Monday, January 30, 2017

2017 CCS CBEDs updated

The Fremont and Pacific Collegiate errors have been corrected. Here are the new division placements.
Boys: http://static.psbin.com/9/o/nquczirbtlu4tl/16-17_CBEDS_for_2017_boys_cross_country.pdf
Girls: http://static.psbin.com/d/v/l8rwwfr7wgonw7/16-17_CBEDS_for_2017_girls_cross_country.pdf

Sunday, January 29, 2017

What is your school's BEST Track and Field record?

Take a look at your school's track and field records and which one of your school records is the best of the best? This can be for boys or girls.

I will start with my school
(Crystal Springs Uplands School) 5000 meters Nick Neely 14:58.54 2003
(Montgomery HS) 200y Mel Gray 20.7 1967 (national record)
(Montgomery HS) 3200m Sara Bei 10:10.11 2001
(Desert Christian, Lancaster) Long Jump Adam Ruggiero 22'9.25" 2012
(Campolindo HS) 3200m Tom Hale 8:54.24 1971
(Alameda HS) 100y James Jackson 9.4 1954 (national record)
(Alameda HS Discus Linda Reed 150'2" 1979
(Monte Vista HS) High Jump Mark Wilson 7'1.75" 1974
(McClatchy HS) Long Jump Ken Duncan 26'2.25" 1972
(Davis HS) 3200m Laurynne Chetelat 9:52.51 2008
(Bella Vista HS) 3200m Harold Kuphaldt 8:51.99 1982
(Dublin HS) 100m Hurdles Mecca McGlaston 13.16 2014
(Berkeley HS) 800m Pete Richardson 1:47.31 1981
(Northgate HS) 400m Relay Sonja Flemming, Lisa Peters, Pam Warfield, Dawn Peters 48.54 1978
(De La Salle HS) mile Richard Kimball 4:02.4
(San Lorenzo Valley HS) DMR Alejandra Barrientos, Raquel Barrientos, Lindsay Scarborough, Shiloh Whiting 11:41.28 2000
(San Lorenzo Valley HS) 5000m Alex Dunn 14:56.7
(Cupertino HS) Triple Jump Craig Conway 49'11.5" 1971
(Valley Christian SJ) 200m Ruben Williams 20.83 2002
(Valley Christian SJ) Discus Elena Bruckner 186'10" 2016
(California HS) 800m Alyssa Brewer 2:06.86 2016
(St. Joseph Notre Dame) mile Cooper Teare 4:06.79 2016
(James Logan HS) 800m Aaron Richberg 1:48.40 1995
(Serramonte HS) 120 HH Ron Kennedy 13.8 1975
(Aptos HS) 3200m Brett Gotcher 8:58.29 2002
(San Ramon Valley HS) 100y Bob Frick 9.6 1935
(Castlemont HS) 120 HH Milton Turner 13.7

You can also check out some of the top boys and girls marks from the Redwood Empire schools here:
http://www.redwoodempirerunning.com/best-boys-school-records/
http://www.redwoodempirerunning.com/best-girls-school-records/

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dublin Winter Meet Rescheduled from 1/28 to 2/4

CA Winter T&F Championship Series Meet @ Dublin Rescheduled from 1/28 to 2/4

The California Winter Track & Field Championships Series meet hosted at Dublin High School has been rescheduled from Saturday, January 28, 2017 to Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 5:30 PM.  Please visit http://www.dublincrosscountry.com/WT%26FCS.html for more information.

