Boys Freshmen All-State “Dream Team” – The 50 best 9th graders in California!

December 22, 2013   ·   1 Comments's 2013 Cross Country
Freshmen All-State "Dream Team"

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Christian Ricketts (Arroyo Grande) Dillon Beckum (Bonita)
Cooper Teare (St. Joseph Notre Dame) Hugo Novoa (Long Beach Poly)
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Villar, Ricketts share state's top billing for '13
By Rich Gonzalez

        (December 21, 2013) – While the legendary Freshmen Boys Cross Country Class of '16 became recognized as the "Terrific Trio" in Golden State annals with Phillip Rocha, Austin Tamagno and Jacob Ogden leading the way, the Class of '17 will go down in history with its own deserved catchy nickname: "The Fab Five".
         Last year's trio stormed the Woodward Park all-time list with incredible showings that ranked second-, fourth- and seventh-fastest ever among California 9th graders. But this year's collection is the first frosh class to have five go faster than 16:03 on the state meet course — where they now rank 5th, 9th , 11th, 12th, and 22nd in California history on the venerable 5,000-meter course.
         Ah yes, the Golden State's talent pool is only getting better and better.
         At first glance, we thought that Madera South's Miguel Villar would take the crown as the state's "fastest frosh" in decent margin. As it turns out, the final statistical matchup is closer than one might have imagined between he and Arroyo Grande's Christian Ricketts.
        Villar gets a nod based on his pair of 15:36 clockings on the state meet course (though he ran a little slower at the state meet), but Ricketts — even more consistent and also with a quality showing at Woodward Park under tougher conditions at the Clovis Invitational — forces a tie for the top spot with a sensational season-ending performance at the FootLocker West Regional meet. Statisically (especially when taking into consideration the Clovis conditions), the matchup between those two is just about a deadlock. Villar arguably has the two best showings (by the slimmest of margins) while Ricketts boasts six performances rated better than Villar's third-best performance. Both are great talents.
         Not far behind, Bonita's Dillon Beckum also put himself in the discussion after two great showings on the Mt. SAC layout and then being the second-fastest frosh at the state meet. Long Beach Poly's Hugo Novoa was putting the heat on as well, although late-season injury robbed him of some momentum in his bid for the top spot. Then there's Rubidoux's Erik Gonzalez, who led the program's longed-for return to the state meet scenery before capturing an individual national title in December action at the USATF Junior Olympics in San Antonio.
         The first three clearly were the cream of the talent crop, that despite paths that never really crossed during the season. Oh sure, Villar and Beckum did meet up once at the Clovis Invitational, but neither ever went against Ricketts head-on in the same race.
         We may see all three finally collide at the Arcadia Invitational on April 12th, where the trio will be granted unprecedented early automatic entry into the "Rising Stars Mile", a race reserved for the very top freshmen and sophmores only. It could be the only time during the 2013-14 school year that we see them square off… once and for all.  
         With more than 5,000 freshmen suiting up for races within the state of California this year, the 50 athletes named below literally comprise the "Top 1 percent" of talent for the 2013 California cross country campaign.
         Congratulations on your excellence during the just-concluded season!

Freshmen All-State "Dream Team"

