Sunday, March 31, 2013

Stanford Invitational Records courtesy of Hank Lawson

Early Bird discount for Bay Area Running Camp is April 1st ($250)

We have now added Ken Reeves to our terrific group of speakers.  Ken is a legendary coach in Southern California and his list accomplishments include 19 cross country state meet plaques and 11 state championships.  He is also one of the most respected and entertaining speakers.  You can check out his complete bio below.

Ken is a graduate of UCSB where he was an All Conference soccer player.  High school and college coaching experience include stints as head and assistant coach in soccer, cross-country and track and field.  The majority of his high school career was spent as head track and field and cross-country coach at Nordhoff High School in Ojai.  There, his teams captured 11 California State titles in cross-country.  He joined the Amateur Athletic Foundation coaching education program under the direction of Skip Stolley in 1992.  Ken is a co-author for both the AAF (now LA84) Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaching manuals.  He has presented at track and field and cross-country clinics for LA84 and other organizations since 1991.  Today, he is a lead instructor in the LA84 cross-country clinics and an assistant program director in charge of running events for the LA84 track and field clinics.  He also continues to announce numerous meets in both cross-country and track and field including the Mt. Sac Invitational, the Mt. Sac Relays, the Clovis Invitationals and the CIF SS Prelims and Finals.  Ken has been inducted into the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame, the Mt. Sac Cross-Country Hall of Fame and the CIF Southern Section Hall of Fame.  He is a member of the Cross-Country Journal editorial staff and he has twice been selected as the National High School Cross-Country Coach of the Year.  Today, he assists numerous programs with periodization of training, the development of young athletes and the rehabilitation of injured athletes.

Also speaking will be Oregon assistant coach, Maurica Powell, Acalanes HS coach, Joy Upshaw and UC Davis Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, Drew Wartenburg.
You can check out their profiles at this link:

If you sign up before April 1st, you will get a $50 discount off our regular price of $300.  With your registration, you will receive a pair of New Balance shoes, camp shirt, camp notebook, our great lineup of speakers and much more.  

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Gunn's Robinson runs to record at Stanford Invitational

Gunn High junior Sarah Robinson expects to be playing soccer for the Stanford women's team starting in the fall of 2014, but the Cardinal track coaches might want to make her a two-sport athlete after watching her compete at the annual Stanford Invitational on Saturday.

Competing in the girls' mile at Cobb Track & Angell Field, Robinson finished second, set a school record and ran one of the fastest times in the state this season.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Stanford Invitational Videos courtesy of

Boys 3k Heat 2
       Boys 3k Heat 1
Girls 3K Heat 1
Girls 3K Heat 2
Boys Mile Heat 1
Boys Mile Heat 2
Girls Mile Heat 1
Girls Mile Heat 2

More NorCal Results now posted...

2013 Stanford Invitational 3k Video thanks to Walt Lange

Spirit of Achievement: Eugene Hamilton Bishop O'Dowd 3-24-13

Eugene Hamiltion III after mile mile win and excited about heading to Arizona next
                        Watch more video of 2013 Stanford Invitational on

Stanford Invitational Boys Mile results...

  1 Eugene Hamilton III          Bishop O'Dowd          4:12.74   1
  2 Ciaran Murphy                St. Ignatius           4:16.26   1
  3 Yohaness Estifanos           Milpitas               4:17.91   1
  4 Ryan Douglas                 Petaluma               4:18.00   1
  5 Steven Sum                   Saratoga               4:18.54   1
  6 Jose Herrera                 Madera South           4:18.75   1
  7 Cody Johnson                 San Lorenzo Valley     4:19.12   1
  8 George Baier                 Menlo-Atherton         4:19.57   1
  9 Frederick Huxham             Redwood (Larkspur)     4:20.11   1
 10 Eduardo Garibay              Yerba Buena            4:20.68   1
 11 Trent Brendel                Granite Bay            4:21.06   2
 12 Tim Layten                   Carlmont               4:21.75   2
 13 Michael Wang                 Acalanes               4:21.89   2
 14 Garrett Migliozzi            Nevada Union           4:22.17   3
 15 Ryan Corvese                 Ann Sobrato            4:22.60   2
 16 jordan cardenas              Reno                   4:22.91   2
 17 Rory Beyer                   Aragon                 4:23.61   2
 18 George Miao                  Rocklin                4:23.74   2
 19 Steven Grolle                Sonora (Sonora)        4:25.73   1
 20 Joey Berriatua               Junipero Serra         4:25.95   2
 21 Paul Zeiss                   Granite Bay            4:25.97   3
 22 Jonathon Horvath             Woodcreek              4:26.29   2
 23 Lucas Robinson               Palos Verdes           4:26.32   2
 24 jacob zufelt                 Whitney (Rocklin)      4:26.52   3
 25 Cody Forman                  Reed                   4:26.81   3
 26 Uriel Cabanas                Madera South           4:26.92   2
 27 Alex Castellon               Colony                 4:26.99   2
 28 Joey Morris                  San Rafael             4:27.73   3
 29 Jack Scranton                Davis                  4:28.45   1
 30 Adler Faulkner               Acalanes               4:28.49   1 4:28.485
 31 Trevor Stephens              Del Oro                4:28.49   2 4:28.486
 32 Andrew Melendez              Bishop O'Dowd          4:28.63   3
 33 James Kinney                 Marin Academy          4:29.32   3
 34 Jake Zeltner                 Oak Ridge              4:29.40   1
 35 Swarnjit Boyal               River Valley           4:30.17   3
 36 Ismael Guzman                Madera South           4:30.41   1
 37 Ryan Hodgens                 Whitney (Rocklin)      4:30.57   3
 38 Jesus Covarrubias            Adrian Wilcox          4:30.65   3
 39 Josh Cohen                   Los Altos              4:30.66   3
 40 Sean Gregg                   El Dorado (P           4:32.85   3
 41 Terence Rabuzzi              Los Altos              4:35.19   2
 42 Boone Bates                  El Dorado (P           4:42.22   3
 43 Nick Valenzuela              Colony                 4:42.32   2
 44 Jordan Kurtz                 Vacaville              4:49.79   3
 45 Scott Edwards                Scotts Valley          5:10.08   3

