Sunday, October 29, 2023

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Catching up with CCS 800m record holder (2:04.37), Ann Regan (now Dyer)

Today we catch up with CCS 800 meter record holder, Ann Dyer (née Regan). She competed at Camden High School in San Jose which closed in 1980. She set the CCS record in the 800 meters in a dual meet versus the USSR team in 1977 as a sophomore. She was also state champion in the 800 from 1977 to 1979 making her the first 3-time state champion in the event. Only Lindsay Hyatt of Placer who won the same event four years in a row was able to surpass Ann's championship accomplishment. Ann is now the head cross country coach at Notre Dame San Jose.

1) How did you get started running? Aside from running, what other sports did you do before high school?
In fourth grade, there was an announcement at my school for any girls interested in joining a track team. A friend encouraged me to try out and I ended up running with the Integra Track Club at San Jose State. That was during the time that many of the best US sprinters were running at “Speed City”. John Carlos, Tommie Smith, Lee Evans, and many other top athletes trained at SJSU with coach Bud Winter. It was a lot of fun running there! I didn’t participate in any other sports before high school but my coaches and teammates made track fun and something I wanted to do.

2) What was your experience as far as competing in running before high school? What were your personal bests before high school?
My first race was the 50-yard dash on a dirt track! I gradually moved up in distance but don’t remember my times. That was so long ago!! We’d practice a couple days a week and have a meet on the weekend. In a junior high/middle school meet I had to get special permission to run both the 400 and 800 because girls weren’t able to run two distance races at one meet.

3) What was your experience during your freshman year in high school? What were some of the standout races that you remember during cross country and track and field seasons?
I ran with the Cupertino Yearlings my freshman year but I wasn’t able to compete on both the club team and the high school team. I moved to the San Jose Cindergals at the beginning of my sophomore year. I ran cross country with the Cindergals but not with my high school team.

I have many great memories of running track meets in high school. There was a dual meet where I thought I was finished for the day but we needed some extra points so I jumped up and ran the 2 mile. Breaking five minutes in the mile at a duel meet with Los Gatos and the LG coach cheering for me as loud as my own coach! One time I took the VTA bus to get to the CCS meet at San Jose City College. The bus driver wished me good luck and it worked! I also ran the mile relay all three years and the 440 (yards at that time!) in my junior and senior years at the CCS meet. CCS meets and CA State meets were always fun and exciting! I also was able to run in some indoor meets which were fun too.

4) You set the current CCS record in the 800 of 2:04.37 in a USA and USSR dual meet following your sophomore season. What do you remember about that race? Where was it located? How did you qualify for that meet?
The US/USSR Dual Meet was held in Richmond, VA. There were two US and two USSR athletes in the race. I was so nervous that I told my coach that I didn’t think I could run. He said, “Well, let’s go home then”! I was the first American, second overall, and ran my PR! I qualified for the team by competing in the Jr. Nationals which today would be the U20 Championships.

5) You won the 800 meters three straight years from your sophomore to senior years. What do you remember about those three races? Who were the main competitors that you remember? Was any of those victories any more satisfying than the other ones?
One thing that is different about the CA State Meet is that you run trials one day and finals the next day. Also, it’s different not knowing many of the people in your race. I competed against Linda Goen from Bakersfield all three years. We ended up at college together, became friends and I even attended her wedding. My sophomore year was special because it was my first State meet and it was a close race. My senior year is also a good memory because it was my third win. I missed my senior prom because it was the same night as the meet!

6) What do you remember about your high school training? What did a typical week look like?
Training with my club team allowed me to practice with many of the best local high school runners. I think we pushed each other to be better. We worked out together on weekdays, usually had a meet once a week, and did a run on our own on the weekend. We also trained pretty much year-round.

7) Looking back now from a coaching perspective, what do you think you did training-wise that worked for you and what do you wish you did differently?
We ran a lot on the track. I might have done more distance on the trails. I never really thought of myself as a cross country runner. I ran cross country to help me with my track season. I wonder what might have happened if I had had a different mindset.

