Senior Boys All-State Teams

California Senior Runner of the Year

Chris Schwartz, Foothill HS, Bakersfield-CE

    A split of the national championship meets did nothing to cloud our decision to recognize
Chris Schwartz as Senior Runner of the Year, that despite finishing a distant seventh
individually in Division III at the State Meet. The 2007 Division I state champ, Schwartz
rebounded from what he termed as "poor eating decisions" at the state meet to place a
very impressive eighth overall at Foot Locker Nationals two weeks later. Interspersed in
those results was a California-best 14:47 at the Mt. SAC Invitational and a FootLocker
West Regional title on the 5k version of the Mt. SAC course. Schwartz's lone setback
against Golden State foes came at state, was a bad diet on the weekend of the meet
led to a disagreeable stomach and illness. Chris' successes are all the more sweeter
considering a difficult childhood in which he was abandoned at a young age and had
repeatedly filtered in and out of the foster care system over the years. He has since
found a supportive set of parents, a fine group of coaches and the support system to excel!


1. Chris Schwartz (Foothill, Bakersfield-CE)
-- While unable to successfully repeat as a state champion, Chris
rebounded to finish as the top Californian (eighth overall) at FootLocker Nationals, capping a dream story for
the likeable senior who overcame long odds after being shuffled through various foster homes over the years.

2. Tyler Valdes (Dana Hills, Dana Point-SS)
-- Heading up a sensational team campaign for the state Division I
champion Dolphins, Tyler was the Orange County champion and the Division I sectional and state champion.

3. Jonathan Sanchez (Buchanan, Clovis-CE) -- Missed the earlier season due to injury, but Jonathan's return to
 the lineup spurred the Bears to their finest season in school history, netting the Central Section title, the state
runner-up plaque and then leading the team to a ninth-place finish at Nike Cross Nationals.

4. Zack Torres (Crescenta Valley, La Crescenta Valley-SS) -- Proving his move from the baseball diamond to the
cross-country course was a smart one, Zack gained respect as a tough race-day combatant while placing
second in State Division I and earning All-American honors (tied for 15th) at FootLocker Nationals.

5. Cody Schmidt (Redondo Union, Redondo Beach-SS)
-- Continuing a seemingly systematic rate of progress in
recent seasons, Cody (3rd at State D2) carried over nicely from a strong track campaign to pace the Seahawks
to their best finish -- fourth at state in D2 -- in school history while qualifying individually for Nike Cross Nationals!

6. Mac Fleet (University City, San Diego-SDS)
--  Entering the season with considerable expectations, Mac captured
the Woodbridge Invitational title for a second consecutive year and avenged a mid-season Stanford Invitational
setback by winning the Division III state individual crown in leading his team's successes. 

7. Wyatt Landrum (Liberty, Brentwood-NCS) -- From virtual unknown to big-meet performer, Wyatt emerged very
nicely in the Fall with a series of meet records and showdown triumphs, romping to an NCS-title effort and an
eventual 4th-place finish at the Division II state meet to qualify for FootLocker Nationals.

SECOND-TEAM ALL-STATE SENIORS (listed alphabetically)
James Cameron (Mission Viejo-SS) -- Flashing far better resiliency as a senior, James waged continual battles
against Tyler Valdes and emerged as among the most popular racers in the state, where he took 6th in Division I.

Isaac Chavez (Barstow-SS) -- A cool cucumber under pressure, Isaac was the proven leader and pacesetter (he
placed 2nd at state) for a powerful Aztecs program  clinched a fourth consecutive state title under Jim Duarte.

John Guzman (Upland-SS) -- Possibly the most impressive improvement down the stretch, John was the clutch
performer to place 4th in State D1 for a Highlanders squad that peaked marvelously to finish 3rd in state as a team.

Nathaniel Litwiller (Clayton Valley, Concord-NCS) -- Perhaps one of the best-kept secrets on the statewide scene,
Nathaniel duplicated his fine track season peak with a repeat pop in cross-country, placing 8th at State in D2.