Stanford Invitational Girls Mile results

All heats combined...
  1 Anna Maxwell                 San Lorenzo Valley     4:47.01   1
  2 Sarah Robinson               Henry M. Gunn          4:49.26   1
  3 Nikki Hiltz                  Aptos                  4:51.52   1 4:51.513
  4 Clare Peabody                Aptos                  4:51.52   1 4:51.519
  5 Julia Maxwell                Branson School         4:55.91   1
  6 Vanessa Fraser               Scotts Valley          4:56.43   1
  7 Kylie Goo                    Westmoor               5:02.55   2
  8 Valerie Mares                Colony                 5:03.70   2
  9 Claire MacMillan             San Lorenzo Valley     5:03.86   2
 10 Melissa Reed                 Mountain View          5:04.15   2
 11 Faith Makau                  Enochs                 5:06.14   1
 12 Mackenzie Mills              Vintage                5:06.85   2
 13 Hannah Wood                  Presentation           5:07.35   2
 14 Laney Teaford                Davis                  5:07.46   1
 15 Lauren Larocco               St. Francis            5:08.62   3
 16 Brooke Starn                 Monte Vista            5:08.67   2
 17 Cassidy Webber               Palos Verdes           5:09.04   2
 18 Vanessa Estrada              San Benito             5:09.89   2
 19 megan bordes                 Redwood (Larkspur)     5:09.91   2
 20 Maryann Gong                 Granada                5:10.12   1
 21 Sophie Meads                 Davis                  5:11.05   1
 22 Maya Weigel                  Mountain View          5:13.25   2
 23 Madison Ricks                California (           5:14.78   1
 24 Amy Heyn                     Del Oro                5:15.45   1
 25 Ellie Velez                  Oak Ridge              5:17.12   2
 26 Katie Spence                 St. Ignatius           5:17.79   3
 27 Annie Marggraff              Acalanes               5:18.56   3
 28 Emily Fieberling             Bishop O'Dowd          5:20.09   3
 29 Lauren Gagnon                Palos Verdes           5:20.25   3
 30 Skylar Thiel                 Palos Verdes           5:21.61   3
 31 Kandace Compton              El Camino (S           5:21.85   1
 32 Lacey Conner                 St. Mary's Academy     5:22.24   3
 33 Amihan Agustin               James Logan            5:23.38   3
 34 Breanna Sewell               Vacaville              5:23.44   3
 35 Katharine Smiley             Monte Vista            5:24.05   3
 36 Julia Cooke                  Bishop O'Dowd          5:24.20   3
 37 Katrina Fix                  Colony                 5:26.00   2
 38 Kaila Gibson                 Soquel                 5:28.93   2
 39 Anika Renken                 South Pasadena         5:37.25   3

Drake boys set relay mark at Stanford Invitational

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Acalanes HS looking for XC coaches for the fall...

Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California has two openings for head cross country coach. Please respond if you are interested. If you know someone that is well qualified, please have them contact Randy Takahashi, Athletic Director. The Acalanes High School cross country program has been a perennial entrant at the CIF Championships, and has competed well at the state level. We are looking for a coach that will continue and build upon this rich tradition. 

Read more: Cross Country - Track Talk 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Death of Rocklin High track star stuns students

Rocklin HIgh School lost an amazing young lady today to a tragic illness.  Heidi Greenwood, who was a cross country and distance ace on the track passed away this morning due to a blood clot that traveled from her leg to her lungs.  Sad day for all of the Rocklin Community.  I added the link below from News 10 Sacramento.  Heidi's favorite color is Purple so maybe we can get the word out to everyone to wear some purple tomorrow at their meets in honor of Heidi.  just a thought.  thank you.

Mark Snow
Whitney High School Cross Country|tvideo|news

Golden West Invitational moving to Cal’s Edwards Stadium

New home, expanded format among big changes for June 8-9 event

The Golden West Invitational is sharing a new home with the Golden Bears.

The nationally acclaimed high school invitational, which had been held in the Sacramento area every spring since 1965, is setting up shop an hour and a half away in one of track and field’s most revered venues – Edwards Stadium on the UC Berkeley campus.

The 54th annual Golden West Invitational will be held June 8-9 in Berkeley.  This year’s event features an expanded two-day format that should provide added excitement to the longest-running prep classic in the United States.

The roster of GWI champions include such all-time greats as Jim Ryun, Tommie Smith, Stacy Dragila, Steve Prefontaine, Evelyn Ashford, Rod Milburn, Allyson Felix, Marion Jones, Dwight Stones and Mike Powell.

Last year’s GWI at Folsom High School featured a national high school record (193 feet, 11 inches) in the girls discus by Shelbi Vaughan of Mansfield, Texas. Vaughan’s throw represented the 22nd national prep record set at the GWI.

Dmitry Piterman, a Bay Area businessman who competed in the GWI before enjoying a successful collegiate career as a Cal triple jumper, is taking over the meet directorship from John Mansoor. Piterman is enthused about what the move will mean for both the GWI and Cal’s track program.

“We have one of the greatest facilities in the world here at Cal,” Piterman said. “Bringing the Golden West Invitational to Edwards Stadium and the Bay Area should broaden the event’s appeal significantly.  The meet format will offer all high school boys and girls an opportunity to compete while also showcasing the top athletes in the country. Our budget enables us to offer athletes and spectators the best of both worlds.”

GWI entrants who finished in the top three at the 2013 California state high school championships along with the top two athletes on the national list in each event will receive automatic placement in Sunday’s finals. The top three state finishers will receive $250 each in travel compensation; the top two out-of-state performers on the national list will receive a travel compensation of $500 to attend the meet.

No entry standards are required for boys and girls to enter Saturday’s competition. Saturday’s top finishers will advance to Sunday’s finals. The top three individuals in each of Sunday’s finals, along with the top three teams, will receive additional travel compensation.

Entry information, guidelines for the GWI team competition, and requests for travel compensation are available

With sweeping views of the Berkeley Hills, Strawberry Canyon and the Golden Gate Bridge, Edwards Stadium an incomparable setting for a track meet. Twenty-six world records and 26 American records have been set at Edwards since it opened in 1932 as the world’s first stadium built exclusively for track and field. 

In 1966, one year after winning the mile and two mile at the Golden West Invitational in Sacramento, Ryun broke the world record in the mile, clocking 3 minutes, 51.3 seconds in the All-American Invitational at Edwards Stadium.

Edwards Stadium has played host to eight NCAA championship meets, a national AAU championship, and two United States-Soviet Union dual meets.

Since 1999, Edwards Stadium has also served as the home field for the Cal men’s and women’s soccer teams. The official name of the facility is Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field. The track was recently resurfaced and reconfigured to meet international specifications.

Tony Sandoval, the director of Cal’s track and field program, is thrilled to have the Golden West Invitational coming to Berkeley.

“Having the Golden West Invitational in the Bay Area has been a dream of ours for a long time,” Sandoval said. “Edwards Stadium has a phenomenal history, and the Bay Area has a tremendous track tradition. I’m very excited.”

The Golden West Invitational began in 1960 in Los Angeles. The event moved north five years later and was held at various sites around the Sacramento region, including Hughes Stadium, Sacramento State, American River College and Folsom High School.

“I’m glad the Golden West is staying in the Pacific Association,” said Mansoor, who serves as executive director of the Pacific Association of USA Track & Field. “We’re looking forward to another 54 years of great high school performances.”

See for additional information.


