Thursday, September 20, 2018

Northern California Results (League and Invitationals)

Pacific Tiger Invitational Live Results:
https://timerhub.com/get_web_index.php?page=redcaptiming.com/2018/tigerxc/

PAL meet at Half Moon Bay HS (Tuesday, September 18th)
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/XC/2018/pal_1.htm

You can check out other league results at this link:
http://ca.milesplit.com/results

If you know of other results that are not posted yet, please email alonso.rodriguez@flosports.tv and he will add them to the results page.

Lastly, I posted a list of the top "10" California girls in cross country this season at the link below. Check out what NorCal girls made the list.
http://ca.milesplit.com/articles/247753-2018-girls-early-season-top-10-california-girls-xc-runners

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Catching up with former Casa Grande runner, Jacque Taylor

Today we chat with 2010 Casa Grande grad, Jacque Taylor. During her high school career, Taylor finished in the top 5 at the cross country state championship all four years (9th grade-5th, 10th grade-2nd, 11th grade-3rd and 12th grade-1st). On the track, Taylor finished with high school personal bests of 2:17.05, 4:49.63 and 10:34.39. She competed for the University of North Carolina and eventually transferred to Sacramento State. She started her coaching career at Ole Miss and eventually landed at St. Louis University where she coaches today.

1) How did you get your start in running and what was your experience prior to HS? Personal records before HS? 
From the age of 6 until my senior year of high school I played competitive soccer. It was in the 5th grade that a family friend started the “Sonoma Mountain Running Club,” which was running a mile after school every Friday. I raced every Friday after school (unless I had a soccer tournament) and was fueled by beating the boys and getting faster every week. I remember “promoting” from the 6th grade having run low 5:20 miles, and 8th grade racing to a 5:08 1600m. I also competed in USATF meets.

2) What were some of your highlights from your freshman year in hs in both XC and TF? Who were the runners that you looked up to as a freshman whether on your team or not? 
My big highlight from my freshmen year has to be placing 5th at the cross country state championships and placing 4th at CIF State Track in the 3200m with a time of 10:34. I would say I mostly looked up to Jordan Hasay, Christine Babcock and Alex Kosinski.

3) What were some of your highlights and proudest achievements from your HS career for both sports? 
Highlights and greatest achievements in high school would have to be breaking 4:50 in the 1600m, running 16:56 xc 5k, competing for Team USA (NACAC) and winning a cross country state title (below in 2009).
4) Looking back at your high school training, what do you feel worked for you and what do you wish you did differently?
Looking back on my high school career the two things I would change or do differently would be running more miles and adding some strength into my routine. I graduated high school with 30mpw at my highest and not able to do a single push-up... whoa!

5) You chose the University of North Carolina after Casa Grande HS. What led to that decision and how many other colleges were considered as well? 
I did choose the UNC for college. Truthfully, I had no intention of going to UNC. It was my very first official visit and I knew immediately that I wanted to be a Tar Heel. The atmosphere in Chapel Hill is amazing; intoxicating. I was also offered a full athletic scholarship (see Q12). The following week I took a visit to University of Washington but didn’t believe it to be the right fit. Right when I got back from Seattle, I verbally committed to UNC.
6) What was your experience at UNC and why did you end up transferring to Sacramento State?
I spent a year and a half in Chapel Hill and loved every moment. Chapel Hill still holds a very large place in my heart—it is where met my lifelong friends. However, as much as I loved UNC, I needed to transfer to a school closer to home.

Going into college I found out that I had Tuberculosis. I had to take medicine for close to 6 months. The medicine was very harsh and caused multiple health concerns, for example, peripheral neuropathy, anemia, trouble breathing turning my lips blue and strange food allergies (I had a Hitch moment chugging Benadryl in the grocery store) etc. The neuropathy got to the point where I remember spilling soup on an electric stove and I grabbed a regular towel to clean up and I didn’t feel a thing. I didn’t have much feeling in my hands and feet for about 3 years after taking the medicine.