8) Can you tell us a little about your college experience? How did you end up choosing West Valley College and then UCLA? Highlights? Proudest achievements? Post-collegiate experiences?
My club coach was coaching at West Valley so I stayed to train for the Olympic Trials. After that, I transferred to UCLA. I had known the UCLA coach from having attended training camps and meets over the years. I had so much fun in college but didn’t run as well as I had hoped. After college, I ran a little bit but as work commitments increased it was hard to run consistently.

9) You are now coaching at Notre Dame San Jose. How did you get into coaching and what have been some of your previous coaching experiences? What are you looking forward to this season? 
I had always thought about coaching but couldn’t make it work with my schedule. When I retired from teaching, I learned that Notre Dame San Jose was looking for assistant track coaches. Last spring was my first coaching experience and this fall is my first time coaching cross country. I am learning about track and cross country from a different perspective and look forward to having fun with the teams.

10) You have the experience of being a very elite high school runner. What advice would you give other female runners who are either elite or have aspirations to be elite?
I’d say to have fun, be positive and try your best! It’s important to enjoy what you’re doing, know that you can always take away something good from a practice or race, and that there will be good and bad days. Be patient, keep things in perspective, and appreciate the present!

11) Can you tell us a bit about what coaches or adults helped you during your athletic career? What did you learn from them? What do you feel you carry on from them with you as a current coach?
I have had the opportunity to work with many great coaches during my running career! I didn’t realize how hard they worked to enable my success until I started coaching. There is a lot of time, thought, and planning that goes into each athlete. I would just come to practice and run the workout but now realize my coaches did a lot “behind the scenes”. I continue to be impressed at how much knowledge the coaches have about the sport.. I’d like to be as dedicated!

12) Anything else you would like to add.
I have met many great friends and amazing people through Track and Field and Cross Country. I have terrific memories of fun times, challenges, and experiences. I hope that anyone participating in the sport will be able to celebrate their accomplishments, learn from their disappointments, and have fun. Happy trails!

Thank you very much for your time, Ann!

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Diablo Valley Athletic League Meet #2

Great head-to-head battle between the Campolindo and Miramonte varsity boys as they tied 28-28 with Campolindo edging Miramonte on the 6th man tie-breaker. Looking ahead to the NCS meet, Campolindo will be favored to win Division III while Miramonte will be among the favorites in Divison IV. Campolindo swept the other races handily including their varsity girls scoring 16.

You can check out the results at the following link:

Monday, October 16, 2023

Running on Empty: The Cost of Success

From Acalanes coach Eric Morford.
I got a chance to do a story on Olivia Williams as she is now comfortable with sharing the reason for her absence from the 2022 XC season with the running world. Here is the video link: “Running on Empty: The Cost of Success”

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Clovis and Roughrider CCS top times

Top CCS Individuals Boys Clovis and Roughrider (sub 16:20):

Landon Petree Menlo                     14:52.0

Grant Morgenfeld Palo Alto         15:22.7

Liam Saxton Mitty                            15:31.7

Carson Hedlund Pioneer                15:32.94

Benjamin Bouie CSUS                     15:41.66

Tristan Kippes Palo Alto                 15:42.5

William Hauser Menlo                    15:47.7

Ryan Fitzpatrick Nueva                   15:50.7

Adarsh Iyer Lynbrook                      15:55 .71

Alijah Murillo Branham                  15:55.8

Andrew Seefeldt Branham            16:06.6

Ben George Scotts Valley              16:12.1

Shrey Chettiar BCP                           16:12.5

Tyler Craven BCP                              16:17.7

Tarik Baker CSUS                              16:18.29

Mason Lantz Scotts Valley            16:18.5

Will Burch BCP                                   16:18.7

Sreyas Kadiyala Los Altos               16:19.0

Samuel Hurst Los Altos                  16:19.2


Top CCS Team Time avg. Boys Clovis and Roughider (sub 17:40 avg.):

Palo Alto              16:20

BCP                        16:29

Mt. View              16:37

Menlo                   16:39

Branham              16:41

Los Altos              16:48

Scotts Valley       16:55

Mitty                     17:00

CSUS                      17:14

Homestead         17:16

Lynbrook             17:27

Pioneer                 17:31

Evergreen Valley  17:38


Top CCS Individuals Girls Clovis and Roughride (sub 20:01.0):

