Sunday, June 17, 2018

North Coast Section Track and Field in review

Check out who I chose as the athletes of the year as well as some of the top individuals from the section. Any comments can be added below.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A look back at CCS this past season

I am working on an article looking back at this past CCS season. If you had to pick one male and one female as Track and Field athletes of the year, who would you choose? What were the most impressive performances this past season? Who were the biggest surprises? Who are the best returning athletes?

Here is the link to the article:

Please add other athletes that you feel deserved mention in the comment selection below.

Coming up, I will do the same for NCS and SJS. Please add your nominations for athletes of the year in those sections as well as the best of the underclassmen that should be mentioned as well.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Donation to Cross Country Express Site

If you have enjoyed all the Track and field coverage this past season, a kind donation would be appreciated.  You can do so with the link to the right.  If you don't do online payments, you can email me at and I will send you an address where you can send a check.

This site will remain a free service but as you know, a lot of time and effort goes into the maintenance of this website.

Thank you very much to those of you that have already donated.  If I haven't done so already, you will hear from me in appreciation.

Crystal Springs Uplands School looking for 2 assistant Cross Country coaches

Crystal Springs Uplands School (CCS) is looking for two cross country assistant coaches for the 2018 fall season.  CSUS is located in Hillsborough (next to San Mateo and Burlingame) and competes in CCS Division 5. This is for the 2018-2019 school year. A zest for distance running, a positive attitude, and running experience is a plus.  Official practices will start mid-August and will run until the end of November. A stipend is available. Interested individuals should send a resume with references to me at

Friday, June 01, 2018

100th California State Meet Results

Who was most impressive? Biggest surprise today? Who are in contention for state championships tomorrow? Most competitive event? Most anticipated event? 

I am going to open up the comments so that you can post them right away. Please be kind.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Best High School Northern California Track and Field Athletes of All-Time

One more bump. Please list below athletes that you feel belong on the lists below. One more trivia question. Who is the runner to the left? He didn't run in NorCal but eventually became one of the most successful coaches in state history.
I bumped this back up to the top. As you can see, quite a list of names and will need to be updated with athletes who competed in the past few seasons. If you also see anybody that should be added from years past, please add them in the comment section below. Trivia Question. Who is the runner to the left?
I have updated all the nominees.  Who else should be considered?  To whoever asked, I would say that more weight should given to high school performances and not what was accomplished after high school.  The list gets way too big when you start adding athletes who did "OK" in high school and then really took off in college and beyond.
A little project before the official start of the 2013 Track and Field season.  Who are the best High School Track and Field athletes of all-time?  Who were the best boy/girl sprinters?  Hurdlers? Distance Runners?  Jumpers?  Throwers?  Can we pick the best overall for boys and girls?  I will add names as they are listed below in the comment section.  Let's see if we can get at least 10 nominees for each category.

Steve Lewis American HS (NCS)
Mel Gray Montgomery HS (NCS)
Rubin Williams Valley Christian HS (CCS)
Calvin Harrison North Salinas HS (CCS)
Alvin Harrison North Salinas HS (CCS)
Bill Green Cubberley HS (CCS)
Derek Shepard Lincoln HS (SF)
Jahvid Best Salesian HS (NCS)
Bob Frick San Ramon Valley HS (?)
Kenny O'Neal Skyline HS (OAK)
Eddie Hart Pittsburg HS (NCS)
Dave Masters El Cerrito HS (NCS)
Jim Hines McClymonds HS (OAK)
Ken Robinson Berkeley HS (NCS)
Stoney McCree Berkeley HS (NCS)
James Jackson Alameda HS (NCS)
Kevin Willhite Cordova HS (SJS)
Andre Ammons Skyline HS (OAK)
Jerry Bright Castlemont (OAK)
Chuck Bommarito Crestmoor HS (CCS)
John Figueroa Sunnyvalle HS (CCS)
Millard Hampton Silvercreek (CCS)
Dixon Farmer Miramonte HS (NCS)
Steve Odom Berkeley (NCS)
Joe DeDora Santa Rosa (NCS)

