Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2017 Pre Season All-Norcal Distance Team

Below are my choices for preseason All-NorCal Distance Team. I picked one runner each for 1st and 2nd teams and 4-5 runners for honorable mention. Feel free to comment below and please let me know if I left somebody out from the lists below that deserves to be included.


800 1st Team
Benjamin Micallef Bellarmine (CCS) 1:52.29 ( 2016 CCS Champion and state finalist)
800 2nd Team
Niki Moore Campolindo (NCS) 1:54.49 (2016 NCS champion)
800 Honorable Mention
Derek Parker Woodcreek (SJS) 1:53.40 (2016 SJS Division I champion)
Xavier Weaver Franklin (SJS) 1:53.88 (2016 Golden West Invitational champion)
Nolan Sanchez San Benito (CCS) 1:54.33
Jose Cruz McClatchy (SJS) 1:54.49 (2016 state meet qualifier)
Andrew Thomas Redwood (NCS) 1:55.07 (2016 state meet qualifier)

1600 1st Team
Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) 4:06.79 (4th Nike Elite Camp mile)
1600 2nd Team
Luis Grijalva Armijo (SJS) 4:07.68 (6th place at 2016 state meet)
1600 Honorable MentionLiam Anderson Redwood (NCS) 4:18.39 (2016 NXN qualifier)
Neil Braganza Dougherty Valley (NCS) 4:14.37 (2nd at NCS MOC)
Michael Vernau Davis (SJS) 4:13.67 (2016 SJS Division I 2nd place)
Matt Richardson Bellarmine (CCS) 4:17.39 (2016 CCS champion)
Kent Slaney Palo Alto (CCS) 4:16.62 (2016 state meet qualifier)

3200 1st Team
Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) 8:50.65c (defending NCS and state champion)
3200 2nd Team
Michael Vernau Davis (SJS) 8:54.58 (2016 4th place state meet)
3200 Honorable Mention
Luis Grijalva Armijo (SJS) 8:59.98 (2016 state meet qualifier)
Anirudh Surapaneni Dublin (NCS) 9:16.81 (2016 state meet qualifier)
Brian Schulz El Molino (NCS) 9:12.92 (2016 4th place at NCS MOC)
Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau Bellarmine (CCS) 9:26.18 (2016 XC Division I 3rd place)


800 1st Team
Alyssa Brewer California (NCS) 2:06.86 (defending NCS and state champion)
800 2nd Team
Cathilyn McIntosh Del Oro (SJS) 2:07.98 (2nd place at 2016 state meet)
800 Honorable Mention
Mari Friedman Santa Cruz (CCS) 2:10.76 (Defending CCS champion)
Avi Wilson-Perteete St. Mary's Berkeley (NCS) 2:11.85 (2015/16 state meet qualifier)
Gillian Wagner Redwood (NCS) 2:12.91 (2016 XC Division III 2nd place)
Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS) 2:12.80 (2016 2nd place Golden West Invitational)
Olivia O'Keeffe Davis (SJS) 2:12.82 (2016 2nd place SJS Division I finals)

1600 1st Team
Olivia O'Keeffe Davis (SJS) (3rd at 2016 state meet) 4:48.66 (3rd place at 2016 state meet)
1600 2nd Team
Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS) 4:49.38 (4th place at 2016 state meet)
1600 Honorable Mention
Meredith Corda Monte Mista (NCS) 4:49.99 (2016 state meet qualifier)
Cassidy Haskell Miramonte (NCS) 4:52.29 (2016 state meet qualifier)
Hannah Fishlow Miramonte (NCS) 4:54.88 (2016 NCS Tri-Valley 2nd place)
Mari Friedman Santa Cruz (CCS) 4:56.40 (2016 CCS Top 8 champion)
Isabella Fauria St. Francis, Sacramento (SJS) 4:33.42 1500 (USATF JO Championship 1500 1st place)
Marea Zlatunich Aptos (CCS) 4:57.39 (CCS Div III XC champion plus 4th place at state meet)

3200 1st Team
Niki Iyer Harker (CCS) 10:24.39 (3rd at 2016 state meet)
3200 2nd Team
Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS) 10:13.20 (Arcadia 3200 Champion)
3200 Honorable Mention
Glennis Murphy Redwood (NCS) 10:40.60 (2016 XC Division III state champion)
Kiera Marshall St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) 10:41.80 (2016 XC Division V state champion)
Sydney Vandegrift St. Francis, Sacramento (SJS) 10:41.49 (2016 state meet qualifier)
Sofia Castiglioni Davis (SJS) 10:43.25 (2016 state meet qualifier)
Isabella Fauria St. Francis, Sacramento (SJS) 10:08.41 3k (2016 National JO Championship 2nd place)
Alex Beitia Granite Bay (SJS) 10:56.77 (17:30.4 Woodward Park for 4th place at CA state meet)


Anonymous said...

You are definitely missing Isabella Fauria in the 1600, she should be honorable mention. You have her in the 3200 based on a performance at USATF Junior Olympics, but that performance was mediocre as compared to her 4:33.42 for 1500M and the three-peat at that distance. Isabella is a true miler and if healthy, poised to be one of the best California has ever seen. She thrives at that 1500 to 1 mile distance. If you convert the 4:33.42 that won her 3rd national title to 1600m, you get to somewhere around 4:53 mid, and that was from an 8th grader. I thought I remembered her running sub 5 last year for 1600, but I can't seem to find the results now; in any event, I would not leave her off any list, for any distance event, but certainly not at 1600.

Albert Caruana said...

You don't need to convince me. She is added.

Rob Collins said...

Albert, I would add Marea Zlatnutich from Aptos. She ran 4:57 last year, and 4:55 previous year! She had a huge XC season and most likely she probably got the major running bug after FootLocker Nationals! Then beside Dan Gruber is her coach!

Anonymous said...

Alex Beitia of Granite Bay?

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