Miguel Villar (Madera South, Madera-CE) — Often the #2 scorer for a powerful Stallions team that placed 16th @ nationals, Miguel had three of the four fastest freshmen times of 2013 @ Woodward Park (including 15:36 twice) and was the fastest ninth grader @ the state meet.
Christian Ricketts (Arroyo Grande-SS) — Ultra-consistent performer who saved the best for last as the top Golden State 9th grader at the FootLocker West Regional meet. Also ran 15:51 in the mid-day heat at Clovis and clocked 15:19, 15:23 and 15:24 @ the Mt. SAC course. Despite strong season, did not qualify for state as an individual from very tough Southern Section Division 2 lineup.
Dillon Beckum (Bonita, La Verne-SS) — Signature performance came at the Mt. SAC Invitational, when he ripped a 15:19 to move onto course's all-time class list. Later ran 15:26 for Division 3 @ the CIF-SS Finals to go along with 15:50 @ state meet and 15:58 @ Clovis.
Hugo Novoa (Poly, Long Beach-SS) — Steady force for the Jackrabbits ran 16:42 on the 5k course @ FootLocker West and ran 15:47 at the Clovis Invitational. Also 15:31 @ CIF-SS Finals @ Mt. SAC but affected by injury down the stretch. 
Erik Gonzalez (Rubidoux, Riverside-SS) — Best races of the year came at CIF-SS Finals (15:33 @ Mt. SAC) and at the USATF Junior Olympics, where he emerged as national champion for his age group. Also ran 16:02 at the state meet.
Michael Ochoa (Madera South, Madera-CE) — Best race might have been his 16:18 effort at Woodward Park in the Central Section Finals, but also ran 16:19 there at state and 16:26 there for the Clovis Invitational.
Cooper Teare (St. Joseph Notre Dame, Alameda-NC) — Developed as the vital key for the Pilots in their successful bid to defend their state title. Best race came at the Mt. SAC Invitational, where he clocked 15:52 in helping slam the door on any team challengers. That set the tone for the team's season-ending hot streak. 


Freshmen All-State Second Team "Dream Team"

Donald Brown (El Rancho, Pico Rivera-SS)
Callum Bolger (San Luis Obispo-SS)
Jose Castellon (Rubidoux, Riverside-SS)
Alex Martinez (Clovis-CE)
Andrew Mitchell (Quartz Hill, Lancaster-SS)
Charlie Sherman (Loyola, Los Angeles-SS)
Simeon Paul (Mt. Carmel, San Diego-SD)


Freshmen All-State Third Team "Dream Team"

Christopher DePetro (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad-SD)
Luis Pina (Steele Canyon-SD)
Trent Robinett (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village-SS)
Dylan Majerus (Agoura, Agoura Hills-SS)
Stewart Fernandez (Buchanan, Clovis-CE)
Tanner Dutchover (Yucaipa-SS)
Ethan Finkel (Crossroads, Santa Monica-SS)


"Best Of The Rest" (#22-53, listed alphabetically)

  • Drew Arguelles (Woodbridge, Irvine-SS)
  • Joseph Biehl (Desert Christian, Lancaster-SS)
  • Neil Braganza (Dougherty Valley, San Ramon-NCS)
  • Solomon Fountain (Great Oak, Temecula-SS)
  • Daniel Gomez (Camarillo-SS)
  • Leif Hellgren (Corona del Mar, Newport Beach-SS)
  • Luis Huerta (Bishop Amat, La Puente-SS)
  • Matthew Hunt (Foothill, Santa Ana-SS)
  • Zeke Isbell (Burbank-SS)
  • Brendan Jones (Jesuit, Carmichael-SJ)
  • Steven Khan (Ayala, Chino Hills-SS)
  • Wyatt Kirchner (San Pedro-LAC)
  • Tre Lockwood (Granite Bay-SJ)
  • Kevin Mauge (Mira Costa, Manhattan Beach-SS)
  • Teegan McNair (Clovis-CE)
  • Cory Megna (Rancho Cucamonga-SS)
  • Jesus Moreno (Valencia, Placentia-SS)
  • Jordan Morris (Clovis-CE)
  • Caleb Myers (Woodbridge, Irvine-SS)
  • Chad Nathanson (Casa Grande, Petaluma-NCS)
  • Jordan Olsen (Ventura-SS)
  • David Pacheco (Valencia, Placentia-SS)
  • Antonio Perezchica (McFarland-CE)
  • Dawson Reckers (Athenian, Danville-NCS)
  • Justin Reynolds (Woodcrest Christian, Riverside-SS)
  • Joseph Del Valle Rutherford (Etiwanda-SS)
  • Luis Sanchez (Arroyo, El Monte-SS)
  • Brian Schulz (El Molino, Forestville-NCS)
  • Spencer Sheen (University, Irvine-SS)
  • Ryuya Souther (Woodbridge, Irvine-SS)
  • Dalton Tanner (Canyon, Anaheim-SS)
  • Noah Wallace (Rio Americano, Sacramento-SJ)
  • Jared Yabu (Campolindo, Moraga-NCS) 