Mid-Distance Runners
Rick Brown Los Altos HS (CCS)
Cole Williams Urban HS (NCS)
Kevin Griffith San Ramon Valley HS (NCS)
Gordon Johnson Piedmont HS (NCS)
Pete Richardson Berkeley HS (NCS)
James Robinson McClymonds HS (OAK)
Dan Gabor Amador Valley HS (NCS)
Aaron Richberg James Logan HS (NCS)
James Levine Golden Valley HS (SJS)
Jon Stevens Mission San Jose (NCS)
Don Bowden Lincoln HS (CCS)
Dan Aldridge Petaluma HS (NCS)
Patrick McCrystle Jesuit HS (SJS)
Jacob Evans Aptos HS (CCS)
Dale Scott El Cerrito HS (NCS)
Mike Katri Fortuna HS (NCS)
Craig Magness Santa Teresa (CCS)
Conrad Suhr Leigh HS (CCS)

Distance Runners
Michael Stember Jesuit HS (SJS)
Rich Kimball De La Salle HS (NCS)
German Fernandez Riverbank HS (SJS)
Mark Mastalir Jesuit HS (SJS)
Reggie Williams River City HS (SJS)
Roy Kissen San Ramon Valley HS (NCS)
Morgan Groth Alhambra HS (NCS)
Tom Hale Campolindo HS (NCS)
Erik Olson Novato HS (NCS)
Yung-Song Leal Arroyo HS (NCS)
Eric Mastalir Jesuit HS (SJS)
Ralph Gamez Berkeley HS (NCS)
Mike Ryan Del Mar HS (CCS)
John Johnson Skyline HS (OAK)
Tom Downs Skyline HS (OAK)
Bob Grubbs Washington HS (NCS)
Clifton West Kennedy HS (SJS)
Tim Nelson Liberty Christian HS (NS)
Jon Stevens Mission San Jose (NCS)
Calvin Gaziano Castro Valley HS (NCS)
Jay Marden Mision San Jose HS (NCS)
Alex Dunn San Lorenzo Valley HS (CCS)
Giliat Ghebray James Logan HS (NCS)
Yosef Ghebray James Logan HS (NCS)
Brett Gotcher Aptos HS (CCS)
Rod Berry Redwood HS (NCS)
Harold Kuphaldt Bella Vista HS (SJS)
Jason Balkman Lynbrook HS (CCS)
Rusty Knowles Vacaville HS (SJS)
Mason Myers Vacaville HS (SJS)
Paul Thomas Jesuit HS (SJS)
Kevin Blazona Casa Roble HS (SJS)
Gary Passanisi Aptos HS (CCS)
Micheil Jones Livermore HS (NCS)
Rob Wentworth Livermore HS (NCS)
Mark Conover Miramonte HS (NCS)
Adam McAboy Miramonte HS (NCS)
Mark Stillman Willow Glen (CCS)
Mitch Kingery San Carlos (CCS)
Fred Huxham Redwood (NCS)
Tom Hale Campolindo (NCS)
John Dean Berkeley (NCS)
Buck Black Pittsburgh (NCS)
Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS)

Kevin Craddock James Logan HS (NCS)
Joe Naivalu Fremont HS (CCS)
David Klech California HS (NCS)
Guy McGowan Leigh HS (CCS)
Dedy Cooper Harry Ells HS (NCS)
Robert Gaines Richmond HS (NCS)
Tony Hicks Serramonte HS (CCS)
Monte Corley James Logan HS (NCS)
Ron Kennedy Serramonte HS (CCS)
Jim Scannella San Ramon Valley HS (NCS)
Milt Turner Castlemont (OAK)
Don Ward St. Mary's Berkeley (NCS)
Marquis Morris De La Salle (NCS)
Ed Moody McClymonds (OAK)
Andre Phillips Silver Creek (CCS)