On top of that, my mileage was bumped up significantly where for 3 weeks I was running 100mpw. I ended up getting 2 stress fractures at the same time. Between getting sick, injured and mentally not in it anymore it was time for me to focus on me and transfer.

7) Highlights and proudest achievements at Sac State?
After transferring from UNC in the winter I didn’t attend Sacramento State until the fall of 2013. After my transfer, I didn’t start training again until April. First off, I still wasn’t 100% cleared and was told I could run at my own risk. Secondly, I needed time to fall in love with the sport again. Unfortunately, when I did decide to get back into training to prepare for xc , I broke my foot. Immediately after it happened I went to get an x-ray where I was told that it was too swollen for a clear x-ray and I was cleared to run once the swelling goes down. So I kept running on it for a couple months but it was never getting better so I went back in for an x-ray where they told me it was broken and I was put in a boot for a month and a half. However, after that month and a half, my foot healed incorrectly and required surgery. I went through with the surgery and things were good for a while until I came to the conclusion that surgery didn’t fix it like I had hoped. My foot was always bruised, swollen and painful to walk. The entire time at Sac State I was dealing with the side effects from the tuberculosis medicine.  To this day my foot is covered in arthritis and I need a joint fusion in my foot. So very long story short, I didn’t run much at Sacramento State because I was always rehabbing or trying to get my body healthy. I do have to give a special shout-out to Kathleen Raske, Scott Abbott and Joe Eby for believing in me, knowing my past and making me love the sport again.

Not many highlights and achievements at Sac State that I am super proud of but it is the place I found out I wanted to get into coaching.

8) What led you to coaching and how did you end up at Ole Miss and now St. Louis?
I’ve had many coaches in my time whether it was skiing, soccer or running. I’ve had amazing coaches and I’ve had coaches who I hope I never see/hear from again--they are the reason I want to get into coaching. The soccer coaches who would call me after a big race or would pick my brain for their upcoming 10k, the running coaches who supported me in all my good or bad decisions, the coach who scolded me after conference in front of everyone or made me cry in their office. I have been able to experience the best of both worlds and I have learned what I believe works best and what doesn’t. How you treat your athletes will affect them years after graduating and leaving the sport behind.

9) Who were the coaches that had the biggest influences for you and what were the most important lessons you learned from them?
The coaches that have influenced me the most have been Connie Price-Smith, Head Coach at Ole Miss and Ryan Vanhoy, Head Women's and Mens Distance Coach at Ole Miss. For those who don’t know, Connie served as Team USA Women’s Track and Field coach at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was elected to the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2016, currently serves as the President of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, and is a four-time Olympian. She is the reason why I want to be a Head Coach at a Power 5 school. She is a quiet lady but at the same time speaks volumes. Ryan Vanhoy is the reason why I ended up at Ole Miss. I knew him back at UNC where he was the Graduate Assistant. I consider Vanhoy as my family, as he has always been there for me no matter what. He probably taught me 20 things a day and is still teaching me from another state. He taught me a lot about the sport but a lot about myself as well. He is a big-time mentor for me whether he realizes it or not.

10) Now that you have the perspective of a high school and college athlete as well as a college coach, what do you feel are the keys to being a successful high school runner? What about the collegiate runner?
I think the key to be a successful high school and collegiate runner is to be consistent in training. Make sure you are constantly doing the little things, listening to your body, staying healthy. Know how to push the boundaries within yourself and do not compare your training to anyone else. Runners are notoriously known to be in their own heads and you need to stay out of it as much as possible.

11) What would your advice be for a high school coach who interested in coaching at the collegiate level? 
For a high school coach looking to get into college coaching the biggest thing I would say would be not to limit your opportunities. Go to your local college and ask if you can start as a volunteer. An opportunity is an opportunity and you have to attack it. The college coaching community is a tight one so once you get in you need to make the best of it.