Dmitry Piterman
Golden West Invitational meet director

Unbridled Talent

After early exploits and dramatic downfalls, German Fernandez looks for stable success as a pro.
By Matt McCue
March 17, 2013

German Fernandez is struggling to keep pace. It's an unusual position for the 22-year-old, who dominated at Riverbank High School in northern California and then posted workout times at Oklahoma State that his former coach, Dave Smith, thinks will never be broken.

But this isn't high school or college -- it's the Nike campus in Beaverton, Ore., where, at 10 a.m. on this weekday morning in October, the fitness center is packed with employees decked out in Swoosh apparel. Music is blasting from a Spin class, the weight room is crowded and the machines full. It's as if everyone is training for the Olympics, and yet the only real pros are in the upstairs yoga room where Oregon Track Club strength coach, Pascal Dobert, leads Fernandez and his new teammates, Chris Solinsky, Evan Jager, Tim Nelson, Simon Bairu and Brent Vaughn, through an hour's worth of pre-rehab exercises.

To read the rest of this article featured in Running Times, go to the following link:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dublin Distance Fiesta Pictures courtesy of William Hearne

2013 Dublin Distance Fiesta - 1600s and 3200

By Jesuit HS coach, Walt Lange...

Documentary on Coach with ALS to Premiere in NYC

In late 2010, video of high school cross-country runner Holland Reynolds collapsing and crawling across the finish line of California's state championship went viral.

Today, Reynolds's mother, Robin Hauser Reynolds, is producing a documentary called Running for Jimabout her daughter's coach, Jim Tracy.

Veeder a winner, now wins a place in the Hall

When the Los Gatos girls track and field team won the Central Coast Section championship in the spring of 1994, the title came just months after the Wildcats had won similar honors in girls soccer.

It's no coincidence that Meg Veeder was a member of each team.

Veeder was a winner as a high school athlete, and she proved that point as early as her first year at Los Gatos High when she finished first in the 800 meters at the CCS finals--becoming the first freshman girl to ever win an individual event at the section meet.

In all, she would help Los Gatos win eight league championships in track, soccer and cross country during her years at the high school, and she was a member of four CCS championship teams in the three sports.

For her outstanding accomplishments as a Wildcat, Meg Veeder will be among the 10 members who make up the 10th class of inductees in the Los Gatos High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies will be held May 4 at La Rinconada Country Club.

To read the rest of this article, go to the following link:

Steve Cram Races...12 Of The Best!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Top local track and field efforts at St. Francis

Nico Robinson of Sacred Heart Prep, Gillian Meeks of Gunn and George Baier of Menlo-Atherton came up with some standout individual efforts to highlight the St. Francis Invitational track and field meet on Saturday.

Robinson, who is quickly turning into one of the top boy hurdlers in the Central Coast Section, raced to personal-best 14.94 to win the 110 highs and improve upon his CCS lead. He also added a 39.69 second-place finish (also a personal best) in the 300 intermediates, good for No. 2 in the section behind Daniel Yeager of Los Altos, who won Saturday's race in 39.65.

Meeks finished second in the girls' 3,000 in 10:36.77 in addition to clocking 5:18.78 while taking fourth in the mile.

Rest of article:

Sunday, March 17, 2013

800m. videos from Dublin Distance Fiesta

From Jesuit HS coach, Walt Lange.

St. Francis Invitational videos...

Girls' 1600m. Fast Heat courtesy of Ginette Hicks of SLV

Boys' 3000m.

NorCal Invitational Results from today...

NCS, CIF Cross Country Championships Top Ten (Individuals) Hayward High School – 3.00 miles

I updated the lists to include the top 10 individuals as opposed to just the top 10 times.  If you notice any errors or omissions, please let me know in the comment section below.  Here is the new list:

MacDonald Sets Shamrock Invitational 10K Record

Former Redwood Christian HS runner, Josh MacDonald.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Live from the Dublin Distance Fiesta...

I will tweet results from the fastest heats for today's Dublin Distance Fiesta.  You can find my tweets at:

Friday, March 15, 2013

Live St. Francis Invitational Results

Dublin Distance Fiesta Meet Preview by meet director, Dublin HS coach, Chris Williams

The Dublin Distance Fiesta is here! 41 high schools, 1000+ student athletes, fantastic tunes and hundreds of personal bests help make this such a marquee event for the distance runners. Three special edition t-shirts or bags are up for grabs in every race (four in the fast heat) and the vaunted special sombreros to the fastest time of the day in each event all leads up some courageous performances for athletes of all ability levels.

Girls 1600
Meet Record – 5:12.80 – Natalie Dimits – Livermore 2010
The 2012 version of the DDF produced no meet records, but something tells me that the young ladies in this event will put an end to that streak. Maryann Gong of Granada is no stranger to the winner shirts, taking a close second in ’12 with the 5th best all-time DDF performance of 5:18.77. She has already clocked 5:16.50 which is good for 6th in the North Coast Section. Teammate Sarah Franklin also has experienced some great success here, running 2:22.83 for the 800m last year, good for the best sophomore performance ever! They will be heavily challenged up front by Los Altos’ Lauren Jacob, who brings a very impressive 11:02.26 3200 performance to the table, good for 2nd in the Central Coast Section. If it turns into a kickers race, watch out for Half Moon Bay’s Kylie Freeburg, who is already 7th in the CCS in the 400m with a 61.72 and has the 2nd fastest freshman 1600 time ever at the DDF. They will be pushed by some DDF
veterans – Ashley Feldkamp of Bella Vista (littered all over the all-time lists), Sara Lack of Bella Vista (#5 Sophomore 3200) and Petaluma’s Kirby Franklin (#2 Sophomore 3200).

Boys 1600
Meet Record – 4:17.28 – Erik Olson – Novato – 2009
Every year, this race helps blossom a young man into a star and this year looks to be no different. Petaluma’s Ryan Douglas has already run 2:02.06 (10th NCS) and 4:27.7 (4th NCS) and looks to be the favorite, but better not get hit with the cross fire of the renewed cross section rivalry between Del Campo’s Patrick Jagerson and San Rafael’s Joey Morris. Jagerson nipped Morris at the line in ’12, 4:28.02 to 4:28.11 for the 4th and 5th best junior performances at the DDF, respectively. Bella Vista teammates Brynn Sargent (2:02.88 - #17 San Joaquin Section) and Daniel Gow (2:03.34 - #18 SJS) are well tuned up while Dillon Read of Miramonte may have the “home” track advantage, having just run 4:29.09 (6th NCS) here on Wednesday at a dual meet. Lurking in the shadows could be our freshman 800m record holder Ricardo Avila of Bellarmine, who has opened the season very well at 2:02.97 (#8 CCS) and teammate Miles Meijer, whose 9:46.08 3200 is good for 11th in the CCS.