Thanks,
Chris Williams
Dublin High School

San Rafael Twilight Relays cancelled for 2017 season

From meet director Jason Jacobson:

Hi everyone
Thank you all for your support of the San Rafael Twilight Relays over the past 16 years!
We are unable to produce the meet this season.
The SR track is not in workable condition and they are supposed to start construction this spring.
We were hopeful to find an alternative venue but have been unsuccessful in that endeavor.
Hopefully this event will return next year under the lights under a great new venue.
Good luck this season!
Thanks,
--J (SR)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cal All-Comers Meet Results from January 21, 2017

CA Winter All-Comers Update & Info

California Winter Track & Field Championship Series @ Dublin High School, Saturday, 1/28/17 @ 9:00 AM
For all meet information including the ONLINE SIGN-UP FORM due by Friday, 1/27 @ 6:00 PM, please go to http://www.dublincrosscountry.com/WT%26FCS.html.  SPECIAL NOTE - Due to the recent weather, there has been minor damage to the track & field which is under repair.  If needed, the meet will be moved to another local track and field venue.  Please check the website regularly for updates.

Thanks,
Chris Williams
Dublin High School

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Catching up with Harker senior distance runner, Niki Iyer

Today we chat with Harker senior runner, Niki Iyer. This past season, Niki won her 2nd WBAL individual title on the Crystal Springs course with a time of 17:36.1. She finished in 3rd place at the CCS Division IV race and unfortunately was not able to compete at the state meet due to an injury. As a junior, Iyer finished in 5th place at the CA state cross country meet. On the track, she scored double victories in the 1600 and 3200 at the WBAL championship meet. She followed that up with a personal best 10:29.52 victory at the CCS finals. At the state finals (photo to the left courtesy of Kirby Lee and www.imageofsport.com), Iyer finished in 3rd place with another personal best of 10:24.39 trailing only two of California's all-time greats, Fiona O'Keeffe and Destiny Collins.

1) How did you get your start in running? What other sports have you played?
I started off as a competitive ice skater but when I moved to California from Florida, I couldn’t find any ice rinks in my area so I switched to playing soccer up till about 8th grade. My first cross country season ever was in 6th grade and I wasn’t super competitive—I was just trying to get in shape for soccer season and because I played midfield I thought that running would improve my endurance J I’d say I had my first real track season in 8th grade when I ran for Coach Allison Burzio and her club, Forza.

2) What was your experience before high school? Track PRs before 9th grade?
To be honest, I didn’t have much experience at all. I ran for one track season and went to the AAU JO’s in 8th grade. At the time, I’d only run the 1500 and the 800 and my PR’s were 4:55 and 2:24 respectively.

3) Highlights from your 9th grade experience in both XC and TF? What did you learn from your freshman experience?
My freshman year (in both XC and TF) was so much fun! Looking back now, it’s crazy that I had no idea what all those abbreviations were- CCS, WBAL, CIF, etc. I ran one Frosh-Soph race in XC at the Lowell Invitational and from the second race onwards, I ran in Varsity. I didn’t know what to expect out of myself in most of these races and quite frankly, I had this weird running strategy (or lack thereof) where I would go out super hard from the beginning and hold on to dear life to try to finish in 1st place. I think I was also more obsessed with placing and times and because I had never been challenged in races up till CCS, CCS was a huge shocker for me.

My biggest regret from freshman year is that I don’t think I took the time to really enjoy the process and each race. I was so anxious about every race and trying to “win” it all. I wish that I hadn’t been put on a pedestal so early so that I could have spent more time with teammates and understood that XC and TF are about camaraderie :D

4) What do you feel was your break out race as a 9th or 10th grader that gave you the confidence that you could compete with the best runners in our state?
I’d say my break out race as a 9th grader was definitely the Serra Invite. That was my first race at Crystal Springs and I was in the 2nd varsity race competing against some of the best in the section. My goal was to maybe break 19:00 on the course so to get 18:01 made me realize that I could really challenge myself and make it to State. I also remember watching the Championship Varsity race and seeing Anna Maxwell go by at the time was so inspirational. I looked up (and still do) to her so much and it made me realize that there was so many things I could try to push for in the sport :D

5) Through your high school career, who are the runners that you have looked up to and served as role models for you? What did you learn from them?
I’ve looked up immensely to Anna Maxwell, Sarah Robinson, Maddy Price, Corey Gonzales (my former teammate), Fiona O’Keeffe, and Gillian Meeks :D I think the most impactful thing I learned was patience. I learned that you can’t just go out and nail every single race and every single workout—sometimes, you need to take a step back and understand what’s going on before you jump into things. I also saw so much tenacity in each one of those runners and the amount of adversity they had to surmount, and I have so much admiration/respect for that!

