Monday, February 28, 2011

Purvis, Hasay pace Oregon women's indoor track repeat UO women capture second consecutive regional indoor title; UO men finish fourth

Several NorCal athletes mentioned in the following article:

2011 Track & Field State Previews: Boys 1600 All-State Selections

The following list is found at ESPN Rise and compiled by Mike Kennedy at the following link:

Athletes were selected below primarily on honors won and performance at the end of the season. First team is listed in order; second and third teams are listed alphabetically.  (NorCal athletes only).
– Senior; * Junior; ** Sophomore; *** Freshman.

Nobody from Northern California ranked here.
-Domenic D’Aquisto (Enterprise, Redding—NS)
-Daniel Milechman (Tamalpais, Mill Valley—NCS)
-Robert Pflasterer (Del Campo, Fair Oaks—SJS)
*Chris Waschura (Woodside—CCS)
Nobody from Northern California ranked here.

Who else deserved to be ranked in the above lists?  What NorCal athlete has the best chance of qualifying to the state meet final?  

2011 Track & Field State Previews: Girls 1600 All-State Selections

The following list is posted on ESPN Rise and compiled by Mike Kennedy at the following link:
Athletes were selected below primarily on honors won and performance at the end of the season. First team is listed in order; second and third teams are listed alphabetically. (NorCal athletes only)
– Senior; * Junior; ** Sophomore; *** Freshman.

6. *Allison Sturges (Mountain View—CCS)
**Madeleine Ankhelyi (Vista del Lago, Folsom—SJS)
-Lucy McCullough (Marin Academy, San Rafael—NCS)
*Carrie Verdon (Campolindo, Moraga—NCS)
**Jennie Callan (University, San Francisco—NCS)
**Nikki Hiltz (Aptos—CCS)
*Becky Hobby (Hughson—SJS)
-Samantha Ralstin (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills—SJS)
-Christine Zavesky (Granite Bay—SJS)

What 10th-12th graders are missing from above list?  Who are the hot shot freshmen girls in the 1600m. this year?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Live at Stocking "Super Seven" Track and Field Invitational

I will tweet some of the top marks from this meet as soon as they are posted. Check out the scrolling tweets to the right or find me at

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Thursday, February 24, 2011


Courtesy of ESPN Rise and Mike Kennedy and found at the following link:

Athletes were selected below primarily on honors won and performance at the end of the season. First team is listed in order; second and third teams are listed alphabetically. (NorCal Athletes Only)
– Senior; * Junior; ** Sophomore; *** Freshman.
2. *Noel Frazier (California, San Ramon—NCS)
6. –Will Findley (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills—SJS)
8. –Matt Redden (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills—SJS)

-Billy Eng (Heritage, Brentwood—CCS)

-Jovon Cunningham (Enterprise, Redding—NS)
-Kevin Nielsen (Granite Bay—SJS)


Courtesy of ESPN Rise and Mike Kennedy as found at the following link:
Athletes were selected below primarily on honors won and performance at the end of the season. First team is listed in order; second and third teams are listed alphabetically.  (NorCal athletes only)
– Senior; * Junior; ** Sophomore; *** Freshman.

4. –Rebecca Hammer (Buhach Colony, Atwater—SJS)
6. –Brianna French (Vacaville—SJS)

*Brielle Rowe (Mountain View—CCS)

-Lyndsey Carroll (El Dorado, Placerville—SJS)
**Kathleen Durand (Maria Carrillo, Santa Rosa—NCS)
-Cady Gambrell (Fortuna—NCS)
*Nina Pritchell (Merrill West, Tracy—SJS)

Bay Area Track Club greatly impacting their local communities

Northern California Track and Field Invitationals this weekend

Friday, February 25th-Baton Wars @ Whitney High School (SJS)
Saturday-February 26th-Bellarmine Invitational @ Bellarmine HS (CCS)
Saturday-February 26th-Capital Classic Relays @ Elk Grove (SJS)
Saturday-February 26th-Stocking Super 7 Invitational at Diablo Valley College (NCS)

If you know of other meets that are taking place, feel free to add them in the comment section below or email me the information @

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Halftime Indoor Mile

Check out how an indoor mile race entertained fans during halftime of the University of Portland and University of San Francisco basketball game on February 17th, 2011.  The article is written by Sacred Heart Cathedral coach Andy Chan and you can find it on his blog at the following link:

Drowned Teens Remembered By East Bay Community

Monday, February 21, 2011

Honor for Estrada (Diego Estrada formerly of Alisal HS)

Found at the following link:

Diego Estrada was named the Men's Big Sky Athlete of the Week for the Northern Arizona track and field team.

