Thursday, November 19, 2015

Section newspaper coverage

North Coast Section
St. Joseph Notre Dame's Cooper Teare sets goal for NCS cross country
Running Lions, Tigers set for NCS Cross-Country (El Molino)
Prep cross country season running toward a conclusion (Petaluma)
Leary leads 'wacky, competitive' Drake boys into North Coast Section

Central Coast Section
Literally seconds away: Cross Country Championships has heartbreak, joy all in one
Cougars win CCS cross-country championship (Half Moon Bay)
Milpitas: Cross country boys place 8th and girls 15th finals
Campbell: Prospect girls, Dons' Nunez finish strong at CCS meet, qualify for state
LA runner Jacob wins CCS title for a third time
San Jose: Willow Glen boys run to second at CCS, qualify for the state meet
CCS girls cross country: Meeks, Jacob, Marsheck win individual crowns
CCS boys cross country: Paly's Slaney sizzles in winning Division I title
Tie goes to the Crystal XC runners
Cupertino, Sunnyvale: Robison is the fastest finisher at CCS finals

Sac-Joaquin Section
BLACK FRIDAY DASH: Nine Placer winners qualify for the CIF Cross Country Championships
Cross-country: Kimball senior 13 seconds shy of state meet
End of the road for cross country (Oakdale)
Runners wrap up cross country seasons at section meet (Napa)
Cat runners Land, McIlroy win section (Sonora)
Local runners place at section championship (Tuolumne and Calaveras County)
Blue Devil girls cruise to cross country crown
Vernau wins individual title but Marauders edge Devils


Anonymous said...

Nice to see Kathryn Loken from Del Campo pulling off a repeat at Willow Hills, and taking a 1st place win again in Div 2! It'll be interesting to see what she'll do at State.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that Victor Santamaria said it wasn't his team's best day at CCS finals. It seemed that WG did very well. Which WG runners were "off" from what was expected? Pretty cool to know that WG could potentially beat SF at the state finals.

Sal said...

The SF-WG battle goes south. Rich Gonzalez has them ranked 8 and 9 respectively in D2, and the only non-SS teams in the top 10. It would be great if they both could move up and show what kind talent we have in the CCS.

Albert Caruana said...

You can look at the times of the Willow Glen runners at their league finals compared to their times at CCS to see if some of the runners didn't run as well at CCS.

As for Division 2 at state, the Southern Section dominates this division. Most of our Division 2 sized schools compete in Division 1 which means we have Division 3 schools compete in Division 2. I would probably guess that both St. Francis and Willow Glen would be in Division 3 if they were in the Southern Section.

Until CIF balances the divisions based on school size as opposed to letting the each section determine their own divisions, we will have the same situation.

Anonymous said...

Why can't we split the state in half and be done with the south? They take our water and game the XC championship. Let's bring everyone to CS from Monterey on up and let the south spend their Thanksgiving weekend in Fresno.

Anonymous said...

Albert, the 5 WG scorers went (league final to CCS) -8, +13, -18, -2, and -5. Even if the #2 ran the same time as league, SF still would have won 60 to 62. A 20 second improvement seems pretty good - I guess it is the coach's job to motivate his team for the next race, but in no way did they underperform at CCS.

Anonymous said...

If either team had an off day it was SF that went +26, 1-5. They went -5, -2, +10, -3, and + 26 (different runner). What, if anything, does that mean to the battle down under (in Fresno)?

Anonymous said...

@6:35 It means it could go either way.

Anonymous said...

As much as my son's school is handicapped by the SJS, forcing them to compete against SS schools with 1.5 to 3 times as many students as they have, but I don't blame Southern California, it's not their fault the CIF allows sections to make their own rules. There just needs to be consistency so that teams compete on a level playing field.

Anonymous said...

You know, I like the idea of splitting the state into a Northern and Southern California for the state championships, but let's take it one step further. Why don't we give each individual section their own state championship? That way divisional enrollment standards would be perfectly equal for both the sectional AND state championship meets, while giving no section a competitive advantage based on enrollment for the state meet! Yay, no more controversy over whether the Southern Section has an unfair advantage or not!

Anonymous said...

Does the Battle Down Under help or hurt both teams? They could be spurred on to better results (4, 5?) against the SS teams or concentrate so hard on each other that they slip to outside the top 10. Intrasection rivalry - help or hurt at State?

Anonymous said...

5:29 LOL

Bing said...

It's always so interesting how XC meets end up... WG actually had its top 5 guys finish before Saint Francis' 5th, but of course still lost. Suffice it to say, SF and WG are among the most closely matched teams in all of CCS (aside, of course, from the 2 ties with Crystal Springs!)

Anonymous said...

@11:49 Looking at the Lynbrook predictions that are based on current section finals, WG would finish all 5 before SF's again (that's assuming SF's regular #5 doesn't have a bounce back effort) but will lose by a wider margin. The issue is that even though WG has a -2 for the first 2 finishers, their 3-5 are +18 for a 16 point deficit. That is likely to grow as the other sections get entered into the database. It is not impossible for them to make up the gap but their 3-5 will have to run big PR's to do it. The 'Battle Down Under' is going to be the hottest ticket in town!

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