12) Anything else you would like to add.
Anything I might add, I have things!  Having gone from a college athlete to a college coach I believe I hold some quality insight for high school athletes looking to run in college. First off, take 5 official visits!! It will be one of the smartest things you will do during your senior year of high school. You need to keep your options open because you never know what is out there. Don’t be blinded by scholarship money. Whether it is a small offer or a larger offer, coaches can always increase and decrease. Being a college athlete is a big deal, it is fun and you meet many amazing people but you have to remember it is a job and it comes with expectations, especially if you are on scholarship.

Jacque Taylor

SLU assistant cross country/track coach

Thank you very much for your time, Jacque! AJC

Monday, September 17, 2018

Coming up this week...

You can check out the workout week that ca.milesplit.com has done with Great Oak that will be posted throughout the week. The first installment can be found at this link:
http://www.milesplit.com/articles/247721-workout-week-day-1-great-oak-eyes-up-redemption-in-2018

I will also have interviews with former Casa Grande runner Jacque Taylor and current Las Lomas senior Preston Norris.

If there are other athletes and/or coaches that you would like to see interviewed, please feel free to add their name in the comment section below.

If there is something else that you would like to see on this site, feel free to add in the comment section below as well.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Colleen Quigley in San Francisco Sept. 28th

From former San Rafael coach, Jason Jacobson. Please help spread the word.

Hi folks - greeting from Oregon.
A quick note to you awesome high school coaches - We are having Colleen Quigley on site at the Sports Basement in the Presidio on Friday, September 28th as part of our Tiburon Half Marathon event.
She is going to do her #fastbraidfriday event - sign autographs - and even a short 2-mile run.
All of your high school girls are invited - no-cost - chance to meet a great female runner.
See her post below - feel free to share widely as would love to get great attendance!


steeple_squigsI had SO much fun at last week's pop-up braid bar in NYC.🗽It got me thinking about other opportunities to do it again and again! Soooo I'm headed to the West Coast! 🌁Who is in San Francisco on Friday Sept 28th?? I will be set up at the Sports Basement in the Presidio from 5-7pm signing autographs and doing braids for #FastBraidFriday with a short shakeout run at 7pm in conjunction with packet pick-up for the Tiburon Half Marathon. Are there any braiders in San Francisco who would be interested in volunteering to help out and braid some hair?
I'd love to see my Cali fans, hear about your ambitious goals that you will take on in your braids, and go for a short run together.
Stay tuned in the weeks to come for more details!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Earlybird Summary Story

2018 Earlybird Summary by Coach Gustavo Ibarra
Well, we want to thank everyone for a wonderful 23 years of great memories. From the handful of teams that started the meet at North Monterey County to the 70 plus that graced the course today at Toro Park, we hope you enjoyed the meets over the years. With all of the celebratory details of the meets, it has always been the athletes and coaches who have made it one-of-a-kind. Thank you. On to the details!

The day kicked off with the traditional open race and middle school races which bring a different touch and spirit to the event. Special thanks to the coaches who have ran over the years and have shown their athletes the way.  The middle school races were packed and the future is bright!

The 9th grade girls started off the showcase races and it was Grace Lathrop (Whitney) who got out early and never looked back cruising to a very fine 19:18 win and helped her team to victory as well. Madison Galetti (Clovis West-19:37) made it two from outside the area ready to spoil the CCS party. Christel Elkins (St. Francis-19:50) began what would be a very historic day for the Lancers of both genders! Los Gatos (3rd-105 pts.), Mitty (2nd-98 pts.), and Whitney (1st- 93 pts.) had a nice team battle to start the day.

