Friday, November 30, 2018

NXN and Foot Locker West Region

NXN California individual competitors
Riley Chamberlain Del Oro HS (SJS)-Finished 62nd out of 202 total runners.

Liam Anderson Redwood HS (NCS)-NXN Champion! (First CA male champion at NXN)
Matt Strangio Jesuit HS (SJS)-8th Place
Loic Scomparin Dublin HS (NCS)-98th Place

Live results:
Live webcast:

Foot Locker West Region
Meet website:

Gabrielle Peterson, Healdsburg, and Colleen McCandless, Granada both qualified for the Foot Locker National meet with a top 10 finish at the West Region seeded race.
Connor Livingston, De La Salle qualified for the Foot Locker National meet with a 7th place finish in the seeded race.

One more race left in the season with the Foot Locker national meet taking place next Saturday in San Diego. Best of luck to Gabrielle, Colleen, and Connor.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Catching up with Vista del Lago coach, Robert Grove

Today we catch up with Division III state meet girls' team championship coach, Robert Grove (Vista del Lago).

1) What were your expectations before the meet? Where did you think your girls' could finish provided they ran well?
 We really tried to not concentrate on the outcome of the race as much as on our approach to the meet.  In any championship race, you need to have many things go right, and as few things go wrong as possible….and sprinkle in a little luck.  That said, our girls set a goal to win the State Championship right after getting second last year.  We knew we had a very strong returning team after last year’s second-place finish.  We also knew based on races from the season that we were going to be very competitive at the State Meet.  I had seen that Palos Verdes was ranked number one, and I knew they always are prepared for big meets.
So I felt strongly that if things went well, we could be on the podium, but I tried not to concentrate on winning.  I knew inside they were capable of winning if our 4, 5, 6, and 7 girls ran like they had been.  Our top three have been so strong, it would come down to what our next four did.  So I guess to answer the question, I believed we could win, but the girls had to really pull through….and they did.

2) How anxious were you considering the outdoor conditions in the past three weeks?
 I’m not going to lie, these last few weeks have been really stressful, and I lost a lot of sleep!  First, we lowered our volume going into our Section Meet only to find out the day before that the meet was moved one week.  So the week I planned to get in more volume, we had to balance with the fact that we still had to race the Section Championship.  We also had to move a couple of practices during the week to the school track at 5:45 am since our air quality was ok in the morning, then got worse in the afternoon.  There were a couple of days we could not run outside at all, so we sent the kids to the treadmills at their gym.  We also were very fortunate that a local gym, California Family Fitness, allowed our runners who did not have gym memberships to train there for free.  Then we didn’t even know if we were going to hold the meet until the morning of.  That was really stressful on our team as a whole since they were going to go to the Sub Section results to determine who would qualify for the State Meet, and our boys were fourth there.  I didn’t think that was fair to them.  So really, our training was less than ideal for the last three weeks, but our hearts go out to those affected by the fire.  It was hard to be upset that we couldn’t run when so many lost so much.

3) Where do you like to observe your runners at Woodward Park? What did you think as they went by (for boys and then girls)? Were you checking your phone for scoring updates?
 I have the same spots at Woodward that I have gone to for years.  I watch the start from behind the line.  Then I run across the bridge with the masses to just before the one-mile mark.  I watch them go out and then catch them as they come back.  Then I run to about 300 meters before the finish.  Not sure they even hear me with all the people, but I like to think they do.  The races go out so fast at State and there are so many great athletes that it is really hard to tell how the kids are doing within the race, other than how they are as compared to their teammates.  I tried to look at live splits, but I’m not sure if the cell coverage was bad, or what, but I didn’t get anything.  I’m also too far from the speaker to hear what is going on.  I could tell at just past two miles that all our kids, both boys, and girls, were running hard.  You could see the solid effort on their faces.  As a coach, that is all you can ask for.

4) What was the girl's team reaction when they found out they won? 
 When we finally found out the official results, they were beyond excited.  I’m not sure why, but it took a long time for the official results to come through.  Coaches were congratulating me, alumni were texting me that we had won, but I didn’t want to get excited until we heard the official results.  When I heard it was official, the girls were so happy….It is a moment they will never forget.

