North Coast Section
Forwarded on 9/18 & Released on 9/21, 2004
2004 North Coast
Summer draws to a close, and classes
are about to begin. The last hot weekends of the summer linger on, and
the crisper autumn afternoons are yet just a hope. Footsteps plod and
lungs labor as the next group of cross country stars begin the season
that all hope will end in a share of
1. Amador Valley
4. Castro Valley
Honorable Mention: Deer Valley
DIVISION II (1150-1499)
1. College Park -- the Falcons are the defending state champions, after all, and return 3 of their top 5 from last year including a horde of developing younger runners. They are also top-ranked in the state in this division. Junior Nicole Pennes (4th-18:53 MOC, 10th-18:24 State) is the lead runner this year. She also had a pretty track season posting 4:55.14/10:57.45 and finishing with an a appearance at the State Meet. She is ably backed up by veterans sophomore Kelsey Delara (5th-19:10 MOC, 14th 18:38 State, 5:05.14/11:11.03) and junior Lizzy Eskildsen (10th-19:31 MOC, 32nd-19:12 State).
2. Granada -- The Matadors have senior Elizabeth Ottenheimer (21st-20:23) who also put in a 5:16.47/12:11.64 track season. She is joined by 5 returning teammates who missed out on a state meet team berth by one place last year. Sophomore Annica Stull-Lane (12:41.61) and junior Satina Sanford (12:48.01) had solid track seasons as well.
3. Eureka -- the Loggers return the entire squad from the Del Norte league. Their frontrunners are senior Nicole Beare (28th-20:22 MOC, 5:39.93) and sophomore Kesslyn Martin (36th-20:46 MOC, 5:43.87)
4. Northgate -- the Broncos move up a division this year, and have 5 returnees. Junior Jenny Perham (11th-19:56 MOC, 42nd 19:32 State) and senior Kelly Cureton (23rd-20:43 MOC, 2:32.08) will pace the team in the ultra-tough DFAL.
5. Clayton Valley -- The Eagles drop down a division this year, and have 6 veterans to stock the varsity with. Juniors Elise Fox (12th-21:16 MOC, 5:29.15) and Lindsay Vanderstraten (15th-21:19 MOC, 5:41.12/12:37.97) will lead their effort this year.
Honorable Mention: Carondelet -- The Cougars will have to rebuild, but they start with formidable upfront power in returning senior Ashleigh Montgomery (19th-18:52 MOC, 21st-18:49 State, 6:23.08/5:06.30/11:28.24) to handle the upfront chores for them.
1. Miramonte -- the defending state champions get the nod here again.
The Matadors bring back 6 veterans and have one of the largest squads
in the section to draw on for replacements. Sophomore Jenny Bergren is
the remarkable lead runner (2nd-18:39 MOC, 4th 18:12 State, 2:23.19/506.49).
She is backed up by a strong squad which includes sophomore Lindsay Chan
(8th-19:47 MOC, 21st 19:20 State), sophomore Becky Penskar (10th-19:53
MOC, 30th-19:35 State), senior Diana Chernikova (13th-20:20 MOC, 31st-
2. Maria Carillo -- If it were not for Miramonte, Maria Carillo could have grounds for claiming top state ranking. As it is, they hold 5th place in the state pre-season rankings. This is a young squad, but they are all veterans and very deep. Senior Amy Robinson is the power up front (7th-19:22 MOC, 12th-18:33 State, 5:00.19/11:21.40). She is very capably backed up by junior Leanne Fogg (16th-19:46 MOC, 49th-19:35 State, 11:34.74), sophomore Kristin Sanzari (23rd-20:11 MOC, 78th-20:11 State, 2:14.38) who also appeared in the State track meet in the 800, and junior Kristin Fladseth (26th-20:23 MOC, 2:22.76).
3. Campolindo -- The Cougars are no slouches them selves. Runners-up to Miramonte at the league, NCS and State levels, they bring back 4 pretty good runners. Sophomore Catherine Murrillo looks to be the leader this year (7th-19:43 MOC, 17th-19:14 State, 5:26.80). She is supported by senior April Dyer (21st-20:40 MOC, 51st 20:04 State), junior Mira Patel (25th-20:48 MOC, 69th-20:30 State, 2:26.28) and junior Marie Casabonne (26th-20:48 MOC, 28th-19:28 State, 11:38.70). Campolindo enjoys a high state ranking in 6th place.
