Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Can you predict Cooper Teare's time at Sacramento Meet of Champions?

St. Joseph Notre Dame senior Cooper Teare (Ben Crawford photo on the left) will be making his 2nd sub 4 attempt this Saturday at the Sacramento Meet of Champions. His first attempt at the world famous Mt. SAC Relays resulted in a mighty close 4:00.16 effort.

Now it's your turn to predict his final time on Saturday. Will he dip under 4? If so, what will his time be? The person who gets the winning time or the closest will get... ideas for winning entry? A guest post?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2017 Stanford XC Meet Cancelled-more from Stanford SID

April 25, 2017


Meet will return in 2018

STANFORD, Calif. – The 2017 Stanford Cross Country Invitational has been canceled because of a scheduling conflict, but will return in 2018.

The meet, which includes college and high school divisions, is among the largest in Northern California, with 14 races and more than 3,000 runners. The meet annually is scheduled on a Saturday in late September or early October. This year, it was October 1.

The target date for 2017 was September 30. However, that is the same date as Stanford’s home football game against Arizona State. Because of the demands on Stanford operations staff and local law enforcement, there was not enough manpower available for two large campus sporting events on a football gameday.

Because students make up a large portion of the meet workforce, the September 23 date was not available because classes have yet to start. And October 7 was not workable because of the spacing of Stanford’s cross country schedule.

The meet has been held annually since 1974.

For more information, contact:

David Kiefer
Athletics Communications
Stanford University

Monday, April 24, 2017

2017 Stanford Cross Country Invitational cancelled

Just received this email from Jess Riden, Director of Operations...
Unfortunately – due to a scheduling conflict with Stanford football on Saturday, September 30, 2017 – we will be unable to host the meet this fall.

As we certainly enjoy having you all on campus, and are proud to host such a great competition - we plan to pick back up and running as normal in 2018.

We apologize for any issues this causes, and hope you will be back for 2018!

Thanks!  And please let me know if you have any questions!

Track: ‘Top 8’ Classic provides glimpse of CCS finals

A great review of last Saturday's CCS Top 8 meet at Los Gatos HS by Vytas Mazeika.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Central Coast Section (CCS) Top 8 Meet Entries now posted


You can check out my preview of the meet which you can find at this LINK. If you have anything you want to add in regards to any of the events, please feel free to add your thoughts in the comment section below.
(NEW with lane assignments)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Viking Classic Entries at Montgomery HS

Luis Grijalva Adapts From His Only Coach To The Next Best Thing

Very cool article posted milesplitCA about Luis Grijalva transitioning from his previous coach for his first three years in high school, David Monk, to his current coach this senior season, Karl Wurzbach. It's great to see adults working in the best interest of a student athlete. You can find the article at this LINK.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Cooper Teare 4:00.16 at Mt. SAC Relays

Ben Crawford photo at the finish line. New NCS record for Cooper Teare plus 2nd fastest time run by California HS runner. Only Tim Danielson's 3:59.4 in 1966 is faster. He will get at least one more opportunity this season at the Sacramento Meet of Champions which will have a mile there as part of the invitational portion of the meet.

Cooper's time surpasses Richard Kimball's 4:02.04 from 1974. Kimball started out as a freshman at Jesuit HS and then finished up his next three year's at De La Salle HS. 

Also in the race were two NCS runners and Redwood HS teammates, Liam Anderson and Andrew Thomas. They finished with times of 4:16.14 and 4:18.69 respectively. 

Also at Mt. SAC Relays, Rylee Bowen won the girls' mile in a time of 4:48.44 just in front of Anna Gibson of Jackson Hole at 4:48.48. 

In the boys' 3200, Davis senior Michael Vernau finished in 2nd place with a time of 8:56.45.

Sub 4 minute attempt tonight at Mt. SAC Relays by Cooper Teare

You can watch Cooper Teare's (photo to the right courtesy of Kirby Lee) race tonight at the Mt. SAC Relays which will start at 6:02pm at this LINK on FloTrack. It's the Brook's HS Mile and Cooper will be making his first attempt to become the 10th high schooler in history to break the historic barrier.

Cooper's outdoor personal record in the mile is from last year's United States Olympic Trials-Nike Elite Camp mile race in which he finished in 4th place with a time of 4:06.79. His indoor personal record is from the 2017 New Balance Indoor Nationals where he won in a time of 4:06.60.