Horizontal Jumpers
Mel Gray Montgomery HS (NCS)
Nkosinza Balumbu James Logan HS (NCS)
Monte Upshaw Piedmont HS (NCS)
David Klech California HS (NCS)
Jim O'Sullivan Sir Francis Drake HS (NCS)
Tim Prince James Logan HS (NCS)
Kurt Durham Oakland HS (OAK)
Billy Hice Oakland HS (OAK)
Ken Frazier Mission HS (SF)
Chase Wheeler De La Salle HS (NCS)
Johnny Cleveland Soquel HS (CCS)
Kenny Duncan McClatchy HS (SJS)
Carl McCullough Sacramento HS (SJS)
Dusty Baker Del Campo HS (SJS)
Nate Moore Castro Valley HS (NCS)
Craig Conway Cupertino HS (NCS)

Vertical Jumpers
Noel Frazier California HS (NCS)
David Klech California HS (NCS)
Maurice Crumby Balboa HS (SF)
Teak Wilburn Chico HS (NS)
Jeff Novitsky Mills HS (CCS)
Jeff Rogers Overfelt HS (CCS)
Tim Prince James Logan HS (NCS)
Craig Conway Cupertino HS (CCS)
Kerry Myers Berkeley (NCS)

Scott Roth Granite Bay HS (SJS)
Scott Slover Leland HS (CCS)
Brent Burns Acalanes HS (NCS)
Nico Weiler Los Gatos HS (CCS)
Sondre Guttormsen Davis (SJS)

Ralph Rose Healdsburg HS
Bruce and Steve Wilhelm Fremont HS (CCS)
Sam Cavallaro James Logan HS (NCS)
Dave Porath Atwater HS (SJS)
Chris Adams Los Altos (CCS)
Rolin Luka Ygnacio Valley (NCS)
Dennis DeSoto Santa Rosa (NCS)
Mike Lewis Lincoln (SFS)

Relay Teams
El Cerrito 400 relay team 1971
Berkeley 400 relay team 1981
De La Salle 400 relay team 2009
Castlemont 1600 relay team 1971
Berkeley 1600 relay team 1981
St. Mary's Berkeley 1600 relay team 1992
Castlemont 440 relay team 1970

Jeneba Tarmoh Mt. Pleasant HS (CCS)
Sani Roseby Monterey HS (CCS)
Ashton Purvis St. Elizabeth HS (NCS)
Angelique Smith James Logan HS (NCS)
Chizoba Okodogbe Deer Valley HS (NCS)
Lilla McMillan Tamalpais HS (NCS)
Evelyn Ashford Roesville HS (SJS)
Kathy Hammond HS?
Maria Mulder HS?
Jernae Wright James Logan HS (NCS)
Aisha Margain Berkeley HS (NCS)
Kristina Davis James Logan HS (NCS)
Sharon Ware Berkeley HS (NCS)
Carla Estes James Logan HS (NCS)
Kelli White James Logan HS (NCS)
Freida Cobbs Berkeley HS (NCS)
Tania Woods Skyline HS (OAK)

Mid-Distance Runners
Lindsay Hyatt Placer HS (SJS)
Ann Regan Camden HS (CCS)
Kathy Costello Pleasant Hill HS (NCS)
Jessica Spies Livermore HS (NCS)
Becky Spies Livermore HS (NCS)
Francie Larrieu Fremont HS (CCS)
Nicole Teter West Valley HS (NS)
Marie Mulder Encina HS (SJS)
Dominique Jackson Fairfield HS (SJS)
Marilyn Davis Miramonte HS (NCS)
Miesha Marzell Bishop O'Dowd (NCS)

