Sunday, July 30, 2023

2023 Pre-Season North Coast Section (NCS) Division I Boys & Girls' Cross Country Rankings

Here are the pre-season rankings for NCS Division I. The division breakdowns for all NCS teams can be found at this LINK. The number of teams that qualify for the state meet in each section and division can be found at this LINK.

Division I Boys
 (Top 2 Advance to state)
1) Dougherty Valley-4 juniors return from last year's 2nd place team.
2) Dublin-Section champions 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021. Rare miss in 2022 and will be back in 2023.
3) California-Return 5 out of the top 7 from last year when they finished in 3rd place.
4) Berkeley-The top individual returner from last year's meet returns to help defend team championship.
5) Castro Valley-5th place finish last year. Lucus Chang will lead the way in 2023.
On the bubble (alphabetical order): James Logan, San Leandro

Top 5 returning individuals, (place) and 2022 NCS meet time:
Olaf Dietz (2) Berkeley 14:59.9
Rishi Murumkar (7) James Logan 15:50.0
Eshaan Hussain (8) California 15:58.1
Lucus Change (11) Castro Valley 16:12.1
Noor TozulAhmad (12) Dougherty Valley 16:15.8

Division I Girls (Top 2 Advance to state)
1) Dougherty Valley-Defending champs and will return the majority of their 2022 championship team.
2) Berkeley-2nd place finishers in 2022 and will also return the majority of their team.
3) Dublin-One of the top programs in Division I. They will be super motivated to return to the state meet.
4) Castro Valley-Will return 5 out of the top 7 from last year's 3rd place team.
5) California-5th place team last year and will need a collective improvement to move up in 2023.

Top 5 returning individuals, (place) and 2022 NCS meet time:
Sabrina Noriega (1) Dougherty Valley 17:56.7
Liana Lee (2) Dougherty Valley 18:05.6
Carina Nottingham (4) Berkeley 19:01.7
Melia Prenton (5) Dublin 19:07.5
Magnolia Hougan (6) Berkeley 19:09.4

Please feel free to chime in on the rankings above. I won't be offended if you strongly disagree as the above rankings are meant to be a launching pad for conversation. Fortunately, section titles and state meet berths are decided by the runners themselves. Any impact freshmen that we should know about?

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