claremont 9:18.94 '17
7) Ryan Renken Claremont 9:02.59 '16
8) Michael Vernau Davis 8:54.48 '16
9) Justin Hazell El Camino Real 9:10.03 '17
10) Evert Silva Fresno 9:02.46 '16
11) Nick Dahl Germantown Friends 9:11.07 '16
12) Gabe Fendel Hamilton Southeastern 8:58.35 2 miles indoors '17
13) Matthew Watkins Jackson 9:11.77 '16
14) Austin Hindman Lafayette (Wildwood) 9:03.37 '16
15) Caleb Pottorff Lincoln Park Academy 9:03.44 '17
16) James Mwaura Lincoln-Tacoma 9:03.50 '16
17) Zack Ericksen Lone Peak 9:09.39 '16
18) Danny Kilrea Lyons Township 9:03.87 indoors '17
19) Finn Gessner Madison LaFollette 9:01.81 '16
20) Dalton Hengst McDonogh 9:15.72 '16
21) Seth Hirsch Millard West 9:05.87 indoors '17
22) Matt Grossman Millburn NJ 9:06.25 '16
23) Cameron Ponder Mount Tabor 9:03.75 '17
24) Garrett Barton Ogden 9:11.57 '16
25) Travis Feeny Ogden 9:09.27 '16
26) Trad Berti Paso Robles 9:17.92 '17
27) Callum Bolger San Luis Obispo 8:51.58 '16
28) Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame 8:53.74 2 miles '16
29) Tibs Proctor The Northwest School 9:05.21 '16
30) Talon Hull Weber 9:06.74 '17
31) Milo Greder Westside 9:10.29 '16
32) Clayton Mendez Whitney Young 9:01.89 indoors '17
32) Ian Shanklin Page, Greensboro, NC 9:01.71 '17

Girls (Personal Records and year set)
1) Maria Mettler Air Academy 10:55.97 '17
2) Trinity Ruelas Bishop Amat 10:39.35 '17
3) Camelia Noe Bozeman 10:44.51 indoors '17
4) Meagen Lowe Buchanan 10:36.51 '16
5) Corie Smith Buchanan 10:40.64 '17
6) Sara Leonard Canyon, Anaheim 10:38.26 '17
7) Valerie Almanza Channel Islands 10:30.71 '16
8) Claire Graves Citrus Valley 10:26.07 '15
9) Annie Boos Claremont 10:50.49 '17
10) Aubrey Argyle Davis, UT 10:30.66 '15
11) Baylee Jones Desert Vista 10:36.68 '15
12) Hannah Tobin El Toro 10:36.07 '16
13) Annie Hill Glacier High 10:14.14 '16
14) Brie Oakley Grandview 9:56.06 2 miles indoors '17
15) Alex Beitia Granite Bay 10:44.36 '17
16) Evelyn Mandel Great Oak 10:40.95 '17
17) Nicole Rice Great Oak 10:39.83 '17
18) Niki Iyer Harker 10:24.39 '16
19) Ella Degrandpre Hellgate 10:48.12 '16
20) Michaela Reinhart Lexington Catholic 10:37.46 '16
21) Alyssa Aldridge Mainland Regional 10:40.70 '17
22) Claudia Lane Malibu 10:12.21 '17
23) Elizabeth Chittenden Mira Costa 10:32.91 '16
24) Lauren Peurifoy M.L. King 10:44.88 '17
25) Sadie Sargent North Summit 10:54.80 '16
26) Sylvia Cruz-Albrecht Oak Park 10:29.45 '16
27) Jesselyn Bries O'Connor 10:41.58 '16
28) Allie Schadler Rio Rico 10:13.74 2 miles indoors '17
29) Camille Winterton Skyline, UT 10:58.90 '16
30) Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy 10:13.20 '16 (Defending Arcadia Champion)
31) Sydney Vandegrift St. Francis, Sacramento 10:41.49 '16
32) Kiera Marshall St. Joseph Notre Dame 10:41.80 '16
33) Rafaella Gibbons Winter Park 10:35.64 '16

Top 10 distance runners (boys and girls) in Northern California

Updated through yesterday. Let me know if I missed anybody or if somebody needs to move up or down.

