Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Northern California Results

BCL West 1 Results


Feel free to include other results in the comment section below.

Northern California Top XC Individuals

Browsing the internet for rankings and results, I came up with the following NorCal XC runners that should be considered for top individual lists. I placed them in alphabetical order. Please let me know if I missed anybody that should also be included as well as their accomplishments so far this season.

BOYS
Daegan Cutter, Redwood, Senior (NCS)
Jude Devries, Montgomery, Senior (NCS)
Dheeraj Gurusamy, Granada, Senior (NCS)
Broen Holman, Sonora Union, Sophomore (SJS)
Alexander Lodewick, Campolindo, Senior (NCS)
Mateo Malko-Allen, St. Mary's Berkeley, Senior (NCS)
Evan Markelz, Mt. View, Senior (CCS)
Ryan Mitchell, Davis, Senior (SJS)
Sean Morello, Albany, Senior (NCS)
Grant Morgenfeld, Palo Alto, Junior (CCS)
Devin Pereira, Rocklin, Senior (SJS)
Justin Pretre, Menlo, Senior (CCS)
Landon Pretre, Menlo, Sophomore (CCS)
Andrew Richards, Dougherty Valley, Senior, (NCS)
Roland Ruckmann-Barnes, Granada, Senior (NCS)
Nathan Short, Folsom, Senior (SJS)

GIRLS
Ashlyn Boothby Scotts Valley, Junior (CCS)
Kaiya Brooks, Crystal Springs Uplands School, Senior (CCS)
Kinga Czajkowska, Palo Alto, Sophomore (CCS)
Norah Dulaney, Davis, Senior (SJS)
Sienna Faidi, Convent & Stuart Hall, Sophomore (NCS)
Elizabeth Fetter, Palo Alto, Senior (CCS)
Daniella Henderson, Castilleja, Senior (CCS)
Samira Kennedy, Castilleja, Senior (CCS)
Katie Kopec, Whitney, Senior (SJS)
Athena Ryan, Sonoma Academy, Junior (NCS)
Emily Soobrian, Los Altos, Sophomore (CCS)
Lauren Soobrian, Los Altos, Senior (CCS)
Hanne Thomsen, Montgomery, Sophomore (NCS)
Shea Volkmer, Campolindo, Junior (NCS)

Monday, September 26, 2022

1st Northern California Coach's Poll

Thanks to Monte Vista coach Patrick Wales-Dinan for heading a group of Northern California coaches to come up with the following rankings. If you would like to be added to the voting pool in two weeks, please email me at albertjcaruana@gmail.com and I will have Patrick add you to the list. 

Feel free to comment below on any of the teams listed below and teams that may have been missed. Please feel free to share this with your teams.











Thursday, September 22, 2022

Northern California Results

Ram Invitational at Westmoor HS (CCS)
Jessup Invite at William Jessup University (SJS)
Eye Opener Invitational at Shollenberger Park (NCS)
Amador Valley/Foothill at Foothill HS (NCS)

SCVAL #1 at Baylands Park (CCS)
WCAL #1 at Golden Gate Park (CCS)
BCL East #1 Coyote Hills Park (NCS)
Sierra Foothill League #1 at Johnson-Springview Park (SJS)
MVAL #1 at Coyote Hills (NCS)
CVC at Maidu Park (SJS)

Please add other results in the comment section below and I will add them to the above list.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Catching up with Granada coach, Jeremy Mattern

Today we catch up with one half of the dynamic coaching duo at Granada HS, Jeremy Mattern. Of course, the other half is his brother Noel who I interviewed way back in 2010. You can check out the interview at this LINK. Over the past decade, Granada has been one of the strongest cross country programs in Northern California including 11 section titles combined (9 for the girls and 2 for boys) as well as three podium finishes at the state meet (2017 3rd place girls, 2018 2nd place girls, 2021 2nd place boys). Jeremy started his teaching and coaching career at Brea Olinda in the Southern Section where he was super successful as you will see below before joining his brother at Granada HS in 2015.

1) What was your own athletic experience growing up? What sports did you play? High School highlights? College experience? College highlights?
I played Soccer for 8 years, but I was not very good. My brother, Noel, however, was a very good Soccer player. His high school Soccer coach, the late Bill Sinnott, also coached Cross Country at Irvington High School, and he convinced Noel to run his sophomore year. This, in turn, brought me out for running as a freshman. I immediately loved running because it was clear my own effort would determine much of my success. I earned the last All-League spot in the Mission Valley Athletic League my freshman year, and that really motivated me. I won the league title my senior year, but our team finished in 2nd, one point behind Mission San Jose. It's nearly thirty years later and I'm still upset about it. 

I ran at UC Davis, but I wasn't very fast or tough. I ran on the Conference Championship team in my 4th year, which was fun. I'm thankful for supportive teammates. I just wish I had run way more.  

