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FANS GUIDE TO THE 1998 STATE CIF CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS (FROM THE STATE CIF OFFICE) DATES/SITE Saturday, November 28, 1998 - Woodward Park, Fresno Note: Competitors will not leave school on the day preceding the competition prior to the close of the school day unless travel requires two days. If travel requirements warrant, schools may petition their section CIF office for the additional day. Violation of this regulation may result in disqualification. TIME SCHEDULES Division I Boys Race 8:30 a.m. Division II Boys Race 9:00 a.m. Division I Girls Race 9:30 a.m. Division II Girls Race 10:05 a.m. Division III Boys Race 10:40 a.m. Division IV Girls Race 11:10 a.m. Division V Boys Race 11:45 a.m. Division III Girls Race 12:15 p.m. Division IV Boys Race 12:50 p.m. Division V Girls Race 1:20 p.m. AWARD SCHEDULE Division I Boys 10:00 a.m. Division I Girls 10:20 a.m. Division II Boys 10:40 a.m. Division II Girls 11:00 a.m. Division III Boys 11:20 a.m. Division IV Girls 11:50 a.m. Division V Boys 12:25 p.m. Division III Girls 12:55 p.m. Division IV Boys 1:30 p.m. Division V Girls1:50 p.m. HOW TO GET TO WOODWARD PARK >From Southern California: Take highway 5 heading north. Then take 99 heading north. Take the 41 heading toward Yosemite/Fresno. Get off on Audubon Blvd. Woodward Park is on the left. Spectators entrance to Woodward Park will be at the South Gate off Audubon. For more detailed directions, call the Fresno Convention and Visitors Bureau at 209-233-0836. >From Northern California: Take the 101 South. Then take 152 out of Gilroy heading East over the Pacheco Pass. You will go under I5 and will see the San Luis Reservoir. You will then go through Los Banos (watch speed), to 99 south over San Joaquin River. Look for Herndon Exit and turn left on Herndon. Turn left on Blackstone. Blackstone turns into Friant Road (Woodward Park on left side). Spectators entrance to Woodward Park will be at the South Gate off Audubon. For more detailed directions, call the Fresno Convention and Visitors Bureau at 209-233-0836. TICKETS Admission Charges at Woodward Park: Adults - $7.00 Children - $5.00 Note: Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Pasta Feed (6-8 p.m. Friday, November 27) at Buchanan High School (see Pasta Feed below) PARKING Parking is allowed in designated areas only. All vehicles parked illegally inside or outside of the park, will be ticketed and towed. Do not park on any grassy areas inside the park. PASTA FEED There will be a pasta feed Friday night, November 27 at Buchanan High School from 6-8 p.m. This event provides an opportunity to meet other coaches, runners, and press. Advance spectator tickets can be purchased and team packets can be picked up at this time. •6-8 p.m. •"Seconds OK" Pasta Feed •Pasta - Salad - Bread - Drink •Cost at the Door - $7.00 per person •Pre-Paid - $6.00 per person •Team rate - $40 (7 athletes and 1 coach) •Please send your pre-paid fee no later than Nov. 20th to Brian Weaver at: Buchanan High School 1560 north Minnewawa Clovis, CA 93611 Phone (209) 298-3330 >From Woodward Park: Take Shepard to Minnewawa >From Hotel Area on Herndon: Herndon to Villa/Minnewawa and turn left go 1 1/2 miles and school is on you left. Name of School______________________Phone__________________ Contact Person_______________________Phone__________________ Number of Individuals Attending____________@$6.00 each=________ Number of Teams Attending_____________@$40.00 each=_________ Total=_____________ MAIL TO: BRIAN WEAVER Buchanan High School 1560 N. Minnewawa Clovis, CA 93611 CIF MERCHANDISE Souvenir merchandise will be available for purchase at Woodward Park on Friday afternoon, November 27, from 1-5 p.m. T-shirts will also be on sale at the Hospitality Event on Friday evening, as well as at Woodward Park all day Saturday. In addition, a quality souvenir program will be available for purchase at Woodward Park on Friday afternoon, November 27, from 1-5 p.m., at the Hospitality Event on Friday evening, as well as at Woodward Park all day Saturday. The program will include photos and information on the outstanding athletes in the state. SPORTSMANSHIP STATEMENT Letter to Parents The role of the parent in the education of a student is important. The support shown in the home is often manifested in the ability of the student to accept the opportunities presented at a school in the classroom and through co-curricular activities. There is a value system - established in the home, nurtured in the school - which young people are developing. Their involvement in the classroom and other activities contributes to that development. Integrity, fairness and respect are lifetime values taught through athletics. These are the principles of good sportsmanship. With them, the spirit of competition thrives, fueled by honest rivalry, courteous relations and graceful acceptance of the results. A good sport, whether a student or a parent, is a true leader in the community. As a parent of a student at our school, your sportsmanship goals should include: Realizing that athletics are part of the educational experience, and the benefits of involvement go beyond the final score of the game; Encouraging our students to perform their best, just as we would urge them on with their classwork, knowing that others will always turn in better or lesser performances; Participating in positive comments that encourage our students; and discouraging any comments that would redirect that focus - including those that taunt and intimidate opponents, their fans and officials; Learning, understanding and respecting the rules of the game, the officials who administer them and their decisions; Respecting the task our coaches face as teachers; and supporting them as they strive to educate your children; Respecting our opponents as fellow students, and acknowledging them for striving to do their best; and; Developing a sense of dignity under all circumstances. Be a fan...not a fanatic! You can have a major influence on your student's attitude about academics and athletics. The leadership role you take in sportsmanship will help influence your child, and our community, for years to come.