BOYS
1) Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) senior
2) Luis Grijalva Armijo (SJS) senior
3) Michael Vernau Davis (SJS) senior
4) Alex Scales Bellarmine (CCS) junior
5) Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau Bellarmine (CCS) junior
6) Robert Miranda Menlo (CCS) junior
7) Jake Ritter Granite Bay (SJS) senior
8) Jonathan Fierro Miramonte (NCS) senior
9) Liam Anderson Redwood (NCS) sophomore
10) Xavier Weaver Franklin (SJS) senior
10) Ben Micallef Bellarmine (CCS) senior

GIRLS
1) Alyssa Brewer California (NCS) junior
2) Maddie Denner Oak Ridge (SJS) junior
3) Elana Denner Oak Ridge (SJS) junior
4) Cathilyn McIntosh (Del Oro) juior
5) Mari Friedman Santa Cruz (CCS) junior
6) Gillian Wagner Redwood (NCS) junior
7) Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS) junior
8) Alex Stout Pacific Collegiate (CCS) junior
9) Alex Beitia Granite Bay (SJS) senior
10) Niki Iyer Harker (CCS) senior
10) Glennis Murphy Redwood (NCS) senior
10) Sydney Vandegrift St. Francis, Sacramento (SJS) junior
10) Kiera Marshall St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) senior

Feel free to comment on the above lists below. Did I miss anybody? Who should move up or down?

Stanford Invitational Interviews

You can check out all the interviews at this LINK including Deion Lightfoot Kimball HS after winning the 110m High Hurdles in PR 13.76. 

Also very cool interview with the Denner twins (Maddy and Elena) from Oak Ridge (SJS) after finishing 2nd to Claudia Lane with 4:50.32 and 4:51.42 PRs in the mile. 
Denner twins make magic in the mile | Stanford Invitational: Stanford Invitational

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Stanford Invitational Week

Stanford Invitational Results:
http://rtspt.com/events/stanford/invite2017/

MOST IMPRESSIVE ATHLETE THIS WEEKEND? BOYS? GIRLS?

The preview for all high school events at Stanford this weekend has now been posted at this LINK. If you spot any errors or have any information about any of the events, feel free to add it below in the comment section.

The heats for the 3k and DMRs on Friday have been posted at this LINK. This is a first for this invitational as in the past, you had to find out your heat at the meet. NEW

I will be posting a meet preview on Thursday for every high school event taking place this coming Friday and Saturday. Armijo senior Luis Grijalva, who just committed to Northern Arizona University, will be participating in the open 1500 instead of the high school portion of the meet. NEW

In the meantime, here is some information for the meet.

Time Schedule LINK. UPDATED

Accepted high school entries LINK.

Live results will be posted at this LINK.

If you want to see how much you owe for your entry fee, here you go LINK.

Until Thursday, feel free to post any comments, questions or suggestions on what you would like to see in the preview. What is going to be the most competitive event? What race are you most excited to watch? 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Bellarmine boys run US #1 DMR to break meet and CCS record at Stanford Invitational

You can check out all the details (10:03.67!) including splits, previous CCS record and more at this LINK.

Also, Luis Grijalva Armijo just ran 3:49.89 in the 1500 for US #1.

A couple of highlights from the high school portion as well as not so high school portion for Grijalva. Look for more to be posted tomorrow as we should have some outstanding races tomorrow. I think we are going to have an awesome girls mile and am really interested to see what Claudia Lane can run in the mile tomorrow.

If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so in the comment section below.

The following photos were taken by Thomas Benjamin. Big thanks to him. The splits below are courtesy of Bellarmine coach, Patrick McCrystle.
1200 Alex Scales Jr.: 59.5 /62.8/60.3–3:02.6
400 Tommy Rocha Sr.: 50.9
800 Ben Micallef Sr.: 52.9/60.4–1:53.3
1600 Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau Jr.: 61.7/64.6/65.4/65.3–4:17.0

Arcadia Invitational Entries now posted

Here are the direct links to the meet listed separately for boys and girls.

