Sunday, April 22, 2018

Northern California Invitational Results

Viking Classic at Montgomery HS

NorCal F/S Championship

Halden Invitational

Del Oro Invitational

You can find the rest of the results at All results as well as photos, videos etc can be found on the right hand side of the page as you scroll down.

Alex Enos St. Ignatius senior long jumper

At yesterday's CCS Top 8 meet, St. Ignatius senior Alex Enos jumped 25'0" which is the new national leader. It's also the 4th best jump in CCS history. The photo is from earlier in the season when he jumped 24'2.5".

All results from the meet can be found here:

Aside from that incredible jump, who else impressed?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Central Coast Section Top 8 Meet Preview

You can find the meet preview at this LINK.

Feel free to comment on the meet and what races/events you are most looking forward to watching this coming Saturday. What events do you feel are the strongest in CCS? Weakest? Who has been the athletes that have really shined this season to date? Who are the most improved athletes?What athletes do you feel will have an opportunity to get on the podium at the state track and field meet?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Episode 28: Nikki Hiltz, All-American NCAA Collegiate Runner

For those of you that enjoy listening to podcasts, here is a recent one featuring former Aptos HS runner Nikki Hiltz. She had bests of 2:09.50 and 4:42.45 in high school and was the 2012 California state champion in 1600. She started out her collegiate career at the University of Oregon before transferring to the University of Arkansas. At the 2017 NCAA Track and Field meet, Hiltz finished in 2nd place in 1500, just .02 behind the winner. The podcast is only about 33 minutes.

Thanks to an anonymous poster for the link to the video below which is Nikki's victory at the CA state meet as a junior with her PR of 4:42.45. That is the 2nd fastest time ever run by a CCS athlete trailing only Anna Maxwell's converted 4:41.63 from the 2014 Stanford Invitational.

Here is a listing of the fastest 1600 meter runners in the past decade and where Nikki ranks among the best in California.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CCS Top 8 Entries and Alternates now posted



The above links will be updated throughout the week as scratches are received by the meet director. In the meantime, feel free to comment below on the most competitive events and if you know of any athletes competing that are ready to make a major statement this coming Saturday.

I will have a meet preview posted by mid-Thursday.

Friday, April 13, 2018

2018 Northern California Track and Field leaders

100-Jack Breger San Benito (CCS) 10.75
200-David Phillips Jr Dixon (SJS) 21.63
400-Zachary Larrier Monterey Trail (SJS) 47.12 (California Leader)
800-Jett Charvet Heritage (NCS) 1:52.60 (California Leader)
1600-Alex Scales Bellarmine (CCS) 4:13.87 (California Leader)
3200-Liam Anderson Redwood (NCS) 8:52.74 (California Leader)
110mHH-Aiden Jackman Clayton Valley (NCS) 13.98 (California Leader)
300mIH-Aiden Jackman Clayton Valley (NCS) 37.47 (California Leader)
400Relay-Pittsburg (NCS) 41.95
1600Relay-Serra (CCS) 3:20.06
LJ-Malcolm Clemons St. Mary's Berkeley (NCS) 24'5.25" (California Leader)
TJ-Teaun Tre Pierce Pittsburg (NCS) 47'8"
HJ-Jake Grimsman Vista del Lago (SJS) 7'3" (California co-Leader)
PV-Sondre Guttormsen Davis (SJS) 18'2.5" (California Leader)
SP-Nicholas Betchart Washington (NCS) 56'3"
D-Dominique Navarrette El Capitan (SJS) 186'1"

100-Chinyere Okoro Amador Valley (NCS) 11.63
200-Tierra Robinson-Jones Bishop O'Dowd (NCS) 24.01
400-Tierra Robinson-Jones Bishop O'Dowd (NCS) 53.37 (California Leader)
800-Alyssa Brewer California (NCS) 2:08.99 (California Leader)
1600-Mari Friedman Santa Cruz (CCS) 4:47.89
3200-Gillian Wagner Redwood (NCS) 10:14.11
100mHH-Jazlynn Shearer Silver Creek (CCS) 14.09w
300mIH-Kirsten Carter Santa Rosa (NCS) 42.68
400Relay-Bishop O'Dowd (NCS) 47.41
1600Relay-Sheldon (SJS) 3:53.01
LJ-Jaala Downes Kimball (SJS) 19'5"
TJ-Kali Hatcher St. Mary's Berkeley (NCS) 42'3.25" (California Leader)
HJ-Delaney Peranich St. Ignatius (CCS) 5'7"
PV-Laurel Wong Santa Catalina (CCS) 13'1" (California co-Leader)
SP-Hannah Hall James Logan (NCS) 44'7.5"
D-Erica GrotegeerEWheatland Union (NS) 166'5" (California Leader)

Former Mt. Pleasant coach, Steve Nelson

My latest CA Coaching legend installment on MileSplit California is former Mt. Pleasant coach, Steve Nelson. You can read all about Coach Nelson at this LINK.