Write Up

1998 California State Cross-Country Meet Again Features Top Group

by Doug Speck (with assistance from Buzz Thom, Dan Cruz, Kirby 
Lee, Don Chadez, David Dennis, Bob Rush, Peter Guerrini, Peter 
Brewer, Steve Fagundes, Jim Eckman, Dave Ponas, Andy Leong) 
(In the following preview abreviations for sections are as 
follows: San Diego-SD, Southern Section-SS, Los Angeles-LA, 
Central-CE, Central Coast-CCS, North Coast-NCS, Sac Joaquin-SJ, 
Northern-No, San Francisco-SF)   

     The State's best "hill and dale" athletes will travel to 
Fresno's Woodward Park once again this Thanksgiving weekend for 
our annual glorious end to the Cross-Country season.  It has been 
a tremendously exciting Fall build-up to these championships, 
with a number of the state's top individuals and teams again 
honored with rankings among the best in the entire country.  An 
amazing four Califonria female prep athletes return from last 
December's National prep Championships in the sport, with Sara 
Bei (Montgomery, Santa Rosa-NCS), Lauren Fleshman (Canyon, Canyon 
Country-SS), Trina Cox (Santa Rosa-NCS), and Allyson Marquand 
(University, Irvine-SS) a talented crew equal to any group that 
can be gathered this season in any state in the country.  Josh 
Spiker (Ventura-SS), Alfonso Leon (Santa Ana-SS), Marcus 
Chandler (Serra, San Diego-SD), and Andrew Hill (Los Altos-CCS)
have proven themselves capable  this Fall of competing with any
male athletes in the country.  A  flock of California teams have
been ranked among the top squads  nationally this Fall.  On the
Boys' side, Long Beach Poly (SS),  Santa Ana (SS), and Katella
(Anaheim-SS) have been ranked among a  mythical top twenty-five
teams in the nation, with Yucaipa (SS),  La Canada (SS),
Esperanza (Anaheim-SS), and University (San  Francisco) at the
same level on the Girls' side.  So enjoy the  action and
appreciate the efforts of these fine young athletes,  coaches,
and their support entourages as they once again blister  the
Woodward Park course while seeking individual and team  honors.  
     The Boys Division I contest leads off action today, with an 
interesting group from the South battling for the team title and 
awards.  Our defending team champion, Long Beach Poly (SS) 
(currently ranked sixth in the nation), was magnificent in both 
the Mt. SAC Invitational and Southern Section Finals, averaging 
under 15:50 for its scoring five on a course similar in time to 
today's.  Aaron Durham and Martin Conrad have led the Jackrabbit 
group recently.  West Hills (Santee-SD) was a strong second to 
Poly at the Mt. SAC Invite, with Evan Fox the section champion 
and a top ranked individual at this level.  Belmont (LA) was 
strong in its Los Angeles Section Finals, scoring its fourteenth 
championship in the last seventeen years there, with Henry 
Briseno and Humberto Vargas leading the squad to victory.  Santa 
Ana, led by Alfonso Leon, was a strong second in the Southern 
Section meet, with Saugus and Don Lugo (Chino) also very tough 
from that area.  Clovis (CE) and Bellarmine Prep (San Jose-CCS) 
were section team champs. 
     Josh Spiker (Ventura-SS) shocked with a 15:01 run on the 
tough Mt. SAC course in the championship run there to assume the 
favorite's role here, with Justin Willingham (Beyer, Modesto-SJ), 
Mike Gregg (Nevada Union, Grass Valley-SJ), Fernando Cabada 
(Buchanan, Clovis-CE), Sean Ricketts (Rancho Bernardo-SD), Ben 
Morales (San Benito, Hollister-CCS), Matt Swaney (Ventura-SS), 
and James DeBruhl (Chino-SS) others with good season-long 
credentials and solid peaks at their Section Finals.          
Predicted Team winner - Long Beach Poly  Predicted Individual
winner - Alfonso Leon (Santa Ana)
     The Boys Division II is another contest led by one of the 
nation's best teams, with Coach Mike Cochrane's Katella (Anaheim-
SS) group ranked eleventh in the entire United States and hot off 
a good Southern Section Finals run that had it average just under 
16:00 for its scoring five.  Katella impressed earlier in the 
year with an overall victory at the Stanford Invitational, where 
they moved up to Division I. Daniel Mejia was a section 
individual winner from Katella.  After Katella the division is 
very, very interesting with a number of solid teams that come to 
this meet from all areas of the state to compete for the three 
team plaques awarded at each level.  Newport Harbor (Newport 
Beach-SS) has had a solid year, with Curt Herberts one of the 
division's strong runners.  San Pasqual (Escondido-SD) was the 
San Diego Section titlest at this level, with an eighteen second 
1-5 gap in their area championship affair.  Los Gatos (CCS) 
impressed at mid-season, then was very solid in the Central Coast 
Finals, continuing to improve at a rate that makes them very 
tough--they gap at thirty seconds 1-5!  Jesuit (Sacramento-SJ) 
took their area championship over a strong Casa Roble 
(Orangevale-SJ) team, with Coach Walt Lange having to be pleased 
with the Jesuit development over the length of the season.  The 
division's successful geographical diversity continues, with De 
la Salle (Concord-NCS) just nipping Eureka (NCS) 53-56 in the 
North Coast Section, with both teams looking very solid coming to 
     Marcus Chandler (Serra, San Diego-SD) won his big showdown 
with area rival Matt McInvale (Ramona-SD) in the San Diego 
finals. Ryan Mack (Ukiah-NCS) took his Section meet and has run 
4:13 for 1600 meters in track.  Alex Murcio (Rubidoux, Riverside-