6) Who are the coaches that have had the biggest impact on your running?
Jorge (Chen) and Coach Chisam have been so crucial for my high school development and although this sounds cliché, there is honestly no words for me to express how grateful I am. Coach Chisam was the first person to notice me in high school and it was really awesome that he taught me about CCS and WBAL. Jorge has been instrumental in my development from a crazy, long-haired runner to a future collegiate runner—he’s taught me so much about being patient in races. I’m so thankful to Coach Woodcock for always being my moral compass and being the friend I always need, to Coach Allison introducing me to the world of TF in the first place, and to Coach K at Harker for kicking my butt and forcing me to come to practices in middle school (haha). I also want to make sure to mention Menlo runner, Rob Miranda. He's my best friend and my training partner. Not having him this past season was so hard, but he's been there countless times to pick me up.

7) You finished in 3rd place at last year's CA state track and field meet in the 3200. What was your plan heading into the race and how did the race unfold for you?
To be honest, state was a complete shock and surprise for me. My entire season, I had set my mind to place in the top 2 at CCS so when I ended up winning it, I really couldn’t believe it. After seeing that my time was 10:29, Jorge told me that I had a serious shot of making it on the podium if I could stay patient during the race and not make any weird surges like I did at Arcadia. I also found out the race was going to be super late at night so I had a couple of practices around 10 PM to simulate what that would feel like. When the gun went off, I just latched on to the front pack and my goal was to just stay with them and make a move the last 600-400. Fiona made a move in the 2nd lap but the pack stayed together so I stuck with it. We started to string out with 1600 to go and at that point I think it was myself, Morgin, Destiny, Amanda, and Jenny racing together but I’m not quite sure what happened to be honest. With 800 to go, Destiny and I were battling for 2nd to 3rd but the girl has some serious wheels and she ended up passing me.

8) What does a typical week look like for you? Any morning runs? Typical weekly mileage? Length of long runs? 
My weekly mileage is 35-40. My training is more speed oriented and less heavy on mileage so my longest runs are only about 8 miles. I do morning runs and morning workouts depending on the school day—my school is on a block schedule and on B/D days I have a 1st period free so I’m able to train in the morning those days :D

I don’t really have a “typical” week because things always vary due to races and hard workouts from the week

Monday- Long run day with pickups every mile (Usually about 50m)
Tuesday- Speed Endurance Day- 800-1600 repeats (sets of 4-5)
Wednesday- Speed Day- 200-800 repeats
Thursday- Long run (no pickups)
Friday- Speed Day or Pre-Meet
Saturday- Speed Endurance Day or Race Day
Sunday- Recovery Run (if I raced on Saturday) or OFF

9) Favorite XC course? Favorite XC invitational? Favorite XC workout? Favorite long run location? Favorite TF event? Favorite TF invitational? Favorite TF workout? Favorite free time activity?
Favorite XC course- Mt. Sac!!
Favorite XC meet- State is always the best
Favorite XC workout- mile repeats at Coyote Point
Favorite long run location- Sawyer Camp Trail
Favorite TF event: 3200 by far :)
Favorite TF invitational: Arcadia Invite is always super fun
Favorite TF workout: I'd say 400s make me feel race ready every single time :)
Favorite free time activity: I love hiking especially at the Fremont Older Preserve; I'm also really into biotech so I spend a lot of time with science research.
I'm also devoutly Hindu so I spend a lot of time in the temple because I find that it's been my anchor and give me so much peace.

