Saturday, December 29, 2018

NorCal Cross Country All-Decade Teams (2000-2009)...

This was originally posted in January 2010. I thought it would be fun to bring it back up and start a new conversation in regards to the best NorCal XC runners for this decade so far.  I ranked the runners below based on what they accomplished in cross country only.  Feel free to put your own list in the comment section below. In the next week or so, I will post my top 10 XC runners for 2010-2018. Feel free to add your nominations in the comment section below.

Honorable Mention
Alex Dunn San Lorenzo Valley HS
Giliat Ghebray James Logan HS
Jeremy Mineau Menlo Atherton HS
James Tracy Del Campo HS
Carl Dambkowski Granada HS

Top 10
10) Mohamed Abdalla Willow Glen HS
9) Brett Gotcher Aptos HS
8) Erik Olson Novato HS
7) Jake Schmitt Redwood HS
6) Garret Rowe Mt. View HS
5) Yosef Ghebray James Logan HS
4) Ben Sitler St. Francis HS
3) Tim Nelson Liberty HS
2) Yong-Sung Leal Arroyo HS
1) German Fernandez Riverbank HS

Honorable Mention
Melissa Grelli Presentation
Jenny Aldridge Maria Carrillo
Bridget Duffy St. Mary's Berkeley
Alicia Follmar Saratoga HS
Lindsay Allen College Park HS

Top 10
10) Sarah Sumpter Healdsburg HS
9) Tori Tyler Gunn HS
8) Alex Kosinski Oak Ridge HS
7) Jacque Taylor Casa Grande HS
6) Rachel Bryan Laguna Creek HS
5) Clara Horowitz Head Royce HS
4) Laurynne Chetelat Davis HS
3) Caitlin Chock Granite Bay HS
2) Sara Bei Montgomery HS
1) Amber Trotter Ukiah HS

Comments? Omissions? Who should move up? Who should move down?

Thursday, December 27, 2018

2019 Northern California Top 10 Cross Country runners (Boys/Girls combined)

10) Henry Saul Palo Alto (CCS)
9) Colleen McCandless Granada (NCS)
8) Rayna Stanziano Concord (NCS)
7) Chris Middleton-Pearson Dublin (NCS)
6) Gabrielle Peterson Healdsburg (NCS)
5) Connor Livingston De La Salle (NCS)
4) Loic Scomparin Dublin (NCS)
3) Riley Chamberlain Del Oro (SJS)
2) Matt Strangio Jesuit (SJS)
1) Liam Anderson Redwood (NCS)

Feel free to add other runners that you feel deserve mention or if the order needs to be rearranged in any way in the comment section below. You can also add your top moments from this past Cross Country season. For me, Liam Anderson winning the NXN individual title stands above the rest. What would be second to that? What else?

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Goals for 2019?

Feel free to share your goals in the comment section below. No need to add your name unless you really want to do so. What are you going to do to help achieve those goals? 

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Thursday, December 20, 2018

California section season reviews

In the last week or so on California MileSplit, we have been reviewing every section in California. You can check out the ones that have been posted already at this link:

The reviews include the runners and teams of the year in each section.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Winter period before Track and Field season (What would you like to see?)

Now that we are in the final stage of selecting our NorCal Cross Country teams, I wanted to start thinking ahead to the upcoming winter period and spring Track and Field season.

Please let me know what you would like to see on the site during the winter. What posts are most helpful to you as an athlete, coach or parent? What information is missing and would be helpful? Anything else, please let me know.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

65th All-Norcal Cross Country Teams

NCS girls' runner of the year? Would love to hear what people have to say about who the best girl in NCS was this past season.
Colleen McCandless Granada
Gabrielle Peterson Healdsburg
Rayna Stanziano Concord
I am curious who you would pick for the above award. Comments welcome below.

What about freshman (boy) of the year in any section?

With one meet to go, you can check out last year's team at this link:

Feel free to make your nominations for Runners of the Year (boys and girls), grade athletes of the year, section runners of the year (SJS, CCS, NCS, NS, OAK and SF) etc.

Interesting that one of the favorites to win runner of the year for the girls is Del Oro freshman Riley Chamberlain. I looked back at past winners and couldn't find any freshman girls that have won that award. Did I miss one?

Lastly, if you are a coach and are interested in being part of the voting committee, please email me at and I will send you all the information you need. We would like to have representatives from all the NorCal sections (SJS, CCS, NCS, NS, OAK and SF).