The 9th grade boys had some hype with a world record holder gracing the course. That doesn’t happen very often in high school meets! Jeremy Kain (Scotts Valley) set the world record in the mile (4:36) for 12 year olds and kicked off his high school career with a nice win in 16:38. He smartly took his time early on and used his middle distance speed to kick past Cash Ebright (SLV-16:40) down the stretch. Those two will lock horns for years to come in their league races. Benjamin Reyes (Clovis West-17:11) settled for a distant 3rd. Jeremy helped Scotts Valley to place 3rd (232 pts) while Prospect (2nd-182 pts.) and Bellarmine (1st-97 pts) took top honors. I can’t remember an Earlybird when Bellarmine didn’t win a team race. The cupboard continues to fill for the Bells.

The sophomore girls had 8 girls under 20:00 last year and they upped that to 11 today. Melissa Chicon was coming off a nice win last week at Chieftain and as predicted, she surprised the field with back to back wins at Toro in 18:53. After a conservative opening 6:18 first mile she bolted holding off defending champ Audrey Reed from Live Oak (2nd-19:01) and rising star Layla Ruiz from Watsonville (3rd-19:11).  St. Francis (1st-46 pts) got their team wins going with Whitney (2nd-61 pts.) snagging some more hardware. Gunn (3rd-76 pts.) took the last coveted Earlybird medals.

The sophomore boys had a newcomer run solo for his 2nd big invitational wins in as many weeks among the biggest field of the day. Collin Peattie (Bellarmine) was on everyone’s radar after his stellar 4:16 mile as a 9th grader and after an opening 5:00 mile today he dusted everyone to a very fine 15:42 time making him the 2nd fastest Bellarmine Bell ever, and that’s saying something with their tradition rich program. Nolan Topper (2nd-16:18) and Galen Topper (3rd-about 16:23 due to timing malfunction), made it a clean sweep for the Bells and sealed this team as the best underclass team we have ever seen at Earlybird. The Bells scored only 24 points in a massive field for their 2nd win of the day. Los Altos (142 pts.) and St. Francis (168 pts.) were a distant 2nd and 3rd.

The junior girls had local star Angela Leavitt (Notre Dame-Salinas) sprint past the leaders in the last 100 meters to seal the win in 19:53. Clara Chirila-Rus from Leland (2nd-19:58) and Hermela Abrha from Willow Glen (3rd-20:02) timed their kicks just a bit too soon but will learn as the season goes on. Hermela spear-headed a nice Willow Glen (1st-41 pts.) team for the win with Leland (2nd-47 pts.) and St Francis (3rd-62pts.) next.

The junior boys had Adam Sage (Los Altos) surge late in the race for the win in 15:47 after a pack hit the mile in 5:05. In the closest race of the day, Ethan Dodge (Whitney) was 2nd in 15:48 with his teammate Austin Vasquez 3rd with the same 15:48 time. St. Francis (1st-73 pts.) started to flex their muscles with Los Altos (2nd-84 pts.) and Clovis West (3rd-111 pts.) showing very well.

The senior girls got a nice touch as the Earlybird founder, Coach Bruce White, was the honorary starter. Quinn Hagerman (Merced) was our heavy favorite and she didn’t disappoint. After an opening 5:48 mile we knew she was ready to roll. The hills didn’t slow her much as she stopped the clock at 17:52. That was fastest of the day and moves her to #12 All-Time at Toro Park beating some California legends. Her 40 second improvement from last year was quite impressive and sets her up as one of the top girls in California for this fall. Lila Roake (2nd-18:19) from Santa Cruz and Jessica Kain (3rd-19:02) made the front of this race look like solo time trials as Quinn spread the field out. San Benito (1st-35pts.), Alvarez (2nd-63 pts.), and Alisal (3rd-65 pts.) made it a clean sweep for the newly formed 30 school Pacific Coast Athletic League.

