Monday, May 31, 2021

Nor-Cal Track and Field Championships

2021 Date: June 16th, 2021

Venue: Concord High School, Concord CA. 


  • The top 24 verified entries from the 2021 high school track season in all events will be accepted into the meet
  • All registration must be  completed online. 
  • Registration is OPEN at
  • All relay teams entered must attend the same high school to compete ( no club or all-star teams allowed)
  • This meet is open to all schools located in Northern California in the following sections CCS, NCS, SF, OAL, Northern, Sac-Joaquin
  • All participants entered will compete as unattached athletes - example Unattached John Doe - Nor Cal High 


  • High School (Athletes who are enrolled in high school for the 2020 – 2021 academic school year qualifies as a HS Student): 100m / 200m / 400m / 800m / 1600m /3200m/ 100/110HH / 300 IH/LH / Long Jump / Triple Jump / Pole Vault / High Jump / Shot / Disc / 4X100 relay / 4X400 relay


  • Athletes / parents / coaches and spectators must adhere to in person screening before entering the stadium.  
  • On the day of the meet, if protocol allows, spectators will be allowed in the stadium in some capacity.

REGISTRATION AT OPENS Monday MAY 31 at 8:00 am.


  • Top 24 verified entries accepted in the meet
  • Entries close on June 11th, 2021 at 6:00 pm
  • Field Events start at 2:00 pm, Running Events start at 4:00 pm
  • Running events will consist of three heats of eight
  • Distance races will consist of two heats of twelve
  • Field Events will have four jumps in the Long / Triple Jump per flight
  • Shot / Discus will have four throws  per flight
  • Entry fees must be paid by 6/13/21 at Noon

Meet Director John Harvey  Contact info: 

Mobile: (209)988-1287

Sunday, May 30, 2021

High schooler Hobbs Kessler runs 3:34.36

One of the greatest performances in high school history. His 3:34.36 is the fastest 1500 ever run significantly (previous record held by Alan Webb at 3:38.26) and in fact, surpassed the just recently broken NCAA record. He has now qualified for the Olympic Trials and definitely has a punchers chance with his kick.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Ajani Salcido, Jesuit senior, to UCLA

PERSON OF THE YEAR for NorCal Track and Field: Chris Williams, Dublin HS by Patrick McCrystle

The following was written by Bellarmine coach, Patrick McCrystle in the comment section. It's too good not to share here. I wholeheartedly agree. Thank you Chris.


I am awarding Chris Williams a fake award that I just made up, and will probably never award again: The Person of the Year for NorCal Track and Field. Chris' tireless work in creating, organizing and hosting three Dublin Socially Distanced Fiestas truly 'made our season'. While many others put together great meets, in putting on the three DSDFs Chris gave the Bellarmine track program an immeasurably valuable gift: hope, joy, a sense of normalcy, a chance to be rewarded for hard work...and it wasn't just a gift to our runners. The families of our students benefitted incredibly from these three meets, perhaps as much as the students themselves. While I am speaking for the BCP program, I am pretty sure that other programs out there feel the same way, especially schools from the Sac Joaquin and North Coast Sections, whose seasons are all but over. The DSDFs served as a season ending championship of sorts, and the competition and results were amazing...due to the hard work of Chris, his staff, his admin and anyone else who contributed to making it through the maze of paperwork and protocols to actually host the meets. You have given our community an amazing gift, and I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Hopefully, Chris can now enjoy some well deserved rest and mourn the end of his beloved Warriors' season. Peace and eternal gratitude to you Mr. Williams!!!!!!! Your friend, Patrick

Monday, May 17, 2021

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Granada Distance/Sprint Festival program posted

Central Coast Section Final Official for 2021 Track and Field season

Most CCS athletes and coaches can now celebrate the announcement made by the Central Coast Section office regarding the CCS Track and Field meets which will be held at Soquel HS. The Semi-Finals will be held on Saturday, June 12th followed by the Finals the following week on Saturday, June 19th.