 5) Before we were unable to train outdoors, how did you feel about your season to date? What were some of the highlights?
We have had an incredible season.  Up and down the entire program from Frosh-Soph, JV, and Varsity.  I think one of the highlights for our team this season has to be the Pacific Tiger Invite in Stockton where we won every division.  Boy’s and Girls Frosh-Soph, JV, and Varsity races.  Six races and six team victories.  That one sticks out.  They all took pride in that as well.

6) Once your team was unable to train outdoors, what were you able to do? Were you able to do any running outdoors before the state meet aside from the section meet?
We were mostly lucky.  It could have been much worse.  We were able to run at 5:45 am before school a couple of mornings.  That took a lot of dedication from them.  They had to get up not knowing if we could practice and check their e-mails.  I woke up and checked air quality and made the decision if we could run outside or not.  Only a couple of days everyone had to run inside.  The morning practices didn’t give us a lot of time to talk with the kids, or for them to do any stretching or rolling after the run.  Many had to leave right away in order to get ready for school.  Plus they were up really early and running on some pretty cold mornings.  It showed their dedication….

7) How long have you been coaching at Vista del Lago (cross country and track and field)?
This is my 10th year coaching at Vista del Lago in both cross country and track and field.

8) What changes have you made to your training plan in the past few years that you feel has led to your team's recent success?
A few years back I began working with a coach for my own personal running, Tom “Tinman” Schwartz.  I still compete for the Hoka One One Aggies as a Masters/Senior runner.  He is well known due to the success he has had with so many athletes recently including Drew Hunter.  It is very similar to Loudoun Valley High School Coach Joann Hunter, who hired Tinman for her own running, and ended up changing the way she coaches high school kids.  He absolutely loves this sport and loves helping young athletes.  He really changed the way I looked at training and recovery.  We got away from too many high-intensity intervals.  We became more of a volume and stamina based program.  I believe it helps kids stay as healthy as possible, and is best for their long-term development.  To me, long-term development means beyond high school.

9) We know that head coaches can't get it all done alone. Who are the other adults that have also had an impact on your team's success?
 Yes, there is no way with the size of our team that I could do it alone.  We have two other coaches.  Brian Smith has been with us for 7 years.  He is there during our summer program since I work full time.  He also takes a  special interest in the young kids as they are learning about running.  But there is absolutely no way I could coach without my wife and Director of all Operations Liz Grove.  She handles all our paperwork.  She is a certified massage therapist and is our go to in terms of running-related injuries and prevention, and what to do when they occur.  I also feel that with a girls team, it is best to have a female presence.  There are just things that as a man I don’t understand at the level she does.  She is team Mom, team therapist, team organizer, and when things are too stressed, team prankster.  This team would not be what it is without her.  Not to mention it allows us to share something together that is really special.

10) Now that the season is finally over, how much of a break do you get before turning your attention to the track and field season? How important is it for cross country runners to race in the spring?
I began thinking about track season on the van ride home from the State Meet.  I have already written our winter training plan and had a general meeting with the team about it.  I’m also doing one on one meetings with some of our top kids in preparation for the winter training cycle.  I’m going to change a few things up this coming track season, and we will see how it goes.  To me, running is a year-round sport.  Each season leads into the next season.  When I was in high school, track was my favorite.  I love the team aspect of cross country, but it’s fun to have all that base work lead to personal records and accomplishments.  So to me, cross country is very important to have a good track season, and breakthroughs you have in track lead to better cross country seasons.

11) If you had some advice for other coaches, what would you say are the keys to coaching a successful cross country team?
The number one thing in my mind is that it has to be fun.  All coaches are fighting more and more distractions.  Distractions come from other sports, parents, friends, school administration, jobs, etc.  I have tried to make our program a safe and fun place to be.  Unless you love this sport, you are not going to do the work necessary to become better.  If you can create a safe, fun, family atmosphere, they will do just about anything for their teammates.

