Saturday, September 30, 2023

Tuesday, September 26, 2023



Our Third Annual Wildwood Running PDX (Portland, Oregon) Clinic is open for registration. We are excited to bring you experts, clinicians, and coaches to support your growth as a coach!

More info can be found at the following link including registration info:

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Monday, September 11, 2023

Lowell Invitational photos by Malcolm Slaney

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Thursday, September 07, 2023

38th Annual Ed Sias Invitational Preview (By Campolindo coach Andy Lindquist)

For over 3 decades, the annual Ed Sias Invitational has kicked off the prep cross country season in the Bay Area, and this year promises to be another exciting edition featuring plenty of competitive races. As usual, the rugged 2-mile course at Hidden Valley Park will test competitors throughout, with “Finale Hill” greeting racers towards the end of the course. 

Here is a preview of the 4 marquee varsity races that will be contested on Saturday: 

Boys’ Varsity Small School: 2-time defending Ed Sias champions Campolindo will look to make it 3 in a row as the Cougars face off against strong teams from Maria Carrillo and Bishop O’Dowd. Carrillo is led by Jack Wilson, who appears primed for a strong performance based on some fine early-season racing. O’Dowd features the duo of Lyle Phillips and Ennio Eilenberg, who will also challenge for the individual win. 

Strong teams from Miramonte and St. Ignatius fill out the contenders, with Miramonte’s Logan Letulle leading the way for the Matadors. Xander Schulte-Sasse of Piedmont will also be in the mix for the individual win, in what should be a thrilling battle that may come down to who can summit the daunting “Finale Hill” the quickest. 

Girls’ Varsity Small School: A matchup between the old guard and the young upstart is the theme of the small school varsity girls’ race this year. Representing the old guard, seniors Shea Volkmer of Campolindo and Renae Searls of Alhambra, 2 all-state honorees from last season, will face up-and-coming freshman Ashlin Mallon of Maria Carrillo, who is making her high school debut. 

Mallon is the daughter of the legendary Julia Stamps, one of the greatest distance runners in the history of California, and has flashed loads of potential during the past year of USATF junior competition. Of course, the competition will be even greater now as Volkmer and Searls are two of the top athletes in the entire state.  

Team-wise, the race will feature 3-time defending CIF DIII state champions Campolindo matching up against a strong squad from Maria Carrillo. “Campo” returns the bulk of their Nike Cross Nationals qualifying team from a year ago, with Kate Kabenina, Daisy Penney, Rachel Moen, and Makena Weberski all in action, making the Cougars tough to beat. Maria Carrillo will feature a strong supporting cast behind Mallon with Gracie Trenam and Kira Moe looking to finish in the top 10. Deep squads from St. Mary’s College HS and Miramonte round out the other contending teams in the race. 

Boys’ Varsity Large School: The course record of 9:45 by Erik Olson of Novato from 2009 could see a strong challenge from Aydon Stefanopoulos of Los Gatos. With personal bests of 8:57 in the 3200 and 4:10 in the 1600 from the last track season, Stefanopoulos has a good chance of besting Olson’s record if he really goes after it. Trying to keep Stefanopoulos in sight will be the strong contingent from the Diablo Athletic League in College Park’s Jack Rattary and Clayton Valley’s Daniel Messer and Daniel Martinez

In the team battle, a deep squad from Dublin will look to take the win over an up-and-coming College Park team. Homestead of Cupertino will be another team to look out for as they have historically had very strong performances at Ed Sias. 

Girls’ Varsity Large School: Evie Marheinekeof Archbishop Mitty is the clear favorite to take the individual win here, and she’s looking at landing near the top of the all-time list at Hidden Valley Park. While the course record of 11:27 might be a bit out of reach, a sub 11:45 clocking would land Marheineke in the top 10 on the all-time list, something that seems reasonable given her strong spring track season. 

Freshman Illiana Nierengarten of Castro Valley will be making her high school debut and looks to be the next closest challenger. Nierengarten has been one of the top youth runners in the East Bay for quite some time and should have no trouble stepping up to varsity competition. Shea Elmore leads a strong group from Los Gatos, who look to take home the team title after last year’s runner-up finish. Archbishop Mitty, Dublin, and Doughtery Valley round out the other contenders in the team competition.

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