Sunday, October 05, 2008

San Joaquin Section (SJS) Rankings by Jason Jimenez

Top Sac-Joaquin Section Teams

1 Davis (Div 1) - Stanford proved they are as deep as the ocean is...
well, deep. Oh and blue. Even without junior Corey Coates' dependable
low score, Blue Devils hold it together and finish well behind senior
Matt Peterson's continued rise to 'beast' status. 4th Overall at

2 Jesuit (Div 2) - Even when the Marauders feel they have a less than
marvelous performance (Stanford), they still fare better than most SJS
squads. October will be a good month for Lange's Gang to figure
everything out (Clovis, Mariner and League Champs). 13th Overall at
3 Oak Ridge (Div 2) - Something really must be in the water up in El
Dorado Hills. How else can these Trojans be so good? Oh right... great
coaching and a fierce competitiveness - beginning with junior standout
Amjed Aboukhadijeh. Recent league results proves their 1-5 gap is
shrinking and the top 3 will be tough to break up. 20th Overall at

4 Del Campo (Div 2) - Won at Yuba-Sutter but have raced down south 2
out of the last 3 weekends (that's right, isn't it?). Senior leader
Dan Mitchell seems to be returning to spring 2008 form while the rest
of the Cougars remain consistently competitive.

5 El Camino (Div 3) - 6th at Stanford D3, 25th overall. Senior Evan
Bornstein heads up a team of 1 junior, 4 sophomores, and 1 freshman.
Eagles have focused almost entirely on league and State competition.
Staying competitive with Del Campo in the CAL (or even winning!) is a
major goal.

6 Rocklin (Div 2? 3?) - Still not sure if the Thunder will stay D3 or
move back up to D2. Strong performance at Stanford and a dominant
performance at league against Woodcreek. 29th Overall at Stanford.

7 Woodcreek (Div 2) - Senior Garrett Seawell is all that remains of
the three-headed monster from 2007 season (Romo and Mitchell both at
Sac State). Yet, Coach McKillop has found a new crew and they get
better every week. If Rocklin moves back up to Div 2, expect a battle
for the final state berth. 36th Overall at Stanford.

8 Colfax (Div 4) - Few had Colfax on their radar, but a crazy
performance at Stanford proves they are looking good going into
October. 50th Overall at Stanford.

9 Placer (Div 3) - Freshmen star Christian Finkbeiner has injected a
good deal of energy into this consummately competitive team.

10 The Bubble: Modesto/Kennedy/Franklin/Sonora

Top Sac-Joaquin Section Individuals
1 Garrett Seawell, Senior (Woodcreek) - Course record at Yolo,
Stanford win. Did lose head to head against Davis' Peterson but
willing to bet Seawell won't let that happen again.

2 Matt Peterson, Senior (Davis) - Approaching 'Beast' Status. That's
all I have to say about that. Only local to hand a defeat to Seawell.
3 Chris Haworth, Senior (Kennedy) - Like Peterson, Haworth is
approaching 'Beast' status. Was only 3 seconds behind Peterson at
Stanford. Could be the most exciting head-to-head individual battle at
4 Amjed Aboukhadijeh, Junior (Oak Ridge) - Staying away from the
DyeStat boards has been working out. Amjed's always competitive,
always fired up. Will have a fun time at Sections trying to make it a
race with Seawell.

5 Evan Bornstein, Senior (El Camino) - Won at league, placed well at
Stanford. Will stay sharp holding off Del Campo's Mitchell.
6 Dan Mitchell, Senior (Del Campo) - Had a bit of an injury early in
the season but seems to be back to his old self. If healthy, could
also make a run for Section individual honors.

7 Adam Kelly-Strong, Junior (Jesuit) - Monster effort at Stanford.
Only 2 seconds behind Oak Ridge's Aboukhadijeh. Fantastic foot speed
could be best asset if finish comes down to a kick.

8 Roberto Rosas, Junior (Grace Davis) - Stanford was fine run. Can he
make the big jump to running with the Div 1 big guns?

9 Emilio Garcia, Senior (Jesuit) - Won't hold Stanford against Emilio.
The big question is if the usual #1 Marauder can gauge his efforts a
little better come championships.

10 This is the "Bubble": Drew Peterson, Davis/Chris Kigar, El Camino/Benji Xie, Oak Ridge/Corey Coates, Davis/Josh Mercado, Del Campo

Jason Jimenez
El Camino High School
English Teacher
Head Coach Cross Country and Track and Field

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