This season, Cooper has record personal records in the 800 (1:54.53), 3200 (8:41.46) and 5000 (14:13.26).

The NorCal record for the mile is German Fernandez (Riverbank) at 4:01.70c in 2008. The North Coast Record is held by Richard Kimball (De La Salle) at 4:02.4 in 1974. The California record is held by Tim Danielson (Chula Vista) who ran 3:59.4 in 1966.

Live results link:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

50th Annual Arcadia Invitational Meet Records (Updated through 2017)

Boys meet records
100 Meters Noah Lyles (T. C. Williams High School) 10.17 +1.2 2016
200 Meters Noah Lyles (T. C. Williams High School) 20.48 +0.0 2016
400 Meters Michael Norman (Vista Murrieta, CA) 45.51 2016
800 Meters Michael Granville (Bell Gardens, CA) 1:47.96 1995
One Mile Alan Webb (South Lakes, Reston, VA) 4:01.81 2001 (3:59.81 1600m en route)
3200 Meters Cooper Teare (St. Joseph Notre Dame, Alameda CA) 8:41.46 2017
5000 Meters Chris Derrick (Neuqua Valley, IL) 13:55.96 2008 (no longer contested)
110 Meter High Hurdles Johnathan Cabral (Agoura, Agoura Hills, CA) 13.43 2011
300 Meter Intermediate Hurdles David Klech (California, San Ramon, CA) 35.45 2006
4x100 Meter Relay Muir, Pasadena, CA 40.28 1997
4x200 Meter Relay Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta, CA 1:24.53 2015
4x400 Meter Relay Muir, Pasadena, CA 3:08.92 1996
4x800 Meter Relay L.B. Poly, Long Beach, CA 7:42.36 2003
4x1600 Meter Relay American Fork, UT 2017 16:41.30 NR
(Carson Clinger 4:25.5, McKay Johns 4:08.2, Patrick Parker 4:05.4, Casey Clinger 4:02.2)
800m Sprint Medley Poly, Long Beach, CA 1:28.43 2007
1600m Sprint Medley Los Alomitos, CA 3:26.36 2016
Distance Medley Atlantic Community, Del Ray Beach, FL 9:57.88 2001
4x110 Shuttle Hurdles Relay Brophy Prep, Phoenix, AZ 59.28 2007
High Jump Mike Morrison (Willingboro, NJ) 7-03.00 2003
Pole Vault Nico Weiler (Los Gatos, CA) 17-04 2008
Long Jump Dion Bentley (Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, PA) 25-03.75 1989
Triple Jump Will Claye (Mountain Pointe, Phoenix, AZ) 51-07.50 2009
Shot Put Brent Noon (Fallbrook High School Fallbrook, CA) 71-04.25 1990
Discus Throw Niklas Arrhenius (Mountain View, Orem UT) 234-03 2001
Decathlon (HS implements) Curtis Beach (Albuquerque, NM) 7,909 2009
Decathlon (International implements) Gunnar Nixon (Santa Fe High School, Edmond, OK) 7,524 2011 (also 7,577 wind-aided)