The senior boys were also sent off by Coach White and we new with the entry list that this would be the best grade level team we ever saw at Earlybird and that the individual battle would be fierce. That’s exactly what it was. Colton Colonna (St. Francis) and his teammate Eric Eng battled our defending champ Owen Mackenzie (Los Altos) throughout the race after an opening 4:58 mile. The see-saw action was impressive as they each took turns surging. Owen surged with 800 meters to go only to be over-taken late. As we thought he would, Colton sealed the win late in 15:21, fastest of the day. That time moves him to just outside the top 10 at  #11 All-Time at Toro Park. Eric was close at 15:24 and is now #17 at Toro. Quite the 1-2 punch for the Lancers! Owen settled for a hard-fought 3rd in 15:36. St. Francis stormed as the best grade level team ever with 33 pts. Bellarmine (2nd-50 pts.) made two truly outstanding grade level teams. Los Gatos (154 pts.) was 3rd as the senior boys made the last Earlybird race truly memorable.

Overall, St. Francis boys and girls made their Earlybird return a memorable one.
St. Francis girls had the fastest combined team time (99:32) while Whitney (101:39) and Clovis West (102:03) made it two out of the area teams in the top three. Saint Francis was only 2:18 off their school record run of 2014.

The St. Francis boys came in ranked 1st in CCS, 2nd Overall in California, and 5th in the United States and walked away with a team time of 79:02, good for the 2nd fastest All-Time at Toro Park behind their very own 78:41 park record set last year. The Lancers have all the tools in the shed to make their 2018 run a very memorable one with that type of early season effort. If their 5th man can shore up the back-end (66 second spread) the crew could be very, very dangerous.  Bellarmine was dismissed by some coming in but we knew they would be a solid 2nd with their new addition up-front. Their 80:47 team time is just off their school record 80:09 from three years ago putting them right back into the state’s elite once again and only 1:45 behind the Lancers. Don’t discount the Bells! Los Altos (81:17) just missed their school record by 12 seconds and was just outside the top 10 all-time and will also mix it up with anyone.
When all races were combined and scored, St. Francis walked away with the overall plaque breaking a long held streak by Bellarmine.

Once again, from everyone at North Monterey County High School, we want to thank everyone for a memorable 23 years and we hope you enjoyed the last one!

Coach Gustavo Ibarra
Earlybird Meet Director
Full results on event website;

Northern California Invitational Results

De La Salle Invitational Live Results:
http://diablotiming.com/results/2018-09-15/

Farmer Invitational Results (winning Alameda girls' varsity team):
http://atwresults.com/atwupload/20180915/

Woodbridge Invitational Results:
http://ca.milesplit.com/articles/247597-live-results-woodbridge-cross-country-classic

Earlybird Invitational Results (try this link):
LINK

Nevada Union Invitational Results:
https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/145408/results

Viking Opener Results:
Boys: https://redwoodempirerunning.com/2018-boys-viking-opener/
Girls: https://redwoodempirerunning.com/2018-girls-viking-opener/
https://runsignup.com/Race/Results/51883/#resultSetId-129321


In the meantime, feel free to comment below on any awesome performances that take place today. I will update the links as soon as I find them.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Now this is how you celebrate your 62nd birthday

The photo below courtesy of Sonoma Academy coach Danny Aldridge. For those of you that may not be familiar with Danny, he was just inducted in the Cal Poly SLO hall of fame and you can check out his accolades at this LINK. You can also check out more accolades about Danny at this LINK.

So below, he decided to run 62 x 200 for his 62nd birthday with 1-minute rest between each 200 and a 200 jog between sets. Danny was also paced by San Francisco State 10k record holder, Mike Fanelli. You can check out the times for all his 200s below. Color me impressed!