Matt Peterson (Davis-SJS)
-- Steady throughout the season, Matt saved his best for last in posting a solid Top 10
finish (seventh) in Division I at the year-end state meet, also leading his Blue Devils team to the SJS title.

Renaud Poizat (Arcadia-SS) -- Overcoming mid-season injury to return in peak form at state meet, Renaud keyed
the team's high finish and placed 5th in State D1 individual, qualifying for Nike Cross Nationals in the process.

J.P. Slater (Loyola, Los Angeles-SS) -- Emerged as experienced leader for traditional powerhouse Cubs program,
with J.P.  helping steer the D2 team to yet another state championship run while placing 7th individually.

THIRD-TEAM ALL-STATE SENIORS (listed alphabetically)
Andres Diaz (Loyola, Los Angeles-SS)
-- Part of a dangerous up-front attack for the Cubs, Andres' consistency
and fine state run (12th in D2) was vital to the team's state-meet title run and berth to Nike Cross Nationals.

Sean Gildea (Thousand Oaks-SS) -- The key frontrunner to the most improved team in the entire nation, Sean
placed 11th in State D2 and propelled the Lancers attacked to a 10th-place team finish at Nike Cross Nationals.

Tyre Johnson (Palma, Salinas-CCS)
-- Despite not ranking among the swiftest seniors at the state meet, D4 champ
Tyre proved his worth with fine runs at CCS Finals and at FL West Regional meet to punch ticket to FL nationals.

Jose Lezama (Leuzinger-SS) -- Despite coming out late for the season, this soccer-to-cross-country convert
cracked the 15-minute barrier at Mt. SAC before qualifying to state as an individual, where he placed 10th in D1.

Tyler Reed (Ayala, Chino Hills-SS) -- Very hot at season's outset, Tyler overcame a few mid-season bumps in
the road to throw down an excellent race at state (placing 13th in D2), capping an excellent cross-country career.

Simon Schmidt (Redondo Union, Redondo Beach-SS) -- Steady throughout the season, Simon's consistency
down the stretch )placed 10th in State D2) aided the Seahawks en route to realization of their state-meet dreams.

Danny Vartanian (Buchanan, Clovis-CE) -- Flurry of strong performances and excellent co-leadership by Danny,
who placed 8th at State and was vital to success or powerful Bears program that placed second in Division I.

Toby Villalva (El Toro, Lake Forest-SS) -- Known more for his mid-distance successes in track, Toby's breakthrough
hill-and-dale breakthrough (9th at state) keyed Chargers' Orange County successes.

2008 RISE All-State Girls CC Squad

Top Twelfth Graders from the past Fall harrier campaign

 Team picked by Doug Speck and Mike Kennedy

Girls Senior

Runner of the Year

Mark Smith photo

Jordan Hasay (Mission College Prep, San Luis Obispo-CE)

The “magic in the fall” carried itself right to the end for the four-time State Champion Hasay, as she joined Sara Bei (Montgomery, Santa Rosa) as the only athlete to secure as many individual wins in the annual Thanksgiving weekend contests at Fresno.  A bit of frustration in moving up the all-time lists at Woodward Park while winning divisional races by a ton was relieved as the popular senior showed a full repoitore of racing skills in patiently waiting before a big final quarter mile move at the December Foot Locker National Championships to snare the championship there she last won as a ninth grader.  She graduated from a wide-eyed age-group phenom used to dominating and racing away from the pack to steady development under Coach Armando Siqueiros that imbued her with an array of racing skills and confidence that allowed her to compete with talented fields and carry the effort to victory.  Along the way there have been interesting stops
like the Olympic Trials and World Youth and Junior level Track competitions against the Kenyans in Europe, with no one probably ever coming close to her state record for signing autographs as a prep distance runner, with the aura around her like nothing we have ever seen.  She will be off winning championships somewhere in college after this year, and there is the spring to still come with a bunch of running, but her presence on the scene will be missed on the Golden State fall running paths in our harrier sport.

DyeStatCal First Team All-State (ranked in order)

1. Jordan Hasay (Mission College Prep, SLO-CE) - A reduced racing schedule for the four time State Division V Champion had it finish off in great undefeated style with a second Foot Locker Nationals win over her conqueror from last year, Florida’s Ashley Brasovan.  