12) Anything else you would like to add.
One moment that will stay in my memory for a long time is a photo that was taken after the State Meet with our girls' team and the girls from Campolindo High School.  Since I have been coaching, we have gone to Humboldt Running Camp up at Humboldt State.  Some great teams are there every year.  Campolindo, Dublin, Monte Vista, North Lake Tahoe, etc.  So the kids get to know one another from being at camp together every year.  So in our D3 girls' race, we had two teams from camp on the podium.  The girls were all so excited for each other.  That photo to me really says a lot about this sport.  It really is about the relationships that are formed, and the friendships that will last a lifetime.
Thank you very much for your time Robert. AJC

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

California XC State Meet All-Time Podium teams (boys and girls)

Check out every team that has made it to the podium (top 3 in any division) since the first California state cross country meet in 1987. Two NCS teams are at the top of the girls' list while a SJS team is near the top for the boys. (photo on left is the 2015 Santa Cruz girls)

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Northern California Podium Finishers

Top 10 NorCal girls' Teams Overall 
1) Granada (NCS) 1:31:43
2) St. Francis (SJS) 1:34:15
3) Davis (SJS) 1:35:02
4) Vista del Lago (SJS) 1:36:34
5) Monta Vista (CCS) 1:36:58
6) Campolindo (NCS) 1:36:47
7) Carlmont (CCS) 1:36:48
8) Oakland Tech (OAK) 1:37:41
9) Dougherty Valley (NCS) 1:37:54
10) Bishop O'Dowd (NCS) 1:38:02

Top 10 NorCal boys' Teams Overall
1) Dublin (NCS) 1:18:47
2) St. Francis (CCS) 1:19:20
3) Jesuit (SJS) 1:19:10
4) Bellarmine (CCS) 1:19:37
5) Campolindo (NCS) 1:20:16
6) Granada (NCS) 1:20:47
7) Sir Francis Drake (NCS) 1:20:54
8) Placer (SJS) 1:21:25
9) Whitney (SJS) 1:21:27
10) Los Altos (CCS) 1:21:35

Division I Boys
1) Matt Strangio Jesuit (SJS)
6) Loic Scomparin Dublin (NCS)
8) Christopher Middleton-Pearson (NCS)
9) Henry Saul Palo Alto (CCS)

Division II Boys
6) Connor Livingston De La Salle (NCS)
8) Russell Sullivan Foothill (NCS)

Division I Girls
10) Kamei Gescuk Carlmont (CCS)

Division II Girls
2) Granada (NCS)

3) Colleen McCandless Granada (NCS)
5) Savannah Maselli Granada (NCS)
10) Isabella Fauria St. Francis (SJS)

Division III Boys
2) Campolindo (NCS)

1) Liam Anderson Redwood (NCS)
3) Brayden McLaughlin Del Oro (SJS)
4) Garrett Gough Nevada Union (SJS)
6) Charlie Giannini Chico (NS)
7) Preston Norris Las Lomas (NCS)
8) Edward Buckley Campolindo (NCS)

Division IV Girls
7) Lila Roake Santa Cruz (CCS)
9) Anna Mokkapati The King's Academy (CCS)

Division V Boys
2) Lick-Wilmerding (NCS)

1) Andre Williams Sonoma Academy (NCS)
8) Jacob Lehmann-Duke College Prep (NCS)

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

1) Riley Chamberlain Del Oro (SJS)
3) Rayna Stanziano Concord (NCS)
7) Lauren Lum Alameda (NCS)
8) Payton Osborne Foothill (NS)
9) Leah Haley Montgomery (NCS)

Division IV Boys
2) Sir Francis Drake (NCS)
3) Placer (SJS)

3) Lyle Rumon Marin Catholic (NCS)
6) Jesus Guerra-Reyes Placer (SJS)
8) Cooper McCarthy Sir Francis Drake (NCS)
10) Nico Pompili Sir Francis Drake (NCS)

Division V Girls
1) Lick-Wilmerding (NCS)

1) Gabrielle Peterson Healdsburg (NCS)
3) Amber Jackson Forrest Lake Christian (SJS)
4) Emily Perez St. Joseph Notre Dame (NCS)
5) Tevah Gevelber Castilleja (CCS)
7) Callie Jones Branson (NCS)

Thursday, November 22, 2018

California State Cross Country meet

Live results:

Who are the leading contenders to finish on the podium at state (top 3 teams/top 10 individuals in any division)? Liam Anderson will be favored to win the Division 3 race but he will have a very tough foe in Kevin Ramos. Who are other NorCal athletes that will challenge for individual titles? What about teams?