Girls 800
Meet Record – 2:17.43 – Tamara Purpura – Lowell – 2009
This race might turn into a one woman show with San Leandro’s Nijae Jones towing the line. She is a multiple state meet qualifier and 2012 finalist in the 800 and has already run 56.52 for 400m which is the fastest time in California this year. The clock and the conditions might be her only challenge. But there are two ladies who are not too shabby themselves – Jena Pianin of Amador Valley and Claire Bowie of Los Altos. Pianin has already run 10:46.60 for 3200, good for 2nd in NCS while Bowie’s 2:26.12 is good for 12th in the CCS. Not to mention that she also has the junior class record set last year in 2:23.87. Albany’s Suzanne Becker was also in that race, clocking 2:27.64 good for the 3rd best sophomore performance. Half Moon Bay’s Kylie Freeburg will be doublingback from the 1600, trying for her second shirt of the day.

Boys 800
Meet Record – 1:54.21 – Sebastian Sam – Oak Grove – 2008
This race has featured some of the best 800m runners in the state in recent memory – Sebastian Sam of Oak Grove, Kevin Griffith of San Ramon Valley and Kick Ratto of THE St. Joseph Notre Dame. While some of the 2013 version runners aren’t household names yet, who could become one? Could it be Sonoma Academy’s Austin Orr, who has already run 1:59.8 (5th NCS)? What about Kevin Poteracke of Petaluma, who’s not that far behind Orr in the NCS (2:01.04 – 9th)? Already holding the freshman 1-2 all-time spots in this event, could sophomore Bellarmine teammates Adam Greenlow (51.98 400 4th CCS; 2:01.63 5th CCS) and Ricardo Avila (2:02.97 8th CCS) begin a tradition of holding ALL the class DDF records by being the first sophomores to break 2 minutes? Will they look back and see the 3rd fastest freshman in DDF history, San Rafael’s Nassim Kabbara unleashing a monster kick? Who will be the king of the Melendez household, with Chris (2:04.95 – 23rd NCS) and Andrew continuing the SJND/Bishop O’Dowd storied clashes? The answers to these questions could lead to some very exciting finishes!

Girls 3200
Meet Record – 10:49.74 – Diana George – Livermore – 2009
The first sombrero up for the eight laps of fury will feature two of the best runners in the North Coast Section of this early 2013 season – and they are both only freshman! Monte Vista’s Brooke Starn has already run 5:11.00 for 1600m which is good for 2nd in NCS.  But not far behind is Chloe Hansel of Las Lomas, with a seasonal best of 5:13.01 in the 1600m which is 4th in NCS. This could be the first of many battles these two could have over the next few years. Also vying for the coveted t-shirts will be Dublin hometown favorite Jillian Colwell, who has the 3rd fastest freshman time in the 1600 in DDF history. In what could be the most impressive performance in recent memory, Albany’s Suzanne Becker will be completing the distance triple after just running in the fastest race of the day in the 800.

Boys 3200
Meet Record – 9:22.07 – Garrett Rowe – Mountain View – 2009
Most likely being the race of the day, this event features some of the fastest times already posted in Northern California. Miramonte’s Tyler Hanson has already run 9:22.91, the fastest time in the NCS and will be looking to be the first boy to break 9:20 at the Fiesta! He will have plenty of distinguished company to help push him along. CCS’ best in the field will be Raymond Meijer of Bellarmine, whose 9:39.25 is good for 8th in the section. The SJS will be represented by Jesuit’s Chris Goode, who has run 4:30.76 in the 1600m, a solid ranking of 10th in the section. History is on Charles DeAnda (9:45.14– 9th CCS) of Bellarmine’s side, as he is the junior class record holder in this event as well as holding the #2 sophomore spot. You could also make a historical reference for St. Joseph Notre Dame’s Gabe Arias-Sheridan (4:36.03 18th NCS), who is the freshman record holder in the 1600m. Sonora’s Steven Grolle can be a player here as well with his 4:31.54 (14th SJS) early season 1600m. Hanson’s teammate Dillon Read (4:29.09 6th NCS; 9:54.38 13th NCS) will have his hands full coming back from the double in the 1600m, but is definitely capable of doing some damage. Whoever wins this sombrero will have earned it!

Girls Distance Medley Relay
Meet Record – 12:35.87 – Livermore – 2009
The DMR is where legends are made. The 2009 Livermore squad featured the likes of Diana George, who was “fresh” off her record breaking 3200m performance when she helped Eddie Salazar’s team set another meet record. Which team will have another heroic performance like that tonight? Los Altos will be dangerous, but most of their runners will be doubling back – Claire Bowie (2:26.62 9th CCS) from the 800, Lauren Jacob (11:02.26 2nd CCS) from the 1600 and Sierra Townsend (2:34.95 22nd CCS) from the 800. And when you couple that with the fact that California will be running the likes of who maybe the best in NCS right now Madison Ricks (2:15.03 1st NCS; 5:06.85 1st NCS) fresh, it’s going to be a great, gutsy race! Oh, and California also has Tyler Carr (59.96 400m 8th NCS) and Heather Donner (2:25.47 12th NCS) at their disposal. What both of these teams can’t claim, however, is that Monte Vista has already broken the 13-minute barrier this season! They will need a George like performance out of Brooke Starn (5:11.00 2nd NCS), who will be doubling back but may have Heidi Fuhriman (2:23.20 8th NCS) and Katharine Smiley (5:15.02 5th NCS) fresh.

Boys Distance Medley Relay
Meet Record – 10:29.89 – Bellarmine – 2011
Oh what a race this could boil up to be. You have three of the top four teams in NCS signed up – St. Joseph Notre Dame (10:40.27 – 1st), San Ramon Valley (10:46.75 – 3rd) and Amador Valley (10:47.78 – 4th). All of the major army at Tony Fong’s disposal for SJND are signed up for other events including Gabe Arias-Sheridan (4:36.03 18th NCS– 3200 entrant) and Chris Melendez (2:04.95 23rd NCS – 800 entrant). And the defending champions San Ramon Valley appears to be running everyone of their stars fresh – David Griffith (51.27 400 10th NCS), Zach Hanze (9:41.17 3rd NCS) and Jason Intravaia (9:56.20 15th NCS). The same could be said for Amador Valley’s arsenal of Connor McCarthy (9:47.72 6th 3200), Connor McKinnon (1:59.89 6th NCS) and Jacob Schlachte (4:33.61 13th NCS). But how can we forget about the Bellarmine squad coached by Patrick McCrystle, who has so many weapons to choose from, just go back and reread the previews of the other races today.......oh but that means they might be doubling back! Be strong and courageous young men!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

NorCal Results

WBAL 1A Results (At Menlo College)
WBAL 1B Results (At Sacred Heart Prep)
BCL West Results (At Kezar Stadium)

Dan Gabor 800m Men's Race 2013

Dublin Distance Fiesta Top 5 List

From meet director Chris Williams:

Hello Coaches,

Since we have had the Dublin Distance Fiesta for 5 years already, I thought it would be fun to compile results and make an all-time list for the events by grade level.  I have attached the Top 5 List but as you can see, I have a few problems - the results in 2008 and 2009 did not list the grades (those results can be found at  If you know of any corrections or additions, please let me know so I can make these lists as accurate as possible.  Thanks and enjoy!