2) What led you into teaching and coaching? Where did you teach and coach before Granada HS? Highlights?
After college graduation, I worked for two different toy companies, which I did not find very rewarding. Fortunately, my wife is incredibly supportive, and she encouraged me to try out coaching. I got hired as an assistant Cross Country coach at Brea Olinda High School in north Orange County, where I also served as a substitute teacher for a year. By 2001, I had a full-time teaching position and the boys' head coach job at Brea Olinda. Working at Brea was awesome. Despite the team not being very strong my first year or two, I was fortunate to have a solid group of very passionate athletes who wanted to be good. In 2002, we won the Century League title, and in 2003 we qualified for the State Championships for the first time in school history. We ended up winning quite a few league titles at all levels over the next 12 years. We won Southern Section titles in 2010, 2014, and 2015. We made the podium at State four times, and we won the Division 3 State title in 2015. I'm still pretty tight with some of my former colleagues, assistant coaches, and Wildcat athletes. My life would not be the same without those relationships.      

3) What led you to teach and coach at Granada HS coaching with your brother Noel? 
My brother and I always talked about coaching together, and I always wanted to move back to the Bay Area. My kids were young, and it made sense to move closer to family (my parents and my brother and his wife live in Livermore). A teaching position opened at Granada, so we made the move. Things were really good in Brea. It was not an easy decision to move. I left a very strong team (they won the State title in 2016). My wife left a great job at Cal State Fullerton, so I'm extremely thankful she agreed to move.

4) Throughout your running and coaching careers, who have been the most influential coaches for you, and what have you learned from them?
Bill Sinnott and Bobby Grubbs influenced me a lot in high school. They definitely made me love the sport and instilled some level of toughness in me. Both were very honest with athletes about their effort, and they taught me to be accountable to myself and to the team. Phil Wilder at Moreau changed my life. He hosted fun runs and a running camp, and allowed my brother and I to join their group on all the cool trails in the East Bay. He was so kind to everyone, and he made all student-athletes feel valued. Plus, he's one of the wittiest people you'll ever meet. The late Pat Hadley of Valencia HS in Placentia shared much of her time and knowledge with me. She put together photo albums for every athlete in her program. She really inspired students to love running and to be a part of a positive team culture. I learned about team-building from her. I would be remiss if I did not mention my brother. Noel is a super hard-worker. He's also not afraid to put ego aside and learn from others. He's constantly reading about coaching methods and training plans. Coaching with him is fun because we don't rest on our laurels; we're open to new approaches. I'd also credit my parents and grandparents as influences on my coaching. None of them knew anything about distance running, but they were experts in resilience. We were working class, and my family happily navigated tough times with a belief that you could always do a little bit more to be a little bit better.

5) Granada is in a super competitive league (EBAL) for both XC and TF. Tell us a little about the league and how competitive the league is for those that are not familiar with the league.
I love coaching in EBAL. Every year we have multiple teams that win NCS titles and finish in the top 10 at the State Championships. It's very challenging to win an EBAL varsity title. After winning something like 12 of 14 varsity boys' league titles while coaching in the Century League, it's humbling to have never won a boys' varsity EBAL title in six chances. I think Granada boys have been second every year in EBAL over that period--even when we finished 2nd at the State meet! It's competitive because of the level of dedication of the coaches. This is the hardest working group of coaches I have met. I have tremendous respect for not just the head coaches, but also the assistant coaches in our league. From hosting major invitationals to helping with NCS XC and Track championships, you will see EBAL coaches enthusiastically giving back to our running community. We model dedication and we expect our athletes to be committed. The athletes put in work. A few years ago, we had an athlete run 4:22 at league finals and finish 9th. The league has some serious depth.

6) Granada has had a lot of success including multiple section titles and podium finishes. What would you say are some of the keys to your team's success? (2017 3rd place state meet finish above)
This goes back to the previous question. It's all about dedication and enthusiasm. It's important to set high goals and to have an understanding of the work involved in achieving those goals. It's so inspiring when athletes get truly committed and aspire to be the best version of themselves. We've had many average-ability students develop a love of running and transform themselves into very successful competitors. It's all about putting in miles and not making excuses. Not every group has the same level of dedication or understanding, but we try to teach cause and effect to our athletes. We have been fortunate that many athletes have embraced the runner's lifestyle and the training needed to be good. We think everyone is important and everyone can improve if they are willing to work. It's simple but very challenging. 

7) What are the expectations for the runners during the summer? Is there a team camp?
We expect runners to practice over the summer. If you do not show up to practice, it's pretty much impossible to be good unless you are insanely talented. Most of us are mere mortals, so we need to run all the time. We have not done a team camp in a few years, but we would like to bring that back at some point. We like going to Pt. Reyes. 

8) What does a typical week look like for your team? Approximate mileage for varsity runners? Typical workouts? Distance of long runs? Ancillary training?
A typical non-race week for our team looks something like this:
Monday: threshold run
Tuesday: easy mileage
Wednesday: race pace work
Thursday: easy mileage
Friday: speed workout
Saturday: long run

The approximate mileage for varsity runners varies a bit. Most of our varsity boys hit 50-60 miles during a non-race week, though some may run less. A typical speed workout would be 2 x 600, 2 x 400, 4 x 300 at mile effort. Our boys run 10-12 mile long runs.