Distance Runners
Julia Stamps Santa Rosa HS (NCS)
Sara Bei Montgomery HS (NCS)
Amber Trotter Ukiah HS (NCS)
Alicia Follmar Saratoga HS (CCS)
Laurie Chapman Gunderson HS (CCS)
Alejandra Barrientos San Lorenzo Valley HS (CCS)
Francie Larrieu Fremont HS (CCS)
Becky Spies Livermore HS (NCS)
Corey Shubert Del Mar HS (CCS)
Nikki Hiltz Aptos HS (CCS)
Shannon Rowbury Sacred Heart Cathedral HS (CCS)
Anna Maxwell San Lorenzo Valley HS (CCS)
Diana George Livermore HS (NCS)
Carrie Verdon Campolindo HS (NCS)
Kristen Gordon Carandolet HS (NCS)
Laurynne Chetelat Davis HS (SJS)
Cheri Williams Livermore HS (NCS)
Lindsay Allen College Park HS (NCS)
Tori Tyler Gunn HS (CCS)
Jenny Aldridge Maria Carrillo HS (NCS)
Clara Horowitz Head Royce School (NCS)
Marissa Ferrante Aptos HS (CCS)
Taylor Johnson San Lorenzo Valley HS (CCS)
Elissa Riedy Mission San Jose HS (NCS)
Alex Kosinski Oak Ridge HS (SJS)
Joni Mooney Vacaville HS (SJS)
Jacque Taylor Casa Grande HS (NCS)
Eileen Claugus Rio Americano HS (SJS)
Heike Skaden Encina HS (SJS)
Fiona O'Keeffe Davis (SJS)

Thandi Stewart James Logan HS (NCS)
Vashti Thomas Mt. Pleasant HS (CCS)
Leslie Maxie Mills HS (CCS)
Natasha Neal James Logan HS (NCS)
Trinity Wilson St. Mary's Berkeley (NCS)
Talia Stewart James Logan HS (NCS)
Daje Pugh Fairfield HS (SJS)
Keri Sanchez Santa Teresa HS (CCS)
Tierra Ward James Logan HS (NCS)
Angela Harris Skyline HS (OAK)
Ryan Peters Skyline HS (OAK)

Wendy Brown Woodside HS (CCS)
Alitta Boyd Moreau Catholic HS (NCS)
Jernae Wright James Logan HS (NCS)
Brittany Daniels Merrill West HS (SJS)
Deontee Kaye James Logan HS (NCS)
Ke'Nyia Richardson Holy Names HS (NCS)
Ciarra Brewer James Logan HS (NCS)
Vashti Thomas Mt. Pleasant HS (CCS)
Tracey Stewart James Logan HS (NCS)
Jamesha Youngblood Hercules HS (NCS)
Ashley Lodree El Cerrito HS (NCS)
Briana Stewart James Logan HS (NCS)

Tori Anthony Castilleja (CCS)
Cimran Verdi Las Lomas HS (NCS)
Greta Wagner Los Gatos (CCS)
Taylor Jaques Presentation (CCS)

Julie Dufresne Harbor HS (CCS)
Jere Summers Berkeley HS (NCS)
Suzy Powell Downey HS (SJS)
Jill Camarena Woodland HS (SJS)
Melissa Reis James Logan HS (NCS)
Chaniqua Ross Laguna Creek HS (SJS)
Kristen Heaston Ygnacio Valley HS (NCS)
Elena Bruckner Valley Christian SJ (CCS)

Relay Teams
James Logan HS 400 Relay 1995, '96, '97, 2004, '06
James Logan HS 1600 Relay 2004
James Logan HS 1600 Relay 1996
Piedmont Hills HS 1600 Relay 2013, 2014
Vacaville Shuttle Hurdles Team 2014
Mt. Pleasant 400 Relay 2007

Monday, May 28, 2018

Club Teams dilemma for high school pilots

An interesting article that I found in the rabbit hole aka from 1978. Still an issue to this day with club coaches poaching athletes from good coaches with the promise of fast times and college scholarships. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

2018 California Track and Field Meet

Performance lists:

State info:

There will be a state preview coming up on Wednesday. In the meantime, feel free to discuss any events and what NorCal athletes will have a shot to either win or at least get on the podium (top 6 finish). 

NorCal Section meets videos

From SJS meet, here is the girls' 1600 race with a fantastic battle between Olivia O'Keeffe and Maddie and Elena Denner.

