Saturday, December 30, 2017


The Roundtable this year is being sponsored by Runner's Workshop Running Camps. You can check out the link to their site at

Coaches that have secured a position so far.
1) Chris Puppione
2) Jason Oswalt (Amador Valley)
3) Albert Caruana (Crystal Springs Uplands)
4) Sean Kohles (Skyline)
5) Ruth Seabrook (Northgate)
6) Peter Brewer (Northgate)
7) Jared Steele (Terra Nova)
8) John Maloney (Bellarmine)
9) Pat McCrystle (Bellarmine)
10) Rich Miller (Sir Francis Drake)
11) Jack Wallace (Albany)
12) Tim Tuff (Mills)
13) Jeff Gardiner (Lick-Wilmerding)
14) Carin Marrs (University)
15) Thomas Maltbaek (Cristo Rey)
16) Walt Lange (Jesuit)
17) Tyler Jorgens (Newark Memorial)

Amador Valley High School
1155 Santa Rita Road
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Session I: 9am-12pm
Lunch: 12pm-1pm
Session II: 1pm-4pm

Roundtable Leaders
Jason Oswalt – Clinic Co-Director
Chris Puppione – Clinic Co-Director
Albert Caruana – Clinic Co-Director

Roundtable Features
Everyone is a clinician, everyone is a student.
Roundtable topics selected by attendees in advance via email.
All attendees receive “A Packet of Nuggets”—a compilation of coaching gems from each attending coach.
Attendees will also receive a collection of training programs submitted by the other coaches in attendance.
Cost for the roundtable discussion is FREE! And you get breakfast and lunch!
Event is open to the first 30 coaches to register. 

Contact Jason Oswalt ( to register for the event, as well as to receive further information. This event is for HIGH SCHOOL COACHES ONLY.

Please contact Jason ASAP as spots will fill up fast. Some of the best coaches in California will be at this Roundtable. Don't miss out.

December 4, 2017

Dear Coaches,
It’s hard to believe that it was 10 years ago when we were sitting at Sports Basement in the first annual NorCal Collaborative Coaches Roundtable. At that time the Roundtable was part experiment and part excuse to simply get together and talk shop. As 2017 winds down, with cross country season behind us and track staring us in the face, the Roundtable has become a staple in our winter schedule and something that we hope local coaches look forward to as much as we do. 

It’s time to mark your calendars again as the 2018 Roundtable will be held on January 13th.The site will once again be Amador Valley High School, in Pleasanton, CA. The event is scheduled to kick-off at 9am and will be attended by many of the finest coaches from our part of the state. 

As many of you know, this clinic is unique in format and concept. We hire no presenters or speakers. When you RSVP, you are volunteering to share your knowledge of our sport. Your price of admission is your willingness to share your knowledge. For 9 years, our programs have evolved partially based on things we have learned from each other at the Roundtable. I invite you to make it 10.

Limited to the first 30 coaches to sign-up via email, this roundtable discussion is completely based on the contributions of all attendees. 
Here is how it works:

Coaches are asked to email Jason Oswalt ( to sign-up for the event.  

Upon receipt of your email, Jason will ask you to submit the following for the clinic by Friday, January 5, 2018:
Topics and ideas you would like to discuss or gain knowledge about at the clinic (training, recruiting, nutrition, state of the sport, etc.)
This is an absolute necessity, as these suggestions will function as our agenda for the day. This is Part I of your entrance fee.
A 1-3 page installment (or “nugget of knowledge”) describing something you do with your athletes that you feel is key to your program’s success (i.e. a particular workout, coaching philosophy, mental training, etc.)
All coaches are expected to contribute with this—consider it as Part II of your entrance fee!
These “nuggets” will be compiled and all attendees will receive the full collection of notes at the clinic in both print and digital formats.
A copy of your training plan and notes from the past cross country season or the upcoming track season.
This is Part III of your entrance fee, and coaches are to submit these so that they may be shared with other attendees for review, critique, and to foster discussion of training methods.
These training programs will be sent out to all attendees in digital format, and you are asked to print them out prior to the roundtable and make notes on them for discussion purposes.
By submitting your training ideas or plans in advance, you can have your season’s training discussed by some of our sport’s greatest coaches, so don’t miss out on this opportunity.
All submitted information must be sent in either MS Word or MS Excel docs so that they can be easily formatted for compilation.
In recognition of our 10th year, we invite you to send a training plan that you used in 2008 so that we might recognize and discuss how much we have evolved as coaches over the last decade.  

A running tally of coaches who commit to attending the roundtable will be maintained on Albert’s website ( so everyone can prepare any specific questions that they may have for their fellow coaches.  