Interesting to note that since the formation of the Central Coast Section in 1965, there have only been 5 CCS teams that have won state team Track and Field titles including Coach Nelson's Mt. Pleasant girls' team in 2007. 

Los Altos Boys in 1970
Andrew Hill Girls in 1978
Woodside Girls in 1983 (All 38 points scored by Wendy Brown)
North Salinas Boys in 1993 (Co-Champions)
Mt. Pleasant Girls in 2007

Serra and Bearcat Invitationals Performance Lists

Granada Distance & Sprint Festival

3200m – The girls will be lead by Lauren Lum of Alameda who has already broken the 11-minute barrier this season.  She’ll be followed closely by eight girls from five other schools who have run under 12 minutes this season.  The boys’ race features fourteen boys under 10 minutes, headlined by Division 3 Cross Country All-Stater Greg Aufderheide of Livermore and Sean Laidlaw of Lick Wilmerding.  They’ll be leading a group of boys trying to run in the 9:20s.

800m – The girls’ race has at least three girls that will be trying to break the 2:20 mark including Veronica Valenton of Livermore, Cynthia Rosales of Piner, and Jordyn Gleaton of Kimball.  The boys’ race has a ton looking to break 2 minutes, and features three that have already gone under that mark.  Parker Wilkerson of Las Lomas, Nate Harris of Tamalpais, and sophomore sensation Matt Strangio of Jesuit have proven credentials to run in the 1:55 range.

1600m – The girls’ race is loaded with big potential for multiple sub-5 performances.  The field includes Jenna Miles and Isabella Chao of Campolindo, Colleen McCandless and Kalea Bartolotto of Granada, Lauren Lum of Alameda, Amanda Olla of San Ramon Valley, and Kelli Wilson of Monte Vista—all of whom have ran under 11 minutes in the 3200 this season, and are seeking fast times as they step down to the 4 lap distance.  The boys’ race should be a great opportunity to break both the 4:20 and 4:30 barriers.  John Bennett (4:18/8:57) of Granada headlines, followed by Spencer Berkins of Bishop O’Dowd, Ethan Ash of Head-Royce, and Edward Buckley of Campolindo.

400m – The girls’ race has several hunting for their first sub 60 of the season in Maddy Doane of Campolindo and Veronica Valenton of Livermore.  Several boys are hovering around 50 seconds, including Elijah Sheppard and Matthew Friedler of Monte Vista as well as Will Watkins of Tamalpais and Tomas Kersulis of Foothill.

100m – The girls have two under 13 seconds this season: Belle Aduahe of Foothill and Giovanna Duley of Granada.  There are several others looking to get into the 12-second range for the first time this season.  The boys have a very fast heat with all at or under 11.5, including Alameda’s 10.96 dasher Ramir Smith.

100m/110m Hurdles – The girls’ field features Dublin’s Amayia Brandon at 16.86, Livermore’s Abigail Harnish 17.06, and Granada’s Kaila Kheirolomoom 17.75.  The boys’ race will showcase a great dual between Dublin’s Donald Davis 15.31 and Kimball’s Andrew Washington 15.55.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Catching up with St. Mary's Stockton senior, Karl Winter

Today, we chat with St. Mary's Stockton senior distance runner, Karl Winter. While other Sac-Joaquin athletes have been getting lots of attention this spring including Davis HS senior pole vaulter Sondre Guttormsen, Winter has been recording his best Track and Field season to date. He has already recorded multiple personal bests over the 1600 and 3200 distances and his current PRs now stand at 4:16.39 and 9:12.09. The latter mark took place this past weekend at the Arcadia Invitational as Winter recorded a victory in one of the Friday 3200 races. He also just recently announced that he has committed to attending Pepperdine University next fall.

You can check out my interview with Karl at this LINK.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Northern California Track and Field records through 2018 season

Best overall marks in all events for the following sections updated through 2018 Track and Field season:

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 Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) 3:58.76 2017
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 Sondre Guttormsen Davis (SJS) 18'2.5" 2018
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)
Mile Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) 4:00.16 2017
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

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) 6:41.26 2015 (California record)
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 Santa Cruz (CCS) 9:08.84 2018
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

Any errors? Let me know.

North Coast Section news

The divisions for the 2018 Cross Country season have been posted:

Last night at the Arcadia Invitational, we had several additions to the NCS all-time lists.
The following link has not been updated for about a year but for the most part is still accurate. Cooper Teare's 8:41.46 as well as his 3:59.80 should be updated. The 3:59.80 is from the Sacramento Meet of Champions although he does have a converted mile time that is faster.

Redwood runners Liam Anderson and Gillian Wagner both made their way onto the top 10 lists of the 3200m with their 8:52.74 and 10:14.11 respective times. If there are other marks that should be included as well, please let us know in the comment section below.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Arcadia Invitational Live Webcast

You can watch the entire meet at this LINK. You can also find links to the live results as well as accepted entries and heats. 

Feel free to chime in during the next two days on some of the top performances by Northern California athletes.

The reemergence of the 3200 meter distance

The graph to the left courtesy of Jesuit HS coach Walt Lange. It will be interesting to see how many boys will break 9 minutes at Arcadia tomorrow and how many will be from Northern California.