Dublin Distance Fiesta Top 5 List (2008 to current)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

2013 CCS track and field leaders

As posted Palo Alto Online Sports:

400 relay -- Palo Alto 43.40, Bellarmine 43.78, St Francis 44.60, Lynbrook 45.01, Wilcox 45.10, San Benito Hollister 45.15, Woodside 45.16, Los Altos 45.25, SHP 45.84.

1600 -- Vasquez (Hill) 4:18.23, Baier (Menlo-Atherton) 4:19.69, Johnson (SLV) 4:21.33, Sum (Saratoga) 4:22.59, Layten (Carlmont) 4:22.68, Corvese (Sobrato) 4:24.35, Garibay (Yerba Buena) 4:24.89, Estifanos (Milpitas) 4:26.74, Foster (Los Gatos) 4:28.08, Barriatua (Serra) 4:29.68.

110 HH -- Robinson (SHP) 15.12, Yeager (Los Altos) 15.18, Eberspacher (Gunn) 15.40, Mitchell (Serra) 15.76, Doan (Milpitas) 15.86, Ranieri (Lynbrook) 16.00, Johnson (Palo Alto) 16.15, Guzman (Alisal) 16.37, Zhao (Cupertino) 16.74, Quinby (Bellarmine) 16.85.

400 -- Beery (San Mateo) 50.52, Sullivan (Palo Alto) 50.90, Orloff (Serra) 51.11, Livengood (Evergreen) 51.38, Greenlow (Bellarmine) 51.98, Plante (Menlo-Atherton) 52.34, Givens (Palo Alto) 52.39, Sanchez (Silver Creek) 52.87, Seroff (Los Gatos) 52.99, Sinnott (SLV) 53.04.

100 -- Gates-Mouton (Palo Alto) 11.21, Brown (Oak Grove) 11.30, Minor (Alvarez) 11.30, Holman (Woodside) 11.35, Njaka (Bellarmine) 11.38, Ibarra (St Francis) 11.39, Mitchell (Wilcox) 11.42, Cosentino (Leigh) 11.43, Baty (St Francis) 11.43, Tolbert (Palo Alto) 11.43.

800 -- Johnson (SLV) 1:54.76, Aguilar (Oak Grove) 1:57.97, Ernst (Prospect) 1:59.19, Sum (Saratoga) 1:59.57, Sutton (Homestead) 1:59.90, Greenlow (Bellarmine) 2:01.63, Walker (Los Gatos) 2:01.97, Sanchez (Alisal) 2:02.95, Avila (Bellarmine) 2:02.97, Tucker (Wilcox) 2:03.01.

300 IH -- Yeager (Los Altos) 40.05, Mitchell (Serra) 40.71, Rice (Carlmont) 41.86, Ranieri (Lynbrook) 42.12, Kumamoto (Carlmont) 42.64, Guzman (Alisal) 42.66, Chiou (Lynbrook) 42.79, Williams (Mt View) 42.82, Myers (St Francis) 42.86, Moller (Los Gatos) 43.08.

200 -- Orloff (Serra) 22.47, Henry (Oak Grove) 22.97, Gates-Mouton (Palo Alto) 23.20, Minor (Alvarez) 23.21, Njaka (Bellarmine) 23.29, Jones (Valley Christian) 23.34, Illio (MP) 23.38, Sirasao (Leigh) 23.40, Mays (Willow Glen) 23.42, Hall (Riordan) 23.45.

3200 -- Estifanos (Milpitas) 9:18.96, Corvese (Sobrato) 9:20.02, Voster (Los Gatos) 9:25.47, Ho (Leland) 9:27.36, Vasquez (Hill) 9:29.21, Sloan (Homestead) 9:29.61, Garibay (Yerna Buena) 9:36.56, Meijer (Bellarmine) 9:39.25, DeAnda (Bellarmine) 9:45.14, Alaghatta (Bellarmine) 9:45.39.

1600 relay -- Menlo-Atherton 3:31.80, Serra 3:33.16, Bellarmine 3:34.58, St Francis 3:35.44, San Benito Hollister 3:35.93, Lynbrook 3:36.19, Los Gatos 3:39.28, Los Altos 3:40.31.

High jump -- Weeks (Leland) 6-4, Hall (RLS) 6-4, Yeager (Los Altos) 6-3 1/4, Underwood (Bellarmine) 6-2, Van (SHP) 6-2, Oberlander (Christopher) 6-2, Silver (Watsonville) 6-2, Andrade (Aptos) 6-2, Robinson (SHP) 6-0, Mickelson (Woodside) 6-0, Maleta (St Francis CC) 6-0.

Long jump -- Basurto (Willow Glen) 21-9 1/2, Yeager (Los Altos) 21-1 1/4, Vong (Bellarmine) 21-0 1/4, Bush (Bellarmine) 20-11 3/4, Ambrosini (MV Christian) 20-8, Yeager (Los Altos) 20-5, Liu (Los Altos) 20-3 1/4, Hsu (MV Christian) 20-3 1/4, Cook (San Benito Hollister) 20-3, Marzetta (Lincoln) 20-1 1/2.

Triple jump -- Bush (Bellarmine) 43-5, Marzetta (Lincoln) 42-9 3/4, Catolico (Lynbrook) 42-3 1/4, Nguyen (Evergreen) 41-9 3/4, Price (Gunn) 41-9, Green (Watsonville) 41-8, Wong (Silver Creek) 40-8, Underwood (Bellarmine) 40-4 3/4, Alvarez (Serra) 40-1 1/2.

Discus -- Ilaoa (Homestead) 160-3, Macial (Willow Glen) 152-6, Sambel (Serra) 151-1, Miranda (Santa Teresa) 139-6, Nicholls (Santa Teresa) 139-3, Church (Homestead) 139-2 1/2, Vogel (Gilroy) 139-1, Johnson (Lincoln) 137-3, Wilson (MV Christian) 137-0, Marta (Aptos) 134-8.

Shot put -- Beering (Serra) 58-6 1/2, Sambel (Serra) 51-11 3/4, Macial (Willow Glen) 50-0, Marta (Aptos) 49-1, Church (Homestead) 48-6, Filiai (Menlo-Atherton) 47-1 1/2, Walrod (Bellarmine) 47-1 1/2, Aufang (Fremont) 46-11, Ilaoa (Homestead) 46-9 1/2, Johnson (Lincoln) 46-8 1/2.

Pole vault -- Toney (St Francis) 14-6, Mackanerney (Aptos) 14-0, Nicholas (Mt Pleasant) 13-6, O'Neill (Bellarmine) 13-6, Nichols (Branham) 13-0, Pipkin (Christopher) 13-0, Stopher (Bellarmine) 12-6, Korjeff (Carlmont) 12-3, Verner (St Ignatius) 12-0, Sosa (Mt Pleasant) 12-0, Iv (Mt Pleasant) 12-0, Chavarria (Westmoor) 12-0.