Prior to the event, Jason, Chris, and Albert will release a schedule that will outline the topics for the day so that each coach attending may come prepared to participate and contribute.  

THERE ARE NO LECTURERS AT THIS EVENT. We are not presenting a seminar—this is an opportunity to expand the discussion and for everyone to be a student and a teacher.  

Attending coaches are encouraged to bring any information they wish to discuss or share to the event. We will have overhead projectors, LCD projectors, as well as AV equipment—bring it all (We will actually have a working projector this year!).  

Also, we would like all coaches in attendance to bring their laptop computers with them, as we will be using internet connections to access information during discussion periods. Please be sure to have your flash drive or memory stick with you so you can steal/borrow info from other coaches.  

Sign-in on January 13th will begin at 8:30am with the roundtable beginning promptly at 9am. We will section the day into topics picked by our attendees.  
We will break for lunch at noon, and then reconvene for further discussion starting at 1pm. The roundtable ends at 4pm.  

While this is an open discussion, Jason, Chris, and Albert will serve as leaders for the event. These coaches will act as guides for the discussion, keeping the roundtable focused while moving the group through the agenda and moderating input from all coaches. They will offer their insights as well, but they are not clinicians or panelists.  

On the day of the event, all attending coaches will receive the following:
“A Packet of Nuggets”—a compilation of coaching gems from all attendees
A collection of all attendees training programs
Great conversation with amazing colleagues  
It is our belief that this collaborative roundtable will be of great benefit for all coaches—rookies and veterans alike. Please join us for this amazing event by emailing your registration to Jason Oswalt (

When the day comes to an end, all are invited to take the conversation down the street where coaches can gather for food and refreshments.

Be a part of the excitement—be a part of the conversation. Join us January 13, 2018 at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, CA for The 10th Annual NorCal Distance Coaches’ Collaborative Roundtable.

Yours in running,
Jason Oswalt

Chris Puppione

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Ideas for 2018?

As we get closer to the end of the year, I am reaching out to all of you about ideas for 2018. What else would you like to see posted on this site? I wish Albert would post __________. What would you like to see continued that you currently enjoy reading on here? All ideas will be considered so feel free to post anything that comes to mind.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Donation to Cross Country Express site

If you have enjoyed all the Cross Country coverage this past year, a kind donation would be appreciated.  You can do so with the link to the right.  If you don't do online payments, you can email me at and I will send you an address where you can send a check.

This site will remain a free service throughout the upcoming track and field season but as you know, a lot of time and effort goes into the maintenance of the website.

Thank you very much to those of you that have already donated.  If I haven't done so already, you will hear from me in appreciation.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

CA Coaching Legends: Carlmont coach, Loren Lansberry

You can check out my latest article (link below) on one of the most successful cross country and track and field coaches, Carlmont coach, Loren Lansberry. He, along with Bob Rush, are responsible for the birth of the Crystal Springs course. His teams were regularly in the top 10 in the nation in the National Postal meet.

If you have other Northern California cross country coaches that you would like to see profiled, please feel free to add them in the comment section below. You can find the other coaches that have been profiled at this link:

Monday, December 18, 2017

2018 Stanford Cross Country Invitational

It's been confirmed that the Stanford Cross Country Invitational will be returning next year. The date has not been set yet. You can check out any updates about all the meets that Stanford hosts throughout the year at this LINK.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

2017 NorCal Cross Country Awards

Now that the 2017 XC season is complete, here are my awards for this past cross country season.
2011 Award Winners
2012 Award Winners
2013 Award Winners
2014 Award Winners
2015 Award Winners
2016 Award Winners
Feel free to share your comments below.

Most Valuable Runner (boys)-Liam Anderson Redwood (NCS)
Most Valuable Runner (girls)-Elena Denner Oak Ridge (SJS)

Most Impressive Performance (boys)-Liam Anderson Redwood (NCS) at NXN
Most Impressive Performance (girls)-Maddy Denner Oak Ridge (SJS) at Clovis Invitational

Most Impressive Performance (boys' team)-St. Francis (CCS) at CA State Meet/NXN/Dublin (NCS) at Clovis Invitational
Most Impressive Performance (girls' team)-Granada (NCS) at NCS MOC Meet

Rising Star (boys)-Matt Strangio Jesuit (SJS)
Rising Star (girls)-Caroline Garrett Oakland Tech (OAK)

Most Inspirational (boys)-Open to suggestions
Most Inspirational (girls)-Open to suggestions