9) You have been a coach in both the Southern Section and the North Coast Section. What would you say are the keys to being successful in those two sections and then being able to also compete against the best teams in the state in late November?
I don't think there is too much of a difference between coaching in Southern Section versus North Coast Section, though there are way more schools in Southern Section, so it's harder to win section titles. There aren't any fast courses in northern California, so that hurts us at the State meet, as we're just not as accustomed to racing as fast; the first mile at Woodward Park is blazing and the field is dense. But really, it's all about getting kids to buy into the sport. If you do that, the team will be good. We have been fortunate to get boys and girls onto the podium in Fresno. It's super tough. I think athletes need to be extremely strong physically and mentally. Gosh, I don't know the secret to Woodward Park. I have left there disappointed many times. Ken Reeves, Rene Paragas, Chuck Woolridge, and Doug Soles have it all figured out--ask them! 

10) From your experience as a runner to now, what do you feel has changed the most for high school runners? What do you feel has changed for the better? Is there something that you wish would come back?
I wish I had run more miles than I did in the 1990s (the low-mileage dark era of American distance running). The average high school Cross Country kid today runs more than the 1990s counterpart. That's why there are so many good teams and so many fast runners. It's also cool that there is so much hype around meets. Many meet directors work hard to create a memorable experience for young people (George Varvas, Chris Williams, John Pelster, Jason Oswalt, Noel Mattern). I can't really think of anything I wish would come back--except running posters. Why is it so hard to get a poster of professional runners? Track agents and marketing teams, get on this! 

11) What is your advice for a young coach just entering the coaching field with aspirations of building a successful program?
I'll steal a line from Doug Soles. "The quickest way to get your runners to improve is to have them run more miles." There should not be a negative stigma around running more. Love running. Go run!

12) Anything else you would like to add.
Thanks for the opportunity to share my story and thoughts. We all appreciate the work you do at Cross Country Express!

Thank you very much for your time, Jeremy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Westmoor Ram Invitational Course Map

For anybody competing at the Westmoor HS Ram Invitational this Saturday, here is a map of the course.


Sunday, September 18, 2022

Northern California Invitationals Results

Feel free to comment below about any of the listed Invitationals and highlight the most impressive performances you witnessed this weekend. 

Farmer Invitational at Hayward HS (NCS course)
https://live.adkinstrakwest.com/meets/18150
Video LINK thanks to ca.milesplit.com

Video LINK thanks to ca.milesplit.com


Viking Opener in Santa Rosa

Bret Harte Frogtown Invitational

Fighting Knights Joust Invite at Crystal Springs Course

Woodbridge Invitational (several NorCal teams participated)
Results

Friday, September 16, 2022

Athlete and coach interviews

One of my favorite articles that I have posted in the past are the athlete and coach interviews. I would like to pick that up again and looking for feedback on what athletes and coaches you would like to see interviewed. Please let me know in the comment section below.

In the meantime, here are the links to past athlete and coach interviews:
Athlete Interviews: https://www.crosscountryexpress.com/search/label/Athlete%20Interviews
Coach Interviews: https://www.crosscountryexpress.com/search/label/Coach%20Interviews


Monday, September 12, 2022

Top 10 NorCal Cross Country Teams/Individuals (Boys and Girls)

Now that we have had a few meets/invitationals, it's time to post the NorCal top 10 teams and individuals. I will get this completed sometime this week so for right now, I am open for discussion in the comment area below. Who do you feel belongs on the following lists along with the already posted teams and individuals? Who are the top teams and individuals in the Sac-Joaquin Section? Who are the teams that will contend at the section and state levels from CCS and NCS?


If any coaches would like to be included in a bi-weekly coach's panel to update the following NorCal rankings, please let me know if you are interested by emailing me at albertjcaruana@gmail.com.

Lastly, feel free to share this site with your runners and parents. If you have any ideas on what else would be beneficial to the NorCal HS running community on this site, please let me know by email as well.

BOYS TEAMS
1) Granada (NCS)
2) Campolindo (NCS)
3) Whitney (SJS)
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GIRLS TEAMS
1) Campolindo (NCS) 
2) Los Altos (CCS)
3) Menlo Atherton (CCS)
4) St. Francis, Mountain View (CCS)
5) Granite Bay (SJS)
6) St. Francis, Sacramento (SJS)
7) Oak Ridge (SJS)
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BOYS INDIVIDUALS
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GIRLS INDIVIDUALS
1) Hanne Thomsen Montgomery (NCS)
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Thursday, September 01, 2022

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

NCS DIII Girls Rankings by Campolindo assistant coach, Andy Lindquist

Overview: Campolindo has ruled this division for a decade now and last season was no different as the cougars held off an upstart Tamalpais squad for the section title, then narrowly captured their 6th state title in division 3 the following week. With Campo returning 6 of their top 7, expect more of the same this year.

1. Campolindo: The Cougars have won every contested NCS title since 2013, with their last loss coming all the way back in 2012. With the Cougars returning the bulk of their state championship team from a year ago, they’re the clear favorites to win another section title. With one more victory, Campolindo will break a tie with SF University for most girls' NCS team championships. What makes Campolindo so dangerous is not just that they return section runner-up Ellie Buckley or section medalist Shea Volkmer, but it’s the fact that few teams develop talent so quickly as Campo. Sophomore Sloan Pullen was not much of a factor last cross country season but she made incredible gains during the spring season, running 5:13 for 1600 and 11:42 in the 3200. Along with varsity veterans Daisy Penny, Caroline McCool, and Makena Weberski, the cougars are primed to defend their state title and be one of the best teams in California regardless of school size.