You can check out other SJS videos here:

More videos will be posted momentarily.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

NorCal Section meets today

Results will be posted as soon as I find them. Please feel free to comment below on any of the outstanding performances below.

Sac-Joaquin Section
All results posted here:

North Coast Section
Tri-Valley Results:
You can also find Class A and Redwood Empire results at this link:

You can also find more results at this link:

Who was most impressive yesterday? Biggest surprise as in positive or negative?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Northern California Section Meet Info

Central Coast Section


North Coast Section

  • Meet Bulletin (includes meet schedule) -
  • Performance Lists, Meet Program & Results -
  • Parking - We are asking that everyone that arrives before 11:00 AM to park in the Dublin High School parking lot along VILLAGE PARKWAY and NOT in the parking lot along Brighton Drive.  Our DHS senior recognition ceremony is happening in the sports complex next to the track and field stadium until 11:00 AM and we would like to reserve the Brighton Drive parking lot for that.  There is also overflow parking available at the Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder-day Saints along Village Parkway directly next to the DHS Village Parkway parking lot.  We appreciate your cooperation and apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

Chris Williams

Sac-Joaquin Section
All info including bulletins and results can be found at this link:

If you have other info that can be added for any of the NorCal sections, please email me at

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

University XC & TF coach Carin Marrs & St. Ignatius long jumper Alex Enos honored by San Francisco Italian Athletic Club

You can read about those honored including Coach Marrs (Ron Counts photo) and Alex Enos at Monday's ceremony at this LINK.

Coach Marrs also took some members of her University HS Track and Field team to the Dogwood Track Classic in Virginia which took place on May 4th and 5th. You can read all about her team's experience from a local newspaper at this LINK. Among the highlights for the Red Devils was the 7:56.98 4 x 800m time by the UHS boys.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Clayton Valley senior Aiden Jackman may be done for rest of season

The leading hurdler in California will not compete in the hurdles the rest of this season. He ran 13.98 at the Arcadia Invitational but it appeared to me that he had hurt himself in that race. He also ran 37.47 in the 300 hurdles later in the meet to finish in 2nd place in both races. At the Stanford meet, Jackman (Chase Bryson photo to the left) ran 52.85 to win the 400-meter hurdles which at the time was the leading mark in the nation.

Clayton Valley has an unbelievable pool of talent this year including the leading 400-meter runner in the state, Cameron Reynolds at 47.09. At their league meet, CV also had two more 400 runners (Bryson Benjamin at 49.37 and Justin Lowe at 49.44) going sub 50. Their 1600m relay should be quite good even without Jackman.

The last NorCal hurdler to win the 300m hurdles at the state meet was Marquis Morris of DLS in 2014. The last NorCal hurdler to win the 110m hurdles was also Marquis Morris in 2013.

I wrote a similar article at MileSplitCA which you can find at this LINK.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018