Most Improved Runner (boys)-Connor Livingston De La Salle (NCS)/Nicholas Medearis Crystal Springs Uplands (CCS)
Most Improved Runner (girls)-Claire Jackson University (NCS)

Lifetime Achievement Award (boys)-Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau Bellarmine (CCS)
Lifetime Achievement Award (girls)-Mari Friedman Santa Cruz (CCS)

Buster Posey (rookie of the year)-Kamran Murray Menlo (CCS)
Buster Posey (rookie of the year)-Layla Ruiz Watsonville (CCS)

Best Robin to Batman (best supporting actor)-Dublin and St. Francis top two runners.
Best Robin to Batman (best supporting actress)-Maddy and Elena Denner Oak Ridge (SJS)

Best Three Amigos-Shyam Kumar, Eric Eng, Colton Colonna St. Francis (CCS)
Best Three Amigas-Colleen McCandless, Kalea Bartolotto, Gracie Dupuis Granada (NCS)

Boys Coach of the Year (Directing)-Phil and Sam Pompei St. Francis (CCS)
Girls Coach of the Year (Directing)-Noel and Jeremy Mattern Granada (NCS)

Any other awards?

Friday, December 08, 2017

39th Annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championship National Finals This Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, San Diego

39th Annual 
Foot Locker Cross Country Championship National Finals
This Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, San Diego
GENERAL INFORMATION: The top 80 high school distance runners (40 boys and 40 girls) from across the country will compete in the 39th Annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships this Saturday, Dec. 9 at Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif. The 5,000-meter course has launched the professional careers of an impressive array of prestigious runners in years past, including Olympians Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi, and Kara Goucher. The Foot Locker Cross Country Championships is comprised of four regional 5K races, Midwest (Kenosha, Wis.), Northeast (Bronx, N.Y.), South (Charlotte, N.C.), and West (Walnut, Calif.), where the top 10 boys and top 10 girls from each region's seeded races qualified to compete in the National Finals.

WHERE: Morley Field, Balboa Park
RACE TIMES: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
Girls Race: 9:15 AM (PT)
Boys Race:10:00 AM (PT)

MEDIA INFORMATION: Media credentials will be issued to photographers and journalists on assignment at Morley Field at Balboa Park starting at 8:30 AM on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.

PHOTOS: Photos of all runners from the race will be available from this link at approximately 2pm (PT). Photo credit is for Foot Locker


For more information on the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, please visit or visit our Facebook page at Follow us on twitter and Instagram at @FLCCC and #FLCCC.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

2017 All-CCS Cross Country Team

You can find the entire list of runners at this LINK.

The All-NorCal team will be posted at the end of next week once Hank Lawson compiles all the votes. The NorCal Awards will be posted after the Foot Locker National race this Saturday.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

NorCal Teams/Individuals shining at NXN and Foot Locker

Boys Individuals
3) Liam Anderson Redwood Junior (fastest underclassman)
15) Matt Strangio Jesuit Sophomore (fastest sophomore)

Boys Teams
9) St. Francis, Mt. View (1st CCS team to qualify for NXN)

Foot Locker West Region
9th Grade Boys
1) Kamran Murray Menlo

10th Grade Boys
1) Christopher Middleton-Pearson Dublin

10th Grade Girls
1) Kelli Wilson Monte Vista

Girls' Seeded Race
4) Alize Hartke Oakmont (qualifies for Foot Locker National)
19) Caroline Garrett Oakland Tech
20) Clarissa Nowag-Nelson McClatchy
30) Marea Zlatunich Aptos
35) Colleen McCandless Granada
37) Kaylah Grant Live Oak

Boys' Seeded Race
2) Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau Bellarmine (qualifies for Foot Locker National for 2nd year in a row)
6) Collin Ullrich Liberty Ranch (qualifies for Foot Locker National)
20) Connor Livingston De La Salle
24) Henry Saul Palo Alto
30) Owen MacKenzie Los Altos

You can check out interviews with many of the above athletes at this LINK.

If any other athletes deserve mention, please feel free to add them below in the comment section.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

California State XC meet newspaper coverage

Coach and Athlete Interviews

You can check out a couple of interviews that I did the last couple of days with Roosevelt coach, Joe Robles Jr and with Capistrano Valley senior, Haley Herberg (photo credit to Kirby Lee). Roosevelt finished in 2nd place in the state division I race behind Great Oak and qualified for Nationals. Herberg won the Division II race with a time of 17:00 (second fastest time of the day behind the course record of Claudia Lane).

