Thursday, June 23, 2011

CCS Boys' Division V preview by Valley Christian SJ coach, Josh Small

Boys D5
Last year, York High School dominated its division putting 5 runners in the top 7, outscoring runner-up Crystal Springs Uplands School by 39 points (23-62). 2011 is a whole new ball game and CSUS will look for some payback as they return 3 of the top 4 runners in DV this year. A whopping 10 of the top 12 individuals in last year’s race graduated leaving Division 5 wide open for the individual and team titles. Will Shearer of York is the top returner from last year with his 6th place finish.  Kaveh Motamed is the top returner for CSUS with his 9th place finish and then followed by his teammates Preston Lam and Ryan Kaveh.

On paper Crystal Springs is the runaway favorite as they return 5 of the top 8 runners coming into this season. They return their entire roster for the 2011 season and will look to bring home both a girls and boys section title. But it’s not going to be easy. Priory has the talent to make a title run as well and with some hard work over the summer could very well pull off the upset by the end of the season. Led by Dylan Croll, Priory return 7 of their top 9 runners from last season.

York High School won the title last season but lose 5 runners to graduation returning only number 4 and 6 from last year’s team. I am never one to count out defending champions, as once you get a taste of success it is contagious. They fielded a complete JV and freshman teams at their league finals so they could rebuild and be a threat once again. Also expected to make a run for the state meet is St. Francis CCC of Watsonville. They return 5 of their top 7, including their top 3. Anzar enters the season ranked 5th in DV and could also make a run but will have their work cut out for them as they return just two runners from last year’s team.

DIV. 5 BOYS: TEAM Pre-Season Rankings
1.  Crystal Springs Uplands School
2.  York
3.  Priory
4.  St. Francis CCC
5.  Anzar

DIV. 5 BOYS: Top Returning Individuals
1.  Will Shearer York
2.  Kaveh Motamed, CSUS
3.  Preston Lam, CSUS
4.  Ryan Kaveh, CSUS
5.  Roland Centeno, York

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