400 relay -- Los Gatos 49.34, St Ignatius 50.29, Mitty 50.80, Palo Alto 51.83, Menlo-Atherton 52.03, St Francis 52.22, Gunn 52.44, Soquel 52.64, Christopher 53.03, Sobrato 53.05.

1600 -- Maxwell (SLV) 4:45.70c, Katz (Los Gatos) 5:01.84, Reed (Mt View) 5:10.59, Robinson (Gunn) 5:11.47, Escalera (Fremont) 5:18.68, Meeks (Gunn) 5:19.09, Allen (Homestead) 5:21.13, Xu (Monta Vista) 5:22.41, Weigel (Mt View) 5:23.24, Johnson (Leland) 5:24.65.

100 hurdles -- Lanovaz (Los Gatos) 15.47, Buck (Leigh) 15.89, Heffernan (Los Gatos) 16.04, UnaDia (Gilroy) 16.11, Vance (Los Gatos) 16.16, Foster (Christopher) 16.18, Tatum (Los Gatos) 16.36, Miklos (Gunn) 16.65, Kuechle (Leland) 17.08, Peter (Gunn) 17.20.

400 -- Bryant (Piedmont Hills) 56.54, Alexander (Carlmont) 56.88, Padilla (St Francis) 59.21, Noordam (Pioneer) 59.59, Harrison (Cupertino) 59.88, Bryant (Piedmont Hills) 1:00.04, Mount (ND-Belmont) 1:00.11, Miklos (Gunn) 1:01.05, Chen (Los Gatos) 1:01.21, Stansberry (Menlo-Atherton) 1:01.56.

100 -- Diaz (Piedmont Hills) 12.46, Scholis (Seaside) 12.52, Pennywell (Gunn) 12.55, Wagner (Los Gatos) 12.61, Williams (Leigh) 12.64, Staab (Los Gatos) 12.71, Kwiatkowski (Wilcox) 12.71, Cheeks (St Francis) 12.90, Reynolds (Homestead) 13.01.

800 -- Maxwell (SLV) 2:11.69, Robinson (Gunn) 2:15.43, Hiltz (Aptos) 2:16.73, Noordam (Pioneer) 2:19.64, Lee (Evergreen) 2:21.44, Escalera (Fremont) 2:21.94, Fortman (Menlo-Atherton) 2:25.14,` Kiesow (Willow Glen) 2:25.46, Allen (Homestead) 2:25.84, Bowie (Los Altos) 2:26.62.

300 hurdles -- Mount (ND-Belmont) 47.40, Foster (Christopher) 48.04, Miklos (Gunn) 49.01, Tatum (Los Gatos) 49.30, UnaDia (Gilroy) 49.81, Vance (Los Gatos) 50.75, Hernandez (Homestead) 50.94, Luo (Gunn) 51.23, Morgan (Woodside) 51.63.

200 -- Diaz (Piedmont Hills) 25.67, Connell (Harker) 25.72, Baynard (Piedmont Hills) 26.11, Williams (Leigh) 26.16, Budei (Branham) 26.34, Alexander (Carlmont) 26.35, Scholis (Seaside) 26.35, Harrison (Cupertino) 26.37, Agu (Mitty) 26.54, D-Acchioli (Leland) 26.59.

3200 -- Jacob (Los Altos) 11:02.26, MacMillan (SLV) 11:17.49, Wood (Presentation) 11:30.16, Goo (Westmoor) 11:38.14, Johnson (Leland) 11:46.79, Mason (Leland) 11:51.42, Ling (Lynbrook) 11:51.82, Zhou (Homestead) 11:52.61, Yip (Monta Vista) 11:54.97, Gottlieb (Monta Vista) 11:57.88.

1600 relay -- Los Gatos 4:02.27, St Francis 4:08.80, Menlo-Atherton 4:17.45, Lynbrook 4:20.74, San Benito Hollister 4:21.01, Cupertino 4:26.18, Pioneer 4:27.64, Gunn 4:27.82, Los Altos 4:28.13, Woodside 4:31.31.

High jump -- Fagan (Los Gatos) 5-10, Bassi (St Francis) 5-4, Buck (Leigh) 5-2, Wilhelm (St Francis) 5-0, McCarthy (Pioneer) 5-0, Baird (Gunn) 5-0, Blaha (N Monterey) 5-0, Lis (Pacific Collegiate) 4-10.

Long jump -- Buck (Leigh) 17-11 1/4, Kwiatkowski (Wilcox) 17-3 1/4, Romero (Christopher) 16-9 1/2, Simmons (Lincoln) 16-7 1/4, Cusick (ND-San Jose) 16-5, Delgado (N Monterey) 16-3, Dayal (Fremont) 15-10, Nguyen (Evergreen) 15-9, Baird (Gunn) 15-8, Yee (Wilcox) 15-7.

Triple jump -- Kwiatkowski (Wilcox) 39-5 1/2, Lanovaz (Los Gatos) 36-11 3/4, Janachocwski (St Ignatius) 36-8 1/2, Yee (Wilcox) 35-5 1/4, Martin (Monta Vista) 35-0, Foster (Christopher) 34-3 1/4, Luo (Gunn) 34-0, Do (Gunn) 33-11 1/4, Kuechle (Leland) 33-10 1/4, Simmons (Lincoln) 33-10.

Discus -- Oyarsun (Willow Glen) 115-7, Cueva (Watsonville) 114-11, Allston (Lincoln) 107-8, Pucccinelli (St Ignatius) 106-2, Guerra (Oak Grove) 105-5, Yu (Gunn) 101-3, Scher (Fremont) 98-8, Fine (Wilcox) 94-2, Paul (Willow Glen) 92-6.

Shot put -- Piearcy (Cupertino) 36-0 1/4, Fine (Wilcox) 35-1, Cueva (Watsonville) 34-10, Oyarsun (Willow Glen) 33-2, Paul (Willow Glen) 33-0 1/2, Obilor (Presentation) 32-9, Buck (Leigh) 32-7, Allston (Lincoln) 32-7.

Pole vault -- Wagner (Los Gatos) 12-9, Jaques (Presentation) 12-6, McCarthy (Presentation) 12-0, Trenchard (Pacific Collegiate) 12-0, Hendel (Westmont) 11-6, Hefferman (Los Gatos) 11-0, Fish (Soquel) 11-0, Jaques (Presentation) 10-6, Cesare (Willow Glen) 10-6, Wilhelm (St Francis) 10-0, Braun (Soquel) 10-0.

Marks compiled by Hank Lawson/Lynbrook High

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Catching up with Harvard-Westlake HS coach, Tim Sharpe...