Monday, April 02, 2018

CCS "Lifetime Pass" honor for Bob Rush

Below is a partial letter to Bob Rush from the CCS office announcing his award. Bob has worked an ungodly amount of hours creating and caring for the Crystal Springs course since the 60s. The course has hosted many high school, college and open meets through the years and from 1972 to this day, the course has remained the same thanks to Bob. Congratulations are definitely in order here.
Dear Bob,
 On behalf of the CCS Awards Committee, the CCS Board of Managers and the CCS Office, I am thrilled to let you know that you have been chosen to receive the CCS “Lifetime Pass” Award for your contributions to the athletes and schools of the CCS.   The presentation of this award will be taking place at the CCS Board of Managers Spring meeting which will be conducted on Wednesday, April 4 at 8:00 am at the Campbell Union High School District Office which is located at 3235 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA. 95124.  A continental breakfast beginning at 7:30 am precedes the meeting.  The presentation of awards will take place at the beginning of the meeting.  After the presentation, the Board will move on to the business portion of the meeting.  You are welcome to stay or skip the rest of the meeting.

I look forward to this very deserved presentation.  


Steve Filios
CCS Assistant Commissioner

Recap of Stanford Invitational

Includes a recap of Clayton Valley's Aiden Jackman and his three victories at the meet including a national leading 52.18 400m hurdles victory.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

NorCal One-Day Multi-Event now back on at James Logan

Lee Webb will host this event on Wednesday and Thursday, April 4th and 5th. It will be hand-time, low key and no cost for all the competitors.

If you need additional information and are interested in attending, please reach out to Coach Webb at
Lee Webb

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Stanford Invitational Entries now posted


You can find the complete meet preview at Feel free to comment below on any of the events and/or athletes that will be participating this weekend. (UPDATED)

All meet info can be found at this link (scroll down):

What has been the most impressive performance so far in the meet? Biggest surprise? 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Tents at track meets

This is a public service announcement.

When you go to track meets, tents are placed at the highest part of the bleachers against the back which is usually a fence. This way, nobody behind you gets their view blocked. If you get to a meet early, there are plenty of spots to place your tent. If you arrive there alone, other coaches, athletes, and parents can help you get your tent up. You should also be aware that if the press box is being used for the meet for announcing, they typically don't want tents in front of them.

If you get to a meet late, it's possible that all the spots at the upper part of the bleacher on the homestretch side are already taken. You now have a couple of options. There might be a spot for your tent on the backstretch. If not, you can then put your tent on the ground next to the bleachers and sometimes there are grassy areas that are available.

If you arrive late, you CANNOT put your tent in front of another tent (even if a parent from that team said it's OK). You are now blocking the view of someone who got to the meet earlier than you. Notice the tents in the photo above that are placed incorrectly and blocking the view of teams that are above them. 

I, personally, get up early in the morning and bring any kids that need a ride to the meets in plenty of time in the morning to place our tent on the homestretch side of the bleachers at the top. If you show up late and place your tent in front of my tent, you might not get a nice reaction from me. Sorry in advance. Guess it's just one of my pet peeves.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Recap of the Dublin Distance Fiesta

You can find that recap at this LINK. Also included are the sombrero races as well as lots of interviews with some of the top athletes from the meet.

You can also find more videos from the meet courtesy of Jesuit coach, Walt Lange at this LINK.

If you were at the meet, what do you feel was the best race of the day? Biggest surprise? Most impressive performance? Anything else?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Northern California Weekend Invitational Results

Dublin Distance Fiesta (Multiple sections)
Results LINK
Videos and Interviews from meet at this LINK.
Coverage from Redwood Empire Running can be found here at this LINK.

St Francis Invitational (CCS)
Results LINK

Lancer Invitational (SJS)
Results LINK

Jaguar Relays (SJS)
Results LINK

Husky Invitational (SJS)
Results LINK

Merced County Track and Field Championships (SJS)
Results LINK

Friday, March 16, 2018

In Dedication ­ Bob Shor & Santa Rosa

If you have a moment today, please read the letter to the left. You can also find a copy of that letter at this LINK. For those of you that did not know Bob, he was a kind human being that had a loud booming voice and an even louder gun. He always made the time to come say hi at any meet that I attended. Just like Chris, I have my own story about how he traveled from Santa Rosa to the College of San Mateo and also just wanted to charge me for the cost of the shells for starting our meet. 

He is missed by a lot of people. 

The following was posted on my site after he passed away last year.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Dublin Distance Fiesta Meet Preview

You can find the preview of the Dublin Distance Fiesta at this LINK. If you catch any errors, let me know. If I left out an athlete or two that you feel deserves mention, please let me know in the comment section below.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Dublin Distance Fiesta Meet Info

You can find all the information you need for this meet at this link:

The time schedule has been posted here:

Heats now posted (NEW)

According to meet director Chris Williams, this is now the LARGEST DISTANCE MEET in the United States based on the total number of entries.