SS) and Augie Escobar (Villa Park-SS) were under 15:35 on the 
tough Mt. SAC course a week ago and must be considered threats to 
the top pack individually.
Predicted Team winner - Katella  Predicted Individual winner -
Marcus Chandler (Serra)  
     The Girls Division I contest features a very strong group of 
teams.  Irvine (SS) emerged over the last couple of weeks in the 
Southern Section to win the finals there over Esperanza (Anaheim-
SS) a team ranked sixteenth in the entire nation.  Coach Randy 
Rossi of Irvine carefully fostered the development of frosh stars 
Jordan Bechtold, Kira Mettra, and Jenny Ormes to go along with 
vets Valerie Morris and Melissa Livermore, with a 19:20 team 
average in the Section meet and an eighteen second 1-5 gap.  
Esperanza, runner-ups here last year has Pam Smith and Nicole 
Distefano leading a very capable squad smarting for revenge this 
weekend.  Mt. Carmel (San Diego-SD) was another strong group that 
steadily improved during the season, stunning local powers Torrey 
Pines (Encinitas-SD) and Rancho Bernardo (SD) in the Section 
Meet.  Karen Vasko and Ashlee Dere lead Coach Dennis McClanahan's 
squad that has certainly should have award ceremony goals in 
mind.  Torrey Pines, ranked high all season long has Camille 
Dredge and Julie Komosinski capable of placing very high. Nevada 
Union (Grass Valley-SJ) was an impressive Sac Joaquin champion 
group behind frosh Tracy Compton.  Santa Rosa (NCS) is led by 
individual returning champion Trina Cox, with a good race from 
numbers two through five putting this team in the award plaque 
hunt.  Thousand Oaks (SS), led by Kelly Hess, and University 
(Irvine-SS), with star Allyson Marquand on top, are others teams 
who will be very strong here.  
     Lauren Fleshman (Canyon, Canyon Country-SS) has had a great 
Fall season, with a 17:24 on the Mt. SAC course last weekend. 
Courtney Baird (Helix, La Mesa-SD) took her Section meet, with 
Valerie Flores (San Pedro-LA) winning over rival Natalie Stein 
(North Hollywood-LA) in Los Angeles.  Katie Hotchkiss (Mission 
San Jose, Fremont-NCS) took the State Division II title last 
year, with Chrisie Gregory (Clovis-CE), Sopagna Eap (Lowell, San 
Francisco-SF), and Christina Llorente (Atwater-SJ) impressive 
Section Champs.  
Predicted Team Winner - Irvine Predicted Individual Winner -
Lauren Fleshman (Canyon) 
     The Girls Division II contest has season-long top-ranked 
Sultana (Hesperia-SS) the favorite off their win at their Section 
championships, averaging 19:43 for their scoring five on a course 
similar to Woodward Park.  Coach John Mahr's interchangable 
scoring five should gap within thirty seconds of each other here. 
 Defending State Champs at this level, Woodbridge (Irvine-SS) 
pressed Sultana in their area meet, with Jessica Kanin leading 
Coach George Varvas's 1998 squad.  Brea-Olinda (Brea-SS) was 
under a 19:50 average for five in the Southern Section meet, with 
soph Jenny Thune leading a strong squad.  Clayton Valley 
(Concord-NCS) was solid in winning the North Coast title, with 
the scoring group, which gaps at about a minute, needing to move 
up just a bit to be very, very competitive for the championship 
here.  Santa Margarita (Rancho SM-SS) has Lori Mann, one of the 
division's top ranked individuals, leading a strong team.  
     Jamie Witt (Folsom-SJ) and surprising frosh Kelly Dahl 
(Wood, Vacaville-SJ) battled at the Sac Joaquin Finals, with 
Erinn Gulbrandsen (Pleasant Valley, Chico-No) a 100 yard winner 
at the Northern Finals.  Chloe Glare (Menlo-Atherton, Atherton-
CCS) has put together a fine Fall, with Desiree Davilla (Hilltop, 
Chula Vista-SD) another big Section Finals winner.  Laura Jakosky 
(Agoura-SS) took the Southern Section race, with Ridgeview 
(Bakesfield-CE) frosh Janel Suburu another who took her Section 
Finals run by over thirty seconds.  Dyani Jones (Livermore-NCS) 
took the North Coast individual title.  
Predicted Team Winner - Sultana Predicted Individual Winner -
Jamie Witt (Folsom) 
     The Boys Division III contest is a very interesting one with 
two veteran strong teams separating themselves a bit from the 
pack lately.  St. Francis (Mountain View-CCS) has soph Eric 
Chaves leading a pack that gaps at about thirty-five seconds 1-5. 
 Defending Champs Don Bosco Tech (Rosemead-SS) had Southern 
Section individual winner Armando Solis lead his team to a fine 
race in that competition.  Top races by both teams could make 
this a tremendously exciting race won somewhere back in the pack. 
 Redwood (Larkspur-NCS) edged rival Granada (Livermore-NCS) 55-56 
in that area's Finals run, with both tight packs that can compete 
for championship plaques here.  South Hills (West Covina-SS) has 
star Jesse Hodges leading a highly ranked team that was solid in 
the Section Championships.  La Jolla (SD) dominated its Section 
meet with 23 points. with Barstow (SS) and La Canada (SS) also 
tough from the Southern Section. 
     Andrew Hill (Los Altos-CE) won big Invitational races at 
Stanford and Mt. SAC with outstanding times, with Neil McDonagh 
(St. Ignatius, San Francisco-CCS) also strong from his area.  
David Ulibarri (Sierra, Manteca-SJ) has had a strong season, with 
Steve Laurie (Maria Carillo-NCS) edging Celedonio Rodriguez 
(Elsie Allen, Santa Rosa-NCS) in a tough North Coast Division III 
race.  Bryce Lighthall (Enterprise, Redding-No) took the Northern 
title by 100 yards a couple of weeks back.   Miguel Alonso 
(Pioneer, Whittier-SS) was third in the Southern Section and 