10) You are attending Cal Berkeley next year. What led you to choosing Cal? How much of a factor was running when it came to choosing Cal?
My last official visit was to Cal and not to sound corny or anything but it was by far the most memorable one. I did a few visits to the East Coast and came back realizing that there was something missing. People always told me that it would be a gut feeling when I found the school I’d like to attend and I think that’s what it came down to for me. I really connected with Shayla, Chas, and Coach Sandoval and understood their long term goals for the team and individual. I love that they balance both our individual goals and the team’s goals. Academics wise, there’s no question about Cal’s Engineering program—I’m so honored and grateful that I get to attend such a prestigious university and continue doing what I love to do. I think the thing that really bought me over was the team. I’ve truly never seen anything like it before; the I love that it’s a combined program so everyone is super super close :D I’m so excited about furthering my academic and athletic careers at an amazing place!

11)What races are you most looking forward to during the upcoming track and field season? Any goals that you would like to share?
I’m looking forward to every single race this season because each one is my last one of high school. I’m taking everything one step at a time because I want to really enjoy this season. My biggest goal is to be present for ever moment. I also really hope to lower my PR in the 32 and in the 16 as much as possible and hopefully get back on the podium at state because that was a life changing experience :D

12)Anything else you want to add.
Thank you so much for interviewing me! Your blog is awesome :)
I'd also just like to leave a piece of advice: "The only time you should ever look back, is to see how far you've come" :)

Thank you very much for your time Niki! AJC

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Best NorCal Track and Field coaches?

I was reading an article in Sports Illustrated that listed the best college football coaches including head coach, defensive coordinator etc. That got me thinking about our own sport and who are the best coaches in the north part of the state. Please comment below and include your candidates and their accolades. Once I have enough names, I will post a poll and you can vote for your choices so that we can find out who are the best of best when it comes to coaching the multiple events in TF.

Track and Field
Head Coach
Steve Nelson Mt. Pleasant CCS (Now SJCC coach)
Lee Webb James Logan NCS
Jay Lawson St. Mary's Berkeley NCS
Patrick McCrystle Bellarmine CCS
Dave Unterholzner Bella Vista SJS
Gordon Hubble Rio Americano SJS
Carin Marrs University NCS

Sprint Coach
Jay Lawson St. Mary's Berkeley NCS
Steve Nelson Mt. Pleasant CCS

Distance Coach
Bill Gregg Davis SJS
Patrick McCrystle Bellarmine CCS
Chuck Woolridge Campolindo NCS
Victor Santamaria Willow Glen CCS
Dan Gruber Aptos CCS
Chad Worthen Inderkum SJS
Walt Lange Jesuit CCS
Kevin Cruikshank University NCS

Hurdles Coach
Mike Papadopoulos Vacaville SJS

Jumps Coach
Jason Johnson Bear Creek SJS
Jeff Rogers St. Mary's Berkeley NCS
Dave Unterholzner Bella Vista SJS
Otis Campbell University NCS

Pole Vault Coach
Greg Wright Lodi SJS
Joe Myoshi Soquel CCS

Throws Coach
Pat Lewis Mills CCS
Tony Green Bishop O'Dowd NCS

Monday, January 16, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Next up...

I will be posting the preseason all-NorCal sprint/hurdle/jump/throw team.

I am also working on a couple of interviews. As always, if you have any runners or coaches that you would like to see interviewed, please add their name to the comment section below.

Finally, if there is something else you would like to see on this site during the upcoming Track and Field season, please let me know as well. It could be something I used to do that I discontinued or something completely different. 

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.

BOYS


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)

GIRLS

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)

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Jack Shepard's High School Track and Field 2017 now available

A lot of you are familiar with Jack Shepard's annual with updated all-time HS Track and Field statistics. If you are not and enjoy stats, you can get your own copy by mailing a $12 check or money order to Jack Shepard at 14551 Southfield Drive, Westminster California 92683. Postage and shipping is included in the price. Make sure your return address is somewhere on the letter.