A preview of the meet will be posted Thursday morning. Some very impressive fields in all the sombrero races including a rematch of last year's boys' 800m state final.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Northern California Invitationals

A couple of marks from NBNI for NorCal athletes:
Jett Charvet Heritage 1:50.91 (800) 1st
Jason Gomez Westmont 1:51.86 (800) 5th
Maddy Denner Oak Ridge 4:54.66 (mile) 9th
Robert Miranda Menlo 4:17.57 (mile) 15th

K-Bell Invitational at Los Gatos HS
Results LINK
Post Meet Write-up LINK

The King's Academy Invitational at The King's Academy
Live Results LINK

Wolfpack Relays at Merrill West HS
Live Results LINK

Marsh Creek Invitational
Results LINK

Martinez Relays at Alhambra HS

Wildcat Relays at Watsonville HS
Results LINK

If you have any updates about any of the meets above or others, feel free to add them in the comment section below.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

K-Bell Invitational Entries

Boys: LINK
Girls: LINK

Most competitive event? So far, the boys' 1600 meters has been called out. Any others?

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

K-Bell Invitational Update

1) This year, thanks to a generous loan of an official scale from Jim Marheineke and the Serra track program, we will weigh all implements prior to competition.  Athletes and coaches, please look for the weigh-in station upon arrival at LGHS on Saturday morning.

2) This year, thanks to a generous loan from Steve Nelson and the SJCC track program, we will have enough wind gauges to take a reading for every heat of the 100/200/HH and all LJ and TJ attempts!  Both the implement weigh-ins and the wind readings will allow all marks at K-Bell to be eligible for use as entry marks for Arcadia as well as State leader lists.

3) A reminder that while K-Bell is a long and large meet, 100% of proceeds go to charity. The Kiwanis use half the proceeds to fund their second chance education fund/mentoring program for young adults in Santa Clara county trying to restart their education, and Bellarmine’s half of the proceeds go directly to tuition assistance; BCP gives out 4.4 million annually in tuition assistance in the hopes that all students who want to can attend the school. So, we appreciate your patience as we try to get as many young student-athletes as possible on the track, runway, and ring during the day!!

Peace, good luck and good health,
Patrick McCrystle
Head Coach Track and Field/Cross Country

Bellarmine College Prep

Friday, March 02, 2018

Northern California Track and Field meets this weekend

Dan Gabor Sprint and Distance Festival
You can check out a preview of the meet which includes a meet program, time schedule as well as a link to live results at this LINK.

Sacramento State Classic: Results LINK

Willow Glen Invitational: Results LINK

Steve March Relays: Results LINK

Sunset Invitational: Results LINK

Dean Andreesson Classic

Rustbuster Invitational

St. Ignatius F/S Invitational

Vallejo Relays

Big Cat Invitational: Boys results LINK/Girls results LINK

Santa Cruz Coast Relays: Results LINK

If there are other meets that are taking place this weekend that are not listed above, please let me know. Results will be posted once I find them online.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

NMC O-Condon Invite April 6th Info

We have decided to add a few more teams to our inaugural North Monterey County O-Condon Track Invite on April 6th. We would like to keep the meet around 15 teams for this year and there are a couple more spots open if you are interested in joining us as we honor long-time NMC coaches Roger O'Sullivan and Keith Condon. The meet is on a Friday night under the lights at our brand new track and field stadium.
Here is our event website with all the information you will need;
Let me know if you have any questions.
Coach Gus Ibarra
Meet Director 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Northern California Track and Field meets today

Bulldog Invitational at Folsom HS (SJS)
Clarke Massey Relays at Cordova HS (SJS) RESULTS
Stocking Super Seven Invitational at Diablo Valley College (NCS) Canceled
Skyline Invitational at Skyline HS (OAK) RESULTS
Viking Invitational at Edison HS, Stockton (SJS)

If you have results or updates from any of the meets above, please share them in the comment section below.

Results of yesterday's Pitman Distance Wars can be found at this LINK.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Exclusive athlete interview with NorCal Track and Field athletes

You need to be a MileSplit pro plan member to view them and if you are, you can check out Jeff Parenti's interview with 2-time defending state champion Alyssa Brewer at this LINK. You can check out his interview with 2016 XC state champion Olivia O'Keeffe at this LINK. You can check out his interview with 2017 800 meter state champion Jett Charvet at this LINK

Just added today. Interviews with Elena and Maddy Denner at this LINK.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Women's Dipsea Hike

The following was posted at this link:

"In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Dipsea Hike — the first-ever cross country sporting event in the U.S. exclusively for women — there will be a ceremonial tribute hike/run on Saturday, April 21, starting at 9 a.m., at Old Mill Park.

Sponsored by the Dipsea Race Committee in partnership with One Tam and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the hike/run will follow the familiar Dipsea Trail from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach on Earth Day.

According to historian Barry Spitz, it was called a hike to escape the Amateur Athletic Union’s (AAU) ban on women competing in long-distance races at the time.