raced to some strong individual efforts during the season.  
Predicted Team Winner - Katella  Predicted Individual Winner -
Andrew Hill (Los Altos) 
     The Girls Division IV had three Southern Section squads rise 
up to magnificent efforts in the Section Championship race.  
Corona del Mar (Newport Harbor-SS), top ranked all year long, 
emerged the winner with 63 points (98:20 team time 19:40 
average), with Nordhoff (Ojai-SS) edging St. Joseph (Santa Maria-
SS) on the sixth runner rule after both tied at 71 for second 
(Nordhoff 98:59 St. Joe 98:48 team times).  A sub-20 minute 
average for one's scoring five at this level on a tough course is 
very, very impressive.  Coach Bill Sumner's CdM crew leads with 
Katie Quinlan and Liz Morse, with Nordhoff's Ken Reeves maybe one 
more hitch in his team's season peak up their sleeve, with frosh 
Robin Quinn leading the team in the section meet.  St. Joseph has 
Michelle and Kara June as individuals who can place high here.   
Campolindo (Moraga-NCS), led by Laura Cherdack, was very strong 
in their Noth Coast Section win, with Sacred Heart Cathedral (San 
Francisco-CCS) a fine season and good Section Finals run.  
Louisville (Woodland Hills-SS) has been highly ranked and ran 
solidly in gaining the fourth spot out of the tough Southern 
Section race.  McFarland (CE) was a big winner in that area, with 
team leader Laura Davis a fine individual section titlest.  
     Amy Loper-Riley (Alhambra, Martinez-NCS) has dominated this 
division individually, with Ann Glenn (Sir Francis Drake, San 
Anselmo-NCS) and Weil Laurel (El Molino, Forestville, NCS) also 
strong from the North Coast.  Angela Sanchez (Capuchino-CCS) has 
been running very strong, with Alejandra Barrientos (San Lorenzo 
Valley, Felton-CCS) another Central Coast star.  Jamie DeNoewer 
(Costa Mesa-SS) was third here last year, with a Southern Section 
title a week ago.  Jenna Timinsky (San Dieguito Academy-SD) took 
the San Diego title in fine style.  Alexandra Guerro (Hughson-SJ) 
has traveled far and wide with success this Fall.       
Predicted Team Winner - Corona del Mar   Predicted Individual
Winner - Amy Loper-Riley (Alhambra, Martinez) 
     The Boys Division V always impresses with the quality of the 
State's smaller schools.  St. Joseph/Notre Dame (Alameda-NCS) has 
been top ranked most of the season, with individual section 
titlest Alex Mason leading the team to a narrow 51-55 win over 
University (San Francisco-NCS) in their Section title meet.  Sean 
Drake leads Uni, highly regarded all season long.  Maranatha 
(Sierra Madre-SS) won the battle down south with Flintridge Prep 
(La Canada-SS), with a one point margin 92-93 (86:04-86:15 team 
times respectively--St. Joe was 86:49 on what appears to be a 
slightly tougher course).  Anyway, it's going to be a great team 
contest in Fresno!!  Don't count out Tranquility (CE), which won
its section with 23 points behind individual champ Antonio 
Estrada, and have shown the potential to run with anyone at this 
level.  Crossroads (Santa Monica-SS) is led by the super twin duo 
of Jeff and Mike Tomlinson, with Desert Christian (Lancaster-SS) 
the fourth rep out of the tough Southern Section.  Calvin 
Christian (Escondido-SD), with section champ Bart Conner leading, 
have had a fine Fall.        
     Tom Kubler (Viewpoint, Calabasas-SS), Matt Marks (Branson, 
Ross-NCS), Arturo Lopez (California School for the Deaf, Fremont-
NCS), and Slater Nez (Sherman Indian, Riverside-SS) are other 
strong individuals.  
Predicted Team Winner - St. Joseph/Notre Dame (Alameda) 
Predicted Individual Winner - Jeff Tomlinson (Crossroads, Santa
     The Girls Division III race features one of the nation's top 
teams, with La Canada (SS) currently ranked twentieth in the 
entire country. The deep Spartan program of Coaches Dennis 
McNulty and Tony Haynes has won very decisively divisional 
showdowns at Stanford and Mt. SAC, with a 97:45 team time (19:33 
average) on a warm day in the Southern Section meet behind 
Section champ Nicole Bonino.  Amy Foss, Christina Ellis, and 
sisters Carina and Kim Garnic could all finish among the top 
fifteen here at this level!  Foothill (Redding-No) can keep La 
Canada honest, with a 99:08 Northern Section effort (on a course 
that seems to run fairly close  to Mt.SAC/Woodward Park) that did 
not include team leader Rachelle Hastings, who ran sixth for the 
squad that day.  A healthy Hastings and continued good running by 
Annette Corey could make the team race interesting!  There are a 
number of other very strong teams at this level!  El Modena 
(Orange-SS) has great recent tradition and a strong Section 
Finals effort behind Christine Eckstaedt.  Lompoc (SS) has Katie 
Moon leading another strong team from the south, with South Hills 
(West Covina-SS) the fourth spot out of the Southern Section.  
St. Francis (Mountain View-CCS) and Palo Alto (CCS) battled all 
season in their area, with St. Francis finally taking the Section 
meet on the sixth runner rule after the two had tied at 52.  Palo 
Alto leads with super Katie Brizgys and Lauren Currie, with frosh 
Angela Gummow on top for St. Francis.  University City (San 
Diego-SD) needed its 35 points in its Section finals meet to 
handle La Jolla (SD) and its 41 point effort, with both squads 
showing continued improvement over the last half of the year.  
The North Coast section had to leave power Carondolet (Concord-
NCS) at home after Montgomery (Santa Rosa-NCS) and Granada 