Joe Robles Jr.:

Haley Herberg:

Monday, November 27, 2017

Northern California Podium Finishers at 2017 California State XC meet

Division V Girls
2) University (NCS)
3) Lick-Wilmerding (NCS)

Division V Boys
1) University (NCS)
3) Lick-Wilmerding (NCS)

Division II Girls
3) Granada (NCS)

Division II Boys
1) St. Francis, Mt. View (CCS)-NXN At-Large Qualifier
2) Dublin (NCS)

Division III Girls
1) Campolindo (NCS)
2) Vista del Lago (SJS)

Division IV Boys
2) Sir Francis Drake (NCS)

8 out of 10 podium teams from Northern California from NCS. 

Division V Girls
1) Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS)
2) Emily Perez St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS)
4) Grace Dailey Branson (NCS)
7) Callie Jones Branson (NCS)
9) Claire Jackson University (NCS)
10) Kate Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS)

Division I Girls
3) Elena Denner Oak Ridge (SJS)-NXN Qualifier
10) Caroline Garrett Oakland Tech (OAK)

Division V Boys
2) Nicholas Medearis Crystal Springs Uplands School (CCS)
4) Andre Williams Sonoma Academy (NCS)
7) Sean Laidlaw Lick-Wilmerding (NCS)
9) Micah Filer Capital Christian (SJS)

Division I Boys
4) Matt Strangio Jesuit (SJS)-NXN Qualifier
5) Meika Beaudoin-Rosseau Bellarmine (CCS)

Division II Girls
5) Alize Hartke Oakmont (SJS)
8) Colleen McCandless Granada (NCS)

Division III Boys
1) Liam Anderson Redwood (NCS)-NXN Qualifier
10) Greg Aufderheide Livermore (NCS)

Division IV Girls
2) Mari Friedman Santa Cruz (CCS)
4) Kaela Dishion Bret Harte (SJS)
10) Hana Hall University Prep (NS)

Division II Boys
3) Shyam Kumar St. Francis (CCS)
6) Adrian Schroeder Dublin (NCS)
10) Damian King Bella Vista (SJS)

Division III Girls
1) Gillian Wagner Redwood (NCS)
6) Marea Zlatunich Aptos (CCS)
9) Quinn Hagerman Merced (SJS)
10) Sydnie Rivas Maria Carillo (NCS)

Division IV Boys
2) Collin Ullrich Liberty Ranch (SJS)
3) Robert Miranda Menlo (CCS)
10) Karl Winter St. Mary's, Stockton (SJS)

Comments welcome below. Surprises? Most impressive? 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Top 10 NorCal Teams and Individuals

1) Granada (NCS) 93:32
2) Oakland Tech (OAK) 96:03
3) Homestead (CCS) 96:07
4) Campolindo (NCS) 96:20
5) St. Francis, Sacramento (SJS) 96:37
6) Santa Cruz (CCS) 97:19
7) Monte Vista (NCS) 97:25
8) Davis (SJS) 97:28
9) San Ramon Valley (NCS) 97:36
10) Vista del Lago (SJS) 97:42