WCAL varsity boys 3200

Event 35  Boys 3200 Meter Run Varsity
        Meet: ! 9:14.60  1981        Chris Paredes, Bellarmine                 
         CCS: # 8:52.11  1981        Jessie Torres, Independence               
       State: * 8:34.23  2008        German Fernandez, Riverbank               
    National: $ 8:34.23  2008        German Fernandez, Riverbank               
                9:39.48  @ CCS Qualifiying
    Name                    Year School                  Finals                  H#
  1 Beaudoin-Rousseau, Meika  12 Bellarmine P           9:27.05 @                 1 
  2 Eng, Eric                 11 St Francis (           9:28.22 @                 1 
  3 Kumar, Shyam              12 St Francis (           9:29.17 @                 1 
  4 Karur, Naren              12 St Francis (           9:29.69 @                 1 
  5 Colonna, Colton           11 St Francis (           9:30.97 @                 1 
  6 Garcia, Juan Pablo        10 St Francis (           9:32.64 @                 1 
  7 Gade, Neerav              12 Bellarmine P           9:37.24 @                 1 
  8 Topper, Nolan              9 Bellarmine P           9:37.66 @                 1 
  9 Skahill, Daniel           11 St Francis (          x9:55.35                   1 
 10 D'Orfani, Ross            11 Bellarmine P           9:57.89                   1 
 11 Makhni, Devin             11 Archbishop M           9:59.83                   1 
 12 Farruggio, Matthew        11 Sacred Heart          10:04.34                   2 
 13 Maddison, Aiden           10 St Francis (         x10:14.94                   1 
 14 Upchurch, James           12 Archbishop R          10:15.06                   2 
 15 O'Brien, Sean             12 Junipero Ser          10:18.82                   2 
 16 Diab, Sam                 11 Bellarmine P          10:20.11                   2 
 17 Doheny, Sean              12 St Ignatius           10:35.94                   2 
 18 Ocbai, Yonatan            12 Sacred Heart          10:37.42                   2 
 19 Possa, Ryan               11 Junipero Ser          10:40.32                   2 
 20 Hijab, Rami               12 Junipero Ser          10:41.18                   2 
 21 Strella, Charlie          11 Sacred Heart          10:42.64                   2 
 22 Vallecillo, Alexander     12 Archbishop R          10:43.18                   2 
 23 Moore, Nathanael          11 Valley Chris          10:56.40                   2 
 24 DeBenedetti, Lucas        11 Archbishop M          10:56.88                   2 
 25 Wu, Lawrence              11 Sacred Heart          11:13.45                   2 
 26 Lum, Jack                 11 St Ignatius           11:18.18                   2 
 27 Wong, Marc                11 Sacred Heart          11:24.06                   2 
 28 Laughlin, Andrew          11 St Ignatius           11:35.22                   2 
 29 Garate, Sebastian         12 Archbishop M          12:04.66                   2 
 30 Hsu, Tom                  11 St Ignatius           12:42.05                   2 
 31 Saran, Raghav             11 Valley Chris          12:52.37    

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Northern California Top 10 Track and Field athletes

You can check out my top 10 list of all California Track and Field athletes at this link:

Check out how many NorCal athletes made the list and feel free to comment below on who I missed.

If we were to pick out the top 10 track and field athletes from Northern California regardless of event or sex, who would make your list? I will add names as they are listed below and eventually come up with a list 1 through 10. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Best performances from Sacramento Meet of Champions

A quick look at the results and these were the marks that stood out to me. If you have others, please list them below.

Tierra Robinson-Jones Bishop O'Dowd 400m 53.15 Meet Record plus CA #1
Olivia O'Keeffe Davis 3200m 10:22.30 CA #10
Kali Hatcher St. Mary's Berkeley Triple Jump 42'3.5" CA #2
Cathilyn McIntosh Del Oro 800m 2:12.09 CA #8
Sheldon Girls 1600m Relay 3:51.73 CA #6
Charlotte Tomkinson Menlo 57.35/2:13.19
Laurel Wong Santa Catalina Pole Vault 13'2"
Elena Denner Oak Ridge 1600m 4:51.30

Dominique Navarrette El Capitan Discus 181'9" His best is CA #4
Sondre Guttormsen Davis Pole Vault 17'2" His best is CA #1
Zachary Larrier Monterey Trail 400m 47.50 His best is CA #1
Eric Robertson Merrill West Triple Jump 49'1.5" CA #4
Juan Zarate-Sanchez Davis 800m 1:52.78 CA #3
Maria Carrillo Boys 1600m Relay 3:18.73 CA #7
Russell Sullivan Foothill 3200m 9:15.64 victory
Max Glasser Marin Catholic 100m/200m 10.74/21.82 victories
Jett Charvet Heritage 1600m 4:15.62 victory

Feel free to add others that deserve mention below.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sacramento Meet of Champions Preview

The preview of the meet can be found at this LINK. For now, you can also view all the accepted entries at this LINK.

One added note regarding a NorCal athlete, Menlo senior Robert Miranda will be competing at the Penn Relays today at 2:45pm in the mile. Results will be posted once they are posted.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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."

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