Girls meet records
100 Meters Angela Williams (Chino, CA) 11.32 1998
200 Meters Marion Jones (Rio Mesa, Oxnard, CA) 22.87 1991
400 Meters Monique Henderson (Morse, San Diego, CA) 52.51 2001
800 Meters Heidi Magill (Mountain View, Orem, UT) 2:06.34 2002
One Mile Alex Kosinski (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills, CA) 4:43.34 2007
3200 Meters Alexa Efraimson (Camas High School, Camas, WA) 9:55.92 2014
100 Meter High Hurdles Tara Davis (Agoura, CA) 13.01 2017
300 Meter Intermediate Hurdles Sydney McLaughlin (Union Catholic, NJ) 38.90 NR 2017
4x100 Meter Relay Poly, Long Beach, CA 44.95 2004
4x200 Meter Relay Poly, Long Beach, CA 1:33.87 2004
4x400 Meter Relay Wilson, Long Beach, CA 3:39.12 2001
4x800 Meter Relay Randolph, New York, NY 8:58.30 2002
4x1600 Meter Relay Great Oak, Temecula, CA 19:58.71 2015
800m Sprint Medley Poly, Long Beach, CA 1:38.73 2003
1600m Sprint Medley Harvard Westlake, CA 3:56.34 2012
(Sydney Barger, Tiana Bonds, Holli Dunn, Tyler Rowlette)
Distance Medley Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood, CA 11:40.89 2011
4x100 Shuttle Hurdles Relay Vacaville, CA 57.17 2014
(Nia Vance, Jurnee Woodward, Pattriana Perry, Daria Cook)
Long Jump Jernae Wright (James Logan, Union City, CA) 20’09.75" 1995
Triple Jump Brittany Daniels (Merrill West, Tracy, CA) 43’05.00” 2005
High Jump Yleana Carrasco (Anaheim, CA) 6’00.00" 1985
Pole Vault Rachel Baxter (Canyon High School (Anaheim, California)) 14 ft 2 in (4.31 m) 2016
Shot Put Kristin Heaston (Ygnacio Valley, Concord, CA) 51’01.50" 1993
Discus Throw Anna Jelmini (Shafter, CA) 185’05" 2009
Heptathlon Ashley Smith (Millikan, Long Beach, CA) 5,225 points 2010

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Excellent Track and Field coverage by local newspapers

3 excellent articles below covering the sport of Track and Field. If you enjoy reading any or all of the articles, please reach out to them and thank them for their coverage. 

Run for ages: Bay Area high school star breaks longstanding records
St. Joseph Notre Dame’s Cooper Teare eclipses meet, NCS marks in 3,200 at Arcadia Invitational.
By Darren Sabedra

Track: Records fall at 50th annual Arcadia Invitational
Oldest mark, set in 1976, broken as top 25 times in boys 3,200 meters achieved in a single race
By Vytas Mazeka

Benefield: Rain brings out the best in Empire track athletes
By Kerry Benefield

Catching up with Oak Ridge HS junior twins, Maddy and Elena Denner

You can check out my interview with Maddy and Elena Denner at this LINK. They are currently ranked 8th and 9th in the nation in the mile with Maddy at 4:50.32 and Elena at 4:51.42. Last Friday, at the Arcadia Invitational, they both set PRs in the 3200m. with Maddy winning the 3200m. seeded race in 10:24.08 followed by Elena at 10:25.78. On Saturday, Oak Ridge won the Distance Medley Relay in US #1 11:49.49. Photos to the left courtesy of Ben Crawford with Maddy leading off the DMR on top and Elena anchoring below.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Impressive distance marks for NorCal runners at Arcadia

There were other impressive marks including relays (DMR victories for Oak Ridge and Bellarmine) and Bellarmine's 4 x 800 CCS record but these are the individual times that stood out for me. If you have others that you think deserve attention, add them to the comment section below.

Girls 800
Alyssa Brewer California HS (NCS) 2:07.90
Mari Friedman Santa Cruz HS (CCS) 2:09.56

Boys 800
Alex Scales Bellarmine (CCS) 1:50.64
Xavier Weaver Franklin (SJS) 1:53.76

Boys mile
Jason Gomez Westmont (CCS) 4:19.46
Neil Braganza Dougherty Valley (NCS) 4:22.23

Girls mile
Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS) 4:48.92

Girls 3200
Alex Beitia Granite Bay (SJS) 10:22.19
Maddy Denner Oak Ridge (SJS) 10:24.08
Elena Denner Oak Ridge (SJS) 10:25.78

Boys 3200
Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) 8:41.46 (new meet and NCS record)
Luis Grijalva Armijo (SJS) 8:45.58
Michael Vernau Davis (SJS) 8:50.69
Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau Bellarmine (CCS) 9:07.16
Robert Miranda Menlo (CCS) 9:12.12
Neil Braganza Dougherty Valley (NCS) 9:15.72
Matt Strangio Jesuit (SJS) 9:17.58 (fastest 9th grader in US)

4 x 800 (Girls)
Santa Cruz (CCS) 9:19.77
St. Francis, Sacramento (SJS) 9:30.92
Castilleja (CCS) 9:37.94

4 x 800 (Boys)
Bellarmine (CCS) 7:45.56 (1st place and new CCS record)
Heritage (NCS) 7:52.89
De La Salle (NCS) 7:59.20