All NorCal Girls under 19 minutes
Athlete Yr. # Team Score Time Gap Avg. Mile Avg. KM
6 DENNER, Elena SR 1238 Oak Ridge-SJS 5 17:27.6 0:57.6 5:36.8 3:29.5
14 WAGNER, Gillian SR 1419 Redwood-NCS -- 17:49.3 1:19.3 5:43.8 3:33.8
15 FRIEDMAN, Mari SR 1550 Santa Cruz-CCS 11 17:49.6 1:19.6 5:43.9 3:33.9
16 HARTKE, Alize SR 1254 Oakmont-SJS -- 17:54.3 1:24.3 5:45.4 3:34.9
18 GARRETT, Caroline JR 1247 Oakland Tech-OS 13 17:57.2 1:27.2 5:46.4 3:35.4
19 O'KEEFFE, Olivia SR 521 Davis-SJS 14 17:59.2 1:29.2 5:47.0 3:35.8
25 MCCANDLESS, Colleen JR 754 Granada-NCS 19 18:06.1 1:36.1 5:49.2 3:37.2
34 NOWAG-NELSON, Clarissa SR 1086 McClatchy-SJS -- 18:15.5 1:45.5 5:52.2 3:39.1
37 BOWEN, Rylee SR 1648 Sonoma Acad-NCS -- 18:17.9 1:47.9 5:53.0 3:39.6
41 KAMAS, Elena SR 864 Homestead-CCS 29 18:19.5 1:49.5 5:53.5 3:39.9
47 DISHION, Kaela SR 171 Bret Harte-SJS -- 18:23.6 1:53.6 5:54.8 3:40.7
48 ZLATUNICH, Marea SR 40 Aptos-CCS 33 18:23.7 1:53.7 5:54.9 3:40.7
50 PEREZ, Emily JR 1712 St. Joseph N.D.-NCS 35 18:24.2 1:54.2 5:55.0 3:40.8
53 WILSON, Kelli SO 1160 Monte Vista-NCS 37 18:25.3 1:55.3 5:55.4 3:41.0
54 SHEA, Joyce SR 810 Gunn-CCS -- 18:25.9 1:55.9 5:55.6 3:41.2
56 DAILEY, Grace SR 144 Branson-NCS 38 18:26.9 1:56.9 5:55.9 3:41.4
61 BARTOLOTTO, Kalea JR 749 Granada-NCS 43 18:30.2 2:00.3 5:57.0 3:42.0
64 HAGERMAN, Quinn JR 1113 Merced-SJS -- 18:32.6 2:02.6 5:57.7 3:42.5
68 JONES, Callie JR 148 Branson-NCS 48 18:34.4 2:04.4 5:58.3 3:42.9
72 DUPUIS, Gracie JR 751 Granada-NCS 52 18:36.5 2:06.5 5:59.0 3:43.3
74 RUIZ, Layla FR 1891 Watsonville-CCS -- 18:36.7 2:06.7 5:59.1 3:43.3
76 DONOVAN, Naomi JR 1009 Los Altos-CCS -- 18:38.2 2:08.2 5:59.5 3:43.6
81 JACKSON, Claire SR 1804 University(SF)-NCS 58 18:39.7 2:09.8 6:00.0 3:43.9
82 HALL, Hana SO 1783 Univ Prep-NS 59 18:39.9 2:10.0 6:00.1 3:44.0
83 OLLA, Amanda SR 1542 San Ramon Valley-NCS 60 18:40.2 2:10.2 6:00.2 3:44.0
84 RIVAS, Sydnie SR 1054 Maria Carrillo-NCS 61 18:41.7 2:11.7 6:00.7 3:44.3
85 MYJER, Serena SR 1185 Mountain View-CCS -- 18:42.2 2:12.2 6:00.8 3:44.4
86 STANZIANO, Rayna JR 431 Concord-NCS -- 18:42.2 2:12.3 6:00.8 3:44.4
87 D'ATRI, Marissa SR 26 Alhambra-NCS -- 18:42.4 2:12.4 6:00.9 3:44.5
89 MILES, Jenna SR 226 Campolindo-NCS 62 18:43.4 2:13.4 6:01.2 3:44.7
94 HERNANDEZ, Gabriela JR 1825 Vacaville-SJS 66 18:44.8 2:14.8 6:01.6 3:44.9
100 HICKS, Anna SR 1389 Ponderosa-SJS -- 18:46.6 2:16.6 6:02.2 3:45.3
102 GONZALEZ, Julia SR 973 Liberty-NCS -- 18:47.4 2:17.4 6:02.5 3:45.5
105 LUM, Lauren JR 21 Alameda-NCS 73 18:47.9 2:17.9 6:02.7 3:45.6
106 VANDEGRIFT, Sydney SR 1674 St Francis (Sac)-SJS 74 18:48.0 2:18.0 6:02.7 3:45.6
110 ARMSTRONG, Aimee JR 1048 Maria Carrillo-NCS 78 18:49.4 2:19.4 6:03.1 3:45.9
111 BOWEN, Kate SO 1647 Sonoma Acad-NCS -- 18:49.4 2:19.4 6:03.1 3:45.9
113 FLETCHER, Abby FR 1241 Oak Ridge-SJS 79 18:50.2 2:20.2 6:03.4 3:46.0
114 HARPER, Natalie FR 477 Cosumnes Oaks-SJS -- 18:50.5 2:20.5 6:03.5 3:46.1
116 ROAKE, Lila JR 1553 Santa Cruz-CCS 81 18:51.7 2:21.7 6:03.9 3:46.3
117 BREWER, Alyssa SR 191 Cal High-NCS 82 18:51.9 2:21.9 6:03.9 3:46.4
118 WOODWARD, Jaxin JR 1829 Vacaville-SJS 83 18:52.1 2:22.1 6:04.0 3:46.4
119 DEEIK, Mary FR 1853 Vintage-SJS -- 18:52.1 2:22.1 6:04.0 3:46.4
121 OVERELL, Emma SR 227 Campolindo-NCS 84 18:53.4 2:23.4 6:04.4 3:46.7
129 WIKSTROM, Eleanor SO 1638 Skyline-OS -- 18:55.2 2:25.2 6:05.0 3:47.0
130 LODIGIANI, Sophia JR 520 Davis-SJS 92 18:55.4 2:25.4 6:05.1 3:47.1
131 TAVELLA, Emma JR 1544 San Ramon Valley-NCS 93 18:56.7 2:26.7 6:05.5 3:47.3
134 HASSER, Rebecca SR 863 Homestead-CCS 95 18:57.8 2:27.8 6:05.8 3:47.6
136 BIHARI, Kinga JR 750 Granada-NCS 97 18:58.5 2:28.5 6:06.1 3:47.7
139 DEBENEDETTI, Sophie JR 1669 St Francis (Sac)-SJS 98 18:59.1 2:29.1 6:06.3 3:47.8
140 BARRY, Samantha SO 1964 Woodcreek-SJS 99 18:59.4 2:29.4 6:06.3 3:47.9
141 GRANT, Kaylah SR 1004 Live Oak-CCS -- 18:59.7 2:29.8 6:06.5 3:47.9