"Freshman of the Year", by CIF Section

Central Section: Miguel Villar (Madera South)
Southern Section: Christian Ricketts (Arroyo Grande)
North Coast Section: Cooper Teare (St. Joseph Notre Dame)
San Diego Section: Simeon Paul (Mt. Carmel)
Sac-Joaquin Section: Tre Lockwood (Granite Bay)
Los Angeles City Section: Wyatt Kircher (San Pedro)
Central Coast Section: Eric Coyle (Archbishop Mitty)
Northern Section: Noah Bland (Shasta)
Oakland Section: Jonathan Maier (Oakland Tech)
San Francisco Section: Isia Flores (Mission)



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December 30, 2013   ·   2 Comments's 2013 Cross Country
Freshmen Girls All-State "Dream Team"

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 Rancho Cucamonga's Erin Holton  Citrus Valley's Claire Graves
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 Davis' Sofia Castiglioni (Dean Lofgren photo)  St. Francis' Julia Bounds
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Arroyo Grande's Talley Hill (Tim Wood photo)
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Northwood's Samantha Murphy
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Holton edges Graves as top XC frosh of '13
By Rich Gonzalez

        (December 29, 2013) — As season's outset, we figured either Claire Graves or Julia Bounds would emerge as the top female freshman in the state for the 2013 cross country campaign. Apparently, Rancho Cucamonga's Erin Holton had just enough in her to foil those plans.

Erin Holton's Freshmen Year (2013)
Colton Swarm 5k (2nd)
Fastback Shootout 2M (1st)
Mt. Carmel Inv 2.75M (2nd)
Baseline Lg #1 3M (1st)
Stanford Inv 5k (9th)
Inland Empire Challenge 3M (2nd)
Mt. SAC Inv 2.94M (6th)
Baseline Lg FInals 2.94M (1st)
CIF-SS D1 Prelims 2.94M (1st)
CIF-SS D1 Finals 2.94M (4th)
CIF-State Division 1 5k (8th)
FootLocker West 5K (16th)