2. Maria Carrillo: The Pumas have been a steady presence at the section level for decades now, and look for that to continue this fall. Gracie Trenam had a productive track season in lowering her best time in the 1600 to 5:11 and figures to be the top runner in every race for Maria Carrillo. Backing her up are a solid group of girls who all broke 5:40 in the 1600 last spring, with Rebekah Taylor leading the way with a solid 5:25 best for 1600. It will be a tough task to catch up to Campolindo, but a top 10 finish at state and a runner-up finish at NCS are in the cards.

3. Montgomery: The Vikings will effectively score 4 runners in every race they are in as defending state champion Hanne Thomsen will continue to dazzle up front and should be favored to win every race she’s entered in next season. The biggest revelation for Montgomery was the continued development of Seelah Kittlestrom, who had a monster freshman season in track, clocking 5:10 in the 1600 and 11:09 in the 3200. With two talented frontrunners, the task becomes much easier for a Montgomery team seeking to qualify as a team to state for the first time in quite a while. Amrie Lacefield and Hope Martin both made big gains during the spring in breaking the 5:40 barrier in the 1600. The biggest question mark is whether or not Montgomery can develop a solid back end, as the Vikings do not return any other girl who has broken 6:00 in the 1600, which will really run up their team score in big races. If they can address that, the Vikings could move up these rankings and potentially finish in the top 10 at state, which would be a massive improvement for a team that did not even qualify last season.

4. Northgate: The Broncos return a solid group from their state qualifying team from a year ago, with Ella Kopper leading the way. Since Northgate competes in the same league as Campolindo, they will have plenty of chances to test themselves against the best team in the state, which should prove to be very advantageous later on in the season. Northgate returns a total of 7 girls with sub 6:00 credentials in the 1600, and that kind of depth will be needed if the broncos are to catch the teams ranked in front of them.

5. Las Lomas: The Knights just barely missed out on a state berth last year, and they find themselves in a similar position this season. Lily Montilla continued her steady progression in the spring, running 5:21 in the 1600 and looks to continue that progress this fall. The Knights do return 4 girls under 6:00 in the 1600 but there are some big gaps after that. As it stands now, Las Lomas is just a few steps behind the top 4 teams, and it will take some solid work throughout the season to close the gap.

Individual rankings:
Barring injury or illness, Hanne Thomsen is the clear favorite to repeat as section and state champion.
  1. Hanne Thomsen (Montgomery)
  2. Ellie Buckley (Campolindo)
  3. Shea Volkmer (Campolindo)
  4. Seelah Kittlestrom (Montgomery)
  5. Gracie Trenam (Maria Carillo)
  6. Ellery Barnes (Tamalpais)
  7. Sloan Pullen (Campolindo)
  8. Caroline McCool (Campolindo)

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

NCS DIII Boys Rankings by Campolindo assistant coach, Andy Lindquist

Overview: Despite graduation losses and the impact of the COVID pandemic, Campolindo surprised absolutely no one by rolling to another section title over an upstart Newark Memorial team at the NCS finals. They followed that up with a narrow 2nd place finish to West Torrance at state and wound up being the best NCS team in the overall merge of all divisions. This year, Newark Memorial faces heavy graduation losses while Campolindo appears primed for another section title.

1. Campolindo: With Alex Lodewick, Blake Webster, and Connor McGhee all returning, the Cougars appear primed to run away with the section title this season. All 3 broke 16:00 at Woodward Park and finished in the top 15 at last year’s section championship. With the ever-improving Alex Thomasson and uber-talented sophomore Maxson Cook backing them up, it seems unlikely that anyone in the NCS will be close to Campo this season. The Cougars don’t have as much depth heading into the season as in previous years, but that will surely be addressed by the time the postseason comes around.

2. Maria Carrillo: The Pumas surprised everyone with a fantastic peak at the end of last season to finish on the podium at state. While Maria Carrillo loses a lot to graduation, they return a talented group, with sophomore Jack Wilson looking like the next great runner from the storied program. Wilson had injury issues last fall but he flashed his talent in track season running 4:39 in the 1600 as a freshman. Sean Gubera, Jonathan Donohue, Grant Sanderson, and Gabriel Sitton all ran in the 4:40’s for the 1600 last track season, so the pumas will have a tight 2-5 grouping.

3. Tamalpais: Despite losing state champion Caden Carney to graduation, Tam returns a talented group of middle distance runners who could make some noise this fall. James Lyons made huge strides this spring by clocking 4:31 in the 1600 and if he is able to continue his rapid improvement curve, he could be looking at a top 7 finish at the section meet. Behind him are a solid group of returners, with the red-tailed hawks bringing back 6 boys who broke 5:00 in the 1600 in track. It will be hard for anyone to catch Campo this year, but Tam is certainly in position to challenge Maria Carrillo for 2nd place.

4. Newark Memorial: One of the best stories last cross country season was the rise of Newark Memorial, which qualified to state for the first time in school history. The Cougars finished runner-up to Campolindo at the section meet and then nabbed a top 10 finish the following week at state. While NM loses most of their team from a year ago, they still have enough talent coming back to qualify to state again. Talha Ahmed, a key piece to last year’s run, will be back and that gives the cougars a great starting point to build off of. Chris Martinez and Michael Wood both made big improvements during the spring and should be huge factors as well.