Estrada, an Alisal High graduate, ran the sixth fastest time in the nation last week in the 3,000 meters, clocking 7:52.18.

This is the second time the junior has received the honor. Estrada holds the Monterey County 3,200 meter record, placing fourth in the CIF State Championships as a senior in 2008.

Stanford Track & Field Signs 24 To National Letters of Intent (15 women and 9 men)

2011 Sac-Joaquin Section Girl’s Preview

Who are the top returners in the Sac-Joaquin Section?  Check them out at the following link courtesy of Keith Conning and THE CONNING TOWER:

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Roger Bannister-1954-First Four Minute Mile (HQ-Full Race)

"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will in"
Sir Roger Bannister

The Shot Heard 'Round the World...

With apologies to all the references to the above phrase (of course, for us SF Giants fans, there is only one choice!), yesterday's performance by Ryan Crouser may have added one more reference to the list.  Crouser, a senior from Gresham, Oregon, broke the indoor national record yesterday at the Simplot Games by throwing the 12lb. shot 77'2.75".  With that throw, the seemingly unbreakable outdoor shot put record of Michael Carter (81'3.5" set at the Golden West Invitational in 1979) now seems to be within reach for Crouser. 

For those of you that are not familiar with Mr. Carter, he won the Olympic silver medal in the shot put in 1984 and was a star player for San Francisco 49ers helping them win 3 Super Bowls.  He is the only athlete in history to win an Olympic medal and Super Bowl victory in the same year.  He is also the father of the girls' national high school shot put record holder, Michelle (pictured below courtesy of with dad on the right and Charles Haley on the left).  

You can see his entire sequence Crouser's throws in this video (longest effort came on 5th put):

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Coach's commitment opened door for female pole vaulters

Check out Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Bob Padecky's article about Santa Rosa HS pole vault coach Jim Veilleux, who recently was awarded the 2011 U.S. track and Field Pioneer Award at the USATF's Pole Vault Summit in Reno.
Coach's commitment opened door for female pole vaulters

XCStats Track & Field Now Available

XCStats is no longer only for cross country!  Our new Track & Field solution delivers 7 "improvement-focused" reports and interactive charts along with all the other features that cross country coaches have come to love (email system, training logs, goal setting tools, team website, discussion forum, team management tools and more).

Read more about the Track & Field solution here.  We are running an early sign-up special. Only $95 for the entire season if you sign up by 3/1.

Mike Sherwood

Plenty at stake for elite-level runners at Napa Valley Marathon

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

T&FN Special: AR 2-Mile For Lagat (update)

I posted the link (courtesy of Track and Field News) to Bernard Lagat's splits on my twitter account which you can find to the right of this page.  If you haven't seen them already, here are Lagat's splits for his 8:10.07 American record effort this past Saturday.  I would venture to guess that most record attempts look very similar to the splits below, such as Jim Ryun's 3:55.3 mile in HS, where he reportedly split 60, 60, 60 and 55.  For those of you that run as fast as you can from the gun, you might want to reconsider and check out how the professionals, such as Lagat and Chris Solinsky, pace their race efforts.