Registration is limited to 500 participants, who are encouraged to wear period costumes from 1918. Interested women can register for the untimed hike at

A luncheon — limited to 100 registrants — will follow the event, roughly at noon, at the Stinson Beach Community Center."

Monday, February 19, 2018

Track and Field results

Cal All-Comers Meet results:

California Winter Championships at Arcadia HS results:

Best performances this weekend for NorCal Track and Field athletes?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Liam Anderson selected Gatorade Boys XC Runner of the Year

The last NorCal male runner to win the Gatorade California Cross Country Runner of the Year was German Fernandez of Riverbank (SJS) in 2007.

The last female winner was...Santa Cruz's Cate Ratliff in 2015.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Central Section puts Cal City boys hoops on probation after record-breaking blowout

I haven't been the biggest fan on the Central Section due to their competitive equity which has left McFarland competing in Division I during XC season despite their enrollment of fewer than 1000 students. 

However, I am quite pleased with the Central Section as you can see in the article above which details the suspension of a school that won a basketball game last week 165-38. The total for the winning team was a new California record. I have coached basketball for many years and for a coach to resort to defeating an opponent by that score is really reprehensible. The Central Section did the right thing this time and they are to be commended.

The comparison has been made to a XC team defeating a team 15-50 but to me, that is not a good comparison. Thoughts?

Thursday, February 08, 2018

CA Coaching Legends: James Logan's Lee Webb

You can also check out my interview with Lee from 2015 at this link:

What Coach Brewer said about Coach Webb is absolutely right. He has done a lot of good for a lot of people without the fanfare and has always been very humble about all of his accomplishments. 

Monday, February 05, 2018

California weekend Results

Below are results and highlights from this weekend's Track and Field action.

Cal All-Comers Results:

2018 UW HS Invitational Results:

Highlights from Nike Boise Indoor:

Any other events that took place this past weekend?

Thursday, February 01, 2018

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:

2018 Central Coast Section (CCS) CBEDs posted



I didn't get a chance to look for any changes. Does anybody notice any strong teams moving up or down next fall?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Cooper Teare gets his sub 4 minute mile

With a final time of 3:59.29, 2017 St. Joseph Notre Dame grad Cooper Teare finally got his sub 4-minute mile on Saturday at the famed Armory Track. He became the 496th American male to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile (9th person to do it indoors this season). You can see the complete list below thanks to Track and Field News. Take note that the first American to break the 4-minute mile was Don Bowden, a Lincoln (San Jose) HS/Cal Berkeley grad.

Teare had multiple sub 4-minute attempts last year as a senior with a best of 4:00.16 at the Mt. SAC Invitational. Photo to left taken by Anne Bevan and passed along by his high school coach, Tony Fong

Friday, January 26, 2018

CA Coaching Legends: Helen Lehman-Winters

Check out my latest installment in this series with former El Cerrito and Carondelet coach, Helen Lehman-Winters (left in photo). Check out what former athlete, Kristen Gordon (right in photo) wrote about her coach who she still corresponds with to this day. Doug Speck is the male in the photo and sadly passed away on March 4th in 2010. A huge loss for our XC and TF communities.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

2018 NCS Distance State Meet Contenders

Sorry for the delay but here are my picks for the upcoming NCS Track and Field season. Feel free to comment below on any additions to the lists below. If you feel like a runner or two should be moved up and considered more highly, please add that as well. Did I miss anybody completely that belonged somewhere below?

Girls 800m.
The favorite: Alyssa Brewer California (2-time Defending Section & State Champion)
Threats: Marissa D'Atri Alhambra, Molly Neach San Ramon Valley
Wildcards: Gillian Wagner Redwood, Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy, Keely Murphy Carondelet, Madison Perez Amador Valley

Boys 800m.
The favorites: Jett Charvet Heritage (Defending State Champion)
Threats: Parker Wilkerson Las Lomas, Harrison Fisher De La Salle, Jack Dunbar Petaluma
Wildcards: Reece Proctor Piedmont, Miska Evans Arcata, Kheva Mann Sonoma Academy, Erik Stein Lick-Wilmerding, Will Dunbar Petaluma

Girls 1600m.
The favorite: Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (Defending Section Champion)
Threats: Gillian Wagner Redwood, Rayna Stanziano Concord, Gabrielle Peterson Healdsburg
Wildcards: Emma Tavella San Ramon Valley, Grace Dailey Branson, Colleen McCandless Granada, Kate Bowen Sonoma Academy, Aimee Armstrong Maria Carrillo, Lauren Lum Alameda, Callie Jones Branson, Claire Jackson University

Boys 1600m.
The favorite: Liam Anderson Redwood (Defending Section Champion)
Threats: Jett Charvet Heritage, John Bennett Granada, Connor Livingston De La Salle
Wildcards: Munir Kabbara San Rafael, Zach Martinez Redwood, Christopher Middleton-Pearson Dublin