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Standout moments from 2018 Cross Country season

Please feel free to add your moments in the comment section below. Also, what are you looking forward to during the upcoming 2019 Track and Field season?

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Foot Locker Cross Country meet today (Live Webcast)

If you missed the girls' race, go back and watch the finish. What a battle for the national title!

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

40th Annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championship National Finals This Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at San Diego



40th Annual
Foot Locker Cross Country Championship National Finals
This Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, Balboa Park

The top 80 high school distance runners (40 boys and 40 girls) from across the country will compete in the 40th Annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships this Saturday, Dec. 8, at Balboa Park in San Diego, California.  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.

Morley Field, Balboa Park

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018
Girls - Introductions: 9:00 a.m. PST  Race:  9:15 a.m. PST
Boys - Introductions: 9:45 a.m. PST  Race: 10:00 a.m. PST

Watch live starting at 8:00 a.m. PST at

Media credentials will be issued to photographers and journalists on assignment at Morley Field at Balboa Park starting at 8:30 a.m. PST on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.

Kenny Fried, 202-468-8200,
Gabriella Citrin, 917-903-3614,                 

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2018 Foot Locker Cross Country Champion National Finals Field – 40 Boys and 40 Girls

RegionGenderYearNameHometownHigh School
MidwestBoysSRCole HockerIndianapolis, INCathedral H.S.
MidwestBoysSRDrew BosleyThiensville, WIHomestead H.S.
MidwestBoysJREvan BishopGrand Rapids, MIEast Grand Rapids H.S.
MidwestBoysJRCarter SolomonCanton, MIPlymouth H.S.
MidwestBoysSRAres ReadingNiwot, CONiwot H.S.
MidwestBoysJREthan KernElmhurst, ILYork Community H.S.
MidwestBoysJRJosh MethnerMount Prospect, ILJohn Hersey H.S.
MidwestBoysSRDavid VannucchiOnalaska, WILuther H.S.
MidwestBoysJRBrendan FavazzaClarkston, MIClarkston H.S.
MidwestBoysJRZachary StewartBrighton, MIBrighton H.S.
MidwestGirlsSREmily CovertMinneapolis, MNMinneapolis Washburn H.S.
MidwestGirlsJRTaylor EwertDayton, OHBeavercreek H.S.
MidwestGirlsJRKatelynne HartGlen Ellyn, ILGlenbard West H.S.
MidwestGirlsFRAbby VanderkooiFremont, MIMuskegon Western Michigan Christian
MidwestGirlsSREricka VanderlendeRockford, MIRockford H.S.
MidwestGirlsSRAdelyn AckleyMears, MIHart H.S.
MidwestGirlsSOGrace PingWinona, MNCotter H.S.
MidwestGirlsSOJaden TheisLansing, MILansing Catholic H.S.
MidwestGirlsFRRiley StewartLone Tree, COCherry Creek H.S.
MidwestGirlsSRAlex MorrisNaperville, ILNaperville North H.S.
NortheastBoysSRJack StanleyMendham, NJWest Morris Mendham H.S.
NortheastBoysSRLucas AramburuBrookline, MABrookline H.S.
NortheastBoysSRConnor NisbetWilmington, DEWilmington Friends School
NortheastBoysJRLiam MurphyPerrineville, NJAllentown H.S.
NortheastBoysSRDevin HartPoint Pleasant, NJ Point Pleasant Borough H.S.
NortheastBoysJRPatrick AndersonPittsburgh, PAMt. Lebanon H.S.
NortheastBoysJRSam LawlerPittsford, NYPittsford Mendon H.S.
NortheastBoysJRMatthew FarrellGlastonbury, CTThe Loomis Chaffee School