Feel free to comment on what events you are most looking forward to watching or competing in next weekend. As always, the Saturday Invitational Section will be amazing with many of the top competitors in the United States. If you are competing, feel free to let us know your event and goals.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Northern California Invitationals today

Azusa Pacific University Meet of Champions
Top NorCal performances
Robert Miranda Menlo (CCS) 4:14.85 mile
Jake Lange Nueva (CCS) 9:18.17 3200m
Emily Perez St. Joseph Notre Dame 10:52.87 3200m
Elena Kamas Homestead (CCS) 5:00.23 mile
Kiera Marshall St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) 5:03.39 mile
Niki Iyer Harker (CCS) 5:08.50 mile
Full results LINK

Oakland Invitational Relays
Results LINK (NEW)

Avis Kelley Invitational
Results LINK (NEW)

Firebird Relays
Live Results LINK

Ron Ruptier Invitational
Live Results LINK

Bay Area Relays
Live Results LINK

Serra Throwers Meet
Entries LINK
Results LINK
Pamela Amaechi Lincoln SF 47'0.25" shot put (CA #1)/163'3" discus (CA #2)

Other results will be posted as soon as I get them.

If you know of any awesome results from today, please feel free to mention them in the comment section below.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Luis Grijalva announces College destination...

A post shared by Luis Miguel Grijalva (@luisgrijalva_) on
You can also check out an interview with Luis explaining his decision at this LINK.

James Logan head coach position open

Now Hiring

Head Track and Field Coach with Teaching Available

James Logan High School   ■   1800 H Street, Union City, CA 94587

Newly renovated facility – great to put on meets
Very successful programs for the past 30+ years
Many North Coast Section Team Championships
Two State Titles – 1 Girls and 1 Boys
Successful Track and Field Club
Great established relationship with the community
3800 students with a very diverse population
   
Interested?
Contact:   Lee Webb at lwebb@nhusd.k12.ca.us or 510-304-7172
Annette Blandford at ablandford@nhusd.k12.ca.us or 510-471-2520

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Stanford Invitational Accepted HS entries

They have now been posted and you can find them at this LINK. As you scan all the events, what do you feel will be the best individual event? Best relay event? Most competitive event? Who is ready to throw down a big time or mark next weekend?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dublin Distance Fiesta Boys 3200/1600/800 Girls 800 (Fast Heats)

Thanks to Jesuit coach, Walt Lange



Northern California Invitational results

Dublin Distance Fiesta
http://www.dublincrosscountry.com/Dublin_Distance_Fiesta/Dublin_Distance_Fiesta.html
Results: http://atwresults.com/atwupload/20170318/ NEW

St. Francis Invitational
Entries: http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/2017/sfi_ent.htm
Results: http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/2017/sfi_res.htm NEW

Garlic Classic
Results: http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/2017/gar_res.htm NEW

Big Cats Relays
Results: http://www.cifsf.org/uploads/3/2/0/9/32099267/bigcatsresults2017.pdf NEW

Eddie Hart Invitational
Results: http://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=288981&gender=f NEW

Other links will be added as I find them. Feel free to comment on any Track and Field performances from today. You can follow the action from today from the Dublin Distance Fiesta on Twitter @CCExpress and @milesplitca and on instagram @albertjcaruana and @milesplitca.

Dublin Distance Fiesta finish line photos courtesy of Thomas Benjamin

Girls 1600 Winner Gillian Wagner Redwood 4:55.23 (new meet record)
Boys 1600 Jonathan Fierro Miramonte 4:19.93
Girls 800 Alyssa Brewer California 2:12.13 (new meet record)
Boys 800 Alex Scales Bellarmine 1:53.27 (new meet record)
Girls 3200 Alex Beitia Granite Bay 10:44.36
Boys 3200 Callum Bolger San Luis Obispo 9:00.90

Friday, March 17, 2017

Pacific Grove Senior Zachary Miller, CCS Scholar-Athlete of the Year

He had PRs of 21.85 and 48.55 last year with the 200 meter time set in the CCS final while the 400 time was established in the semi-finals (He ran 48.57 in the final). He sports a 4.25 GPA and will be attending Harvard next year.

