Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017 Pre-Season North Coast Section (NCS) Division II Cross Country Rankings

Here are the raw pre-season rankings with the top teams in NCS Division II as well as top returning individuals. The division breakdowns for all NCS teams can be found at this LINK. The amount of teams that qualify to the state meet in each section and division can be found at this LINK.

Division II Boys (Top 3 Advance to state)
1) Dublin-Most talented team in all of NCS. 
2) Granada-One of the best dual programs in entire section.
3) De La Salle-Couple of years missing the state meet makes this group hungry for top 3 finish.
4) Amador Valley-Two freshmen gained valuable varsity experience last year.
5) Mission San Jose-Impressive young group of runners could crack top four.
On the bubble (alphabetical order): Clayton Valley, Heritage, Liberty, Monte Vista

Top 5 returning individuals, (place) and 2016 NCS meet time:
John Bennett (4) Granada 15:18.1
Gaurav Phanse (6) Dublin 15:20.4
Adrian Schroeder (7) Dublin 15:24.7
Dylan White (8) Clayton Valley 15:28.7
Loic Scomparin (9) Dublin 15:29.4

Division II Girls (Top 3 Advance to state)
1) Granada-Two-time defending section champions will be aiming for three in a row.
2) Monte Vista-Lose their #1 runner but return everyone else.
3) San Ramon Valley-Another talented group of girls who could challenge top 2 teams.
4) Amador Valley-Will need an influx of talent and current athletes to improve to break into top 3.
5) Liberty-Has front end runners to compete but will need to shore up the rest of the pack.
On the bubble (alphabetical order): College Park, Dublin, Santa Rosa

Top 5 returning individuals, (place) and 2016 NCS meet time:
Colleen McCandless (2) Granada 17:29.2
Amanda Olla (3) San Ramon Valley 17:31.8
Kalea Bartolotto (5) Granada 17:57.2
Gracie Dupuis (6) Granada 18:06.7
Sidney Isom (7) Monte Vista 18:12.0

Please feel free to chime in on the rankings above. I won't be offended if you strongly disagree as the above rankings are meant to be a launching pad for conversation. Fortunately section titles and state meet berths are decided by the runners themselves. Any impact freshmen that we should know about?


Anonymous said...

What is your logic on Amador and Mission as teams? No individuals in the top 20 last year.

Albert Caruana said...

Appreciate that you think there was logic involved. Amador Valley and Mission San Jose are ranked in the top 5 because they have pretty solid groups returning while some of the upper level teams really graduated a lot. Things could look different in the fall but for right now, that seems to be how they rank.

Anonymous said...

Why is Jett Charvet and his Heritage team not ranked????

Anonymous said...

@4:51PM Charvet is not ranked since this is simply a list of top 5 returning individuals. As a team, Heritage does not have as much depth as some of those top 5 teams that are ranked. They can of course prove to be challengers, but this is just a preseason ranking.

Anonymous said...

Didn't both Dublin and DLS lose their top seniors? Granada should definitely be the favorite.

Anonymous said...

@2:11 No Granada should not be the favorite. They lose 2 of their top 4 runners whereas Dublin only loses one of their scoring runners. Looking back to previous xc season, Granada has 4 guys returning that went sub 16 in the 3 mile. And they have 2 guys returning that went sub 16:30 in the 5k. Dublin has 5 guys returning that broke 16 in the 3 mile. And 5 returners who have gone under 16:30 in the 5k. Then you look at track, Granada 4 guys returning sub 4:40 in the 1600 compared to Dublin who have 6 returners who broke 4:40. Then look at the 3200, Granada brings back 4 sub 10:00 runners while Dublin brings back 6 runners who broke 10:00. Both are talented programs, but all the numbers are in Dublin's favor at this point and unless something crazy happens Dublin will remain the favorite.

Anonymous said...

Interesting how D2 boys has changed up quite a bit. DLS is a little shaky, and Amador and Mission San Jose may have the depth to even overtake them for state.

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