5. Northgate: The Broncos finally got over the hump and qualified to state for the first time in many years last season. With Nicholas Knisley and Robert Benard returning, Northgate will have a great front duo that will help them stay in contention with all of the aforementioned teams. The challenge for Northgate will be bringing along their younger athletes and getting them acclimated to high-stakes varsity races. If they can do that, expect Northgate to be in the hunt for a spot to state

Individual rankings:

Campolindo will figure predominately in these rankings based on their returning performances. Alex Lodewick has the inside track for the individual win but Jude Devries has flashed plenty of potential in the past and will also challenge for the top spot.

  1. Alex Lodewick (Campolindo)
  2. Jude Devries (Montgomery)
  3. Blake Webster (Campolindo)
  4. Connor McGhee (Campolindo)
  5. James Lyons (Tamalpais)
  6. Nicholas Knisley (Northgate)
  7. Jack Wilson (Maria Carrillo)

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Stanford Cross Country Invitational

I have gotten a lot of questions about the potential return of the Stanford Cross Country Invitational and it sounds like that Invitational will not be taking place this season once again. There is a possibility that it might return in the future but for now, it will not take place in 2022. 

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Crystal Springs Course clean up day this Saturday (8:00am to 1:00pm)

If you are free this Saturday (August 13th), there will be a group of coaches and athletes cleaning up the Crystal Springs course in preparation for the 2022 season. Please check out this LINK for all the info about this event. 

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Former Monte Vista runner Brooke Starn wins SF Marathon

https://www.danvillesanramon.com/news/2022/08/02/monte-vista-alum-starn-reflects-on-winning-sf-marathon----in-first-try?utm_source=express-2022-08-03&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=express#.Yuq8bcNKtT0.twitter

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Returning NorCal girls teams by Bellarmine coach John Maloney

NorCal Girls by returning 3200 times

Avg. top 5 top 4 top 3

Campolindo 11:20 +6 +14 (ie, Campo’s top 3 returners avg. 11:06)
Los Altos 11:22 +18 +40
Oak Ridge 11:29 +7 +15
Whitney SJS 11:34 +14 +29
Del Oro 11:39 +11 +28
Willow Glen 11:40 +15 +26
Granada 11:40 +7 +14
Granite Bay 11:42 +11 +19
Menlo-Atherton 11:50 +18 +35
St. Francis SJS 11:51 +14 +18
Rio Americano 11:55 +10 +14
Redwood NCS 12:01 +7 +17
Archbishop Mitty 12:04 +13 +29
Monte Vista 12:04 +9 +21
University SF 12:06 +4 +9
Rodriguez 12:16 +4 +11
Maria Carillo 12:16 +7 +21
Northgate 12:17 +9 +20
Lodi 12:18 +8 +23
Dublin 12:19 +10 +14

Rankings by returning 1600 times (a lot fewer returning 3200 marks on the girls’ side)

Avg. top 5 top 4 top 3
Los Altos 5:06 +5 +9
Menlo-Atherton 5:10 +2 +4
Campolindo 5:12 +2 +4
Del Oro 5:15 +5 +7
St. Francis CCS 5:16 +1 +3
Monte Vista 5:16 +3 +7
Granite Bay 5:16 +2 +4
Palo Alto 5:18 +5 +9
St. Francis SJS 5:20 +1 +3
Whitney SJS 5:21 +4 +11
Oak Ridge 5:22 +3 +8
Granada 5:23 +4 +10
Willow Glen 5:25 +4 +9
Montgomery 5:25 +9 +15
Rio Americano 5:27 +3 +6
Los Gatos 5:29 +8 +14
Maria Carrillo 5:29 +2 +6
Dougherty Valley 5:29 +4 +9
Acalanes 5:30 +7 +15
Archbishop Mitty 5:31 +5 +12
Redwood NCS 5:32 +2 +3

Monday, July 11, 2022

More NorCal data by Bellarmine coach, Patrick McCrystle

Using the database that John Maloney compiled, but not including the Central Section, I have put together a list of the top 25 NorCal schools by average of top 5 returning 3200 marks from track ’22, thinking that might help with your rankings. I have also included the delta between top 4 returners and top 3 returners, to differentiate between teams that are top heavy versus deep…enjoy!

Top 25 NorCal schools by average Diff. from avg.of top 5 returning 3200 times of top 3 diff. from top 4 avg.

Granada 9:23.6 +3 +6
Whitney 9:43.90/ top 4 +2/ top 5 +7

Jesuit 9:43.1 +12 +21
Palo Alto 9:44.6 +13 +25
Campolindo 9:49.9 +4 +11
Albany 9:54.1 +14 +32
Davis 9:55.3 +11 +20
Redwood 9:55.7 +11 +14
Vacaville 10:01.9 +13 +25
Dublin 10:02.5 +6 +11
Oak Ridge 10:04.4 +9 +17
Dougherty V 10:06.5 +9 +23
BCP 10:07.2 +1 +1
CSUS 10:10.3 +6 +13
Piedmont 10:11.3 +16 +19
Monte Vista 10:12.0 +10 +17
Riordan 10:13.0 +10 +16
SF Univ. 10:13.8 +3 +7
Westmont 10:15.1 +9 +19
San Ramon V 10:16.5 +9 +17
College Park 10:17.3 +8 +22
Lynbrook 10:17.4 +3 +8
Milpitas 10:17.6 +8 +18
Rocklin 10:18.5 +21 +32
Folsom 10:20.3 +8 +20
Willow Glen 10:20.3 +8 +15

Friday, July 08, 2022

Neilson Powless-Roseville HS

Those of you following the Tour de France may have noticed that an American rider, Neilson Powless is currently in 2nd place. Not sure how many of you are aware of this but Neilson was an outstanding runner at Roseville HS (SJS) competing for two years (sophomore and junior seasons) in 2012 and 2013. He had a best of 15:29 at Woodward Park as he finished in 8th place as a junior in the Division II race.