Let's hear your bold predictions below. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

NCS MOC Live Results

Feel free to post updates from the meet at the comment section below.

Dublin Boys score 18 to win Division I team title led by Loic Scamparin. Dougherty Valley edges Amador Valley for 2nd place 60 to 61. 

Granada teams both score 31 points to win both team titles in Division II.

Connor Livingston wins with the fastest time of the day so far at 14:45.8.

Monday, November 19, 2018

San Francisco Section Meet Cancelled

Sunday, November 18, 2018

North Coast Section MOC pre-meet rankings

If the meet takes place this Tuesday, here are my pre-meet rankings. If you see teams that should be considered as well, please feel free to include them below in the comment section below. 

North Coast Section
Tuesday, November 20, 2018-Hayward High School
NCS/Les Schwab Cross Country Championships Race Schedule and Preview

Albert Caruana

Welcome to the 2018 North Coast Section Cross Country Meet of Champions.  Hayward High School will once again be the host for the 15th straight year with a slightly altered course due to construction in recent years.  The three-mile course features multiple loops, which allows spectators to view much of the course from the middle of the grass fields.

RACE SCHEDULE (Same order as CA State Meet)

WALK THE COURSE 7:00am - 8:15am
8:30am      Division I Boys’ Race
9:00am      Division II Boys’ Race
9:30am      Division I Girls’ Race
10:00am     Division II Girls’ Race
10:30am     Division III Boys’ Race
11:00am     Division IV Girls’ Race
11:30am     Division V Boys’ Race
12:00pm     Division III Girls’ Race
12:30pm     Division IV Boys’ Race
1:00pm            Division V Girls’ Race

Awards Schedule: (in the gymnasium)
10:00am     Division I Boys
10:20am     Division I Girls
10:40am     Division II Boys
11:00am     Division II Girls
11:20am     Division III Boys
11:45am     Division IV Girls
12:15pm     Division V Boys
12:45pm     Division III Girls
1:15pm      Division IV Boys
1:45pm            Division V Girls

The NCS Divisions are as follows:
Division I        2,700 and above        
Division II       1,918 - 2,699           
Division III      1,350 - 1,917           
Division IV       601 - 1,349 
Division V        600 and fewer          

NCS Preview:
Thank you very much to all the coaches and athletes who helped me break down each division.  The following is my best attempt to predict the top 5-7 teams as well as the top individuals for each division (boys and girls) in today’s section meet.  The teams from this meet that will qualify for the State Meet at Woodward Park in Fresno on November 24th are noted for each division.  The top 5 individuals from each race will also qualify to the state meet provided they are in the top 12 when 2 teams qualify, top 14 when 3 teams qualify, top 16 when 4 teams qualify, top 18 when 5 teams qualify and top 20 when 6 teams qualify.

The winning teams in each division will receive plaques.  The top 2 teams in each division will receive pennants.  The top 3 teams in each division will receive medals.  Seven (7) medals will be provided per team of seven.  The top 7 individuals in each race will receive medals.

Division I
Girls - (Top 2 teams advance to state meet):
1.    Amador Valley
2.    Dougherty Valley
3.    Dublin
4.    Berkeley
5.    California

Boys - (Top 2 teams advance to state meet):
1.    Dublin
2.    Amador Valley
3.    Dougherty Valley
4.    James Logan
5.    California

Division II
Girls - (Top 4 teams advance to state meet):
1.    Granada
2.    San Ramon Valley
3.    Monte Vista
4.    Liberty
5.    Santa Rosa/Livermore

Boys - (Top 3 teams advance to state meet):
1.    Granada
2.    De La Salle
3.    College Park
4.    Liberty
5.    Heritage/Mission San Jose

Division III
Girls - (Top 4 teams advance to state meet):
1.    Maria Carrillo
2.    Campolindo
3.    Alameda
4.    Carondelet/Redwood
5.   Las Lomas