You can read all about Miller in the CCS press release which you can find HERE.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Dublin Distance Fiesta Meet Info

MEET PREVIEW can be found HERE.

Heat Sheets now posted at this LINK. The meet will also be live streamed at this LINK. (NEW)

What will be THE best race of the day? Who is going to be the breakout star this year? What is YOUR goal for this year's DDF? 

The schedule can be found HERE.

More will be posted as I receive it. In the meantime, what meet records will be challenged this year?

Girls 1600 Hannah Fishlow 5:02.79 2016
Boys 1600 Eric Olson 4:17.28 2009
Girls 800 Kendall Derry 2:12.84 2015
Boys 800 Sebastian Sam 1:54.21 2008
Girls 3200 Kristen Leung 10:33.71 2016
Boys 3200 Cooper Teare 8:56.07 2016
Girls DMR Bella Vista 12:14.03 2015
Boys DMR Davis 10;23.93 2016

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Cooper Teare National Champ at New Balance Indoor National Mile

Cooper Teare, St. Joseph Notre Dame won the mile at the New Balance Indoor National meet with a time of 4:06.60. That time is CA #2 all-time trailing only Thom Hunt from Patrick Henry HS in San Diego who ran 4:02.7c in 1976.

Interview after race LINK. Race video LINK.

Teare and Luis Grijalva will compete at the Texas Distance Festival next week. More info HERE.

Photos courtesy of coach Alex Mason.

Northern California top performances from this weekend

I will have a running tally today so if you deem others worthy of being on this list, please add their performance(s) below.

Arianna Fisher Silver Creek (CCS) 41'7" triple jump and 19'4" long jump at KBell
Alex Scales Bellarmine (CCS) 1:53.89 800 meters and 4:18.56 at KBell
Alex Stout Pacific Collegiate (CCS) 4:58.53 1600 meters and 11:01.55 at TKA Invite
Robert Miranda Menlo (CCS) 9:25.89 2 miles (9:22.60 converted to 3200 meters) at NBIN
Lance Huber Del Oro (SJS) 15'0" Pole Vault at Randy Sturgeon Invite
Samantha Engel El Dorado (SJS) 12'0" Pole Vault at Randy Sturgeon Invite
Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) 4:06.60 Indoor Mile at NBIN

Will add more as I find them but will always appreciate help with locating performances.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Northern California Invitationals this weekend

You can follow today's action on several live results links below. Feel free to comment below on any outstanding results in the meantime.

HIGH SCHOOL
March 10 Falcon-Indian Sisters Invitational (NS) at River Valley
March 10 Stanislaus County Meet at Turlock (SJS)
March 
10-12 New Balance Nationals Indoor, New York Meet Info Live Results
March 11 Del Campo Distance Carnival (SJS)
March 11 K-Bell Invitational at Los Gatos (CCS)
 Entries Live Results
March 11 Marsh Creek Invitational at Freedom (NCS) Meet Info
March 11 Martinez/Tim Bruder Invitational at Alhambra (NCS) Meet Info
March 11 Merced County Champs at Golden Valley (SJS)
March 11 Randy Sturgeon Invitational at Granite Bay (SJS)
March 11 The Kings Academy Invitational at The Kings Academy (CCS) Entries Live Results

March 11 Welton Moore Relays at Grant (SJS)
March 11 Wildcat Relays at Watsonville (CCS)
 Meet Info Results NEW
March 11 Wolf Pack Relays at Merrill West (SJS) Live Results
March 11 Windsor Relays at Windsor HS (NCS) Boys Results Girls Results NEW

COLLEGE
Aggie Open at UC DAVIS Live Results
De Anza Invitational at De Anza College Entries

Friday, March 10, 2017

Texas Distance Festival-March 18th

Check out note from Eric Mastalir in comment section.
In the 5th year of this event, two California runners (Cooper Teare and Luis Grijalva) will take part in the loaded 5k field. The current Northern California record for 5k on the track is held by Eric Mastalir Jesuit at 14:01.4 from 1986 and this could be the first time in a long while that two NorCal runners take a shot at one of the all-time great records. The meet will be live streamed on MileSplit at this LINK. Photo above courtesy of MileSplit.