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

CCS Stats by Bellarmine assistant coach John Maloney

I pulled data from Athletic.net 2022 Track season, I averaged the top 5 non-Seniors 3200 meter times and compiled them into divisions. I have not done the girls, but should have time after summer school ends.
Note 49 out 0f 139 CCS schools that are listed in the CCS Division placement (https://cifccs.org/Playoffs/CBEDS/2022_XC_Division_Placement.pdf) had 5 boy non-senior runners record marks in the 3200

School/Avg Time/CCS Division
Divison I
Bellarmine College Prep 10:07.2 1
Milpitas 10:17.6 1
Homestead 10:37.0 1
Mountain View 10:44.2 1
Alisal 10:46.1 1
Menlo-Atherton 10:49.7 1

Division II
Palo Alto 09:44.6 2
Lynbrook 10:17.4 2
Adrian Wilcox 10:20.9 2
Woodside 10:20.9 2
St Francis (Mountain View) 10:22.0 2
Los Altos 10:23.1 2
Los Gatos 10:29.3 2
Monta Vista 10:35.3 2
Piedmont Hills 10:44.4 2

Division III
Westmont 10:15.1 2
Willow Glen 10:20.3 3

St Ignatius 10:26.8 3
Sacred Heart Cathedral 10:34.3 3
Aptos 10:43.7 3
Junipero Serra 10:50.9 3
Pioneer 10:52.3 3
Prospect 11:02.7 3

Division IV
Archbishop Riordan 10:13.0 4
North Monterey County 10:59.1 4
Carmel 11:07.8 4
Saratoga 11:14.7 4
King City 11:19.6 4

Division V
Crystal Springs Uplands 10:10.3 5
Menlo 10:29.3 5
Nueva 11:37.7 5

Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Northern California Pre-Season Cross Country rankings

Coming up in the next two months, I will be posting pre-season cross country rankings for Northern California sections. 

In the meantime, feel free to post below your thoughts on any section divisions as well as any thoughts on who will be the best individuals and teams in the upcoming season.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Assistant coaches needed

Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton is looking for an assistant coach. You can check out all the info at this LINK.

I am also looking for an assistant coach. If you are interested or know somebody that is available, please reach out to me at albertjcaruana@gmail.com.

Crystal Springs Uplands School: is looking for a cross country assistant coach for the 2022 fall season. CSUS is located in Hillsborough and competes in Division 5. This is for the 2022-2023 school year. A zest for distance running, a positive attitude, and running experience is a plus. Practice will start on August 5th and will run until the end of November. A stipend is available. Interested individuals should send a resume with references to athletic director Bobby Long at BLong@csus.org and Albert Caruana.

Thursday, June 09, 2022

CCS Review article

https://ca.milesplit.com/articles/315757/track-and-field-central-coast-section-year-in-review

Thursday, June 02, 2022

Women's Empowerment Through Sport: Development Camp for HS Track & Field Coaches and Women Athletes

The clinic will take place at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Saturday, August 6th, 2022 (8am - 4pm) featuring three-time Olympian and former SHC runner, Shannon Rowbury. 

You can check out the camp flyer at this LINK. Feel free to share this with your athletes and fellow coaches. There is a capacity of 20 coaches and 40 athletes so sign up early if you want to attend.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Memorial service for longtime M-A coach Plato Yanicks set for June 4

https://inmenlo.com/2022/05/31/memorial-service-for-longtime-m-a-coach-plato-yanicks-set-for-june-4/

Saturday, May 28, 2022

CIF State Meet Trials/Finals Results

https://www.rtspt.com/events/cif/2022/compiled.pdf

Highlights? Most impressive performance? Biggest upset? Best performance by a NorCal athlete or team?


Friday, May 27, 2022

CIF State Meet Live Results

https://rt.trackscoreboard.com/meets/52722/events

Flotrack will also stream the meet live on both days. 
https://www.flotrack.org/live/37733

Feel free to comment below on any of the events today. Field events started at 3pm today with the running events starting at 5pm.