Bernard Lagat's 220s in his record 2M:
31.5 (62.7)
30.7 (1:33.4)
30.6 (2:04.0)
31.0 (2:35.0)
31.0 (3:06.0)
31.0 (3:37.0)
31.1 (4:08.1)
31.2 (4:39.2)
30.5 (5:09.7)
30.4 (5:40.1)
30.4 (6:10.5)
30.4 (6:40.9)
30.7 (7:11.6)
30.4 (7:42.0)
28.1 (8:10.07)
miles: 4:08.1/4:02.0

How Chris Solsinsky ran 26:59.60:

68.4 [2:13.5]
67.2 [3:20.7]
65.5 [4:26.2]
65.3 [5:31.5]
65.1 [6:36.6]
65.9 [7:42.5]
64.3 [8:46.8]
64.3 [9:51.1]
64.6 [10:55.7]
64.0 [11:59.7]
63.5 [13:03.2]
64.5 [14:07.7]
65.3 [15:13.0]
65.8 [16:18.8]
66.2 [17:25.0]
64.2 [18:29.2]
64.8 [19:34.0]
65.9 [20:39.9]
65.7 [21:45.6]
66.2 [22:51.8]
66.7 [23:58.5]
65.0 [25:03.5]
60.0 [26:03.5]

Sunday, February 13, 2011

2011 Bay Area Track Club Clinic, Campolindo High School

Thanks to Campolindo HS coach Chuck Woolridge for the following video:

Rancho Cotate Student Athlete Plays Sports to Stay Out of Trouble

2011 Track & Field State Previews: Boys Pole Vault All-State Selections (NorCal Athletes only)

Courtesy of Rich Gonzalez and ESPN Rise and found at the following link:

4. –Ian Rock (Davis—SJS)
7. –James Van  Wyck (DeLaSalle, Concord—NCS)
9. *Colin Barber (San Ramon Valley, Danville—NCS)

-Keith Rayburn (North Monterey, Castroville—CCS)

-Garrett Thompson (Granada, Livermore—NCS)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Bay Area Track Club Clinic at Campolindo HS

Here are some moments I captured from today.
Question/Answer Session with the Bay Area Track Club athletes (such as Magda Lewy-Boulet <2:26:11 marathoner> and David Torrence <1:45.14/3:34.25/3:54.47) and coaches following all the drills.
Hurdle Drills with 8:30.74 3000m. steeplechaser, Tom Kloos
Sprint Drills with former Cal and 1:57.34 800m. runner, Alysia Johnson.
The world famous Bay Area Track Club relay race and much more...
Next clinic will be on Saturday, February 19th at SOTA (McAteer HS) from 9:30am to 12:30pm.  See link below for further information.

If you attended the clinic today, feel free to comment below on what you learned and a personal highlight.

Spring 2011 BATC Kids Clinics "Learn by Doing" TODAY!

You can check out the clinic flyer at the following link.  The two clinics are taking place at Campolindo HS on Feb. 12th. and at SOTA-McAteer HS on Feb. 19th:
Spring 2011 BATC Kids Clinics Flyer

Any questions, email

Friday, February 11, 2011

Marc Bloom's Peak Performance: Elite girls benefit from training with boys

For those of you coaching strong to elite type girls, great article posted at the following link by Marc Bloom (see bio below):

Harrier XC editor Marc Bloom has covered running performance in numerous publications for more than four decades. His recent books are "God on the Starting Line" (Breakaway) and "Young Runners" (Simon & Schuster). He is a three-time recipient of the Track & Field Writers Association "Jesse Abramson Award" as track writer of the year.  His website is located at:

What did you think after reading the article?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

College Decisions: Anthony Ortolan College Park HS

A great signing for UC Santa Barbara as Ortolan has shown impressive range in the last year running 1:54.12 in the 800m. at the State Meet Track and Field Trials and 15:30 at Woodward Park this past XC season.