1)  St. Francis, Mt. View (CCS) 78:42
2) Dublin (NCS) 79:41
3) Bellarmine (CCS) 80:53
4)  Jesuit (SJS) 81:35
5)  Los Altos (CCS) 81:42
6)  Bella Vista (SJS) 82:07
7)  Granada (NCS) 82:23
8) Sir Francis Drake (NCS) 82:49
9) McClatchy (SJS) 82:47
10) Gregori (SJS) 82:54

All NorCal boys under 16 minutes
Athlete Yr. # Team Score Time Gap Avg. Mile Avg. KM
3 ANDERSON, Liam JR 1420 Redwood-NCS 3 15:10.3 0:07.3 4:52.7 3:02.0
7 STRANGIO, Matt SO 880 Jesuit-SJS 6 15:15.5 0:12.5 4:54.4 3:03.1
8 BEAUDOIN-ROSSEAU, Meika SR 82 Bellarmine-CCS 7 15:16.8 0:13.8 4:54.8 3:03.3
13 KUMAR, Shyam SR 1696 St. Francis(MV)-CCS 10 15:23.0 0:20.0 4:56.8 3:04.6
20 SCHROEDER, Adrian SR 583 Dublin-NCS 16 15:26.8 0:23.8 4:58.0 3:05.3
27 MACKENZIE, Owen JR 1014 Los Altos-CCS 22 15:32.7 0:29.7 4:59.9 3:06.5
35 KING, Damian JR 79 Bella Vista-SJS 26 15:37.1 0:34.1 5:01.3 3:07.4
36 ENG, Eric JR 1694 St. Francis(MV)-CCS 27 15:37.4 0:34.4 5:01.4 3:07.5
37 ESTRELLA, Jorge SR 32 Andrew Hill-CCS -- 15:37.6 0:34.6 5:01.5 3:07.5
42 ULLRICH, Collin SR 975 Liberty Ranch-SJS -- 15:39.3 0:36.3 5:02.0 3:07.8
44 COLONNA, Colton JR 1692 St. Francis(MV)-CCS 32 15:40.4 0:37.4 5:02.4 3:08.1
46 MEDEARIS, Nicholas SR 498 Crystal Springs Up.-CCS 34 15:41.6 0:38.6 5:02.8 3:08.3
50 PHANSE, Gaurav SR 582 Dublin-NCS 37 15:43.3 0:40.3 5:03.3 3:08.6
52 MIDDLETON-PEARSON, Christopher SO 580 Dublin-NCS 38 15:44.0 0:41.1 5:03.5 3:08.8
54 WIENER-BRODK, Jonah SR 1093 McClatchy-SJS 40 15:44.6 0:41.6 5:03.7 3:08.9
56 LIVINGSTON, Connor JR 528 De La Salle-NCS 42 15:45.6 0:42.6 5:04.0 3:09.1
64 RUIZ, Santiago SR 802 Gregori-SJS 47 15:50.2 0:47.2 5:05.5 3:10.0
67 RICH, Denny SR 1889 Washington-NCS -- 15:51.6 0:48.6 5:06.0 3:10.3
68 WILLIAMS, Andre JR 1655 Sonoma Acad-NCS 49 15:52.2 0:49.2 5:06.1 3:10.4
73 MIRANDA, Robert SR 1110 Menlo School-CCS -- 15:53.4 0:50.4 5:06.6 3:10.7
78 WHITE, Dylan SR 381 Clayton Valley-NCS -- 15:55.3 0:52.3 5:07.2 3:11.1
84 LAIDLAW, Sean SR 988 Lick Wilmerding-NCS 60 15:57.0 0:54.1 5:07.7 3:11.4
86 BENNETT, John SR 756 Granada-NCS 62 15:57.6 0:54.6 5:07.9 3:11.5
87 AUFDERHEIDE, Greg SR 1007 Livermore-NCS -- 15:57.6 0:54.6 5:07.9 3:11.5
88 GARCIA, Juan Pablo SO 1695 St. Francis(MV)-CCS 63 15:58.8 0:55.8 5:08.3 3:11.7


First of all, I would like to congratulate all of the Northern California teams and individuals on their successes at the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships.  It was a very historic day, one that we all should be proud of.