Monday, May 23, 2022

NorCal Cross Country and Track and Field College Commitments

Jeremy Kain Scotts Valley (CCS) Duke University
Riley Chamberlain Del Oro (SJS) BYU
Braden King Jesuit (SJS) Yale University
Alex Mader Lick-Wilmerding (NCS) Yale University
Daniel Winter St. Mary's Stockton (SJS) Wake Forest
Caden Carney Tamalpais (NCS) UC Berkeley
Madison Chavez California (NCS) University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Jacob Donohue Maria Carrillo (NCS) Cal Poly SLO
Noe Vieyra Maria Carrillo (NCS) CSU Long Beach
Kayla Rutz Oak Ridge (SJS) UC Davis
Cate Joaquin St. Francis, Sacramento (SJS) Georgetown
Ava Maier Oak Ridge (SJS) UC Santa Barbara
Jadyn Marshall St. Mary's Stockton (SJS) UCLA
Bella Peretti Pioneer (CCS) San Diego State
Tanish Chettiar Bellarmine (CCS) Yale University
Grace McGuckin Granite Bay (SJS) Lipscomb University
Sophia Nordenholz Albany (NCS) University of Washington
Kate Riley Miramonte (NCS) American University
Allison Sahaida Oak Ridge (SJS) University of California
Tommy Rogers Serra (CCS) Santa Clara University
Zachary Ayers Davis (SJS) United States Air Force Academy
Sofia Tavella San Ramon Valley (NCS) Boston College
Jack Stein Piedmont (NCS) Pomona College
Kassidy Schroth Santa Rosa (NCS) Sacramento State
Harrison Dance Saratoga (CCS) UCLA
Nathan Kent Rocklin (SJS) US Naval Academy at Annapolis
Riley Capuano Los Altos (CCS) Claremont McKenna College
James Miller Palo Alto (CCS) Occidental College
John (JT) Bard Palo Alto (CCS) Pomona-Pitzer
Kenji Tella Palo Alto (CCS) Carnegie Mellon
John Miller Palo Alto (CCS) Grinnell College
Kinsey Pogue Monte Vista (NCS) Villanova
Oscar Gomes De La Salle (NCS) Cal Poly SLO
Emily Castle Davis (SJS) NYU
Dom Depeiro Heritage (NCS) Humboldt University
James Woolery Heritage (NCS) Humboldt University
Kylee Denver Freedom (NCS) Coast Carolina University
Andy Taylor Hillsdale (CCS) NYU
Mateo Fessimeier Palo Alto (CCS) Santa Clara University
Ryan Dube California (NCS) Humboldt University
Tyler Eakin Monte Vista (NCS) Whitworth University
Jack Loughery Monte Vista (NCS) RPI
Yutaka Roberts El Camino (CCS) University of Portland
Jonah Grubbs Archie Williams (NCS) Humboldt Univerity
Julian Vargas St. Francis Salesian College Prep (CCS) Xavier University
Jack Loughery Monte Vista (NCS) RPI
Ryan Dube California (NCS) Humboldt University
Hannah Crone El Dorado (SJS) UC Davis
Natalie Wieland Ponderosa (SJS) UC Davis
Brooke Cregan Maria Carrillo (NCS) Masters University
Ashley Busienei Maria Carillo (NCS) Sacramento State University
Vivien Mattice Maria Carrillo (NCS) Wagner College
Dylan Moore Maria Carrillo (NCS) University of Puget Sound

If you know of others, leave a comment below and I will add them to the list.

Friday, May 20, 2022

CCS Finals Preview

https://ca.milesplit.com/articles/314899/preview-central-coast-section-final-meet

Thanks to Gunn assistant coach Jordan Cheng.

What is the most anticipated event? Most competitive event? Who are the athletes competing this Saturday that will have an opportunity to podium at the state meet?

Sunday, May 15, 2022

NorCal Track and Field Results

Central Coast Section Semifinals Results

NCS Tri-Valley Results
NCS Redwood Empire Results
NCS Bayshore Results
NCS Class A Results
Boys: https://redwoodempirerunning.com/2022-boys-ncs-1a-finals/
Girls: https://redwoodempirerunning.com/2022-girls-ncs-1a-finals/

NCS MOC Meet Program: https://diablotiming.com/results/2022-05-20/

Northern Section Division I final Results
Northern Section Division 2 final Results
Northern Section Division 3 final Results
Northern Section Division 4 final Results

Sac Joaquin Section Division 4/5 final Results
Sac Joaquin Section Division 3 final Results

San Francisco All-City Trials Results

Friday, May 13, 2022

CCS Track Preview by Jordan Cheng

https://ca.milesplit.com/articles/314429/ccs-track-preview-by-coach-jordan-cheng

What will be the most competitive events to make the final? Who are the biggest favorites? Who are the teams contending for the section team titles? 

Sunday, May 08, 2022

This angle of Rich Strike winning the KentuckyDerby is nuts

This is an incredible view of yesterday's Kentucky Derby and the route that Rich Strike took to win as the longest shot.  He was also an alternate that was able to race because of a late scratch.

This is exactly what happened in 2012 in CCS. The winner of the boys' 1600 was MA runner George Baier who was able to race in the CCS Final because of a late scratch. Check out this link which has my interview with him as well as a video of the race itself.