Girls 3200m.
The favorites: Colleen McCandless Granada
Threats: Emily Perez St. Joseph Notre Dame, Kate Tavella San Ramon Valley, Kelli Wilson Monte Vista, Jenna Miles Campolindo
Wildcards: Gillian Wagner Redwood, Amanda Olla San Ramon Valley, Isabella Chao Campolindo, Hannah Ruane Campolindo, Gabrielle Peterson Healdsburg, Sydnie Rivas Maria Carrillo, Gracie Dupuis Granada

Boys 3200m.
The favorite: Liam Anderson Redwood (2017 State Meet Qualifier)
Threats: Adrian Schroeder Dublin, Gaurav Phanse Dublin
Wildcards: John Bennett Granada, Preston Norris Las Lomas, James Bull Miramonte, Cooper McCarthy Sir Francis Drake, Sean Laidlaw Lick-Wilmerding, Denny Rich Washington

In the meantime, feel free to start a discussion about the potential favorites and contenders for the fast-approaching spring season.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Cal All-Comers Results

Also, for those of you in CCS still finalizing your Track and Field schedule:
Cupertino/De Anza Track Invite (CANCELLED): Due to a major mess up with a construction company at De Anza College, our Track and Field/Football Stadium is going to remain a construction site at least until April. We regret to inform everyone this year we will have to suspend the Tino/De Anza High School Invitational for one year. Look for us to be back on the schedule in 2019. Thank You. Nick Mattis, Head Track and Field/XC Coach, De Anza College

CA Winter Championships Qualifying Meet at Dublin High School - Saturday, January 27, 2018

Hello Coaches,

Thank you for your interest in the CA Winter Championships qualifying meet hosted by Dublin High School on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 12:00 PM.  All of the meet information including the following forms can be found at  Here are a few things to note:
  • Please be sure to arrive early to avoid long lines and wait times.  We will start the meet on time and roll through the schedule regardless of the registration area lines.
  • Individual Sign Up Online Form - Please have your athletes fill this out by the Thursday, January 25, 2018 6:00 PM deadline.  This will allow them to get their bib number immediately on Saturday upon arrival.  They will NOT have to wait in line in the registration area, which will save them a lot of time and stress.  Here is the direct link -
  • Individual Sign Up Paper Sheet - If they are unable to fill out the Online Form, they will need to have this sheet filled out in order to register.  If they could have this filled out before arrival, that will save them SOME time but they will still have to wait in line in the registration area to get a bib number.  You do not need to fill out the "Event" or "Mark" space. Here is the direct link -
  • Relay Sign Up Sheet - This will act as your "relay card".  You will need to print this, have it filled out, and provide it at CHECK-IN in order to run in the relay.  You do not need to fill out the "Mark" space.  Here is the direct link -
  • $12 unlimited entry for athletes, $5 for spectators, and a $20 ADDITIONAL FEE for all qualifying athletes that wish to compete in the CA Track & Field Winter Championship Finals at Arcadia High School on Saturday, February 17, 2018.  This MUST be paid before you leave the meet on Saturday.  Please read more about this at 
Thanks and we will see you on Saturday!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2018 SJS Distance State Meet Contenders

As with NCS and CCS, 3 qualify for the CA state Track and Field meet unless you surpass the 2018 At-Large Time Standards.  It's very possible I could have missed an athlete or two so please chime in below on those athletes.  Additional comments?

Girls 800m.
The favorite: Cathilyn McIntosh Del Oro (2-time defending Section Champion)
Threats: Jaxin Woodward Vacaville (State Meet Qualifier), Anitha Graves Woodcreek (State Meet Qualifier), Briseida Garcia Gregori
Wildcards: Sophie DeBenedetti St. Francis, Clara Harman Atwater, Jane McLoughlin Napa, Noelle Lynch St. Francis

Boys 800m.
The favorites: Nixon McKenzie Armijo (State Meet Qualifier)
Threats: Abraham Maldonado Atwater, Quenton Alexander Vanden
Wildcards: Karl Winter St. Mary's Stockton, David Vincent Jesuit, Patrick Wiseman Christian Brothers

Girls 1600m.
The favorite: Maddy Denner Oak Ridge (Defending Section and State Champion)
Threats: Olivia O'Keeffe Davis (State Meet Qualifier), Amber Jackson Forest Lake Christian, Cassi Land Sonora
Wildcards: Clarissa Nowag-Nelson McClatchy, Alize Hartke Oakmont, Gabriela Hernandez Vacaville, Isabella Fauria St. Francis, Sac, Sophia Karperos Rio Americano

Boys 1600m.
The favorite: Karl Winter St. Mary's Stockton (Top Returning Underclassman)
Threats: Santiago Ruiz Gregori, Austin Shields Whitney, Rubin Garcia Monterey Trail
Wildcards: Joshua Kling Whitney, Jeremy Lanthier Del Campo, Jesus Reyes Placer, Collin Ullrich Liberty Ranch, Matt Strangio Jesuit

Girls 3200m.
The favorites: Maddy and Elena Denner Oak Ridge (State Meet Qualifiers)
Threats: Sydney Vandegrift St. Francis, Sac, Alize Hartke Oakmont
Wildcards: Sophia Lodigiani Davis, Clarissa Nowag-Nelson McClatchy, Olivia O'Keeffe Davis, Isabella Fauria St. Francis, Sac, Cassi Land Sonora, Gabriela Hernandez Vacaville, Kaela Dishion Bret Harte