If you are a true Track and Field fan, it will be the best $12 you will ever spend. Below is the front and back as well as an example of two of the pages inside.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Central Coast Section (CCS) CBEDs have been posted for 2017 season

You can find them at the two following links.
Boys: http://static.psbin.com/0/7/r3xc358mvr0106/16-17_CBEDS_for_2017__cross_country_-_boys.pdf
Girls: http://static.psbin.com/3/h/36hz4hd0tln0vu/16-17_CBEDS_for_2017__cross_country_-_girls.pdf

The NCS divisions have not been posted yet but I will post the link once it's up on the NCS website.

Top 10 Moments from 2016 California Cross Country Season

My top 10 moments from the 2016 California Cross Country season. This is statewide so you can check out which NorCal athletes/teams made the cut. If you have other moments from NorCal athletes and teams, please add them in the comment section below. 
http://ca.milesplit.com/articles/199591-top-10-moments-from-2016-california-cross-country-season

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Which four students would be on the Mount Rushmore at your school for XC and/or TF?

Moving this back to the top. Let's add more teams and individuals in the comment section below. 
There are lots of these kind of lists so why not one for Northern California Cross Country and Track and Field? In the comment section below, name the four students/athletes that stand above the rest in your school's history in both XC and TF. You can name four students for each sport or four students for both sports. These lists will be co-ed which will definitely make it the best of the best. Thank you in advance for your nominations. 

Who else? Who are the all-time greats from your school?

George Washington-SF
John Pettus 100-200
Ernie Provost 100-200
Ollie Matson 100-200
Willie Eshman 1600


Miramonte High School:
Dixon Farmer Sprints/Hurdles
Adam McAboy 1600/3200
Marilyn Davis Distance
George Coon 800

Castro Valley Cross Country Mt. Rushmore:
Calvin Gaziano 2 time Kinney Regional Champion (14:49 Woodward)
John Bass (5th Norcal 1983)
Mike Spencer (2-time All-American D-II All-American Hayward State)
Beau Bettinger (NCS Champ 1999, Runner up 2000)

Castro Valley Track Mt. Rushmore:
Larry Guinee -- 1980 State 1600 champion 4:06.16
Calvin Gaziano -- 1985 State 2nd place 3200
Beau Bettinger -- 2001 State 3rd place 800 meters
Nate Moore -- 2013 and 2015 LJ and TJ State Meet Champion

Bishop O'Dowd:
Miesha Marzell
Michelle Decoux
Bisa Grant
Ari Wright

Montgomery HS Track and Field:
Mel Gray
Sara Bei
Chris Day
Deanne Neff

Montgomery HS Cross Country:
Sara Bei
Kim Conley
Julie Nacouzi
Mike Contos

Dublin HS Cross Country:
Dan Harvey
Anirudh Surapaneni
James Attarian
Julie Hayes

Dublin HS Track and Field:
Mecca McGlaston
Keremiah Crockett
Chuck Gangnuss
Noria Mitchell

Berkeley HS Track and Field
Pete Richardson 800
Kenny Robinson 100/200/400
Sharon Ware 100/200
Yvette Jump Long Jump/Triple Jump

Silver Creek HS Track and Field
Millard Hampton
Andre Phillips
Nanett Garcia
Harold Rucker

Jesuit HS Track and Field
Michael Stember 800 1:49, 1600 4:04, 3200 9:02
Eric Mastalir 800 1:54, 1600 4:04, 3200 8:44, 5k 14:01
Mark Mastalir 800 1:55, 1600 4:04, 3200 8:51
Paul Thomas 800 1:54, 1600 4:08, 3200 8:53

Campolindo Cross Country
Tom Hale
Aiden Goltra
Carrie Verdon
Sarah Riley

James Logan Track and Field
Kevin Craddock
Aaron Richburg
Talia Stewart
Ciarra Brewer

James Logan Cross Country
Yosef Ghebray
Gilliat Ghebray
Kim Wilkes
Alexandra Newsom