The following is from Eric's coach, Walt Lange in what he remembers about that record performance.
"Eric got that time at the World Jr Championships in Romania.  He finished 9th in the race and was the first non-African finisher.  The winner ran barefoot. Eric ran the last 1600 in 4:20.  He qualified for that final just two days earlier by running 14:02.05, which is still #2 on the California list.

Hard to make a judgment re how the mark compares with our other records, I'll let others debate that. But it is impressive--done in mid-summer several time zones away, not in the familiar setting of the California state meet."
Walt

You can check out ALL the current Northern California Track and Field records here:
http://www.crosscountryexpress.com/2017/01/northern-california-track-and-field.html

Menlo junior Robert Miranda finished 3rd in 1st heat of Emerging Elite at New Balance Indoors

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

It's time to start holding yourself accountable


2017 Big Cat Invitational at Girls 3200

Aside from Gabrielle Peterson, Healdsburg, winning the race in 11:09.2 (after running 5:05.18 earlier in the meet), check out the weather!

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Northern California Invitationals results

Sunset Invitational results (Friday, March 3rd)
http://www.sunsetinvitational.com/uploads/1/6/5/5/16555838/sunset_invitational_results_2017.pdf

Steve March Relays results (Friday, March 3rd)
http://timerhub.com/get_web_index.php?page=redcaptiming.com/2017/smarch/

Big Cat results (Saturday, March 4th)
http://www.redwoodempirerunning.com/2017-boys-big-cat-results/
http://www.redwoodempirerunning.com/2017-girls-big-cat-results/

Dan Gabor Invitational live results (Saturday, March 4th)
http://diablotiming.com/results/2017-03-04/index.htm

Willow Glen Invitational results (Saturday, March 4th)
http://fasttimes.me/meets/17-03-04/

Sacramento State High School Track Classic (Saturday, March 4th)
http://timerhub.com/get_web_index.php?page=redcaptiming.com/2017/sshs/

RustBuster Invitational results (Saturday, March 4th)
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/2017/1st%20Annual%20RustBuster_Monta%20Vista%20HS.htm

Watsonville Winter Time Trials results (Saturday, March 4th)
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/2017/wintertt.htm

Peninsula Kickoff Distance Classic (Saturday, March 4th)
http://runfastresults.com/PeninsulaKickoff17/index.htm

More results will be posted as soon as I get them. If you know of links to results, please post the link below in the comment section or email it to me at albertjcaruana@gmail.com.

Sacramento State Classic Distance/Sprint Race Videos

Videos courtesy of Jesuit coach, Walt Lange

Boys 3200m (Michael Vernau ran CA #1/US #2 9:07.65 3200m.)


Girls 3200m


Boys 1600m


Boys 800m


Girls 1600m and 800m


Boys Sprints, Hurdles and Relays


Girls Sprints, Hurdles and Relays

2017 Dublin Distance Fiesta Meet Info and vote for "winner" shirt color

You can find all the information for this year's Dublin Distance Fiesta at this LINK. There you will find a link where you can vote for the color of this year's T-Shirt for all race winners. The top 2 fastest competitors in the 800, 1600 and 3200 will automatically qualify for the Arcadia Invitational. The winner of each Distance Medley Relay races will qualify for Arcadia as well.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

FROM OLYMPIC ATHLETE TO SUSHI CHEF | The Pursuit

Former Jesuit HS great Michael Stember. He ran 1:49.29, 4:04.00, 9:02.36 in high school. He was a two time state champion in the 1600 in 1995 and 1996. He went on to compete at Stanford University and qualified for the 2000 Olympics in the 1500. I believe he still holds the Stanford records for 800 and 1500 with 1:46.20 and 3:35.11 times respectively. Warning if you are a sushi lover. Your mouth will water.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

New Balance Nationals Indoor Initial Entries Released!