Distance Medley Relay (Girls)
Oak Ridge (SJS) 11:49.49 (1st place)
San Ramon Valley (NCS) 12:16.97
Campolindo (NCS) 12:20.64

Distance Medley Relay (Boys)
Bellarmine (CCS) 10:11.20 (1st place)
Dublin (NCS) 10:25.07

4 x 1600 (Girls)
San Ramon Valley (NCS) 20:42.89
Davis (SJS) 20:56.03

4 x 1600 (Boys)
Dublin (NCS) 17:46.56
Palo Alto (CCS) 17:54.68
Campolindo (NCS) 18:00.10

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Arcadia Invitational Live Webcast

For those of you not able to attend the Arcadia Invitational live, you can watch it from the safety of your own home (if watching track on your computer at home is safe :D) at this LINK.

Coverage starts on Friday at 4:30pm. 

I will try to post some of the better efforts to NorCal athletes this weekend. Feel free to share your own highlights in the comment section below.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Arcadia Invitational 3200 Meters Invitational Sections (Boys and Girls)

How many boys will break 9:00? Will Clinger repeat? How many girls will break 10:30? How many girls under 10:00? 

Boys (Personal Records and year set)
1) Casey Clinger American Fork 8:50.70 '16/8:51.68 2 miles '16 (Defending Arcadia Champion)
2) McKay Johns American Fork 9:10.43 '16
3) Luis Grijalva Armijo 8:59.98 '16
4) Chase Equall Bozeman 9:13.40 '16
5) Connor Lane Cardinal Gibbons 8:53.59 2 miles indoors '17
6) Owen Bishop Claremont 9:18.94 '17
7) Ryan Renken Claremont 9:02.59 '16
8) Michael Vernau Davis 8:54.48 '16
9) Justin Hazell El Camino Real 9:10.03 '17
10) Evert Silva Fresno 9:02.46 '16
11) Nick Dahl Germantown Friends 9:11.07 '16
12) Gabe Fendel Hamilton Southeastern 8:58.35 2 miles indoors '17
13) Matthew Watkins Jackson 9:11.77 '16
14) Austin Hindman Lafayette (Wildwood) 9:03.37 '16
15) Caleb Pottorff Lincoln Park Academy 9:03.44 '17
16) James Mwaura Lincoln-Tacoma 9:03.50 '16
17) Zack Ericksen Lone Peak 9:09.39 '16
18) Danny Kilrea Lyons Township 9:03.87 indoors '17
19) Finn Gessner Madison LaFollette 9:01.81 '16
20) Dalton Hengst McDonogh 9:15.72 '16
21) Seth Hirsch Millard West 9:05.87 indoors '17
22) Matt Grossman Millburn NJ 9:06.25 '16
23) Cameron Ponder Mount Tabor 9:03.75 '17
24) Garrett Barton Ogden 9:11.57 '16
25) Travis Feeny Ogden 9:09.27 '16
26) Trad Berti Paso Robles 9:17.92 '17
27) Callum Bolger San Luis Obispo 8:51.58 '16
28) Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame 8:53.74 2 miles '16
29) Tibs Proctor The Northwest School 9:05.21 '16
30) Talon Hull Weber 9:06.74 '17
31) Milo Greder Westside 9:10.29 '16
32) Clayton Mendez Whitney Young 9:01.89 indoors '17
32) Ian Shanklin Page, Greensboro, NC 9:01.71 '17