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

NORTH COAST SECTION TRACK AND FIELD ALL-TIME LIST THROUGH 2016

Thanks to Keith Conning, you can check out the updated all-time lists for NCS Track and Field through the 2016 season. Here are the additions from the 2016 season:
2. Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame 1600 4:05.36
3. Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame 3200 8:50.65
10. Jonathan Harvey De La Salle 300 IH 37.34
8. Noah Hurley College Park PV 16'0"
1. Nathan Esparza Amador Valley SP 69'4.75"
3. Nathan Esparza Amador Valley Discus 191'5"
7. Iffy Joyner Pittsburg Discus 188'1"
9. Tierra Robinson-Jones Bishop O'Dowd 400 54.05
2. Alyssa Brewer California 800 2:06.86
10. Brooke Starn Monte Vista 1600 4:47.45
4. Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy 3200 10:13.20
6. Brooke Starn Monte Vista 3200 10:19.97
6. Kaylah Robinson El Cerrito 100 HH 13.44

You can check out entire list at the following link:
http://theconningtower.blogspot.com/2016/12/north-coast-section-track-and-field-all_22.html

Monday, January 02, 2017

Share your 2017 Track and Field goals here

No names needed unless you really want to share. What do you want to accomplish during the spring? What is your ultimate, dream goal? 

Sunday, January 01, 2017

A reflection of the 2016 Track and Field season for NorCal athletes

Here in CCS, we are less than a month away from the official start of the 2017 Track and Field season. That's pretty hard to believe since it feels like I was just leaving Fresno following the 2016 California state cross country meet. Before we get engulfed into the upcoming season, here is a brief look back last year's TF season along with some of the better performances.

2016 Top 10 NorCal Track and Field Athletes
10) Way too many athletes qualify for this spot.
9) Nathan Esparza Amador Valley (NCS)
8) Pamela Amaechi Lincoln (SFS)
7) Alyssa Brewer California (NCS)
6) Fiona O'Keeffe Davis (SJS)
5) Jurnee Woodward Vacaville (SJS)
4) Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS)
3) Isaiah Holmes Oakmont (SJS)
2) Darius Carbin Mt. Pleasant (CCS)
1) Elena Bruckner Valley Christian SJ (CCS)

It's pretty tough to narrow it down to just 10 athletes as you can see you do have 9 names. If you feel another athlete belongs in that top 10 list, let's hear it in the comment section below. 

2016 NorCal girls distance group
It was quite a group of girls last year that included five girls that qualified to run at NXN the previous cross country season-Cate Ratliff (Santa Cruz), Morgin Coonfield (McKinleyville), Brooke Starn (Monte Vista), Megan McCandless (Granada) and Gillian Meeks (Granada). Along with those girls, you had Rylee Bowen (Sonoma Academy) tearing it up all over the United States and dropping at 10:13.20 victory at the Arcadia Invitational. You also had the emergence of Alyssa Brewer and Cathilyn McIntosh who finished 2nd behind Brewer in the 800 at the state meet just ahead of Ariane Arndt. Harker junior Niki Iyer finished behind two of the all-time great distance runners-Fiona O'Keeffe (Davis) and Destiny Collins (Great Oak) and ahead of Coonfield. O'Keeffe had a spectacular finish to her season with her state meet victory (10:12.02), a 2nd at Brooks PR 2 mile (10:05.63) and then an absolute scorcher with a 15:56.84 5000 meters at the USATF Junior National Outdoor TF Championship. Little sister Olivia also finished well with a 3rd place with a PR of 4:48.66.

Boys 3200 meters
In 2016, 4 NorCal boys broke 9:00 in 3200 with Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (8:51.85), Michael Vernau Davis (8:54.58), Sean Kurdy Jesuit (8:59.15) and Luis Grijalva Armijo (8:59.98). I would have to do some digging but has there ever been 4 NorCal boys under 9:00 in the 3200 during the same season and if so, when? Three of those runners, Teare, Vernau and Grijalva are all back this season and it will be interesting how much faster they will run this spring.