Friday, April 29, 2022

RIP to former Hillsdale and Menlo Atherton coach, Plato Yanicks

Longtime Hillsdale and Menlo Atherton coach Plato Yanicks passed away last night. He was inducted into the San Mateo County Hall of Fame in 2004 and you can check out some of his accolades at the following link. I also know that he was one of the coaches responsible for the California State XC meet that finally came to fruition in 1987. I was able to chat with him at the CCS XC meet this past fall as he came around to check out the section competition one last time. I will update any funeral or memorial information once I hear more.
https://historysmc.pastperfectonline.com/byperson?keyword=Yanicks%2C+Plato

Here are a few more articles about Coach Yanicks:

From MA Principal Karl Losekoot

Greetings M-A,

I regret to announce that Plato Yanicks, one of M-A's legendary teachers and coaches, has passed away.   Plato was 89.  Plato was a PE teacher at M-A and also our Cross Country and Track and Field Coach from 1965 to 1994.   For the past several years, Plato has been working with a small group of M-A staff members and alumni as a member of our Athletic Hall of Fame committee.  Many of our staff knew Plato and still are in communication with his family.  He will be missed!

Here is a comprehensive write up of his athletic accomplishments, which was put together when he was inducted into M-A's Athletic Hall of Fame:



Monday, April 25, 2022

Northern California Results

Sacramento Meet of Champions
https://ca.milesplit.com/meets/459196-sacramento-meet-of-champions-2022/results#.YmbLQ_PMKEs



Granada Throw Down
https://ca.milesplit.com/meets/478734-granada-throw-down-2022/results#.YmbPiPPMKEs

HDN All Comers Meet
https://ca.milesplit.com/meets/478907-hdn-all-comers-meet-2022/results#.YmbPx_PMKEs

Boys Viking Classic
https://redwoodempirerunning.com/2022-boys-viking-classic/
Girls Viking Classic
https://redwoodempirerunning.com/2022-girls-viking-classic/

Saturday, April 23, 2022

CCS Top 8 Meet results

Some awesome performances last night including several meet records. You can check out the results at this link:
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/2022/t8_res.htm
Meet Photos: Coming soon.

Feel free to comment on the most impressive performances from last night in the comment section below.

Monday, April 18, 2022

CCS Top 8 Meet this Friday at Los Gatos HS

The best sectional Track and Field preview of any section in California will take place this Friday at Los Gatos HS with field events starting at 2pm and running events starting at 5pm.

You can find all the individuals and teams that qualified here:
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/2022/t8_pgm.htm

Here is the new time schedule for the running events:
http://lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com/ATHLETICS/TRACK/2022/t8_tme.pdf

If you have any races and/or events that you are looking forward to watching, please let us know in the comment section below. Most competitive races of the day?

Friday, April 15, 2022

Monte Vista coach Bryan Jensen RIP

MESSAGE FROM DR. AHERN
April 13, 2022
Dear MVHS Families and Community,
I am deeply saddened to share that Bryan Jensen, Monte Vista's beloved science teacher, passed away this afternoon after battling an aggressive form of cancer over the past few months. He was home and comfortable and surrounded by his family and loved ones when he passed.
Mr. Jensen spent the past 6 years at Monte Vista teaching Biology and Physics as well as coaching Cross Country. His amazing teaching and ability to build great connections with people inspired many of his current and former students to forge their own paths in science. He truly cared about the Monte Vista Community and will be sorely missed by his students and his colleagues.
We have requested additional counseling support at MV tomorrow to ensure our students and staff will receive emotional support if needed. If you want to ask that we check in with your student directly, please let me know at kahern@srvusd.net or email your students alpha counselor.
For grief and crisis support, some available resources include:
The Contra Costa County Crisis Center: 211, 800-833-2900, text 'HOPE' to 20221. www.crisis-center.org/
The District CareLine link, available on our website homepage
I want to encourage our parents/caregivers to take the time to talk with their students about their feelings and emotions. SRVUSD has some suggestions that may prove helpful. You can find this information HERE. As our school community grieves, there are things we can do to continue to comfort one another. The family has asked for their privacy at this time, but if you would like to write a card to express your sympathy, please drop it off at the school office and we will be sure it gets to them. At this time we do not have information regarding any planned memorial services to honor Mr. Jensen, or if there is something we can do to further assist the family as a MVHS community, but we will share this information as it becomes available.
Please keep Mr. Jensen's family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers as they experience this difficult loss.
Take care.
Dr. Kevin Ahern
Principal, Monte Vista High School

Saturday, April 09, 2022

Arcadia Invitational Results

https://www.rtspt.com/events/arcadia/2022/compiled.htm

Biggest highlights from NorCal individuals or teams?

Just to start the list.

Bellarmine boys winning 4 x 800 in 7:45.79.
Michael Julian York 9:05.17 3200
Grant Morganfeld Palo Alto 9:08.39 3200
Roland Ruckman-Barnes 9:11.03 3200
Katie Kopec Whitney 10:30.72 3200
Kaiya Brooks Crystal Springs Uplands School 10:32.59 3200
Bella Peretti Pioneer 10:36.27
Monte Vista boys winning seeded 4 x 1600m in 17:54.57
St. Francis Mt. View girls 5th in Invitational 4 x 1600 in 21:13.67
Monte Vista girls 6th in Invitational 4 x 1600 in 21:13.78
Palo Alto boys 5th in Invitational 4 x 1600 in 17:40.39
Dublin boys 7th in Invitational 4 x 1600 in 17:48.28
Andrew Fu Harker 2nd in Rising Stars LJ in 22'8.5"
Julia Roberson Whitney 2nd in Rising Starts TJ 36'5.5"

Please post highlights of Day 2 in the comment section below. A few have already been listed.

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