You can check out all the entries at this LINK courtesy of www.milesplit.com. If you are wondering why I am posting the link, several NorCal athletes will be competing. I will post the few that I could find below and if you notice or know of other athletes competing, please add them in the comment section below.

GIRLS 
Kaylah Robinson El Cerrito 60m/60m Hurdles
Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy Mile/Emerging Elite 2 Mile
Katherine Jackson Rodriguez Long Jump
Kate Bowen Sonoma Academy Freshman Mile

BOYS
Ben Micallef Bellarmine 800
Adrian Aguire Antioch 60m Hurdles
Deion Lightfoot Shelton Kimball 60m Hurdles
Robert Miranda Menlo Emerging Elite 2 Mile
Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame Mile

Dan Gabor Sprint & Distance Festival Heat Sheets and Live Results

Padecky: A quarter-century of smiles for Santa Rosa cross country coach Doug Courtemarche

A great article about longtime Santa Rosa High School coach, Doug Courtemarche can be found at this LINK.

You can also check out my interview with Doug at this LINK. Definitely one of the good guys in our profession and sports and worth taking the time to read about another coach who has invested so much in our two great sports.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

What It Takes to Be a Champion

This Friday, the #1 ranked basketball team in California (Archbishop Mitty) will face the #4 team in California (Pinewood) for the Central Coast Section Open Division girls' championship. In CCS, there is an open division which pits the best teams in the section against each other in their own division regardless of size. Mitty is a private school with 1748 students while Pinewood is also a private school with 204 students. There are other sports that also have open divisions but that is not the case for Cross Country and Track and Field. A point of discussion for another time.

Leading up to Friday's game, the San Jose Mercury News's sports writer Darren Sabedra wrote an article previewing the game which you can read at this LINK. What stood out to me were a couple of quotes from Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler. To me, his quotes spoke about the process (practices) and the dedication of his players that enabled them to make the open final.

“Going to practice is like walking into basketball heaven,” he said Wednesday. “Great girls. Great coaches. Great atmosphere. Everybody working together. Everybody loving each other. It’s really a true family, and I don’t use that term loosely from a standpoint of our team. They really do have genuine affection for each other — no jealousy, no pettiness, no cliques. I wish it will never end.”

It takes sacrifice to reach this level, Scheppler said, adding, “This is why you work so hard in the off season. You lift your weights. You do your conditioning. You do your skill work. You practice hard. You don’t go to ski-week vacation. You don’t go on Christmas vacation. Thanksgiving week, we’re practicing.

“That’s the cost of playing in this game. The game is the profit. There’s your profit. There’s your joy. A lot of teams don’t want to pay the price of getting to that game. The Mitty team is the same exact situation. They’ve worked really hard. They’re terrifically coached. They’re great athletes. The two best teams in the section are squaring off Friday. We’re going to be ready to go.”

Saturday, February 25, 2017

NorCal Invitational Results

Some performances have been highlighted already below and in the comment section below. If you have others that should be noted, please add them in the comment section as well.

Skyline Invitational results LINK (including 1:54.53 800 for Cooper Teare)
De La Salle/Carondelet Super 7 results LINK (now posted)
Bulldog Invitational
Capital Classic Relays results LINK (new)
Clarke Massey Relays results LINK (new)

Dean Andreeson Classic results LINK (new)
Viking Invitational

Other invites will be posted as well as soon as I get them. If you have any results, email them to me at albertjcaruana@gmail.com

NorCal athletes with leading marks in California:
800m Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) 1:54.53
110mH Shawn Bettencourt Golden Valley (SJS) 14.86
Long Jump Philip Brown Foothill (SJS) 23'9"
Pole Vault Laurel Wong Santa Catalina (CCS) 12'10.25"

Also, Campolindo '12 grad Sara Mostatabi finished 12th overall/2nd female at Mesa Phx Marathon in near 9 minute PR of 2:40:09. That time qualifies her for the Olympic Trials (standard 2:45:00).