Before the message board and personal messaging trolling gets out of hand (our team has already received its fair share of bashing before we even got home), I would like to mention a couple of things about my experience and hope that we all can support each other.

I want to give a major congratulations to the boys team of St. Francis of Mountain View for their win yesterday.  It was a tremendous honor to have raced them and be a part of the most historic clash of CCS versus NCS teams in the history of the State Meet.  Our team had talked about racing them and knew it was going to take a perfect race on our part to be able to beat them.  They were clearly the better team and deserve all of the praise and accolades that they receive and I am very excited to see them represent our area at NXN.  I also have to second a previous post by Bellarmine coach Patrick McCrystle about the class of this team.  After our race, their entire team and coaching staff came over and congratulated our team and did it in a very humble manner.  I truly appreciate this gesture.  They have gained a huge Lancer fan this weekend and I wish them the very best at NXN.

I am extremely proud of our Dublin team and the successes they've had this year.  We have had many conversations about racing and one of the things we stress is that it is ok to get beat, but it is not ok to lose.  There is a difference.  At State, St. Francis just flat out beat us.  We didn't lose that race.  To be honest, had we even run what I thought we were capable of, I don't think we would have won.  We tip our cap to St. Francis on a job well done.  It took the greatest team in CCS history to take us down and I told our boys that was nothing to be ashamed of.  Moreover, we still became the first NCS team in over a decade to make the podium in Division II.  How can you be upset at that?

I'm saying all of this because these are just kids we are talking about and I am getting rather tired of the trolling that goes on about not just my student athletes, but everyone's.  It's disgusting  that "anonymous" gets to say whatever they want without having to toe the line in the shoes of these fine and outstanding young people.  Support our student athletes in a positive manner and understand that what they read does affect them.  We are all human and can't just shake it off.

Again, congrats to everyone on a great State meet.

Chris Williams
Dublin High School

Saturday, November 25, 2017

2017 California State Cross Country Meet

Live results:

This could be a big day for Northern California teams and individuals. Feel free to comment below on the results of today's meet as they happen.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there whether you are part of the Cross Country and/or Track and Field communities. Best wishes to all the competing athletes at Saturday's California State Cross Country meet.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

2017 NCS MOC XC Meet Data

Boys' 1st Team All-NCS
1 LIVINGSTON, Connor JR 394 De La Salle 1 15:01.00 ---
2 SCOMPARIN, Loic JR 425 Dublin 2 15:04.50 0:03.5
3 ANDERSON, Liam JR 1070 Redwood 3 15:04.90 0:03.9
4 BENNETT, John SR 551 Granada 4 15:05.20 0:04.2
5 RICH, Denny SR 1358 Washington 5 15:12.20 0:11.2
6 WHITE, Dylan SR 315 Clayton Valley 6 15:14.60 0:13.6
7 PHANSE, Gaurav SR 423 Dublin 7 15:20.00 0:19.0

Boys' 2nd Team All-NCS
8 HATTORI, Tyler JR 553 Granada 8 15:20.70 0:19.7
9 SULLIVAN, Russell JR 498 Foothill 9 15:23.70 0:22.7
10 SCHROEDER, Adrian SR 424 Dublin 10 15:23.70 0:22.7
11 MIDDLETON-PEARSON, Chri SO 421 Dublin 11 15:24.00 0:23.0
12 BUCKLEY, Edward JR 246 Campolindo 12 15:26.20 0:25.2
13 WHEELER, Michael SR 947 Northgate 13 15:28.10 0:27.1
14 FISHER, Harrison SR 391 De La Salle 14 15:28.10 0:27.1

Boys' 3rd Team All-NCS
15 KABBARA, Munir SR 1157 San Rafael 15 15:31.80 0:30.8
16 CHARVET, Jett SR 618 Heritage 16 15:34.60 0:33.6
17 AUFDERHEIDE, Greg SR 747 Livermore 17 15:34.80 0:33.8
18 BOYLE, Aidan JR 58 Amador Valley 18 15:38.00 0:37.0
19 VARGAS, Jonny SR 1019 Piner 19 15:39.10 0:38.1
20 WOLFORD, Owen SO 1203 Sir Francis Drake 20 15:41.50 0:40.5
21 ARORA, Arnav SO 850 Mission San Jose 21 15:42.10 0:41.1