       Holton, who split her two head-on battles against Graves this year, was faster of the two at the state meet and then won their head-on clash at the FootLocker West Regional to barely emerge as our Runner of the Year in heading up the PrepCalTrack.Com Freshmen All-State "Dream Team".
       Holton, who quite often shed nervous tears before her races, was all business once the gun went off. Included in her list of achievements were an all-state performance in Division 1 action at the state meet as well as race victories at the Fastback Shootout, in her heat of the CIF-SS Prelims, and at the Baseline League Finals — all three of those races coming at Mt. SAC. She finished among the Top 10 in every race she ran in this year before FootLocker West, that despite often competing in the toughest fields of the day at the largest division.
       Graves was near equally impressive during her string of Top 10 finishes, including a sizzling 17:10 effort (fourth place) at the CIF-SS Finals while chasing after Simi Valley ultra-phenom Sarah Baxter in Division 2 action, not to mention race victories in her division at the Clovis Invitational, the season-opening Colton Swarm (defeating Holton) and the Mountain Valley League Finals.
      Davis star Sofia Castiglioni's sheer consistency gave her the edge over Mountain View's Julia Bounds as the top NorCal frosh of 2013, with the SJS standout being a key performer on a team that won its final-round clash over St. Francis of Sacramento and also shined at the Nike Cross Nationals. Bounds — second to Los Altos' Lauren Jacob at the CCS Finals after a 17:54 race win at the Clovis Invitational, also won her divisional race at Stanford.
       After her impressive win at the early-season Mt. Carmel Invitational, we always figured that Arroyo Grande's Talley Hill was 'measuring' her subsequent efforts while more focused on helping the team achieves its goals, but those targets became much more attainable once she was allowed to "let loose" and perform very well in the crunch, including an 18:02 effort in the talent-stacked Division 2 state meet after rolling an 18:02 at the Southern Section Finals at Mt. SAC. Vista Murrieta's Josie Guinn came from off our radar to also snag First-Team All-State Frosh honors in helping the Broncos continue their teamwide success while Northwood's Samantha Murphy played a huge role in carrying her squad from a regional power to a statewide force that ultimately landed the runner-up plaque in the Division 3 state meet.
        Notes: While there were more than a handful of "Dream Team Top 50" boys that did not finish the year on varsity for their programs, it was just the opposite for the girls (who tend to develop a little bit faster during the early years). Of the 50 Dream Teamers, 47 finished the year running varsity.
       The three exceptions? Elk Grove's Isabella Dobson — who ran lower levels in all but one race but was repeatedly the fastest at her school, then ran within 30 seconds of Holton and Graves at FootLocker West — and the Great Oak tandem of Michelle McIntosh and Evelyn Mandel, both very good talents but competing just off the deepest varsity roster in the land.

Freshmen All-State "Dream Team"

Erin Holton (Rancho Cucamonga-SS) — Made early losses to two Frosh First-Teamers in first month of season a thing of the past, closing with a flourish to emerge as fastest CA frosh @ both state meet (17:38) & FootLocker West. Also won Fastback & Baseline Lg Finals.
Claire Graves (Citrus Valley, Redlands-SS) — Exceptional talent who began HS career with win @ Colton Swarm, then shined in Top 10 finishes @ Woodbridge, Clovis, Mt. SAC & SS Finals. Also ran 17:43 @ state meet for all-state honors + 19:41 @ FL West. 
Sofia Castiglioni (Davis-SJ) — Money. A long string of Top 10 finishes capped by All-Delta Valley Conference & All-SJS honors, then 17:54 performance @ state & Top 50 finish in deep field at nationals. Also Lagoon Valley Classic race winner & Hornet Jamboree runner-up. 
Julia Bounds (St. Francis, Mountain View-CC) — Despite very rough outing at state, was exceptional otherwise to rank among top frosh nationally. Ran 17:54 @ Woodward Park (Clovis Inv) & 18:15 @ Stanford Invit'l, both race wins. Placed second @ CCS Finals in 17:52. 
Talley Hill (Arroyo Grande-SS) — Appeared to "group run" with teammates in September & October as team developed into a winner, but shined brightest in postseason, including 18:16 @ state meet and 18:02 @ SS Finals. Race winner @ Mt. Carmel Invit'l and third-placer in Clovis Invit'l race.
Josie Guinn (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta-SS) — Notable surprise in our eyes. Best race was 18:16 effort at state but also race-winner @ Laguna Hills Inv.; First-team All-Southwestern League and Top 10 finisher @ Inland Empire Championships; Top 20 finisher @ Mt. Carmel Invit'l.
Samantha Murphy (Northwood, Irvine-SS) — Clocked 18:18 in season highlight @ state meet; also 18:24 @ Mt. SAC Inv.; was in great position @ CIF-SS Finals but struggled notably in last 20 meters to be passed by many; also runner-up @ Laguna Hills Inv.  


