Wednesday, August 16, 2023

2023 Pre-Season Central Coast Section (CCS) Division II Boys and Girls Cross Country Rankings

Below are the pre-season rankings for CCS Division II. The boys' team race is going to be incredibly tight and we could have a surprise winner. The girls' team battle should be super competitive and some very good teams will not qualify to the state meet. Individually, some of the best runners (boys and girls) in the section are in this division. 

The division breakdowns for all CCS 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 II Boys
 (Top 3 Advance to state)
1) Los Gatos-Tough call here but defending champs led by Aydon Stefanopoulus who had strong track season.

2) Palo Alto-Already had Grant Morgenfeld leading the way and will now have Tristan Kippes (formerly with Wilcox) as a talented 2nd runner.
3) Westmont-2022 Division III champs are now in Division II and will be going for 2 section titles in a row.
4) St. Francis-Finished in 2nd place as a team last year and will be in the hunt for the title this year.
5) Branham-Qualified for 2022 state meet with impressive freshman Alijah Murillo.
On the bubble (alphabetical order): Archbishop Mitty, Los Altos, Lynbrook

Top 5 returning individuals, (place) and 2022 CCS meet time:
Grant Morgenfeld (1) Palo Alto 14:54.1
Liam Saxton (2) Archbishop Mitty 15:27.5
Aydon Stefanopoulus (4) Los Gatos 15:34.6
Denny Dong (6) Monta Vista 15:50.8
Adarsh Iyer (7) Lynbrook 15:50.9
From Division III: Shane Dalziel (3) Westmont 15:32.3, Joshua Guzman (4) Gilroy 15:39.0

Division II Girls
 (Top 3 Advance to state)
1) Los Altos-First girls team from CCS to qualify to NXN returns the majority of 2022 team.
2) St. Francis-Super talented group will challenge Los Altos for section crown.
3) Palo Alto-Junior Kinga Czajkowska finished off impressive track season at state final. Will lead way here in 2023.
4) Los Gatos-Return 6 of 7 from last year's 4th place team led by junior Shea Elmore.
5) Archbishop Mitty-Junior Evie Marheineke leads the way for the Monarchs and will challenge for individual title.
On the bubble (alphabetical order): Gunn, Hillsdale, Leigh

Top 5 returning individuals, (place) and 2022 CCS meet time:
Evie Marheineke (2) Archbishop Mitty 17:36.2
Kinga Czajkowska (3) Palo Alto 17:36.8
Emily Soobrian (8) Los Altos 18:19.4
Jasleen Sidhu (10) Los Altos 18:23.4
Shea Elmore (13) Los Gatos 18:39.8

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?


kevin said...

Hillsdale moved up from D3. Their girls missed qualifying to State on a tie-breaker last season and they return 5 of their top 6.

Albert Caruana said...

Division II is quite a bit tougher than Division III but I will add Hillsdale to the teams listed on the bubble.

kevin said...

Throw in the #3 returnee from D3, Jushua Guzman at 15:39 from Gilroy for good measure. Tough crowd.

Anonymous said...

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