The Throwers
Elena Bruckner (Valley Christian SJ) emerged as an elite thrower as a junior as she helped lead her team to a 2nd place team finish at the CA state meet. She was even better as a senior as she improved her lifetime best marks in the shot put (54'7") and discus (186'10). She finished undefeated in the shot put and won her 2nd straight state championship in the event. In the discus, she improved her state meet finish to 2nd place and her best mark is the 4th furthest throw in US history. The mark also qualified her for the US Olympic trials where she finished in 16th place in the qualifying round. 

Nathan Esparza (Amador Valley)-Not to be outdone, Esparza had quite a senior season. He finished in 2nd place in the shot put at the state meet with a lifetime best throw of 69'4.75". That mark now stands as the North Coast Section record although Esparza passed the previous mark earlier in the season. The previous record was held by Dennis DeSoto of Santa Rosa in 1981 with a throw of 63'10.5". In the discus, Esparza threw a lifetime best 191'5" at the trials which is the 3rd best throw in NCS history. He finished 5th in final with a throw of 186'4" to wrap up one of the finest seasons for a NorCal male thrower.

Pamela Amaechi (Lincoln, SF) Overshadowed by Bruckner, Amaechi had a terrific season that included a surprising state championship in the discus. She recorded a lifetime best mark in the shot put (47'1") at the St. Francis Invitational and finished in 3rd place at the state meet with a put of 45'1.5". Her best mark in the discus (166'5") took place at the Big Cat Relays at the beginning of the season although she did throw 164'1" to win her first state title. Aside from her throwing prowess, Amaechi also recorded a 12.80 100 meters as well as a 5'1" high jump. She will be back this season as a senior and she will definitely not be under the radar.

The multi-talented Isaiah Holmes and Darius Carbin
Two of the most talented Track and Field athletes in NorCal history both graduated last year. Holmes had eye popping best marks in his many events. It's difficult to pick out his best event but considering he won the long jump at the state meet, we will call that his best and he did have a 25'11.5" wind aided jump. His state winning jump was a wind legal 25'5". Holmes also jumped 7'1" at the Sac Joaquin Masters meet which makes him a pretty good high jumper. He finished in 5th place in both the high jump and triple jump and had a lifetime best mark of 49'11" at the USATF National Junior Olympic T&F Championship. He also finished in 2nd place at SJS Masters meet in the 110m Hurdles with a best of 14.13.

Carbin actually competed in the same events although the high jump was clearly his best event. More on that event in a moment. He long jumped 22'6.5" for his PR at his league final. He won the triple jump at the CCS final with a PR of 48'1.75". He chose to focus on the high jump at the state meet since both events took place at the same time. At the state meet Carbin, won the high jump at 7'0" with fewer misses over two other athletes that also cleared 7'0". Before the outdoor season, Carbin won the New Balance National Indoor meet with a jump of 7'1.75". He saved his best performance for his last meet as he finished in 2nd place at the IAAF World U20 Championship with a monster 7'4.5" jump. That mark now stands as the #1 jump in CCS history surpassing Jeff Rogers 7'3" mark from 1985 when he attended Overfelt.

Jurnee Woodward's hard earned state title
Woodward was one of the top hurdlers in California and when it came to the 300 meter hurdles, she was the best. Heading into the state meet, Woodward had the best mark leading the state from her 41.01 set at the Texas Relays. During the trials at the state meet, Woodward won her qualifying race in the 100 hurdles with a time of 13.62. It was going to be a mere formality for her to qualify for the 300 hurdles but alas that is not what happened. Woodward tripped over the 2nd hurdle and had to scramble back to a qualifying position. She made the final as one of the last qualifiers. Starting in lane 2, Woodward stormed to the lead and established a new personal best of 40.62, one of the fastest time in US history. 

If you have other memorable moments that you would like to mention as well, feel free to do so in the comment section below.

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