Boys 3200m.
The favorite: Matt Strangio Jesuit
Threats: Collin Ullrich Liberty Ranch, Santiago Ruiz Gregori, Jonah Weiner-Brodkay McClatchy, Garrett Gough Nevada Union
Wildcards: Mason Reeves Gregori, Sergio Lopez Del Campo, Drew Spencer Oak Ridge, Damian King Bella Vista, Jesus Reyes Placer, Justin Ferraro Rocklin, Conner Ryan Placer

Next:  2018 NCS Distance State Meet Contenders

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Look who’s back: Norwegian pole vault prodigy returns to Davis

Sondre Guttormsen just vaulted 18'0" at the Reno Pole Vault Summit held on January 11th to become the 2nd high schooler to vault over 18'0". He is attending Davis HS (SJS) after his family returned to the Sacramento area. He has also committed to UCLA once out of HS. According to the newspaper article at this LINK, his eligibility is under question but I have also read that he may be eligible as well. I will do a little more digging to find out if he will actually be able to compete or not. If someone out there is aware of the decision, please chime in below.

Update #1: According to his dad on Twitter, he is eligible to compete for Davis HS.

Update #2: It's been confirmed that he will be able to participate fully for Davis HS in the spring. You will need to surpass 18 feet this year if you want to win the Pole Vault at the CA state meet. Only one other state surpasses that standard. Any guesses?

Update #3: Here is an update from California MileSplit in regards to his eligibility found at this LINK.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

2018 CCS Distance State Meet Contenders

Here is what I have so far. Remember only top 3 qualify for the CA state Track and Field meet unless you make the 2018 At-Large Time Standards. I would like to point out that all the defending champions are back this year which is fairly unusual. Additions? Changes? Comments?

Girls 800m.
The favorites: Mari Friedman Santa Cruz (2-time defending section champion)
Threats: Anaya Ward Santa Cruz (2017 state meet qualifier), Kyra Pretre Menlo School
Wildcards: Gabrielle Joffe Mt. View (2016 state meet qualifier), Daniela Salazar Watsonville, Oriana Jalal Cupertino, Kendall Mansukhani Half Moon Bay, Isabelle Cairns St. Francis

Boys 800m.
The favorite: Alex Scales Bellarmine (Defending section champion)
Threats: Jason Gomez Westmont (4th place at 2017 State Meet), Ryan Wilson Carlmont (3rd at 2017 CCS Meet)
Wildcards: Reed Foster Palo Alto, Kyler Spindola Leigh, Garrett MacQuiddy Westmont

Girls 1600m.
The favorite:  Alex Stout Pacific Collegiate (Defending Section Champion)
Threats: Kaylah Grant Live Oak, Marea Zlatunich Aptos, Oriana Jalal Cupertino
Wildcards: Elana Kamas Homestead, Mari Friedman Santa Cruz, Anna Mokkapati The King's Academy, Emma Madgic Aragon, Naomi Donovan Los Altos, Luci Lambert Sacred Heart Prep

Boys 1600m. 
The favorite: Alex Scales Bellarmine (Defending section champion)
Threats: Jorge Estrella Andrew Hill (2nd at 2017 CCS Meet)
Wildcards: Robert Miranda Menlo, Colton Colonna St. Francis, Zach Walker Willow Glen, Ryan Ma Homestead

Girls 3200m.
The favorite: Alex Stout (Defending Section Champion)
Threats: Kaylah Grant Live Oak, Joyce Shea Gunn
Wildcards: Jenna Lange Nueva, Annika Paylor Los Gatos, Miranda Jimenez Palo Alto, Gabby Hughes Soquel

Boys 3200m.
The favorite: Robert Miranda Menlo (Defending Section Champion)
Threats: Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau Bellarmine, Shyam Kumar St. Francis,  Henry Saul Palo Alto
Wildcards: Jorge Estrella Andrew Hill, Colton Colonna St. Francis, Nicky Medearis Crystal Springs Uplands, Owen MacKenzie Los Altos, Sam Lavorato Palma

Next:  2018 SJS Distance State Meet Contenders

2018 Northern California Cross Country Coaches Summit

Hello Coaches,
We will be hosting the 2018 Northern California Cross Country Coaches Summit on Saturday, January, 20, 2018 at Dublin High School in Dublin, CA from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM:
Please come join us for this fantastic opportunity to gather knowledge and strengthen your coaching.
Chris Williams
Northern California Cross Country Coaches Summit Director

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Complete History of XC - Book Launch Party

You can RSVP at this LINK and then get your very own signed copy from author Andrew Boyd Hutchinson on Friday, January 19th from 5pm to 7pm at A Runner's Mind in Burlingame. 

You can check out a preview of the book at this LINK.

For you Cross Country historians, this is a one of a kind book.