Freshmen All-State Second Team "Dream Team"

Marissa Rodriguez (La Quinta-SS) – Huge day @ SS Finals, clocking 17:46 @ Mt. SAC
Karen Jacobs (Redlands-SS) – 17:49 @ Mt. SAC & 18:05 @ SS Finals 
Niki Iyer (Harker, San Jose-CC) – 18:01 @ CCS Finals @ 18:33 @ state
Natalie Ulloa (Enterprise, Redding-NO) – Frosh course record @ NO Finals; 18:32 @ state
Kaitlyn Wood (Simi Valley-SS) – 18:34 @ state + 18:15 @ Mt.SAC & 18:17 @ SS Finals
Lauren Lienau (Clovis North, Clovis-CE) – Clocked 19:44 @ FL West & 18:38 @ state 
Alex Calegari (Poway-SD) – Race wins @ Mt. SAC & Dana Hills + Top 10 @ SD Finals

Freshmen All-State Third Team "Dream Team"

Kiyena Beatty (Great Oak, Temecula-SS) – 18:02 @ SS Finals + 18:40 @ state
Samantha Barajas (Simi Valley-SS) – Consistency + 18:31 @ Woodward Park
Lindsey Allen (Homestead, Cupertino-CC) – All-CCS pick also was 18:38 @ state
Taylor Miranda (Knight, Palmdale-SS) – Best race may have been 18:10 @ SS Finals
Camille Hines (Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates-SS) – 18:44 performer @ state meet
Taylor Gonzales (Buchanan, Clovis-CE) – 18:45 @ state + 18:52 @ Central Section Finals
Michaela Fromme (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad-SD) – 18:46 @ state + many Top 10s


"Best Of The Rest" (#22-50, listed alphabetically)

  • Samantha Aguilar (Redlands East Valley, Redlands-SS)
  • Jourdan Amen (Bishop O'Dowd, Oakland-NC)
  • Erica Barrett (Westview, San Diego-SD)
  • Peyton Bell (Redondo Union, Redondo Beach-SS)
  • Emily Beneduce (Oak Park-SS)
  • Kelly Bishop (Monta Vista, Cupertino-CC)
  • Kai Bohannon (Liberty, Brentwood-NC)
  • Annie Boos (Claremont-SS)
  • Melissa Bovee (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta-SS)
  • Paige Carter (San Marcos-SD)
  • Meredith Corda (Monte Vista, Danville-NC)
  • Isabella Dobson (Elk Grove-SJ)
  • Audrey Ellias (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks-SS)
  • Rosa Granados (Arroyo Grande-SS)
  • Trinity Leonard (Redondo Union, Redondo Beach-SS)
  • Evelyn Mandel (Great Oak, Temecula-SS)
  • Natalie McClure (Dos Pueblos, Goleta-SS)
  • Michelle McIntosh (Great Oak, Temecula-SS)
  • Cessair McKinney (Bella Vista, Fair Oaks-SJ)
  • Abbey Meck (San Lorenzo Valley, Felton-CC)
  • Glennis Murphy (Redwood, Larkspur-NC)
  • Ally Palomino (Bishop Amat, La Puente-SS)
  • Raquel Powers (Corona del Mar, Newport Beach-SS)
  • Julia Sullivan (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village-SS)
  • Melissa Tanaka (Long Beach Poly, Long Beach-SS)
  • Kaylee Thompson (Valencia-SS)
  • Marissa Thompson (Woodcrest Christian, Riverside-SS)
  • Brooke Trossen (Francis Parker, San Diego-SD)
  • Alyssa Winter (Westview, San Diego-SD)

"Freshmen of the Year", by CIF Section

Central Section: Lauren Lienau (Clovis North)
Southern Section: Erin Holton (Rancho Cucamonga)
North Coast Section: Glennis Murphy (Redwood)
San Diego Section: Alex Calegari (Poway)
Sac-Joaquin Section: Sofia Castiglioni (Davis)
Los Angeles City Section: JJ Wittbrodt (Palisades Charter)
Central Coast Section: Julia Bounds (St. Francis/MV)
Northern Section: Natalie Ulloa (Enterprise)
Oakland Section: Johanna Ross (Oakland Tech)
San Francisco Section: Sierra Brill (Lowell)



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