Today we chat with Harvard Westlake Cross Country and Track and Field coach, Tim Sharpe.  You may have first heard of HW during the Collins twins (Jason and Jarron) era before they headed to Stanford University and the pros.  Tim started to coach at HW in 2003 and his team and individual accomplishments have been most impressive.  Under his tutelage, Harvard-Westlake has won a girls' cross country state team championship (2009 in Division IV).  Cami Chapus was the individual state cross country champion in 2009 and 2010.  His teams have won two other XC state meet plaques with a 2nd place finish for the boys in 2010 and a 3rd place finish for the girls in 2011.  Amy Weissenbach was a three time state champion in the 800m. and recorded a California and NFHS record 2:02.04 in 2011.  Cami Chapus was a 1600m. state champion on the track and recorded PRs of 4:38.02 and 10:19.47.

1)  What was your own athletic experience in your youth/high school?
- I played a variety of sports growing up... Baseball, track, swimming, soccer, karate, football, hockey (I grew up in Michigan)... And ultimately settled on my best/favorites track and swimming throughout middle school and into high school, though. At some point, it was clear that I was more elite at swimming & was encouraged by my coaches to pursue it exclusively. It was a good decision as I was able to earn a full scholarship for swimming at Wayne State University. I heavily used running as extra cross training during my college career & my roommate/teammate was a former distance runner as well ;)
- I feel very strongly that the lessons I learned doing sports... commitment, delayed gratification, goal setting, perseverance, character... were largely cemented during those years. Great gifts indeed.
- looking back it seems I remember the friendships & camaraderie through tough practices more than anything (it seems like we were always sore!)... That said, it was the high school state meets that were the strongest memories. There is just a magic to a state meet & the sense of accomplishment with the team.

2)  Who were the coaches that really made a difference for you to this day?
- it's ironic, but the coach I feel most grateful for I didn't fully appreciate at the time. Coach Thornton was a tough son of a gun who constantly challenged & pushed us to our limits. There was no such thing as being late, undisciplined, unsportsmanlike, not giving your all, as the consequences were close to unbearable. But I will say this, we all improved... consistently. Every peak ended in huge personal bests. His way may not be the PC way of doing things now a days, but somehow we always knew that he cared for us, though he showed his softer side rarely. I know now that was his way of caring for us, by saving us from any season ending without the satisfaction of great personal improvement. I carry that same deep passion, but in my own way.
   There were a number of others over the years that made important contributions to the "tool box" that I use today... But, if I may, I would like to add Jonas Koolsbergen the head coach of our track & field program at Harvard Westlake, as I've learned a great deal from him as a coach, peer, and mentor... And of course Quincy Watts & Joanna Hayes who have helped me hone my eye for the finer details of sprint mechanics, elite sequencing of pieces for 400 training & laughing so hard I'm sore the next day.

3)  Did you compete in college?  
- As mentioned above, I went to college on a swimming scholarship. What can I say... I loved competing in college!

4)  What led you into teaching and coaching?
- A couple years after college, I moved to CA. Several years later, with my background in both swimming and running at some point, I began working with triathletes (among many things). Many of them encouraged me to try one. What a joy to merge the endurance sports I loved. To this day, I still wish I'd discovered triathlons right out of college. This would heavily influence my ideas about cross training benefits between endurance sports.  I can't say that coaching was the ultimate goal, but as I went further down the path there was an "aha" moment where I got it, and I felt a very real sense of calling.
What do you teach?
- I'm not employed as a teacher.

5)  What was your first coaching job?
- I actually co-founded a swim club in MI, that grew out of some swim lessons I was teaching.
What did you learn from that experience?
- There was a lot of learning, & I was blessed with some early success.  I think I learned that young athletes are quite unique and as such require varied approaches to help them get the most out of their work. It was this experience that began my journey to define what the coach-athlete relationship was... I think that it obviously evolves and changes over time, but at a very young age it is easy to fall into a place where you don't really listen to your athletes, and aren't sensitive enough to know how to alter the plan to suit the particular needs of the individual, while still moving the direction of the whole team forward.

6)  How long have you been at Harvard Westlake HS?
- I first started coaching for HW in 2003. There was a break of 3years after '06 & I returned in 2009. All told, this is the 7th year for me now. It'll be the beginning of my 8th yr this summer :)
 Have you coached anything else besides XC and TF?
- Swimming and triathlons.

7)  What was the state of the distance program when you took it over?
- When I first started... there was not much history of success at the CIF level, especially as a team. There had been a few standout individuals. The cross country team had never made it to the state meet.
What did you immediately change?
- When I arrived, there was not a belief that we could be successful at the CIF level and beyond, and there was no organized summer routine. So I began to try to alter what the athletes thought was possible. I came in and said it is possible to go to CIF and do well there... AND go to the state meet. I'm fairly certain several of them thought I was a nice fellow with lots of enthusiasm, but a crazy man just the same.  Little by little though, there were a few that believed & we began the transformation. I was fortunate enough to have athletes like Jared Bell, and Anna Farias-Eisner who embodied what we were striving for in those early years.

8)  What are your expectations for your runners in the summer?
- We have the runners to do a three week build up on their own before we begin meeting Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays following the 4th of July each year. They must keep detailed running logs so that we can better train them as individuals, and build their volume safely. Saturdays we always try to go somewhere fun, like the beach, a park, some new trail & follow the workouts with treats & games... So I would say we also expect some fun! We have a yearly training trip to Big Bear every August that is always a highlight & one of the best parts of every year.
How often do you meet with them?
- answered above ;)

9)  What does a typical week look like for your runners late September/early October with a Saturday Invitational?
- A typical week would be something like:
Monday- dedicated to technique and some speed.
Tuesday- LT
Wednesday- GC or tempo (General Conditioning is what we call aerobic).
Thursday- meet, race pace, or VO2max, or some other anaerobic/aerobic mix
Friday- pre-meet, GC or Rec. as required
Saturday- like Thursdays
Sundays are long runs on their own.
--- we encourage more experienced runners to do mornings 1-3 times per week (depending on ability) on their own or with a group that meets before school as an option.

10)  What do you change as you get closer to November and closer to the section and state meets?
- We cut back on the number of key workout days by one. There is some reduction in volume... More focused race paced work & sharpening.

11)  When it comes to coaching boys and girls, what do you differently training wise?
- Mostly how I communicate with them... I do find that girls seem to be able to train at a rate that is higher than would be suggested by their current race bests.  There is also a slight difference in recovery ability that I adjust for prior to starting a peak.