Boys - (Top 4 teams advance to state meet):
1.    Maria Carrillo
2.    Campolindo
3.    Redwood
4.    Las Lomas
5.    Acalanes

Division IV (By Piedmont assistant coach, Len Goldman)
Girls - (Top 3 teams advance to state meet):
1.    Bishop O’Dowd
2.    Miramonte
3.    Piedmont
4.    Albany
5.    Marin Catholic
6.    Arcata/Analy

Boys - (Top 3 teams advance to state meet):
1.    Sir Francis Drake
2.    Moreau Catholic
3.    Piner
4.    Marin Catholic
5.    Bishop O’Dowd/Albany

Division V
Girls - (Top 6 teams advance to state meet):
1.    Lick-Wilmerding
2.    S.F. University
3.    Head Royce
4.    St. Joseph Notre Dame
5.    Marin Academy
6.    Convent/Urban

Boys - (Top 5 teams advance to state meet):
1.    Head Royce
2.    Lick-Wilmerding
3.    S.F. University
4.    Rincon Valley Christian
5.    Stuart Hall
6.    College Prep/St. Joseph Notre Dame


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Update from NCS office

ADs/Coaches/League Commissioners:
As you are aware, the CIF cross country meet is on schedule for Saturday, Nov. 24, which means that we need to come up with a contingency plan for advancing our qualifiers (both team and individual) if we are unable to conduct our NCS championship. Our cross country management team has been working diligently to get this process in order and we would like to communicate the plan now, in case we get to a point where we must put this in motion. Our goal has not changed – to run our section meet as we normally would – but if that becomes a non-viable option, here is how we will proceed.
Advancement Committee
Similar to the precedent set in other NCS sports, a 3-person “Advancement Committee” (approved by the cross country management team) will determine the teams and individuals to be advanced to the CIF state championships. The committee is made up of knowledgeable individuals who have an in-depth understanding of the sport and are familiar with the 2018 season.
Application for Advancement
Attached please find the “Application for Advancement.” Due to the time-squeeze of this announcement and subsequent deadline (see form), the NCS cross country management team has opted not to make this application mandatory for state advancement, however, coaches are strongly encouraged to submit completed forms by the deadline to assist the committee in its decision-making process.
In Good News! 
Yes, I actually have some. If we are unable to conduct our championship and we get to the “Advancement Committee” stage, the CIF has graciously approved an additional team qualifier in each of our divisions. At this time, there is no exception for an additional individual entry.
Thank you once again for your patience and flexibility – I know this has been hard on all of our schools.
More to come,
Bri Niemi
Associate Commissioner
North Coast Section, CIF


ADs/Coaches/League Commissioners:

Thank you for your patience.

At this time, NCS is postponing the cross country championships scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17 at Hayward HS due to the continuing poor air quality, which is projected to last into the weekend.

Decisions like this are never easy, but we need to make determinations in the best interest of our student-athletes, while balancing the potential weather change, schools’ travel arrangements, recruitment of personnel to run the meet at a later date, logistics for 1400+ runners and contingency plans for state advancers.

We have rescheduled the meet for Tuesday, Nov. 20 @ Hayward HS.

Meet management will continue to monitor available options and will keep our schools informed if anything should change.


Bri Niemi
Associate Commissioner
North Coast Section, CIF

Update for CCS meet

Per CCS website as of Saturday, 6pm, the XC meet is on as planned for Sunday.

Live Results:

Oakland Section Canceled and will not be rescheduled

The advancing teams and individuals will be based on marks achieved this season.

Sac-Joaquin Section Results

Thursday, November 15, 2018

North Coast Section update on their twitter account

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Update for SJS Meet this Saturday

The following was posted on the SJS website.