Monday, January 08, 2018

2018 Pre-Season All-Norcal Track and Field Distance Team

Below are my choices for preseason All-NorCal Distance Team. I picked one runner each for 1st and 2nd teams and 3-5 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. Please help spread the word as a lot of people might not be aware that the list below has been posted.


800 1st Team (Eric Taylor/SF Gate photo above)
Jett Charvet Heritage (NCS) 1:51.07 (2017 3rd at NCS MOC and CA State Champion)
800 2nd Team
Alex Scales Bellarmine (CCS) 1:50.64 (2017 CCS champion and 2nd at CA State Meet)
800 Honorable Mention
Jason Gomez Westmont (CCS) 1:52.22 (2017 2nd at CCS meet and 4th at CA State Meet)
Ryan Wilson Carlmont (CCS) 1:52.92 (2017 3rd at CCS Meet)
Nixon McKenzie Armijo (SJS) 1:53.88 (3rd at SJS Masters Meet)
Abraham Maldonado Atwater (SJS) 1:54.40 (4th at SJS Masters Meet)
Quinton Alexander Vanden (SJS) 1:54.57 (5th at SJS Masters Meet)

1600 1st Team (Alan Dep/Marin IJ photo above)
Liam Anderson Redwood (NCS) 4:11.74 (2017 3rd at NXN and 4th at CA State Meet)
1600 2nd Team
Jorge Estrella Andrew Hill (CCS) 4:12.31 (2017 2nd at CCS and 6th at CA State Meet)
Alex Scales Bellarmine (CCS) 4:13.39 (2017 CCS Champion)
1600 Honorable Mention
Jett Charvet Heritage (NCS) 4:13.85 (2017 NCS Tri-Valley Champion)
Robert Miranda Menlo (CCS) 4:14.22 (2017 2nd at CCS Top 8 Meet)
John Bennett Granada (NCS) 4:14.50 (2017 3rd at NCS MOC)

3200 1st Team
Liam Anderson Redwood (NCS) 9:03.40 (2017 3rd at NXN and 2nd at NCS MOC)
3200 2nd Team
Robert Miranda (CCS) 9:10.26 (2017 CCS Champion and10th at CA State Meet )
3200 Honorable Mention
Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau Bellarmine (CCS) 9:07.16 (2017 2nd at CCS Championship)
Collin Ullrich Liberty Ranch (SJS) 9:18.33 (2017 1st team All-Norcal XC and Foot Locker finalist)
Adrian Schroeder Dublin (NCS) 9:15.32 (2017 1st team All-Norcal XC)
Matt Strangio Jesuit (SJS) 9:17.58 (2017 15th at NXN and 4th at SJS Masters)
Gaurav Phanse Dublin (NCS) 9:19.49 (2017 7th at NCS MOC)


800 1st Team (SF Gate photo above)
Alyssa Brewer California (NCS) 2:06.86 (2-time defending NCS and State Champion)
800 2nd Team
Cathilyn McIntosh Del Oro (SJS) 2:07.62 (2nd place at 2016 and 2017 State Meets)
800 Honorable Mention
Mari Friedman Santa Cruz (CCS) 2:09.08 (2-time CCS champion and 4th at 2017 CA State Meet)
Marissa D'Atri Alhambra (NCS) 2:11.77 (2017 3rd at NCS MOC)
Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS) 2:11.91 (2017 4th Place at Mt. SAC Relays)
Rayna Stanziano Concord (NCS) 2:12:53 (2017 DAL Champion)
Gillian Wagner Redwood (NCS) 2:12.91 (2017 MCAL Champion)

1600 1st Team (Andy Alfaro/Modesto Bee photo)
Maddy Denner Oak Ridge (SJS) 4:44.89 (2017 CA State Champion)
1600 2nd Team
Olivia O'Keeffe Davis (SJS)4:48.66 (2nd place at 2017 State Meet)
1600 Honorable Mention
Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS) 4:49.38 (4th place at 2016 and 2017 State Meets)
Alex Stout Pacific Collegiate (CCS) 4:51.72 (2017 CCS Champion)
Amber Jackson Forest Lake (SJS) 4:52.94 (2017 3rd at SJS Masters and 7th at CA State Meet)
Gillian Wagner Redwood (NCS) 4:53.18 (2017 MCAL and NCS Redwood Empire Champion)
Mari Friedman Santa Cruz (CCS) 4:55.93 (2017 CCS Top 8 champion)

3200 1st Team
Maddy Denner Oak Ridge (SJS) 10:15.18 (2017 2nd at CA State Meet)
3200 2nd Team
Elena Denner Oak Ridge (SJS) 10:14.99 (2017 SJS Masters Champion and 4th at CA State Meet)
3200 Honorable Mention
Alex Stout Pacific Collegiate (CCS) 10:37.10 (2017 CCS Champion)
Sydney Vandegrift St. Francis, Sacramento (SJS) 10:32.12 (2016 state meet qualifier)
Colleen McCandless Granada (NCS) 10:43.04 (2017 2nd at NCS MOC)
Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS) 10:13.20 (2016 Arcadia 3200 Champion)

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