More info to follow.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Bellarmine boys race into the history books with trio of runners under 9 minutes for 3200m

This past Saturday at the Arcadia Invitational, a trio of Bellarmine boys added their names to the history books. Just a few weeks ago at the second Dublin Social Distance Fiesta meet, Bells senior Galen Topper raced to the first sub 9 performance in school history with a time of 8:59.29. On Saturday, Galen's twin brother Nolan raced to a 8:52.95 PR followed by teammate Colin Peattie at 8:56.73. That gives the Bells a trio of runners who have dipped under 9 minutes in the same season which is a significant achievement.

The first school to have three runners dip under the 9 minute mark for 2 miles was first completed by Hammond HS in Indiana by teammates Carey Pinkowski (8:56.2), Rudy Chapa (8:52.6), and Tim Keough (8:52.8). Those times were all for 2 miles and similar to the Bellarmine runners, Pinkowski dipped under 9 minutes first and then was joined by the other two teammates a few days later in a different race.

Fast forward to 2014 and Northport HS, New York, became the first high school to have three runners dip under 9 minutes for 2 miles in the same race at New Balance Nationals with Mikey Brannigan (8:53.59), Tim McGowan (8:56.60), and Jack McGowan (8:57.57) all rolling under 9 minutes (Glen Reed photo below)

This year's Arcadia Invitational was open to only California teams. An amazing fifteen runners dipped under the nine-minute mark which included the two Bellarmine boys as well as four Newbury Park runners who now lay claim to being the only school to have four runners run sub 9 in the same season and more significantly in the same race.

On behalf of this website as well as many impressed NorCal runners and coaches, congrats go out to the trio of Bells as well as their coach, Patrick McCrystle for an amazing achievement.

Ok, so not quite done with this article. The following information was passed along to me by editor Erik Boal. Here is a list of schools with at least 3 runners who have run faster than 9:00 for 3200m.
Jesuit now has 8
Mead (Washington) has 6
Newbury Park (California) has 6
North Central (Washington) has 5
Northport (New York) has 4
Bellarmine Prep (California) has 3
Big Bear (California) has 3
Dexter (Michigan) has 3
Edison (Huntington Beach, California) has 3
Hammond (Indiana) has 3
La Salle Academy (Rhode Island) has 3
South Eugene (Oregon) has 3
The Woodlands (Texas) has 3

Sunday, May 09, 2021

New NCS record for Sophia Nordenholz at last night's Arcadia Invitational

Among the many amazing efforts, Sophia Nordenholz is now the fastest 3200m runner in NCS history (Jeff Parenti photo). She surpassed the 10:06.3 converted time of Livermore's Cherie Williams that dates back to 1978. You can view the entire list of top 10 NCS marks at this link:

You can also check out my interview with her following the Dublin Social Distance Fiesta at this link:

San Ramon woman killed in Wednesday crash was longtime teacher and mother

Very sad to share that former Arroyo HS coach Susan Guinee died in a car crash this week on Wednesday.

Below is a link to a GoFundMe if you wish to contribute.

NorCal Track and Field results

Arcadia Invitational results (feel free to spotlight top results for NorCal athletes below)

Cougar Twilight Elite Distance results

Any other outstanding marks? Please post below.

Saturday, May 08, 2021

Former St. Joseph Notre Dame runner, Cooper Teare

Still tearing (ha!) it up in college. Last night, Teare finished a very close 2nd to 2019 NCAA 1500m champion, Notre Dame's Yared Nuguse with a lifetime best 3:35.97. Photo courtesy of RunnerSpace.

You can also check out coverage of the Arcadia Invitational which included the winning effort by the Bellarmine foursome in the 4 x 1600m relay at

Live results can be found here:

Thursday, May 06, 2021

First Four Minute Mile-HQ(Roger Bannister:1954)

May 6th might be one of my favorite days of the day. 67 years ago, Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile to become the first person to accomplish that feat. May 6th is also the birthday of former SF Giant Willie Mays who is 90 years old today. Happy Birthday Mr. Mays!

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

What have you learned during this past year?

This past year has certainly been challenging for everybody. I know it has been challenging for the students as well as fellow coaches who were given a forced break from something we really enjoyed doing. I am curious as to what people (students, coaches, parents etc.) have learned during this pandemic. What was the most challenging part for you? What will you do differently as we return to normalcy? What do you appreciate more than ever going through these past months?  How will this help you be a better person?

Please share.

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