Friday, February 24, 2017

CIF Track & Field State Meet 2016 (Boys 800 meters)

For those of you chomping at the bit (hopefully this reference is not outdated) for the start of the season, here is a great video from last year's California state meet featuring the boys' 800 meters final (thanks to Jesuit track coach Walt Lange). Great last lap with Isaac Cortes of Great Oak completing the 1600/800 double victory with a time of 1:50.75 (after 4:04.62 1600). If you would like to see another video of a specific race or event, let me know and I will post it.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

2016 CA state HJ champion, former Mt. Pleasant HS jumper, Darius Carbin

MSU’s Leon is next great miler (Former Anzar HS runner)

Great article about former Anzar (CCS) and Hartnell College runner, Diego Leon. He is currently at Montana State and just recently ran a altitude adjusted sub 4 minute mile. You can check out the article at this LINK.

If you know of other Northern California HS grads doing well in college, please forward any article links, info or whatever you have to albertjcaruana@gmail.com.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Catching up with St. Joseph Notre Dame senior, Kiera Marshall

We had an opportunity to chat with St. Joseph Notre Dame senior, Kiera Marshall (photo to the left courtesy of her twitter account at @kier_mar). This past weekend, Marshall announced that she will be attending University of Washington next fall where she will continue to participate on both the Cross Country and Track and Field teams. This past fall, Marshall won her first section title by winning the NCS MOC meet at Hayward High School. She followed that up by winning her first state championship at Woodward Park in Division V. Fellow senior and teammate, Cooper Teare, also won the boys' individual title making them the 4th pair of California teammates to win individual state titles in the same season. For those historians out there, the other duos were Bryan Dameworth and Deena Drossin (Agoura) in '87 and '89, Austin and Katie Fritzke (Mt. Shasta) '04, German Fernandez and Maritza Garcia (Riverbank) '05. Marshall went on to qualify for the Footlocker National meet at Balboa Park where she finished in 26th place. Cover photo courtesy of Ben Crawford.
1) You have decided to attend University of Washington next fall to continue your academic and athletic pursuits. How did you go about narrowing your choices and in deciding to attend the UW? 

When I started my college search I was really looking for a school where I could get a balance between running and academics. I plan on pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering, which a lot of schools don't have, so my initial search was just finding the best running programs that also have good science and engineering programs. After I found the right schools, I went on my officials and narrowed it there. I picked University of Washington because I felt it was the best choice for me and there were so many things that I liked about it.
2) Looking back at your last cross country season, what do you feel were your best races and proudest accomplishments?

I think my best races this past cross country season were Woodbridge and Footlocker west regionals. Woodbridge was my first race of the season and I felt that I ran it really well. My goal was to go sub 17 and I ran 16:49 so I was really happy with that race. At footlocker west regionals my plan was to stay around sixth or seventh place during the race and finish top ten to qualify for nationals and I ran it almost exactly as I planned. It's one of my proudest accomplishments because it's one of my best executed races even with all the pressure I had put on myself to do well.
3) Did you do anything different during the summer to prepare for your senior XC season?Aside from focusing more in practice and training harder I drastically changed my mindset towards racing after my track season. I had a disappointing end to track last year and I wasn't happy with how I performed. Heading into the cross country season I changed how I raced, making sure that I was the one pushing myself and not waiting for other people to make a move so that I could follow.
4) What does a typical training week look like for you now? Distance of long run? Pace of most recovery runs? Any morning runs? Strength work? 

A typical week of training for me would be easy, recovery runs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These are usually 50 minutes at 7-7:15 pace. I also do morning runs on those days, which are 30 minutes, and our core routine. Tuesday and Thursday are hard workouts at the track, followed by arm and legs circuits in the weight room. Saturday's are another workout day. On Sunday I'll a long run usually 10-12 miles. When we have races our week will be a little different catering to the race that we are running and which day it is on.
5) How did you get your start in running? Did you compete before attending high school?

