Wednesday, August 02, 2023

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

Here are the pre-season rankings for NCS Division V girls. 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. The following rankings are courtesy of University coach Carin Marrs with additional input from Lick-Wilmerding coach Jeffrey Gardiner.

1. Lick-Wilmerding: Led by senior Sean Green (3rd at NCS last year), Lick returns 4 of last year's 7, including junior Liam Hillis who placed 8th at NCS in 2022, sophomore Kai Scott (23rd at NCS, 4:46.60/10:24.59), and senior Pierce Thompson (33rd at NCS, 2:03.07)

2. University: Returning 5 of last year's top 7, University was the NCS runner-up on a 6th-man tie-breaker over College Prep in 2022. University is led by senior Allister Adair (14th at NCS, 35th at State (16:37.9), 4:36.48/9:48.00), junior Ben Duffin (25th at NCS), junior Wilder Kagay (27th at NCS, 10:12.03), senior Pierce Friel (34th at NCS, 2:03.48/4:39.29), and junior Ben Jones who suffered from multiple injuries as a sophomore but placed 47th at State as the Devil's 4th runner that day. 

3. Stuart Hall: Led by last year's NCS runner-up senior Malcolm Oakes (see below), Gavin Zeitz (6th at NCS in 2022, 1:59.12/4:29.94) will be a strong second runner for the Knights, followed by sophomore Julian Anderson (37th at NCS, 4:57.19/10:26.65), and senior Will Hesla-Seymour (45th at NCS).

4. College Prep: College Prep also boasts a strong 1-2 with senior Owen Irving (see below) and junior Emiya Rendall-Jackson (16th at NCS, 4:31.95./9:55.65). College Prep's third returner is junior Renzo DiGrande (29th at NCS).

5. Urban/San Domenico: Urban finished 6th and San Domenico 7th in 2022, but both teams return all runners and have seen marked improvement on the track this spring. Urban senior Matthew Klugen (20th at NCS, 1:57.29/4:34.15) will lead the Blues and San Domenico returns senior George Kunze (28th at NCS, 1:58/4:31) and breakout 800m star senior Joaquin Foster (1:53.89, 11th at the CIF state meet in the spring). Junior Devin Price will also be a factor (4:34.89/9:55.66)

1. Malcolm Oakes (Stuart Hall, senior):  last year's NCS runner-up and 14th (15:50.6) at the state meet is the clear favorite after a breakout track season running 9:06.23. for 5th place at the NCS Meet of Champions. Malcom also ran 4:18.87 for 1600 this spring. 

2. Sean Green (Lick-WIlmerding, senior): last year's 3rd place finisher at NCS (13th, 15:50.5 at state) suffered from injuries at the end of the spring and was unable to run any meets after April. Still, he ran 4:18.82/9:39.03 and if he's healthy should be the second-fastest boy in the section this fall.

3. Owen Irving (College Prep, senior): Placed 4th at last year's NCS meet and finished in 12th place (15:47.3) at the state meet. Has not run track during HS so our last data point is from last November.

4. Kaeden Anderson (Healdsburg, junior): placed 9th at NCS last fall and 46th at the state meet, but ran 9:43.00 this spring.

5. Liam Hillis (Lick-Wilmerding, junior): placed 8th at NCS in the fall and 42nd at the state meet. 4:29.67/9:54 in the spring. 

Please feel free to chime in on the rankings above. Any impact freshmen that we should know about? Division IV will be posted next.

1 comment:

FormerXC said...

Who are the top incoming freshmen this year in NCS or other Norcal conferences?

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