NortheastBoysSRMustafe DahirWallingford, CTChoate Rosemary Hall
NortheastBoysSRRichard SturtevatLeyden, MANorthfield Mount Hermon
NortheastGirlsSOSydney MasciarelliNorthbridge, MAMarianapolis Preparatory School
NortheastGirlsJRMarlee StarliperWellsville, PANorthern H.S.
NortheastGirlsSRGrace ConnollyNatick, MANatick H.S.
NortheastGirlsSRAbby LoveysRandolph, NJRandolph H.S.
NortheastGirlsSOKate WiserSouthbury, CTPomperaug H.S.
NortheastGirlsJRMary HennellySuffern, NYSuffern H.S.
NortheastGirlsJRTaryn ParksGreencastle, PAGreencastle-Antrim H.S.
NortheastGirlsSOSofie MatsonFalmouth, MEFalmouth H.S.
NortheastGirlsSRSarah RoffmanLittleton, MALittleton H.S.
NortheastGirlsJRNicole VanasseMartinsville, NJThe Pingry School
SouthGirlsJRLondon CulbreathMcKinney, TXMcKinney North H.S.
SouthGirlsSOHeidi NielsonKaty, TXCinco Ranch H.S.
SouthGirlsSOBrynn BrownDenton, TXGuyer H.S.
SouthGirlsJRValerie LastraMiami, FLMater Academy Charter School
SouthGirlsSRAllison WilsonMontgomery, TXMontgomery H.S.
SouthGirlsSRAdoette VaughanDallas, TXHockaday H.S.
SouthGirlsJRAlyssa HendrixRiverview, FLRiverview H.S.
SouthGirlsFRJenna HutchinsJohnson City, TNScience Hill H.S.
SouthGirlsSRAva PeeplesDallas, TXLake Highlands H.S.
SouthGirlsJRVictoria PattersonGreenville, SCDeerfield Academy
SouthBoysSRCruz GomezDonna, TXPharr-San Juan-Alamo Memorial Early College H.S.
SouthBoysSRCarter CheesemanKeller, TXFort Worth Christian H.S.
SouthBoysJRDaniel O'BrienLynchburg, VAVirginia Episcopal H.S.
SouthBoysSRColin BakerMount Pleasant, SCAcademic Magnet
SouthBoysSRCamren FischerFayetteville, ARFayetteville H.S.
SouthBoysSRCole BullockChattanooga, TNRed Bank H.S.
SouthBoysSRJake RenfreeKnoxville, TNKnoxville Catholic H.S.
SouthBoysJRGraydon MorrisAledo, TXAledo H.S.
SouthBoysJRSilas WindersMansfield, TNHenry County H.S.
SouthBoysSRDavid AhlmeyerHendersonville, TNBeech SR H.S.
WestBoysSRKashon HarrisonFruitland, NMKirtland Central H.S.
WestBoysSRWilliam FrankenfeldLong Beach, CALong Beach Poly H.S.
WestBoysSRNicholas RussellBoise, IDBishop Kelly H.S.
WestBoysJRAnthony GroverLaguna Niguel, CAJSerra Catholic H.S.
WestBoysSRNoah HibbardTemple City, CAArroyo H.S.
WestBoysJRThomas BoydenSalt Lake City, UTSkyline H.S.
WestBoysSRConnor LivingstonLivermore, CADe La Salle H.S.
WestBoysSRDaniel BauschChugiak, AKChugiak H.S.
WestBoysSRJonathan VelascoSan Marcos, CAMission H.S.
WestBoysSRZachary EriksonIdaho Falls, IDIdaho Falls H.S.
WestGirlsSRKristin FahyCarlsbad, CALa Costa Canyon H.S.
WestGirlsSOAllie JankeSpokane, WANorth Central H.S.
WestGirlsJRLexy HalladayKura, IDMountain View H.S.
WestGirlsSRGabrielle PetersonHealdsburg, CAHealdsburg H.S.
WestGirlsSOAudrey SuarezPasadena, CAMayfield SR School
WestGirlsJRHana CatsimanesSan Clemente, CASan Clemente H.S.
WestGirlsSROlivia MarkezichWoodinville, WAThe Bear Creek School
WestGirlsJRErinn HillSpokane, WANorth Central H.S.
WestGirlsSRColleen McCandlessLivermore, CAGranada H.S.
WestGirlsJRAnna MartinLehi, UTLehi H.S.

2018 NOTES:

By Class
Seniors – 39 (14 girls/25 boys)
Juniors – 30 (15/15)
Sophomores – 8 (8/0)
Freshman – 3 (3/0)

Graydon Morris was only the fourth ninth grade boy to qualify and joins Jorge Torres as the second male runner to qualify as ninth, 10th & 11th grader.

Jenna Hutchins, Riley Steward and Abby Vanderkool became the 78th, 79th and 80thfemale freshman respectively to qualify for the FLCCC National Finals.