4. Acalanes -- The Dons the best 4th ranked team in the NCS. State ranked at 8th, they too have a large, deep, and talented veteran squad returning for 2004. Junior Mo Huber is the power here (3rd-18:53 MOC, 6th 18:27 State, 4:57.41) and also appeared in the track State Meet in the 1600. She is closely followed by senior Drusia Dickinson (9th-18:50 MOC, 14th-19:13 State, 2:15.82)
5. Redwood -- Another deep and experienced squad vies for recognition
is the very strong D-III division. The Giants are led by senior Amanda
Stewart (15th-20:18 MOC) and cluster all 7 girls with 1:20 of her. This
Honorable Mention -- Tamalpais -- This veteran team is among many others that return all of their top 7. 10th in the D-IV state meet last year, Tam is led by senior Robin Hextrum (8th-20:02 MOC, 24th-19:53 State). The pack stretches out at the back.
An individual to watch for is Drake sophomore Katelyn Cavelli who competed in D-IV last year (1st-19:09 MOC, 5th 18:49 State). She also did very well in track (5:13.75/10:49.54) and was a state meet performer in the 3200.
DIVISION IV (351-810)
1. Piedmont -- The Highlanders are the story here. They enjoy a #3 state ranking, even though they return but three of last year’s excellent squad. However, these are the top 3 for them. The senior Sparks twins again lead the way. Jehan (3rd-19:25 MOC, 6th-18:58 State, 5:03.79/ 11:20.16) is narrowly the leader. Sister Naomi is right behind (6th- 20:14 MOC, 26th-19:54 State, 2:13.31) and took that 800 time to the state meet in track as well.
2. Arcata -- Junior Yasmine White leads this young, but veteran, team that returns its top 7 intact. White (10th-20:44 MOC, 29th-19:53 State) had a breakthrough in track and took a 10:50.69 3200 to the state meet in the spring.
3. Ursuline -- The Bears feature front running junior Mariele Ponticello (11th-20:53 MOC, 43rd-20:21 State). Behind her a pack of 5 returning veterans spreads out over about 90 seconds.
4. Moreau Catholic -- The Mariners always have a large squad, and will be relying in large part on the front-running talents of their lead runner senior Corinne Yee (7th-20:36 MOC, 20th 19:35 State, 12:00.0)
5. Healdsburg -- Junior Amanda Atkinson (5th-20:08 MOC, 46th-20:09 State) will be leading the squad again this year.
An individual to watch out for is the talented senior Gabi Rios-Sotelo of St. Mary’s (4th-20:07 MOC) who came on strong during track (4:55.49/ 11:18.52) to earn a trip to the state meet in the 1600.
DIVISION V (1-350)
1. University -- It seems to be a perpetual tune, ranking the Red Devils
#1 each year, but as defending state champions returning 6 out of 7 varsity
girls, I’d say they deserve it. They are also top ranked in the
2. College Prep -- Junior Diana Trump (6th-21:10 MOC, 8th-20:09 State) leads a pack of 6 veterans into the 2004 season. College Prep holds down #5 on the state rankings so far.
3. Lick Wilmerding -- With all seven veterans returning, hopes are high here. Junior Charlotte Gjested (8th-21:12 MOC, 9th-20:11 State) is the team leader. Lick is also ranked in the state polls, coming in at #10.
4. Convent -- Again, a sea of veterans returns for the 2004 season. Junior Morgan McGovern (5th-21:05 MOC, 38th-21:09 State) is the force in front.
5. Berean Christian -- The Eagles have become a major factor recently. Sophomore Ruth Adamaiec (16th-22:07 MOC) is the lead runner with some good track marks to back it up (5:17.12/12:23.5).
2. Monte Vista -- The Mustangs may not be as deep as DeLaSalle, but they have upfront the duo of junior Chris Simpson (15th - 17:18 MOC, 4:32.17/ 9:57.80) and senior Matt Bienioser (17th - 17:20 MOC, 4:38.54) and a large team to draw from.
3. Castro Valley -- Sophomore Matt Riley (27th-17:14 MOC) leads a bunched group of veterans.
4. Amador Valley -- Senior Ben Delano (23rd - 17:28 MOC) leads an enigmatic clump who return almost the whole squad. Reclassified up from D-II, the Dons try to redefine themselves on the D-I level.
5. Foothill -- the Falcons apparently will be relying on senior experience led by Eric Francisco who popped a 4:36.42 during track and Brian Mancinie who is their top returner from cross country lawst year.
Equally enigmatic -- Deer Valley and Liberty -- these schools are seriously retooling their teams, but have large squads and aggressvie coaching staffs. After DLS, none of the D-I teams presents a really strong case, so look for some movement in these rankings over the season.