Girls (Personal Records and year set)
1) Maria Mettler Air Academy 10:55.97 '17
2) Trinity Ruelas Bishop Amat 10:39.35 '17
3) Camelia Noe Bozeman 10:44.51 indoors '17
4) Meagen Lowe Buchanan 10:36.51 '16
5) Corie Smith Buchanan 10:40.64 '17
6) Sara Leonard Canyon, Anaheim 10:38.26 '17
7) Valerie Almanza Channel Islands 10:30.71 '16
8) Claire Graves Citrus Valley 10:26.07 '15
9) Annie Boos Claremont 10:50.49 '17
10) Aubrey Argyle Davis, UT 10:30.66 '15
11) Baylee Jones Desert Vista 10:36.68 '15
12) Hannah Tobin El Toro 10:36.07 '16
13) Annie Hill Glacier High 10:14.14 '16
14) Brie Oakley Grandview 9:56.06 2 miles indoors '17
15) Alex Beitia Granite Bay 10:44.36 '17
16) Evelyn Mandel Great Oak 10:40.95 '17
17) Nicole Rice Great Oak 10:39.83 '17
18) Niki Iyer Harker 10:24.39 '16
19) Ella Degrandpre Hellgate 10:48.12 '16
20) Michaela Reinhart Lexington Catholic 10:37.46 '16
21) Alyssa Aldridge Mainland Regional 10:40.70 '17
22) Claudia Lane Malibu 10:12.21 '17
23) Elizabeth Chittenden Mira Costa 10:32.91 '16
24) Lauren Peurifoy M.L. King 10:44.88 '17
25) Sadie Sargent North Summit 10:54.80 '16
26) Sylvia Cruz-Albrecht Oak Park 10:29.45 '16
27) Jesselyn Bries O'Connor 10:41.58 '16
28) Allie Schadler Rio Rico 10:13.74 2 miles indoors '17
29) Camille Winterton Skyline, UT 10:58.90 '16
30) Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy 10:13.20 '16 (Defending Arcadia Champion)
31) Sydney Vandegrift St. Francis, Sacramento 10:41.49 '16
32) Kiera Marshall St. Joseph Notre Dame 10:41.80 '16
33) Rafaella Gibbons Winter Park 10:35.64 '16

Top 10 distance runners (boys and girls) in Northern California

Updated through yesterday. Let me know if I missed anybody or if somebody needs to move up or down.

1) Cooper Teare St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) senior
2) Luis Grijalva Armijo (SJS) senior
3) Michael Vernau Davis (SJS) senior
4) Alex Scales Bellarmine (CCS) junior
5) Meika Beaudoin-Rousseau Bellarmine (CCS) junior
6) Robert Miranda Menlo (CCS) junior
7) Jake Ritter Granite Bay (SJS) senior
8) Jonathan Fierro Miramonte (NCS) senior
9) Liam Anderson Redwood (NCS) sophomore
10) Xavier Weaver Franklin (SJS) senior
10) Ben Micallef Bellarmine (CCS) senior

1) Alyssa Brewer California (NCS) junior
2) Maddie Denner Oak Ridge (SJS) junior
3) Elana Denner Oak Ridge (SJS) junior
4) Cathilyn McIntosh (Del Oro) juior
5) Mari Friedman Santa Cruz (CCS) junior
6) Gillian Wagner Redwood (NCS) junior
7) Rylee Bowen Sonoma Academy (NCS) junior
8) Alex Stout Pacific Collegiate (CCS) junior
9) Alex Beitia Granite Bay (SJS) senior
10) Niki Iyer Harker (CCS) senior
10) Glennis Murphy Redwood (NCS) senior
10) Sydney Vandegrift St. Francis, Sacramento (SJS) junior
10) Kiera Marshall St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS) senior

Feel free to comment on the above lists below. Did I miss anybody? Who should move up or down?

Stanford Invitational Interviews

You can check out all the interviews at this LINK including Deion Lightfoot Kimball HS after winning the 110m High Hurdles in PR 13.76. 

Also very cool interview with the Denner twins (Maddy and Elena) from Oak Ridge (SJS) after finishing 2nd to Claudia Lane with 4:50.32 and 4:51.42 PRs in the mile. 
Denner twins make magic in the mile | Stanford Invitational: Stanford Invitational

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Stanford Invitational Week

Stanford Invitational Results:


The preview for all high school events at Stanford this weekend has now been posted at this LINK. If you spot any errors or have any information about any of the events, feel free to add it below in the comment section.

The heats for the 3k and DMRs on Friday have been posted at this LINK. This is a first for this invitational as in the past, you had to find out your heat at the meet. NEW

I will be posting a meet preview on Thursday for every high school event taking place this coming Friday and Saturday. Armijo senior Luis Grijalva, who just committed to Northern Arizona University, will be participating in the open 1500 instead of the high school portion of the meet. NEW

In the meantime, here is some information for the meet.

Time Schedule LINK. UPDATED

Accepted high school entries LINK.

Live results will be posted at this LINK.

If you want to see how much you owe for your entry fee, here you go LINK.

Until Thursday, feel free to post any comments, questions or suggestions on what you would like to see in the preview. What is going to be the most competitive event? What race are you most excited to watch? 

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