12)  Tell us a little about coaching Cami Chapus and Amy Weissenbach and their progression in high school.  What did you learn as a coach?
- Well now... How long do we want this article to be!  Let me start by simply saying that those were some exceptional girls in so many ways... Hard workers, team first attitudes, great character. I'm very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Cami and Amy.
   Amy's speed started showing sophomore year.  She still clearly had a large range and we worked to form a training plan that was balanced and made sense given her particular strengths.  Sometimes you have to let a young persons abilities evolve as they grow and then alter the plan accordingly. She became fantastic at executing specific race plans... one of my favorite strengths of hers. Another strength she developed was a terrific kick... that and evolving into a fierce & feared 4x400 anchor.
   Cami was mostly a soccer first girl when she started high school. So her progression involved discovering her passion for running the first couple years.  After that she kinda took off. She embraced the training and showed a tremendous range as well.  One of the most amazing strengths Cami developed was her ability to triple at a high level on often very short rest. This requires both a physical and mental toughness, and no one did it better.  For example. Her junior year at state, she had won the 1600, went gutsy 10:29 in the 3200 and 30min later split 55 on the relay. Still makes me go "wow".
  What did I learn... The sky is the limit. After outdoor nationals in North Carolina during the girls sophomore year was when I first started believing we could get the national record in the DMR. It's sort of a joke among my fellow coaches at HW to refer to me as the Mayor of Crazy Town. I'm a big believer in dreaming big, but you also have to be measured about it. It was only shared amongst us coaches at first, but as the time neared we all felt we had a shot and got all four ladies in on the deal.  Trust your instincts but never be afraid of seeking help. Always be learning, reading, and be on the cutting edge of the current research regarding training. And have a mentor that you trust.

13)  What is your advice for a young coach who is starting out with a new program and has his site on competing well at the state level?
- I think, going back to my own experience, just believe that greatness is possible. The kids pick up on our thoughts as coaches, so if we don't believe it, they won't either. Also, get to know each athlete.  It really helps to know what they love, what inspires them. And then they know you care about them. It is a group experience and, as much as possible, team & coach need to be aligned in the same direction.

14)  The XC state meet seems to get more competitive each year.  What do you think are the reasons for the increased depth of fast times?
- You know... I'm not entirely sure, but it feels like better competition breeds better competition I s'pose. It's the chicken or the egg type question I think. One thing that I feel is we are all part of this time, this movement where the overall quality of distance running in America is on the rise again & I love that I'm lucky enough to be coaching while its happening.

15)  Anything else you would like to add.
- Just thank you for inviting me to do this... I feel truly honored.

Thank you very much for your time Tim!  AJC

Dublin Distance Fiesta Heat Sheets

2013 Dublin Distance Fiesta Heat Sheets (Everybody should be able to access the link now)
DDF Event Schedule 2013

Best race of the day?  Who will be the fastest runners in each event (800, 1600, 3200)?

Friday, March 08, 2013

Early reports from Dan Gabor Invitational

Fastest 1600m. time was posted by Las Lomas freshman Chloe Hansel.  She ran 5:13.02.

Madison Ricks won the 800m. in 2:15.03, 2nd to Spencer Moore in 2:16.99.

Dante Hay won the boys 800m. in 1:56.86 followed by Adler Faulkner of Acalanes in 1:57.98.

Julia Maxwell wins girls 3200m. in 10:43.80 over Jena Pianin in 10:46.60.  Freshman Lauren Jacob finishes 3rd in 11:02.26.

More will be posted as it's relayed to me.

San Rafael Twilight Relays Final Heat Sheets

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Who Can Come to Amador Valley and Run Like Dan? By Jason Oswalt

1:50.70. State Champion. These were the high school accomplishments of the man who this invitational
is named after. With a resume like that, it is no wonder that the meet’s original slogan was “Run like
Dan.” On the eve of another Dan Gabor Memorial Invitational, athletes all over the Bay Area, and some
from beyond, are going to bed hoping that they will come to the Dan Gabor Invite and run like Dan.

In the 3200, which features 20 athletes with sub 10 minute credentials, we will see 3200m runners, like
Miramonte’s Tyler Hanson and Dillon Reed (top seeds ) strive to run like Dan. And in the women’s 800,
which is the toughest field of the day California’s Madison Ricks (2012 state finalist in the girls’ 800) and
Healdsburg’s Maria Barragan (2012 state qualifier in the 800) will strive to run like Dan. But “Run like
Dan” is more than just running fast and winning a race. “Run like Dan” was always more about attitude
than it was about speed. Beyond the Pr’s, Dan Gabor’s races were both demonstrative and fearless.
He had a unique ability to dictate a race from the front, middle or back of the pack. Although this story
has probably been greatly embellished over time, the legend of Dan Gabor’s state meet race highlights
Dan’s racing persona on the biggest stage as well as any other story could. It has been told, that when
Dan ran in the state meet his senior year, he found himself well behind the leaders with 200m to go.
He made a decisive surge and although he was running faster than everyone in the race at the time,
found himself boxed in. Rather than losing momentum and waiting for a hole to open up, or swinging
wide and running extra distance, Dan ran right up to the shoulders of the runners in front of them and
yelled, “MOVE” at the top of his lungs. The runners were so surprised that they parted like the red sea
(or maybe it was a purple sea, if it was the Amador Valley gods who were listening), and Dan ran right
through them for the victory.

It is in these rare moments when an athlete captures that kind of reckless control that special things
happen. When everybody in the crowd wonders, “What in the world is that person doing?” and the
person knows all along that it is going to work. Dan seemed to have these moments often, but you have
to wonder if Branson’s Julia Maxwell, the lone state champion competing this Friday, felt that way at
the NCS Cross Country Championships this past fall. When she took off at a blistering pace even after
watching all the boys in the previous races struggle in the mud, did she know she was going run 17:22?
Did she know that she would finish more than 30 seconds faster than the 2nd fastest girl on the day, like
Dan knew that everyone would move out of his way when he screamed at the top of his lungs? Or how
about her closest competitor, Jena Pianin? When she was closer to Sarah Baxter and Hagen Reedy at the
mile mark at the state meet than she was to the fourth place runner, did she know she’d be able to hang
on, like Dan knew he’d be able to catch up with 200m to go?

Most importantly though, “Run like Dan” is not reserved for only the fastest athletes. It is not just
Steven Grolle, the 4:20 1600m runner from Sonora that has a chance to “Run like Dan”. It is also for
runner’s like Vanden’s Aiden Schraer, trying to run under 4:30, and Campolindo’s Ellen Hann trying to
stop the clock in under 6:00. It could be Livermore’s Alexandra Hernandez who runs like Dan, trying to
make a name for herself amongst the studs in the girl’s 3200, or Monte Vista’s Daniel Christman trying
to fight it out for a T-Shirt in heat 7 of the boys’ 800m. Until tomorrow night, we don’t know who or how
many people will “Run like Dan”. For all we know it will be Amador Valley’s own Ysabel Thorn, running
her first race ever in Heat 4 of the girls’ 1600. At the end of the night though, the ones who will look
most like Dan, will be the boys in Heat 13 of the boys’ 800. Who will it be that walks away this year with
that coveted Dan Gabor 800m trophy? Will it be top Acalanes’ top seeded Adler Faulkner, Maria Carillo’s
talented 2-lapper Dante Hay, Amador Valley’s state meet qualifier Conner McKinnon, or will someone
else swoop around the last 200m and tell the big boys to “MOVE!!!”?

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