CROSS COUNTRY: We are hoping to have the Section cross country championships on SATURDAY, Nov. 17 at the Willow Hill course in Folsom. The air quality is forecast to be within decent ranges that morning, and we will have varsity-only races with combined divisions beginning at 9 a.m. The schedule is as follows:
         9 a.m.: D1/2 boys
         9:35 a.m.: D1/2 girls
         10 a.m.: D3/4/5 boys
         10:35 a.m.: D3/4/5 girls
          If the AQI climbs above 150 (unhealthy range) before any races are run, we will not hold the races, instead using the times from our sub-section meet for teams to qualify for the state championships. If the AQI climbs above 150 during the races, all subsequent races will be called off and we will use sub-section times to qualify for the state championships.
          All AQI forecasts for this weekend remain well into the red (unhealthy) and even into the purple (extremely unhealthy) ranges. This decision was made with the health of our student-athletes in mind. We understand this may cause some inconveniences and we appreciate your patience and understanding. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of the region impacted far more severely by the Camp Fire.

Paradise senior Gabe Price runs his way to state cross-country meet on empty course

Latest update from Central Coast Section office regarding CCS meet

Cross Country: at Crystal Spring Course in Belmont has had undulating AQI numbers since Friday-mostly on the unhealthy side.   So if by Friday morning the numbers do not indicate there will be a potential to be in the healthier range at Belmont for Saturday, we will move the meet to Toro Park in Salinas.  The unfortunate part is that Toro Park is not available for a Saturday meet.  So we may be moving the meet to  Sunday at Toro Park.  We will make that decision on Friday morning and let you know ASAP.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Santa Cruz coach, Greg Brock

The following was posted on the Stanford XC/TF Instagram account. One of the gentlemen posted is current Santa Cruz coach, Greg Brock (upper right with glasses). You can also check out my interview with Greg that I did with him in 2010 at this LINK.

NBL (NCS) meet has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled

I believe all NCS league championship meets have all been contested now. Final NCS rankings before the meet this Saturday (hopefully) will be posted in the next couple of days. Feel free to post your predictions for the NCS meet in the comment section below.

Friday, November 09, 2018

CCS and SJS Meets have both been rescheduled

Live Results for CCS:
Live Results for SJS:

Update #4 from CCS (per meet director Bill Daskarolis)
"…due to continued poor air quality the CCS X-C Meet will be postponed to Sat, Nov 17th at Crystal Springs with the same time/race schedule..."

Update #3 for SJS
The meet has been rescheduled to the 17th of November.

Update #2 from meet director Bill Daskarolis:
tomorrow’s meet has been rescheduled for Monday, Nov 12th, with same time/race schedule, due to air quality conditions…if the poor air quality persists, the meet will  be rescheduled for Sat, Nov 17th…any change will be made on Sunday, Nov 11th by 1pm…thanks…Bill

Update #1 from the CCS office.
CCS Member Schools

Unfortunately, we are back in the same situation of smoke from fires impacting our upcoming games.  Our hearts go out to the families impacted by these fires up North and we wish them the best.

The CCS has no specific air quality guidelines to determine if a game will be played or not. We do monitor air quality through which has current updates.

Let me be specific on how to handle situations moving forward regarding responsibility on whether a game should be played or not:

 3. As far as cross country, water polo, tennis and field hockey this would be determined on a site by site decision by the CCS persons at the venues.  We again would be monitoring our sites and if we have to make the decision early to reschedule we will get in touch with everyone impacted by that decision. 

 4. In the case of cross country, water polo, tennis and field hockey, we have options for a Monday meet-since it is a day off or a next Saturday meet.  We will have to check with venues and site specific personnel on their availability. 

We will keep communicating throughout the day on updates.

Duane Morgan
CCS Commissioner

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Central Coast/Sac Joaquin Section Finals this Saturday

Live Results:

Live Results:

If you have any bold predictions for the above meets, feel free to include them in the comment section below. If I have time today, I will put together my predictions for the meet. Link to follow.

Friday, November 02, 2018

Northern California XC results


SJS Subsection Meet







BCL East #3 (NCS)

SCVAL Championship (CCS)

BVAL Championship (CCS)

PAL #3

PSAL (League Final-CCS)

Sierra Foothill League (SJS)

Delta League (SJS) St. Francis vs Davis in girls plus Jesuit vs Davis in boys.

MEL Championship (SJS)


Other league final results will be posted as well. Please feel free to include links below in the comment section.

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