I didn't really start running until sophomore year. I played volleyball and soccer and during the spring of freshman year I decided to start track along with doing club volleyball. I went to about 3-4 practices a week and one of those practices was usually spent with the hurdlers (because I thought I could be good at that, I was wrong). But Tony, my coach, saw my potential and told me to run cross country. But I played volleyball which was the same season as cross country so I told him I couldn't. He asked me to train with the team over the summer to see if I liked it, and by the time school started there was not question: I was going to run. I got so close to the team and I ended up really enjoying running, so I gave up volleyball and later I gave up soccer to completely focus on running.
6) When do you feel like you made the jump to your current level as a runner? What do you feel was the impetus for the improvement that you made? When did you realize you had a future in running? 

Around the middle to end of my cross country season junior year I realized that I could actually be really good at running if I tried a little harder. Up until that point I wasn't really taking it very seriously. I would go to practice everyday and do all the workouts but I wasn't putting my full effort into it. But around the middle of my junior year cross country season, and especially after I had gotten second at state for the second time, I told myself that I was going change things. The next track season really showed the extra effort I was giving in order to improve. I had some major PR's and I only wanted to get faster and faster. I would say that was when I realized that I could have a good future in running. I saw the potential that I had only begun to tap into and I kept training hard and getting better.
7) Who are your coaches and how have they helped you achieve your athletic goals? 

My two coaches, Tony Fong and Alex Mason, are two of the most important people in my life. Without them I would not be anywhere close to where I am now and I owe everything that I have accomplished to them. They are both so knowledgable about the sport and they know me so well that they can push me to the exact point that I need to do my best. Without them I wouldn't be a runner and I'm so grateful that I have them as coaches. But, not only have they been influential to my athletic career, they have become part of my life and we're all like one big family.
8) As you look ahead to the Track and Field season, what are the races that you are most looking forward to and do you have any goals that you would like to share?

I'm most looking forward to Arcadia and the state meet. I didn't run at the state meet last year but I my goal is to make it this year. My goals for this upcoming season are 4:50 in the 1600 and 10:20 in the 3200.
9) Favorite XC course? Favorite XC invitational? Favorite XC workout? Favorite TF event? Favorite TF invitational? Favorite TF workout? Favorite long run? Favorite St. Joseph Notre Dame tradition? Favorite free time activity? 
My favorite XC course is probably Woodbridge because it was so fast and running under the lights was really fun. But my favorite invitational would have to be Mt. Sac. I find it's more of a test than a race because it's so challenging, but crossing the finish line is always rewarding. My favorite XC workout is what we call piedmont loops, which are repeats about 1200m long that we do in the Oakland hills. My favorite track distance is the 3200m. My favorite track invitational is Arcadia, there's always a great atmosphere and it produces really fast time. I would say my favorite track workout is 7x1000m because, although it's not the easiest, it gives the biggest payoff throughout the season. For a long run, I like to go into the Oakland hills and do 11 miles in Joaquin Miller and Redwood. My absolute favorite Saint Joe's tradition is our post run meals. On some Saturdays after the workout we'll go to a breakfast place in Alameda called Jim's and sometimes during the week after practice we'll go to on of the Chinese restaurants in Alameda called Hong Kong City. In my free time I'll probably be doing something with my friends. 
10) Who are the runners that have had the biggest impact to your success and this could be current and former SJND runners as well as runners from other schools? 

The girls on my team have been very impactful to my success because they're always there to support me. We're like a little family, I want to do well for them and they want me to do well too, so we all support each other. Also having a teammate like Cooper has had an impact on my performances as well. He works so hard and seeing him accomplish so many amazing motivates me to do better and run the best I can.
11) From your own experiences, what would your advice be for younger runners looking to be successful in both XC and TF?

My advice to younger runners is dedication is key to success. If you want to excel at something you have to put all your efforts into it, you can't sit back and expect good things to happen. You would be surprised by what you're capable of when you give it your all.
12) Anything else you would like to add.

I want to thank anyone who has supported me over the years and helped me get to where I am today.
Thank you very much for your time Kiera! AJC

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