De La Salle Invitational Meet Preview

You can check out that preview at this link:
http://ca.milesplit.com/articles/247523-2018-de-la-sallecarondelet-invitational-meet-preview

If you and your team are competing at the meet, please let us know in the comment section below. If there are other runners and teams that deserve mention as well, feel free to include those in the comment section as well.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

California's Early Season Top 10 Individual Boys

You can check out my article at ca.milesplit.com at the link below which includes several Northern California runners. If you think there are other runners that deserve mention like Las Lomas senior Preston Norris, please feel free to list them in the comment section.
http://ca.milesplit.com/articles/247335-2018-boys-early-season-top-10-california-xc-runners

Monday, September 10, 2018

DO NOT WASTE GOOD TIME – MY REFLECTIONS ON SARAH SUMPTER, BY CHRIS PUPPIONE

For those of you that didn't know Sarah Sumpter, you should take the time to read the article at the link below courtesy of one of her college coaches, Chris Puppione. Sumpter passed away at the age of 25 on September 21, 2015. While she was at UC Davis, September 10th  became known as "Stump Day" (Sumpter was affectionately known as Stump) as that was the date that she was initially diagnosed with cancer. She fought valiantly for the next few years and will forever be known for her courage despite dealing with the toughest challenge of her life.

https://empirerunnersblog.org/2015/10/03/do-not-waste-good-time-my-reflections-on-sarah-sumpter-by-chris-puppione/

Northern California Invitational Results

HIGH SCHOOL
Chieftain Invitational (Unofficial)
https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/145990/results

Kim Duyst Invitational
https://timerhub.com/get_web_index.php?page=redcaptiming.com%2F2018%2Fduyst%2F

Ed Sias Invitational
http://diablotiming.com/results/2018-09-08/

Lowell Invitational
http://www.rtspt.com/events/cif/2018Meets/lowellxc/
Review of yesterday's meet:
http://ca.milesplit.com/articles/247203-perfect-day-for-a-fast-times-at-the-lowell-invitational
Photos by Malcolm Slaney
https://www.flickr.com/photos/malcolmslaney/collections/72157673241094448/

Monte Vista Invitational (September 4th)
http://diablotiming.com/results/2018-09-04/
NEW COURSE RECORD for Preston Norris of Las Lomas at 10:29.6. Russell Sullivan also dipped under the old mark of Danny Stalters of Northgate (10:37.1) with a time of 10:36.0.

The girls' course record is held by Chloe Hansel of Las Lomas when she ran 11:55.8 as a junior in 2014. The fastest time for the girls today belonged to San Ramon Valley senior Kate Tavella who ran 12:20.2

College Prep Invitational
http://www.rtspt.com/events/cif/2018Meets/cpxc/
















Stinson Relays

Newspaper article: https://www.marinij.com/2018/09/05/stinson-relays/

Bob Shor Invitational
Boys: https://redwoodempirerunning.com/2018-boys-bob-shor-invite/
Girls: https://redwoodempirerunning.com/2018-girls-bob-shor-invite/

MIDDLE SCHOOL
WBAL #1 at Bayfront Park:
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/XC/2018/Full_Results.htm

Other standout highlights?

Sunday, September 09, 2018

2018 Earlybird Invitational Preview by Coach Gustavo Ibarra

http://ca.milesplit.com/articles/247259-2018-earlybird-invitational-preview-by-coach-gustavo-ibarra (As noted by the meet director author of the preview, this will be the last Earlybird Invitational).

2018 Pre-Season Northern California Top 10 Cross Country Runners (Boys and Girls)

Originally posted on July 15th. Who is missing from the two lists below?

BOYS
1) Liam Anderson Redwood (NCS) Senior
2) Matt Strangio Jesuit (SJS) Junior
3) Owen MacKenzie Los Altos (CCS) Senior
4) Colton Colonna St. Francis, Mt. View (CCS) Senior
5) Damian King Bella Vista (SJS) Senior
6) Christopher Middleton-Pearson Dublin (NCS) Junior
7) Connor Livingston De La Salle (NCS) Senior
8) Eric Eng St. Francis, Mt. View (CCS) Senior
9) Loic Scamparin Dublin (NCS) Senior
10) Henry Saul Palo Alto (CCS) Senior