(Livermore-NCS) went 1-2 in the Section Meet.  Montgomery leads 
with all-world Sara Bei who appears to be significantly better 
than last Fall when she was eighth in the prep national finals in 
the sport and the country's top ninth grade female runner.  In 
the North Coast Finals Sara was within two minutes of the top 
Boys' time in the meet, a feat only sub-10:00 3200m star from 
Virginia, former Foot Locker National Champion Erin Keough, was 
able to do over three miles while in High School.  Sarah Bashel 
has also had a fine year for Montgomery, with Granada Julia 
Fischer and fine back-up.  
     Sara Bei and Katie Brizgys mentioned above are super 
individuals on top of this division.  Stephanie Ksenzulak 
(Liberty-NCS), Jenny Aldridge (Maria Carillo, Santa Rosa-NCS), 
Katie Martin (Irvington, Fremont-NCS), and Meghan Andrade 
(Carondolet, Concord-NCS) are all strong North Coast stars.  
Lauren Gustafson (Mills, Millbrae) has steadily improved in the 
Central Coast, with Ali Valle (San Luis Obispo-SS) the Mt. SAC 
Division III Sweepstakes winner in October.  Michelle Barrack 
(University of San Diego-SD) took her Section title by nearly 30 
Predicted Team Winner - La Canada    Predicted Individual Winner
- Sara Bei (Montgomery, Santa Rosa)   
     Our Boys Division IV race has Nordhoff (Ojai-SS) hoping to 
continue the state's strongest harrier tradition, with Coach Ken 
Reeves' Boys' squad aiming today for their sixth State title 
since 1991 (the girls have four since 1990 in an unprecedented 
run of success in the sport).  Last week the Nordhoff group took 
the Southern Section title comfortably with 74 points (82:08 team 
time).  Soph Roberto Contreras led the Rangers a week ago, with 
one sensing the talented crew having a notch better effort still 
in the gas tank.  Estancia (Costa Mesa-SS), with  Alberto Munoz,
and Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks-SS), led by Kevin  Lelles, were 2-3
in the Southern Section.  Coach Jim White of  McFarland (CE) was
hit by graduation last year, but in a "re- load" job had sophs
Andres Gomez and Arturo Gonzalez and frosh  Francisco Gonzalez
emerge in the top five, with a 29 point effort  in a huge Central
Section Division IV contest two weeks ago.   Central Valley (No)
won the entire Northern Section this year,  with Steven
Springhorn and Stephen Pohlmeyer leading a solid team  that
should gap within a minute of 16 minutes here.  A good Morro  Bay
(SS) team took the fourth team spot out of the South.  
     Riverbank was the terror of the early year at this level, 
with the Sac Joaquin champs suffering injuries and the loss of 
some key athletes along the way.  They were 85:40 at the Section 
meet on a course that should run fairly close to Woodward Park.  
     Vic Moreno (Escalon-SJ) was the Sac Joaquin titlest with a 
number of good runs during the Invitational season.  Ryan Hall 
(Big Bear-SS) shocked with a minute improvement on the Mt. SAC 
course in the last month of the season to 15:38, with the soph 
emerging as the Section champ a week back.  Mark Nevers (Oak 
Park-SS) and Bruce Hancock (Costa Mesa-SS) were 3-4 from the 
Southern Section.  Brent Shaw (Cardinal Newman, Santa Rosa-NCS) 
took his section championship by a second over Bob Brown from Del 
Norte (Cresent City-NCS).  
Predicted Team Winner - Nordhoff (Ojai)   Predicted Individual
Winner - Ryan Hall (Big Bear)  
     Our final race of the day, Girls Division V, features maybe 
the most amazing squad in the entire meet.  Winners of this 
competition the last two years at this level, University (San 
Francisco) impressed with every small school's dream, a victory 
in the large schools Mt. SAC Invitational Team Sweepstakes race 
against the top group of teams gathered this Fall in the Western 
U.S.  Coach Mike McManus's group perfect scored the North Coast 
Section Division V a week ago, with Kira Morser (defending state 
individual champ), Aliza Cohen, Linden Bader, Diana Clock, and 
Yfa Kretzschmar rated among the country's top twenty-five teams, 
and as one of prep history's best ever under 300 student school 
teams.  If the group makes it to the park safely everyone else is 
running for second place.  
     Chadwick (Palos Verdes-SS) is a super group at this 
enrollment level, but will undoubtedly be relegated to a distant 
second this go-round.  Frosh stars Kristin Cahoon and Vanessa 
Smith led Chadwick to a fine 101:42 team time (20:20 average) in 
winning the Southern Section a week ago.  Surviving the hot 
competition in the Southern Section for spots to the state meet 
were Desert Christian (Lancaster), St. Margaret's (San Juan 
Capistrano), and Santa Clara (Oxnard).  They will battle for the 
third place plaque.  Convent (NCS) was a strong second to Uni in 
the North Coast.  
     Angela Petersen (Francis Parker, San Diego) was second at 
this level last Fall, with Kelly Moore (Avalon, Catalina Island-
SS) a surprising Southern Section champ.  Jenny Bell (Ontario 
Christian-SS), Ana Guerra (Santa Clara, Oxnard-SS), and Khasla 
Haripurkh (Windward, L.A.-SS) were next from that Southern 
Section championship run.  Kaili Shumilak (The Bishop's School, 
La Jolla-SD), Clara Horowitz (Head Royce, Oakland-NCS), Sonja 
Perakis (Pinewood, Los Altos Hills-CCS), and Alle Porter 
(Dunsmuir-No) are others with the potential to challenge the 
front pack individually.     
Predicted Team Winner - University (San Francisco)   Predicted
Individual Winner - Angela Peterson (Francis Parker, San Diego)


