MBL SEASON SUMMARY 2005
LEADING UP TO LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY OCTOBER 29TH
ALISAL: The girls come into today’s meet with a varsity record of 3-and-2, and a JV record of the same. They are led by Adilene Sanchez, who came back from an injury in 04. Look for team members Faviola Bernal and Debbie Ramirez to help meet this team’s high hopes to finish strong. The boys’ varsity and frosh-soph records of 4-and-1 are the results of an exciting year that was anchored by senior star Enrique Lopez and supersoph Diego Estrada, whose top ten finishes in all the team’s invitationals this year have kept them at the number five CCS ranking in D-1 for the whole season.
EVERETT ALVAREZ: This strong girls’ program proved that experience was not necessary for success with both varsity and JV coming into finals with a record of 4-and1. Cristina Melesio, a second year runner with the commitment of a four year one, is a natural leader who has taken her team to the next level. Freshman Jamie Trementozzi is also one to watch after her strong finish at last week’s Monterey Bay Invite. At 0-and-5, the Alvarez boys will all follow the fast-improving Mark Blucher, who has already shaved two and a half minutes off his previous best at Toro! This team gets its inspiration from newcomer Jesus Ortiz, who has proven his dedication to this sport, and will show himself a firm foundation for next year’s squad.
MONTE VISTA CHRISTIAN: As the MBL’s only D4 team, this team’s record of 1-and-4 for both girls and boys says little about this program’s strength. MVC features distance ace Wes Buntman, whose number ten state ranking always makes him a contender for the league’s individual title. The rest of the team; Derek Roeder, Daniel Fedor-Thurman, Jordan Lewis, Todd Scalisi, and Captain Kyle Matthews, have much-improved on last year’s team. Hopes are high for a top ten finish at CCS.
MONTEREY: The girls’ team, led by the impressive soph Li Schmidt who has been a frontrunner all season. Watch for Li to make a strong showing with freshmen team members Kayla Harvey and Ariel Dooner.
Armed with both the hopes and the stong possibilities for a state championship berth, the Monterey boys’ varsity top five(3-and-2); Kody Reed, Brian Phegley, Jake Arveson, James Caress, and Skyler Martin, have little more to prove. Coming off a big win at last week’s Mt.SAC Invite, this fine team will run for the top honors at MBL Championships. The Frosh/Soph boys’ team(4-and-1), led by Brian Norton and Josef Gramespacher, has strong possibilities of pulling off a surprise win as well.
NORTH MONTEREY COUNTY: The girls’ team has benefited from both its senior leadership, and its budding young talent. Tanya Ferreira has been their front runner and will be fighting for the MBL title. Tanya will be backed by a solid pack with fellow senior Patricia Bose, junior Rebecca Fox, and key sophs Jasmine Melendez, Lindsey Wendt, Stephanie Pritchard, and Adilene Ruvalcaba. Both the varsity and JV teams hope to defend their titles for what could be their fifth year in a row, and then continue on to CCS...Good luck Lady Condors! For the Condor boys, 2005 has been a major re-building year after graduating the best class in school history. Some high but realistic goals were set for this young team: defend their league and CCS titles, and finish in the top five at State. Senior Ivan Alfaro has led the team all season and Michael Machado has developed into one of the best sophs they’ve ever had. This program’s record of 67 straight duel meet wins at all three levels speaks for itself. Keep soaring guys!
PAJARO VALLEY: In its second year now, this young program has developed very quickly into an unbeatable boys Frosh/Soph force. 6-And-0 is a good place to start from a team that has just begun to grow. Among the team of 20-strong, is top girl, freshman Elizabeth Medina, who carried the girls’ team while medalling in two invitationals this year. The top boy is Josue Ortiz, whose early season diagnosis of a heart murmur didn’t stop him, even while working out with electrodes strapped to him! We could all use that kind of heart.
SEASIDE: The girls at Seaside have been practicing successful pack running over the last two years and it is starting to pay off. Two girls have led as one: sophs Jazmin Briseno and Kristal DeLaCruz. This duo is followed closely by two freshmen: Elisenda Smith and Megan Salanoa, and the two upper classwomen, Meilina Dalit and Catherine Russell are always there pushing from their places. These girls hope to finish strong and earn another CCS berth this year. Others to watch out for are newcomer Shelby Hodge, and Erica Jo. The boys’ team, having graduated out most of their state-qualifying squad from last year, is led by three equally talented leaders: Charles Joye, Hector Aleman, and Arturo Corres. Others in this youth movement are newcomers Cameron Vaughn, Ricky Le, and returnee, Jeremiah Disimone.