GIRLS
1) Caroline Garrett Oakland Technical (OAK) Senior
2) Colleen McCandless Granada (NCS) Senior
3) Emily Perez St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) Senior
4) Gabrielle Peterson Healdsburg (NCS) Senior
5) Kalea Bartolotto Granada (NCS) Senior
6) Kelli Wilson Monte Vista (NCS) Junior
7) Quinn Hagerman Merced (SJS) Senior
8) Rayna Stanziano Concord (NCS) Senior
9) Anna Mokkapati The King's Academy (CCS) Junior
10) Sophia Lodigiani Davis (SJS) Senior

It's tough to narrow it down to just 10 runners so if you feel there are other runners that should also be considered, please add their names and accomplishments in the comment section below. If you feel the order should be different above, please feel free to add your own top 10 below as well. Are there any incoming freshmen that could make either of the above lists? 

You can check out the top 10 teams (boys and girls) at this LINK.

Lowell Invitational Top 10 Marks for current course

Here are the top times that I could find for the Lowell Invitational since 2006 (current course). If you know of other times that break into the following lists, please post below in the comment section below. I am trying to verify the course length for yesterday since the runners did not go around the big tree. This is also a very unofficial list since the course has fluctuated through the years.

GIRLS
1) Quinn Hagerman Merced 16:49.8 2018
2) Gabrielle Peterson Healdsburg 17:00.8 2018
3) Grace Catena Palos Verdes 17:03.0 2017
4) Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy 17:03.5 2016 
5) Colleen McCandless Granada 17:05.4 2017
6) Alize Hartke Oakmont 17:06.3 2017
7) Lauren Peurifoy MLK 17:08.2 2016
8) Alize Hartke Oakmont 17:10.2 2016
9) Joyce Shea Gunn 17:10.9 2017
10) Marissa Ferrante Aptos 17:13 2008

BOYS
1) John Lawson Sir Francis Drake 14:08 2012
2) Garrett Corcoran Villa Park 14:21 2013
3) Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau Bellarmine 14:24.2 2017
4) Kent Slaney Palo Alto 14:29.5 2016
5) John Bennett Granada 14:34.0 2017
6) Robert Miranda Menlo 14:35.3 2017
7) Preston Norris Las Lomas 14:35.5 2018
8) Colin Peattie Bellarmine 14:37.1 2018
9) Owen MacKenzie Los Altos 14:37.1 2018
10) Yohanes Estifanos Milpitas 14:38 2012

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Lowell and Ed Sias Invitationals Meet Previews

Lowell Invitational Meet Preview:
http://ca.milesplit.com/articles/247009-2018-46th-annual-lowell-invitational-meet-preview

Live Results: http://www.rtspt.com/events/cif/2018Meets/lowellxc/

Ed Sias Invitational Meet Preview (Thanks to Andy Lindquist)
Live Results: http://diablotiming.com/results/2018-09-08/
Boys Varsity Small School: This should be a showdown between the top two DIII teams in Northern California as Maria Carrillo and host Campolindo square off. Maria Carrillo looks primed for another incredible performance as Pierce Kapustka, Colton Swinth, Rory Smail, and Harrison Frankl key a potent front end attack. Teddy Buckley from Campolindo seeks to improve upon his 2nd place finish from a year ago but he will be tested by Maria Carrillo's frontrunners.

Girls Varsity Small School: One of the deepest girl's fields in recent memory should provide plenty of excitement as state-ranked Miramonte, Maria Carrillo, Vista del Lago, and Campolindo face off. Miramonte has one of the best freshman classes in the state, with Jaime Say, Claire Nolet, and Kate Riley looking to key a strong performance. Vista del Lago returns the bulk of their state runner-up team from a year ago, with Anna Vogtmann looking to lead her team to victory. Maria Carrillo also looks to take home the top prize as the pumas bring a deep team headed by Aimee Armstrong. Individually, Rayna Stanziano from Concord looks to be one of the favorites here. Emily Perez from St. Joseph Notre Dame will also be in the mix up front.