Miscellaneous Notes - 1998 State Cross-Country Meet 

FRANCISCO), with their 15 point total in taking the North Coast 
Finals Division V.  The perfect score is sobering enough, but the 
95:38 team time on what appears to be a course running a tad 
slower or at worst about equal to Woodward Park in Fresno is 
easily the best team time run by a Caliornia squad this Fall.  
Coach MIKE MCMANUS and Uni crew is the best ever squad in state 
history at their level!!!

SAN DIEGO SHOWDOWN--many waited a long time for the showdown in 
San Diego Division II Boys between Serra's MARCUS CHANDLER and 
Ramona's MATT MCINVALE.  Chandler had won the Mt. SAC Individual 
Sweeps at an impressive 15:09, with McInvale whipping Mt. SAC 
Team Sweeps winner ALFONSO LEON (Santa Ana) (15:06 at SAC) at the 
Temecula Valley Meet 15:38-15:52, with both under the Course 
Record.  Chandler dominated the San Diego Finals run 15:36-16:07, 
with the Fresno race a test of the spirited Ramona junior, 
McInvale, and his ability to bounce back.  McInvale in the past 
has seemed no short on spirit.  

SQUADS ON THE RISE--The Girls Division I contest will feature two 
squads that have to be higher than a kite after big Section 
Finals performances.  IRIVNE, under Coach RANDY ROSSI, followed a 
strong Section prelims run by shocking two top twenty-five 
nationally ranked squads (Esperanza and Yucaipa) and the rest of 
the pack in the Southern Section Finals, winning handily with 
three frosh in the top five.  MT, CARMEL (San Diego) bided its 
time all season long, with Coach DENNIS MCCLANAHAN bringing the 
squad to a peak at the San Diego Finals, taking the state's #2 
and #3 ranked teams (district rival Rancho Bernardo and Torrey 
Pines) on the way to a win there.  The Division I race at Fresno 
should be interesting with these and other strong teams.    

PRINT THE TROPHIES--Divisions where the team name plates can be 
printed already--sure things:  
Boys Division II KATELLA Big wins over everyone at Stanford when 
they moved to Division I and at Orange County when they dominated 
area rival Santa Ana. 
Girls Division III LA CANADA Ranked in top twenty in the entire 
nation, the "family connections" at this school continue to 
secure success.  Kim Garnic's younger sister Carina has developed 
nicely, with Christina Ellis the younger sister of BYU star Sarah 
Boys Division IV NORDHOFF Coach Ken Reeves leads the Rangers 
with a frightening tradition, nine State Titles boys and girls 
since 1990, with twelve Southern Section Championship awards 
during that same period.  With Riverbank, the early season 
terrors, distentegrating later, Nordhoff is a big Boys favorite, 
and may add the Girls title here with a finely tuned peak that 
Reeves' squads are famous for.  Riverbank's eventual difficulties 
with injuries and team defections are kind of sad, as early on 
they did things like tear up Central Coast Division I Champ 
Bellarmine by nearly a minute in the late September Lowell (San 
Francisco) Invite--Bellarmine was 81:21 at Mt. SAC in late 
Girls Division V UNIVERSITY (SAN FRANCISCO) summarized above, the 
Uni crew whipped everyone at every level in the Team Sweepstakes 
race at Mt. SAC, with their Section Finals run the best ever by a 
state squad at this level.    

BEST DIVISIONAL TEAM RACES--One Boys and one Girls!  The Girls 
Division IV contest had three Southern Section squads within 
eight points in their Finals, with CORONA DEL MAR (Newport Beach) 
(63), NORDHOFF (71 sixth runner rule), and ST. JOSEPH  (Santa 
Maria 71), all averaging well under 20:00 for their scoring five 
on the Mt. SAC course that runs fairly close to Woodward Park--
some good running for Division IV.  Well coached all, this one 
will be very competitive, with CAMPOLINDO (Moraga-NCS) and SACRED 
HEART  CATHEDRAL (San Francisco-CCS) strong near the end of the 
season to possibly enter the up-front fray.  The Boys race that 
seems very interesting to call as a team is Division V.  ST. 
SS) nipping area rival FLINTRIDGE PREP (LA CANADA) 92-93 in the 
Southern Section title run.  It will be a fun one, with 
TRANQUILITY (CE) possibly along for the ride.  Boys Division III with St.
Francis (Mountain View) and Don Bosco Tech (Rosemead) rates a close second on
the Boys' side.  

WEATHER PRAYERS--We realize this is the kiss of death to mention, 
but the State Cross-Country Meet has never had to be adjusted for 
weather, with this twelfth edition already farther along than 
probably any other in the United States without some serious 
weather difficulties.    

OUT OF THE BLUE--Well almost quite.  Ventura junior JOSH SPIKER, 
who was 9:18 last spring for 3200 meters as a sophomore, had a 
strong Fall season, but really came to run in the Southern 
Section Finals.  Josh left the pack behind early on the way to a 
15:01 clocking on the tough Mt. SAC course, coming in ahead of 
ALFONSO  LEON (Santa Ana) who improved his best to 15:05 to go 
along with a sterling season.  Their rematch at Fresno should be 
very intersting!       
BELMONT (BOYS) LOS ANGELES--BELMONT's 77:40 run in the LA City 
Meet at Pierce College, which seems to run a tad faster than Mt. 
SAC or Woodward Park, should put at least a bit of a scare into 
LONG BEACH  POLY, #6 ranked nationally, with the defending State 
Champ Jackrabbits 78:52 in the Section Finals after a 78:48 at 
the Mt. SAC to defeat all-comers, including Belmont.  How teams 
approach the Fresno race tactically should be very interesting to 
see, with SANTA ANA 79:02 in the Southern Section race, SAUGUS 
79:30, and DON LUGO (CHINO), who was out slowly as a group in the 
Southern Finals, 80:14 all capable of rising up to win the 
Division I contest.  

