Wednesday, May 22, 2019

State meet predictions

Check out predictions for all events as well as workout videos of returning state meet champions at this link:

This is the place to comment below on the potential finishes for our Northern California Track and Field athletes. Who are the state champion contenders? What athletes are going to be a surprise? What are the strongest events for our athletes? Anything else you want to comment about that state meet, please feel free to add it below.

Here is the complete performance list for Friday and Saturday:


Dan T said...

Full disclosure, I cover the SJS, so my expertise is primarily in that area.
110 HH: Jamar Marshall, St. Mary's of Stockton and Warren Williams of West, 1 & 2 for the state, from the same league. Marshall feel at the finish of the SJS Masters and it seemed to impact him in the 300s, but with a week to regroup, he's my pick to top the podium at state.
Pole Vault: Samuel Wright of Lodi leads a strong contingent of Northern California vaulters. I predict the Harvard commit will end up on top.
400: Zachary Larrier of Monterey Trail. After dropping the 200, I think he has what it takes to win the 400.
800: Chase Gordon of Jesuit, the 800 is always a crap shoot, but I believe Gordon has what it takes to finish in top 3.
1,600: Matt Strangio of Jesuit: He's got more impressive times in the 3,200 but the path to victory is more wide open in the 1,600. He's feeling confident based on recent workouts and he's tough to bet against in big races, so I won't.
Girl's 3,200: Frosh cross country sensation Riley Chamberlain of Del Oro is finally back and feels she's got a sub 10:20 in her which makes her my pick as the most likely to medal from this area.

Liam Anderson of Redwood won his section masters with a time faster than what he ran to win state last year, so he has to be the favorite, with Strangio right there. Would not be surprised at all with a NorCal 1-2 finish here.
Gabrielle Peterson of Healdsburg will be a strong contender to medal in both the 1,600 and 3,200

Best of luck to all the athletes who qualified, I look forward to seeing you compete this weekend. If I missed anybody, my apologies, this is just off the top of my head. I have only started to put together my notes for the meet.

Albert Caruana said...

Thanks, Dan.

Yes, the two hurdlers from SJS are the fastest two hurdlers in the state and will have a very good shot to finish 1st and 2nd. Masaki Wada Law of Los Gatos might have a shot at a sub 14 time with some competition.

As for Anderson vs Strangio, I look forward to those two going at it at the state final. Liam bested Strangio in the 1600 at Stanford but I don't think Strangio was at his healthiest. Anderson is the defending champion and will be very tough to beat.

I think the girl to beat in the 3200 is Kristin Fahy but look forward to seeing what Chamberlain can do after a lengthy layoff.

Anonymous said...

I think Isabelle Fauria-St Francis in the 800 has a legitimate chance at the podium as well. It looks like she dropped the 1600 so she is all in on the 800. She demonstrated her closing speed at Arcadia against a tough Famita Cortes.

Anonymous said...

I am excited to watch Kellen Stepligh run the 1600. He is just a freshman but is tough as nails and has a 155 under his belt. Also, he is a former club runner, so he has a lot of experience on big stages and will likely perform right up to his ability level. He could medal.

Anonymous said...

Sam Wallenstrom from Marin Catholic 800meter champ.

Dan Steplight said...

7:24 Thank you for the kind words but we are just hoping to run a PR on Friday and enjoy the experience of the State meet. He's got a lot of club friends, Colin Peattie and Christopher Middleton, that he's looking forward to seeing. It's been a long season for Kellen and just making it to State in track is beyond what we thought would happen this year.

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