The Skinny
Anthony Ortolan, College Park H.S., Pleasant Hill-NCS to UC Santa Barbara - XC/Track - Mid-Distance

Do you have a college signing picture that you want to share?  Send it to

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Collegiate signings as posted on ESPN Rise

Including the following Northern California athletes (UPDATED):
Mina Amick-Alexis, St.Ignatius College Preparatory HS-CCS to Cornell - Track - Hurdles/Sprints
Sarah Griffith, San Ramon Valley HS, Danville-NCS to UC Davis - Track and Field - Sprints
Corissa Storms, West Valley HS, Cottonwood-NO to McNeese State - XC/Track - Distances

Jessie Petersen, Carlmont HS, Belmont to Syracuse University - XC/Track & Field - Distances
George Atkinson, Granada HS, Livermore to Notre Dame - Track and Field - Sprints
Josh Atkinson, Granada HS, Livermore to Notre Dame - Track and Field - Sprints
Stephen Boals, Jesuit HS, Carmichael-SJS to Duke
Will Geiken, Los Gatos HS-CCS to Harvard - XC/Track and Field - Distances
Lucy McCullough, Marin Academy HS, San Rafael-NCS to Harvard - XC/Track - Distances
Breanne Mitchell, Bear River HS-SJS to Arkansas-Little Rock - XC/Track - Distances
Grace Orders, Campolindo HS, Moraga-NCS to Vanderbilt - XC/Track and Field - Dstances
Samantha Ralstin, Oak Ridge HS-SJS to UC Berkeley - XC/Track  - Middle Distance

Katie Castro, Los Gatos HS-CCS to Pacific - XC/Track - Distance
Marissa Buckley, College Park HS NCS to San Jose St. - XC/Track - Distance
Ciarra Brewer, James Logan HS, NCS to Florida - Track - Jumps
Corissa Storms, West Valley HS, NS to McNeese State - XC/Track - Distance

If you are a Northern California student and you have a picture of your college signing, feel free to send it as well as all the pertinent information (name, current HS, college and events) to and I will be happy to post.

Preparation of the Elite Junior Middle Distance Runner (800m – 1600m)

First, this is not meant to be an advertisement for Scott Christenen's videos.  I just want to share information that is out there for you on the internet if you want to become a better student of our sport.  You can view snippets of his videos on the site so you get an idea of what he has to offer.  He is not exactly Mr. Personality but he does know his stuff.  

You can also find a link to his free 10 page ereader "Race Strategy and Tactics for the Endurance Events:  800 - 5000 meters).

Here is the link to all the above information:

You can also find additional track and field articles at the following link (your email address will be requested):

Monday, February 07, 2011

Vintage grad Wallace continues to shine for Sac State track

Check out the following link on the Napa Valley register website to find updates on Lea Wallace (formerly of Vintage HS), Brian Cole (formerly of St. Helena HS) and Tatum Souza (formerly of Napa HS):

The Mental Edge with Northern Arizona University coach Eric Heins

Some great advice from Diego Estrada's (former Alisal runner) coach found on

Watch more Videos on Flotrack

Cal Berkeley All Comers & California HS Indoor Qualifier

Cal Berkeley All Comers & California HS Indoor Qualifier (thanks to

From Santa Rosa Press Democrat and Jim Crowhurst:  
Local Qualifiers

What were the most impressive marks from the meet?

California Indoor State Meet Information (Fresno, Saturday, February 26th)

Los Gatos All Comers Meet Results

Courtesy of (February 5th)

Friday, February 04, 2011

Grace Orders of Campolindo HS to Vanderbilt University

You can check out the university's press release here:

Any other athletes who signed their National Letter of Intent (NLI), send them my way to

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Meet the Team: Emily Blaha (Valley Christian SJ)

Check out the following interview done by Valley Christian SJ coach Josh Small with senior runner, Emily Blaha.

Here is the intro to the interview by Coach Small:
As one of the Warrior's top runners since her freshman year, Emily has not only been instrumental to the team's success as an athlete, but as a teammate and leader as well.  Blaha has finished inside the top 15 at the CCS Championship the past three seasons and had a breakthrough race at the Mt. Sac Invitational this year where she ran 18:36 for the 3 mile course, her first time under 19 minutes.  She is #4 all-time for the Warriors with a personal best of 19:27 for the 5k Woodward Park course and has personal bests of 5:15 for 1600 and 11:28 for 3200 meters.  As the Cross Country team captain, an honor she also held last season, she leads by example on the course and off.  This fall she capped her high school cross country career by being named to the San Jose Mercury News All-County Team.  She will run in NCAA Division 1 next year for the Navy.  

Atkinsons savor last prep game

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