QUEEN SARA--or at least she was dubbed that by east coast scribe 
John Dye, from Maryland, who watched SARA BEI (Montgomery, Santa 
Rosa) win the Mt. SAC Sweepstakes race in the third fastest time 
ever on the course of 17:05.  Last year we introduced her at the 
state meet awards ceremony as the division champ, after a relaxed 
first season introduction to the sport as a ninth grader, as the 
nation's "best unknown athlete."  Obviously the cat was out of 
the bag quickly after that time, with the sister of the famous 
pole vaulter (Amy), racing to eighth place in last December's 
Foot Locker Nationals in Cross-Country as the nation's top frosh 
athlete, then taking the 1600 and 3200 double at the State Track 
Meet.  The controlled nature of Sara's 17:05 at Mt. SAC, after a 
comfortable 5:25 first mile, was very impressive to all who 
viewed.  Be sure to view the star in the all red uniform as she 
zooms around the course this Saturday.  

TOUGH TO LEAVE AT HOME--With empty spots along the starting line 
in every race at Fresno, it is a real shame that there could not 
be some "at large" invitations extended to those teams around the 
state who were ranked very high during the year and could be 
competitive for one of the three plaques given out in each 
division, but were a spot or so out of qualifying for the State 
affair.  PENINSULA (Rolling Hills), highly ranked all season long
Girls  Division I just missed by two points from moving to
Fresno, with  a second place in the Mt. SAC Team Sweeps event
along the way  during a successful and highly ranked season.  
RANCHO BERNARDO (San Diego) was third in San Diego Girls Div I by three 
points after a very successful season and a #2 statewide ranking 
in the 11/9 poll.  Their San Diego finals run appeared to put 
them competitive for a plaque at the State Meet with the 
improvement they are capable of, but they will be spending the 
weekend home in San Diego.  
NEWPORT HARBOR (Newport Beach Girls Div II) was one spot out of 
going from the Southern Section after a great regular season, 
with a #2 11/9 state ranking.  
With team time comparisons possible between all major courses it 
is not a "rocket-science" mystery as to who can be truly 
competitive, with this not like trying to put ten 100 meter dash 
people in nine lanes on a track.       

TEN YEARS AGO--The 1988 State Meet had Southern Section squads 
take five of the six team titles.  Coach Tim Butler's Dana Hills 
team was the Boys' Large School champs, with Coach Joe Kelly's 
Palos Verdes (one of four high schools in the Palos Verdes 
district before they were combined into Peninsula in 1991) Girls' 
squad taking their second consecutive title in the Large School 
race.  Bryan Dameworth (Agoura later University of Wisconsin) and 
Kira Jorgensen (Rancho Buena Vista, Vista later UCLA) were the 
Large School individual champs.  Eventual UCLA NCAA Champ Karen 
Hecox (South Hills, West Covina) took the Girls Division II 
championship (Karen is now married to Carpinteria Head Football 
Coach Coley Candaele who you may remember ran a pretty fair mile 
for his alma mater).  Sherman Indian (Riverside) took the Boys 
Division III title, with Coach Tom Colley continuing the great 
tradition there started by Coaches Dodson Talashuma and Ken 
Taylor (eigth Southern Section titles between 1971 and 1988).  
Bret Harte (Altaville), led by Amy Davidson and eventual Fresno 
State All-American 400 meter runner Tanya Dooley, took the Girls 
Division III title.  

HISTORY, HISTORY--Bill Peck has attempted, along with Bruce 
McIntosh and Rick Obrand, to put together a booklet about the 
individual and team winners at the Southern Section Championships 
in the sport between 1925 and 1997.  With pictures of Louie 
Zamperini, Eric Hulst, and Jeff Nelson on the front, and Vickie 
Cook, Polly Plumer, and Kim Mortensen on the back, it is chock 
full of history with listings of team and individual winners and 
top placers, with the group inviting any additions or 
corrections.  Bill can be reached at 4215 Normal Ave Apt 9, Los 
Angeles CA  90029.  phone (213) 666-0546.