Ashlyn Boothby Scotts Valley      17:25.8

Kinga Czajkowska Palo Alto          18:00.7

Sabrina Zanetto St. Francis           18:13.1

Lydia Anderson Los Altos              18:16.4

Evie Marheineke Mitty                   18:17.5

Amaya Bharadwaj Palo Alto         18:28.2

Kylie Hoornaert Prospect              18:32.6

Jasleen Sidhu Los Altos                   18:35.4

Ava Decleve Scotts Valley             18:37.5

Samantha Patel Los Altos              18:39.2

Caitlin Cilley St. Francis                  18:40.7

Emma Beedon Los Altos                18:47.7

Lily Symon Los Altos                        18:54.9

Julia Salamacha St. Francis            19:01.0

Charlie Hofstetter St. Francis       19:17.1

Emma Lewis Los Altos                    19:45.9

Payton Wagner St. Francis            19:46.4

Hannah Soetaert Branham           19:54.0

Olivia Backholm Mt. View             19:54.08

Ramneek Kaur Evergreen Valley 20:00.93

Romy Kiessling Palo Altos              20:01.8


Top CCS Team Time avg. Girls Clovis and Roughrider

Los Altos              18:39

St. Francis            19:00

Palo Altos            19:40

Scotts Valley       19:40

Mitty                     20:05

CSUS                      20:41

King City               21:22

Branham              21:22

Nueva                   21:26

Prospect               21:53

Lynbrook             22:18

ND-SJ                     22:25

Homestead         23:23

Pioneer                 23:36

Monday, October 09, 2023

Clovis Invitational Top 10 NorCal Teams and Individuals

Boys Teams
Oakdale 1:18:23
Davis 1:20:43
Granada 1:21:15
Jesuit 1:21:27
Palo Alto 1:21:40
Bellarmine 1:22:25
Amador Valley 1:22:36
Albany 1:22:45
Menlo 1:23:14
Branham 1:23:22

Boys Individuals
Broen Holman Sonora 14:46.9 (3rd fastest time in SJS history behind German Fernandez 14:24 in 2007 and Matt Strangio 14:44 in 2019)
Landon Pretre Menlo 14:52.0 (CCS Record)
Lucas Cohen Albany 15:03.4
Josh Chu Ponderosa 15:04.0
Omar Alsaidi Oakdale 15:10.5
Grant Morgenfeld Palo Alto 15:22.7
Jackson Oliveira Oakdale 15:24.4
Andrew Burr Sacramento Country Day 15:31.4
Liam Saxton Mitty 15:31.7
Lucas Tam Davis 15:32.2

Girls Teams
Los Altos 1:33:14
St. Francis, MV 1:34:59
Granite Bay 1:36:29
Monte Vista 1:37:25
Maria Carrillo 1:37.54
Oak Ridge 1:38:11
Scotts Valley 1:38:18
Palo Alto 1:38:20
Lodi 1:40:08
University 1:40:23

Girls Individuals
Hanne Thomsen Montgomery 17:23.1
Ashlyn Boothby Scotts Valley 17:25.8
Kinga Czajkaowska Palo Alto 18:00.7
Seelah Kittlestrom Montgomery 18:02.8
Sabrina Zanetto St. Francis, MV 18:13.1
Amrie Lacefield Montgomery 18:14.0
Lydia Anderson Los Altos 18:16.4
Evie Marheineke Mitty 18:17.5
Emily Allison Granite Bay 18:21.6
Amaya Bhardwaj Palo Alto 18:28.2

Monday, October 02, 2023

Clovis Invitational this Saturday

Here are the NorCal teams and individuals in the Championship races (boys and girls).





Oak Ridge 

Lucas Cohen, Albany 

Joshua Chu, Ponderosa
Grant Morgenfeld, Palo alto 

Broen Holman, Sonora (SJS)  

Granite Bay
Los Altos 
Monte Vista 
Palo Alto
Saint Francis, Mountain View
Saint Francis, Sacramento
Pleasant Grove

Renae Searles, Alhambra
Hanne Thomsen, Montgomery
Ashlyn Boothby, Scotts Valley 

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