Boys Varsity Large School: Two EBAL schools in Dublin and Amador Valley appear to be the top teams vying for the team title. Dublin has one of the best frontrunning duos in the state in Loic Scomparin and Chris Middleton-Pearson but Amador has a much-improved squad with the likes of Jack Grey and Aidan McCarthy.

Girls Varsity Large School: Oakland Tech looks to be the favorites here as they return their entire team from last season, with Caroline Garrett looking to take home the individual title as well. Strong squads from Amador Valley and Homestead will also be in the mix. Gabriela Hernandez from Vacaville and Kelli Wilson Monte Vista will also be in the mix to win top individual honors.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

North Coast Section pre-season individuals rankings (Boys and Girls)

Bumping this up to the front page. These individual rankings were previously posted on July 26th. Any changes? Adds?

BOYS
1) Liam Anderson (12) Redwood
2) Connor Livingston (12) De La Salle
3) Christopher Middleton-Pearson (11) Dublin
4) Loic Scomparin (12) Dublin

5) Andre Williams (12) Sonoma Academy
6) Edward Buckley (12) Campolindo
7) Preston Norris (12) Las Lomas
7) Cooper McCarthy (12) Sir Francis Drake
8) Nicco Pompili (12) Sir Francis Drake

9) Tyler Hattori (12) Granada
10) Russell Sullivan (12) Foothill

GIRLS
1) Colleen McCandless (12) Granada
2) Emily Perez (12) St. Joseph Notre Dame
3) Gabrielle Peterson (12) Healdsburg
4) Kalea Bartolotto (12) Granada
5) Kelli Wilson (11) Monte Vista
6) Rayna Stanziano (12) Concord

7) Gracie Dupuis (12) Granada
8) Lauren Lum (12) Alameda
9) Kinga Bihari (12) Granada
10) Aimee Armstrong (12) Maria Carrillo


As always, it's tough to narrow such lists down to just 10 so if you feel that other runners should be mentioned as well, please feel free to do so in the comment section below.

If there are other rankings that you would like to see on this site, please let me know as well.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Monte Vista Invitational Meet Preview

The 35th annual MV Invitational will take place today at Oak Hill Park. You can check out a preview of the meet thanks to one of the meet directors, Mike Davis at this LINK. The preview includes the top 10 times for each grade and sex and most of the names on the lists are very recognizable. 

Feel free to comment on any of the races from today as soon as they are completed. You can follow the action on the live results link posted in the preview.

For those of you competing at the Ed Sias Invitational this Saturday, here is a LINK to the teams competing at the meet at Hidden Valley Park.

There will be a meet preview of the Lowell Invitational. For now, here are the teams competing at Golden Gate Park this Saturday at this LINK.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Northern California Cross Country race results

Results from meets taking place this weekend will be posted ASAP. If you have any links that you want to send to me, my email address is albertjcaruana@gmail.com. Highlights? Post below. Photos and/or videos? Send those to the same email address.

Ready or not, Cross Country season is here.

Results:
Rancho Cotate girls
https://redwoodempirerunning.com/2018-girls-rancho-invitational/

Rancho Cotate boys
https://redwoodempirerunning.com/2018-boys-rancho-invitational/


Lagoon Valley Classic results
https://timerhub.com/get_web_index.php?page=redcaptiming.com/2018/lagoonxc/
Winning Jesuit boys' team including the individual winner, Matt Strangio (838). Daniel Tyree photo.

Also, 9th grader Kellen Steplight finished 7th in the Large School Varsity race in an impressive debut. As an 8th grader, Steplight had PRs of 52.96 (400m), 1:59.43 (800m), 4:07.91 (1500m) and 4:30.8h (1600m).

Any other results?

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