1998 California State Cross-Country Championships 
Predictions - Doug Speck (Thanx to all who have assisted with
results that made the following possible--)
One thing about all predictions - some of them are wrong.  Always
done in the spirit of fun and an interest in the sport.  Enjoy--
Division I 
1. Long Beach Poly 
2. Belmont (L.A.)
3. Santa Ana 
1. -Alfonso Leon (Santa Ana) 
2. *Josh Spiker (Ventura) 
3. *Evan Fox (West Hills, Santee) 
4. -Justin Willingham (Beyer, Modesto) 
5. *Fernando Cabada (Buchanan, Clovis) 
6. -Matt Swaney (Ventura)  
7. -James DeBruhl (Chino) 
8. *Sean Ricketts (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego)
9. -Mike Gregg (Nevada Union, Grass Valley) 
10. *Ben Morales (San Benito, Hollister) 
1. Irvine 
2. Esperanza (Anaheim) 
3. Mt. Carmel (San Diego)
1. -Lauren Fleshman (Canyon, Canyon Country) 
2. -Trina Cox (Santa Rosa)  
3. -Allyson Marquand (University, Irvine) 
4. -Courtney Baird (Helix, La Mesa) 
5. *Valerie Flores (San Pedro) 
6. **Bridget Stein (North Hollywood) 
7. -Camille Dredge (Torrey Pines, Encinitas) 
8. **Anita Siraki (Hoover, Glendale) 
9. -Christina Llorente (Atwater) 
10. -Chrisie Gregory (Clovis) 
Division II 
1. Katella (Anaheim) 
2. Newport Harbor (Newport Beach) 
3. Los Gatos 
1. -Marcus Chandler (Serra, San Diego) 
2. -Ryan Mack (Ukiah) 
3. *Daniel Mejia (Katella, Anaheim) 
4. -Alex Murcio (Rubidoux, Riverside) 
5. *Augue Escobar (Villa Park) 
6. *Matt McInvale (Ramona) 
7. -Curt Herberts (Newport Harbor, Newport Beach) 
8. -Patrick Grimes (Scripps Ranch, San Diego) 
9. **Carlos Handler (Temescal Canyon, Lake Elsinore) 
10. -Vikram Mahan (Norwalk) 
1. Sultana (Hesperia) 
2. Woodbridge (Irvine) 
3. Brea-Olinda (Brea)
1. *Jamie Witt (Folsom) 
2. ***Kelly Dahl (Wood, Vacaville) 
3. **Laura Jakosky (Agoura) 
4. **Desiree Davila (Hilltop, Chula Vista) 
5. **Lori Mann (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) 
6. -Erinn Gulbransen (Pleasant Valley, Chico)  
7. **Jenny Thune (Brea-Olinda, Brea) 
8. **Robyn Stevens (Vacaville) 
9. -Chloe Glare (Menlo Atherton, Atherton) 
10. -Lanelle Cox (Escondido) 
Division III
1. Don Bosco Tech (Rosemead) 
2. St. Francis (Mountain View) 
3. South Hills (West Covina) 
1. -Andrew Hill (Los Altos) 
2. -Steve Laurie (Maria Carillo, Santa Rosa) 
3. -Celedonio Rodriguez (Elsie Allen, Santa Rosa) 
4. -David Ulibarri (Sierra, Manteca) 
5. -Armando Solis (Don Bosco Tech, Rosemead) 
6. *Neil McDonagh (St. Ignatius, San Francisco) 
7. *Jesse Hodges (South Hills, West Covina) 
8. *Anthony Lopez (Ygnacio Valley, Concord) 
9. -Miguel Alonso (Pioneer, Whittier) 
10. **Chris Johnson (Redwood, Larkspur) 
1. La Canada 
2. Foothill (Redding) 
3. El Modena (Orange) 
1. **Sara Bei (Montgomery, Santa Rosa) 
2. -Katie Brizgys (Palo Alto) 
3. -Stephanie Kzenzulak (Liberty, Brentwood)
4. ***Jenny Aldridge (Maria Carillo, Santa Rosa) 
5. -Katie Martin (Irvington, Fremont) 
6. *Lauren Gustafson (Mills, Millbrae) 
7. **Nicole Bonino (La Canada) 
8. -Michelle Barrack (University of San Diego) 
9. -Meghan Andrade (Carondelet, Concord) 
10. **Sarah Bashel (Montgomery, Santa Rosa) 
Division IV
1. Nordhoff (Ojai) 
2. Estancia (Costa Mesa) 
3. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 
1. -Vic Moreno (Escalon) 
2. **Ryan Hall (Big Bear) 
3. Alberto Munoz (Estancia, Costa Mesa) 
4. **Mark Nevers (Oak Park) 
5. -Bruce Hancock (Costa Mesa) 
6. -Felix Duenas (Riverbank) 
7. **Rorberto Contreras (Nordhoff, Ojai) 
8. *Taylor Gavin (Orange Lutheran) 
9. -Kevin Lelles (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks) 
10. *Neil Kacra (La Salle, Pasadena) 
1. Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 
2. Nordhoff (Ojai) 
3. St. Joseph (Santa Maria) 
1. **Angela Sanchez (Capuchino) 
2. *Amy Loper-Riley (Alhambra, Martinez) 
3. -Jamie DeNoewer (Costa Mesa) 
4. ***Jenna Timinsky (San Dieguito Academy) 
5. **Alejandra Barrett (San Lorenzo Valley, Felton) 
6. Michelle June (St. Joseph, Santa Maria) 
7. **Katie Quinlan (Corona del Mar, Newport Beach) 
8. -Anne Ricketts (Saratoga) 
9. **Alexandra Guerro (Hughson) 
10. -Laura Davis (McFarland) 
Division V 
1. St. Joseph/Notre Dame (Alameda) 
2. Maranatha (Sierra Madre) 
3. Flintridge Prep (La Canada) 
1. -Jeff Tomlinson (Crossroads, Santa Monica) 
2. -Mike Tomlinson (Crossroads, Santa Monica) 
3. **Tom Kubler (Viewpoint, Calabasas) 
4. -Alex Mason (St. Joseph/Notre Dame, Alameda) 
5. **Matt Marks (Branson, Ross) 
6. **Slater Nez (Sherman Indian, Riverside) 
7. -Antonio Estrada (Tranquility) 
8. *Arturo Lopez (CSD, Fremont) 
9. -Paul Miser (Maranatha, Sierra Madre) 
10. Chris Calzetta (York, Monterey) 
1. University (San Francisco) 
2. Chadwick (Palos Verdes) 
3. Desert Christian (Lancaster) 
1. **Angela Peterson (Francis Parker, San Diego) 
2. -Kira Morser (University, San Francisco) 
3. *Aliza Cohen (University, San Francisco) 
4. -Linden Bader (University, San Francisco) 
5. *Diana Clock (University, San Francisco) 
6. **Kaili Shumilak (Bishops, La Jolla) 
7. *Sonja Perkins (Pinewood, Los Altos Hills) 
8. *Kelly Moore (Avalon, Catalina Island) 
9. *Jenny Bell (Ontario Christian) 
10. *Ana Guerra (Santa Clara, Oxnard)