DIVISION II ( 1150-1499)
2. San Ramon also boasts large numbers each year, and this year’s version of the Wolves is led by senior Tristan Blair (2nd -- 16:24 MOC, 9th -- State, 4:22.36).
3. Clayton Valley -- the Eagles were the surprise runners-up to DLS in D-I last year at MOC, and now are reclassified to D-II. They will pinning this year’s hopes on seniors Will Moser (10th- 17:05 MOC, 82nd- 16:59 State) and Colin Szenner (18th-17:21 MOC, 77th-16:55 State, 4:34.80).
4. Alameda -- The Hornets are relying on a veteran squad that returns almost intace from last year. The projected front-runners are seniors Ben Mahon (25th-17:31 MOC) and Marty Skeels 27th - 17:33 MOC).
5. American -- The Eagles are coming off two consecutive MVAL titles, and are rebuilding seriously. However, they appear to be forming this year’s squad around returnees Jason Koide and Richard Ho.
Individuals that will impinge on the championship season include junior
Ryan Lewis of Ygnacio Valley, who is coming off an injury-filled year
but appears to be fully recovered. He won the BVAL meet but suffered a
DIVISION III (811-1149)
2. Miramonte -- the Matadors were strong last year, and look to be even stronger this year. Seniors Daniel Mejia (6th-16:37 MOC) and Daryl Zalan (9th-17:18 MOC, 29th-16:28 State) lead a nicely bunched pack that also had a good track season.
3. Campolindo -- Junior Chris Viscaino (4th-16:35 MOC, 43rd 16:41 State, 9:33.66) and senior Tyler PInes (5th - 16:35 MOC, 14th - 16:16 State, 9:55.96) return for the defending champions, and even though they lose 4 of 7, Campolindo has the largest team in the section (rumored to be over 170) to work with.
4. Acalanes -- the Dons also boast a huge team (125+) and bring back almost the complete team from last year. Sophomore Joe Thomas (18th-17:14 MOC, 1:59.03) and Junior Ryan Lawson (21st-17:18 MOC, 4:37.32) come back as the lead runners. Acalanes has the privilege/burden/curse of being in the toughest league in NCS with College Park, Miramonte, and Campolindo all being state-ranked.
5. Redwood -- the Giants start and end with senior Jake Schmitt (1st-15:55 MOC, 3rd-15:29 State, 4:19.64/9:15.81). This year he has a senior-laden team of returning teammates to bolster the team chances behind him.
A individual to watch out for is senior Dawitt Tesfasilassie of Piner, who despite frequent injury was able to post a 4:16.66/9:39.29 double at MOC track, and carry that 1600 time tot he State Meet.
DIVISION IV (351-810)
2. Piedmont -- the Highlanders also return 6 of 7 from a successful 2003 season. Junior Ricky Griffith (5th-17:04 MOC, 17th-16:39 State, 9:50.58) and sophomore Mark Geraldi (6th-17:15 MOC, 20th-16:59 State, 9:41.44) are at the fore of a strong team.
3. Cardinal Newman -- Hoping to repeat their state meet appearance of last year, Newman returns 5 veterans led by senior Tim Cumbo (16th-17:42 MOC, 72nd-17:42 State)
4. St. Mary’s -- the Panthers are an improving program, and have at the front junior Tommy Velasquez (24th-18:01 MOC). It remains to be seen if the veterans can step to challenge for a state meet spot.
5. Arcata -- the team hopes here rest on senior John Figueirido (1st-16:10
MOC, 3rd-15:42 State, 9:19.76). Whether he will have the necessary supporting
cast to take a team on to the state meet is the question, but
DIVISION V (1-3500
2. Lick Wilmerding -- Lick gets a look here based on three returning seniors Alex Wu (24th-18:29 MOC), Yuta Nakajima (29th-18:53 MOC) and Greg Pantell (30th-19:05 MOC) being able to reprise their clustering.
3. Berean Christian -- The Eagles are becoming a regular feature in the rankings, and look to stay that way as they build a team this year behind junior Todd twins Corey (16th-18:12 MOC, 30th 17:21 State, 10:16.40) and Kyle (17th-18:12 MOC, 49th-17:39 State).
4 Crystal Springs Uplands -- CSU has rapidly established itself as a contender, and hope to fashion their season around sophomore Simon Neely (34th-19:11 MOC) and 3 other returnees.
5. Head Royce -- Senior Conrad Murphy (8th-17:56 MOC, 63rd-18:01 State) is the leading returnee. They h ave some rebuilding to do.
These rankings are the ramblings of Peter Brewer, Castro Valley coach.
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