Spencer Allen photo

2. Alexandra Dunne (San Clemente-SS) - The tough State Division I champ ended with there with just one shoe (see picture above), then finished our her very high quality season that featured a number of great efforts with a nineteenth at the Foot Locker National Finals

Spencer Allen photo

3. Sammy Silva (Our Lady of Peace, San Diego-SD) - The San Diego and State Division III Champ marked a very clutch win there over a super group at that level in the day’s number four clocking, and shows the potential to mightily improve her spring 5:00 1600 best.   

Bill Foley photo

4. Hillary Hayes (Edison, Huntington Beach-SS) - The Orange County senior had great results this past season.  She was second in the State Meet Division II, with participation in the Nike Cross Nationals in December.

Spencer Allen photo

5. Jennifer Bergman (Valley Christian, San Jose-CCS) - After years of nagging knee problems, Jennifer was finally able to prepare properly.  She was 3rd in the tough Div III State race, and placed 6th in the  Foot Locker Regional, and 36th at Nationals. 

Margaret Gallagher photo

6. Brianna Jauregui (Saugus-SS) - One of the leaders of the State’s top team ever at Saugus, Brianna helped bolster the powerful Centurion pack with her efforts that included a 4th at State Div  II, and important part in the team's 2nd at Nike Cross Nationals.

Spencer Allen photo

7. Sheree Shea (University City, San Diego-SD) - This San Diego area star peaked in super style with a 4th in the State Div III contest, 8th in the Western US Foot Locker Regional, and 34th in the San Diego area National Finals. 

Second Team - listed alphabetically

Elizabeth Apgar (Lincoln, San Diego-SD) - The San Diego Division II Champion was fifth at the State Meet at her level. 

Heather Balbier (Dana Hills, Dana Point-SS) - One of the leaders of the super Dolphin squad finished eleventh at the State Division I meet. 

Justine Fedronic (Carlmont, Belmont-CCS) - The CCS Division I Champion completed a healthy Fall season with a fine fifth at the State Meet at her level. 

Staci Foster (Orange Lutheran, Orange-SS) - Southern Section star finished eighth in the State Meet Division III in leading her squad to a runner-up effort. 

Diana George (Livermore-NCS) - NCS star finished sixth at the State Meet Division II after a third place effort locally in the Section meet in November

Sabrina Lopez (Sacred Heart of Jesus, Los Angeles-SS)  - It was a super senior year for one of the small school stars of the State, and she took the State Division IV title in Fresno. 

Maria Malone (Folsom-SJ) - This Sac Joaquin star patiently recovered from injury and took the Sac Joaquin Section by a huge margin and slipped under 18:00 at State in Seventh place Division I.    

Third Team - listed alphabetically

Caroline Draper (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego-SD) - Part of the tough Rancho Bernardo 1-2 duo with Molly Grabill, Draper was fifth in the Section Finals and sixteenth in November’s State D1 run.  

Erin Gillingham (Torrey Pines, San Diego-SD) - A top twenty State Finals finish capped a great career for one of the top runners on the highly ranked Torrey Pines squad from the San Diego section. 

Olivia Guadiana (Ventura-SS) - Careful, well-timed peak for the latest Ventura HS star had a super run at the State Meet after qualifying as an individual with a “lucky 13th” placing and 18:10 clocking at Woodward Division I. 

Karlee Owens (Arroyo Grande-SS) - A pleasant surprise and much-improved this Fall, Owens was fourth Southern Secton Division II and sixteenth at State at that competitive level. 

Anne Randall (Saugus-SS) - Part of the nation’s #2 ranked squad, Randall had a couple of super races in the Fall for the top team in California prep history and joined them for their championship exploits.   

Mary Reynolds (Mountain View-CCS) - CCS Runner-up Division II Mary helped lead one of the state’s top teams with her top twenty State Finals finish in Fresno 

Sarah Tusting (Benicia-SJ) - Super improved since last year, Sarah was runner-up in the Sac Joaquin Section Division II Finals, then placed top fifteen at that level in the State Meeet in Fresno.