Boys' Honorable Mention
22 MCCARTHY, Cooper JR 1199 Sir Francis Drake 22 15:44.60 0:43.6
23 LAWSON, Ben SR 770 Maria Carrillo 23 15:45.00 0:44.0
24 CHUNG, Lucas JR 1367 Windsor 24 15:45.70 0:44.7
25 REUTER, Gabriel JR 1202 Sir Francis Drake 25 15:47.20 0:46.2
26 TEUSCHER, Isaac SR 579 Head-Royce 26 15:47.50 0:46.5
27 POMPILI, Nicco JR 1201 Sir Francis Drake 27 15:48.50 0:47.5
28 RUMON, Lyle SO 800 Marin Catholic 28 15:48.80 0:47.8

Girls' 1st Team All-NCS
 1 WAGNER, Gillian SR 1068 Redwood 1 17:26.30 ---
 2 MCCANDLESS, Colleen JR 549 Granada 2 17:31.80 0:05.8
 3 OLLA, Amanda SR 1163 San Ramon Valley 3 17:36.10 0:10.1
 4 PEREZ, Emily JR 1243 St. Joseph N.D. 4 17:43.20 0:17.2
 5 MILES, Jenna SR 244 Campolindo 5 17:44.50 0:18.5
 6 STANZIANO, Rayna JR 362 Concord 17:51.50 0:25.5
 7 PETERSON, Gabby JR 586 Healdsburg 6 17:51.90 0:25.9

Girls' 2nd Team All-NCS
 8 JACKSON, Claire SR 1101 San Francisco Univ 7 17:56.50 0:30.5
 9 DUPUIS, Gracie JR 546 Granada 8 18:02.10 0:36.1
 10 BOWEN, Rylee SR 1205 Sonoma Valley 9 18:02.50 0:36.5
 11 CHAO, Isabella SR 239 Campolindo 10 18:02.80 0:36.8
 12 RIVAS, Sydnie SR 767 Maria Carrillo 11 18:02.90 0:36.9
 13 BIHARI, Kinga JR 545 Granada 12 18:05.50 0:39.5
 14 LUM, Lauren JR 18 Alameda 13 18:05.50 0:39.5

Girls' 3rd Team All-NCS
 15 BARTOLOTTO, Kalea JR 544 Granada 14 18:06.30 0:40.3
 16 JONES, Callie JR 209 Branson 15 18:06.70 0:40.7
 17 D'ATRI, Marissa SR 43 Alhambra 18:08.00 0:42.0
 18 GONZALEZ, Julia SR 716 Liberty 16 18:08.60 0:42.6
 19 CHAU, Hannah SR 676 Justin-Siena 17 18:13.00 0:47.0
 20 BREWER, Alyssa SR 219 Cal High 18 18:13.40 0:47.4
 21 NELSON, Shelby JR 464 Encinal 19 18:16.00 0:50.0

Girls' Honorable Mention
 22 ISOM, Sidney JR 859 Monte Vista 20 18:20.10 0:54.1
 23 MACPHERSON, Madison SR 717 Liberty 21 18:24.20 0:58.2
 24 BERGMARK, Hope FR 52 Amador Valley 22 18:24.60 0:58.6
 25 OVERELL, Emma SR 245 Campolindo 23 18:24.70 0:58.7
 26 WILSON, Kelli SO 863 Monte Vista 24 18:26.30 1:00.3
 27 DAILEY, Grace SR 205 Branson 25 18:26.50 1:00.5
 28 SU, Derica SO 57 Amador Valley 26 18:28.70 1:02.7

Teams qualifying both teams to State Meet
Dougherty Valley (Division I)
California (Division I)
Granada (Division II)
Campolindo (Division III)
Maria Carrillo (Division III)
Las Lomas (Division III)
Sir Francis Drake (Division IV)
Piedmont (Division IV)
Lick-Wilmerding HS (Division V)
SF University (Division V)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

North Coast Section MOC Meet

Results can be found here:

As a reminder, my preview/predictions can be found below. Feel free to comment on those and what actually transpired today.

Also, feel free to comment below on what took place today. Most dominant individuals and teams? Biggest surprises? Individuals and teams that will make the biggest impact at next week's state meet. Comments always welcome.

I will post some data from today's meet sometime tomorrow including the all-NCS teams.

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