By State

Alaska – 1
Arkansas – 1
California - 10
Colorado – 2
Connecticut – 3
Delaware - 1
Florida – 2
Idaho – 3
Illinois - 4
Indiana – 1
Maine - 1
Massachusetts – 5
Michigan – 8
Minnesota – 2
New Jersey – 5
New Mexico - 1
New York – 2
Ohio – 1
Pennsylvania – 3
South Carolina – 2
Tennessee – 5
Texas – 9
Utah - 2
Virginia – 1
Washington - 3
Wisconsin – 2

FLCCC Freshmen Qualifiers Who Became Champions

1981 - Cathy Schiro (Dover, N.H.) 19th; Won in 1984 as Senior
1989 - Liz Mueller (Waterford, CT) 7th; Won in 1991 as Junior
1985 – Kira Jorgensen (Vista, Calif.) – 14th; Won in 1987 as Junior
1997 - Sara Bei (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 10th – Won in 2000 as Senior
1993 - Erin Davis (Saratoga Springs, Calif.) 1st
1995 – Jorge Torres (Wheeling, IL) 13th; Won in 1998 as Senior
2005 – Kathy Kruger (Franklin, Tenn.) – 7th; Won in 2006 as Sophomore
2005 – Jordan Hasay (Arroyo Grande, Calif.) - 1st; Won in 2008 as Senior
2013 - Weini Kelati (Leesburg, Va.) – 25th; Won in 2015 as Junior

College Commitments for 2018 FLCCC Seniors

Alabama - Allison Wilson
Brigham Young – Zachary Ericson
Colorado – Emily Covert
Cornell – Sarah Roffman
Florida State – Ava Peeples
Furman – David Ahlmeyer
Harvard – Colin Baker
Michigan - Ericka Vanderlende
Mississippi – Cole Bullock
Northern Arizona – Drew Bosley
Notre Dame – Carter Cheeseman, Olivia Markezich and Jake Renfee
Oregon State - Gabrielle Peterson
Princeton – Lucas Aramburu, Camren Fischer, Abby Loveys, Connor Livingstone, Connor Nisbet

Stanford – Grace Connolly, Kristin Fahy and Devin Hart
Texas – Cruz Gomez
Wisconsin – David Vannucci
Yale - Richard Sturtevat
Cross Country / Track Runs in the Family

Foot Locker Cross Country Championships have welcomed runners with great family heritage, including at least 29 sets of brothers and/or sisters.

Adoette Vaughan
  • Mother, Glenys Quick, a teacher of film studies and journalism at Hockaday School for 22 years, won New Zealand Cross Country Championships and set a national record for the 800-meters in track.
  • Ran track at Texas Women’s University in Den­ton, Tex.
  • Won 1984 Nagoya Marathon and qualified for the 1984 New Zealand Olympic team (served as an alternate)
  • Placed 14th in the World Track and Field Champi­onships
  • Finished 6th at Chicago Marathon from 1983-1985

Carter Cheeseman
  • Father, Ken Cheeseman, ran cross country and track at Virginia
  • Mother, Cathy Cheeseman, ran cross country and track at Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Older sister, Allison Cheeseman, was a two-time TSSAA cross country champion and runs at Davidson
  • Younger sister, Claire, is a sophomore runner at Belmont

Drew Bosley
  • Father, Andy Bosley, was a two-time Division 1 All-American runner at Wisconsin-Madison
  • Mother, Laura Bosley, was also a runner at University Wisconsin at Parkside

Titus Winders
  • Father, Lance Winders, is Henry County HS cross country coach and ran at Murray State
  • Mother, Stephanie Winders, also ran at Murray State
  • Older brothers, Javan Winders and Titus Winders, run at Southern Indiana
  • Younger brother, Silas Winders, runs on Henry County HS team
  • Younger sister, Dinah Winders, runs on Henry County HS team

Jaden Theis
  • Older sister, Olivia Theis, was 2017 FLCCC Midwest Champion and 2017 FLCCC Nationals 3rd place finisher

Nicole Vanasse
  • Mother, Kelly Groteke, was a standout distance runner at Yale who ranks in the top ten among all-leaders in the 1,500 (6th), 3,000 (3rd) and 5,000 (7th
  • Father, Gerry Vanasse, was a Team Adidas USA runner who placed 2nd at the 1984 Boston Marathon
Mary Hennelly
  • Brothers, Patrick and Michael Hennelly, both run for Manhattan College

Olivia Markezich
  • Twin sister, Andrea Markezich, will run for University of Washington in 2019

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